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BMW reveals M3 30 Jahre Edition

BMW M is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its high-performance sports car, with a special M3 30 Jahre Edition.

Limited to just 30 cars in the UK, the special M3s will be priced at £82,675 OTR. Since the launch of the first generation of the M3 in 1986, BMW’s high-performance arm has refined its M3 across five model generations. To mark the 30th anniversary of this - the M3 30 Jahre Edition comes with a Competition Package, increasing engine output by 19hp to 450hp, with a combined fuel consumption of 34mpg and CO2 emissions of 194 g/km. The M3 30 Jahre Edition with the 7-speed M DCT gearbox sprints from 0 to 62mph in 4 seconds flat, 0.1 seconds faster than the series production model.

Also included on 30 Jahre Edition model is Adaptive M suspension, which has been aligned for the increased performance. Optimised features also include new springs, dampers and stabilisers, modified characteristic curves of the three modes COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ as well as a correspondingly modified standard Active M differential on the rear axle and Dynamic Stability Control feature (DSC). The special edition runs on forged 20-inch M light-alloy wheels with 666 M star spoke design and mixed tyres (front: 265/30 R20, rear: 285/30 R20).

Styling wise, the 30 Jahre Edition has been given the BMW Individual treatment. As a result, it cuts a more ‘dynamic, head-turning figure’ than its standard siblings. The Frozen Silver metallic paint accentuates the muscular forms says BMW, while a High Gloss Shadow Line joins a black chrome tailpipe trim for the M sports exhaust system as well as a variety of carbon fibre additions. These include a carbon fibre front splitter and trims, mirror caps, rear diffuser and a carbon fibre rear spoiler.

The limited edition model also features exclusively designed M gills in the front wings bearing the logo “M3 30 Jahre”. On the inside, M sports seats are joined by seatbelts with woven-in BMW M strips, which also enhance the sporty interior ambience. Other additions include the BMW M Performance Alcantara Steering wheel and the BMW M Performance Alcantara Gear Selector trim and surround.

The logo “M3 30 Jahre” on the front doorsills reminds owners of the car's unique history. The wording “30 Jahre M3 1/30” on the carbon fibre interior trim of the instrument panel and stitching on the front headrests singles out this as a special edition.

In addition to the exclusive content, the M3 also features as standard Adaptive LED Headlights, BMW M Carbon Ceramic braking system, BMW M Head-up display, BMW M Double-Clutch Transmission, Comfort Access, Surround View, Comfort Access, Advanced Parking Pack, Extended Storage and a Speed Limit Display.

The M3 30 Jahre Edition goes on sale in Summer 2016, exactly 30 years after the signing of the first contract for the purchase of a BMW M3 – the original version of the car having made its debut at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show.