With BMW on the cusp of pulling back the sheets on its next-generation M3 (or should we say, M4?), the crew from Electric Federal has taken it upon themselves to give us a generation-by-generation look at the evolution of the most renowned of BMW's sports coupes. The video below features plenty of beautiful shots of each generation of M3, starting with the ever lust-worthy E30 before finishing up with the current iteration. BWS Motorsport's Mark Norris provides the narration, complete with a brief synopsis of what makes each generation so special.

As usual, the clip is fit for big-screen viewing. You can watch the action below for yourself. Meanwhile, we'll be busy figuring out which vital organs we can sell to get our hands on our own E30 M3.




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      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't get excited about M4. BMW threw away a valuable tradition for what? I know where this company has been, but don't know where it's going.
      Ae Neuman
      • 1 Year Ago
      e30 ftw each successive generation has lost more of the magic that made the original so special.
        S40Powered
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ae Neuman
        It is the best M3. The 1995 looks bland as hell. The 2001 still one of the best of course.
          Rich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @S40Powered
          Aside from the 400+HP V8 M3 thats on its way out... sure, aside from the obvious, the E46 is cool as hell.
          snap_understeer_ftw
          • 1 Year Ago
          @S40Powered
          still the E36 was faster in a straight line and in the corners than the E30...also better brakes......even though it weighed more
        ponycargt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ae Neuman
        Nostalgia is a funny thing sometimes. The E30 turns my head more than any of today's BMWs, but I have no illusions that it would be a better driving experience than a new M3. In fact, it would be easily outgunned by an average new hot hatch both in acceleration and handling... Same goes for most of the muscle cars of the late 60s people still pine for.
          Rich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ponycargt
          The "muscle car era" from 1969-1971 hahaha, I know what you mean.
      e46mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      E46 was the last one with a soul
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I still want to build an E30 M3 with an SR20DET.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        You're asian (or an egg), and its been done.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look, it was a cool car for its day... nothing more... people needs to stop equating this to the "end-all supercar of all time"...its not. Unless you've driven a few dozen or own one, just be quiet. These cars go from anywhere between $8k-$35K... you've got to be out of your mind to buy one for that scratch.
      W. S. Stepler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone else think it's weird he said the S6 is a competitor for the M3? I would have said RS4.
      ihatemacs9
      • 1 Year Ago
      people. as much as I agree with the sentiment, we have to remember that bmw builds cars people buy by the droves. its called an economy. if they want to survive they need to sell products the masses want. not what a handful commenters on autoblog want.
      • 1 Year Ago
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