• Sep 15th 2006 at 8:35AM
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When BMW first introduced the M3 in 1986, it was the answer to the 190E 2.3-16V from Mercedes-Benz. The E30 (BMW's chassis code for the 2nd Generation 3-Series) M3 was a homologation special for Group A Touring Car racing. Over the next twenty years, the M3 would transform from an almost single minded race machine for the road to an expression of what many consider to be the true Ultimate Driving Machine for the road. Even after twenty years, and subsequent increases in engine size (the next M3 is speculated to be V8-motivated), the interest in the rare first generation four-cylinder M3 has not waned.

In Germany, MK-Motorsport, who has tuned and raced BMWs since 1978, has released its tuning components as a 20th anniversary collection. While we could go through every detail of these parts, such as the engine modifications that bring output to 295hp or the range of carbon-fibre body upgrades, what is really exciting to celebrate is the anniversary of this iconic machine. The continued dedication to such a relatively rare sport sedan is encouraging to see when today's trends seem to shove 26-inch dubs and eighteen LCD screens into automobiles with cartoonish results. Bravo to MK-Motorsport.

[Source: MK-Motorsport via WorldCarFans]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      i love this car. it still looks great. 295bhp makes it real fun.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Everyone that thinks an I4 isn't a BMW needs to be sent a this post. Lukily for those who care more about the spirit of this car than the name GM has a compact rwd platform and a 260 hp turbo four.

      Hopefully that, along with competition from other companies, will stop BMW from holding back it's best minimalist cars while turning it's alphanumeric naming system into a meaningless reflection of price.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What a great car this was and for several reasons, IMHO:

      1. You knew - in one look - that this car meant business (the fender flares, the trunk lid and, I think, the backlight).

      2. The original M3 was about DRIVING (not finding your way home, not warming your buns and not blowing out your hearing with anything other than a beautiful engine note and gearbox sounds).

      3. It was brilliantly, mechanically brutish...and what a blast it was.

      I saw one recently in Richmond, Virginia (silver) and really had to keep myself from waiting till the owner arrived so I could write him a check.
      • 9 Years Ago
      One of the best cars ever produced, I had two of these great machines in the day. The only problem was lack of power which tuners have solved.
      • 9 Years Ago
      though it and very old model... but it simply shocking. today it can make a competition other cars