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M3 Celebrating 30 Years of Motoring History

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M Means Motorsports for Iconic Brand

When looking for a luxury sports car that takes the best of all the lessons learned from 30 years on the European race circuit, you don’t have to go much farther than the letter M. BMW’s M division, formerly known as Motorsports, has been pushing the edge of racing technology for decades now. The Bavarian car company celebrates 30 years since the classic BMW M3 was introduced to give the public a performance-based daily driver that had roots firmly dug into Europe’s finest tracks. You can see and test drive the current incarnation of the M3, along with all the other M models, at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Originally Not Intended for Production

The original thought was not to make a production car for the masses, but to dominate the Group A production touring car division. Group A rules stated that at least 5,000 road units had to be sold every year, so the BMW Motorsports team developed both the race track and production models side by side. All technological advances in weight distribution, suspension, brakes and transmissions were shared between both vehicles, resulting in both race wins and a dynamic driving machine anyone could buy.

M3 Advances Through the Years

The original M3 featured a 2.3L four-cylinder motor that generated 200 horsepower with a top speed of 146 mph. As iterations evolved through the years, the horsepower and top speed grew until the current model offers a whopping 425 horsepower. A special 30th anniversary limited production run of just 500 units was released this year. Called the 30 Jahre M3, it comes only in a special Macao Blue metallic paint and delivers 450 horsepower.

2016 M3 Provides Thrilling Driving Dynamics

Head over to Chapman BMW on Camelback for a test drive of the latest M3 and you’ll find a sophisticated driving machine that not only provides plenty of creature comforts, but also has the capability to take you on a fun-filled adventure. With 425 horsepower coming from a TwinTurbo inline 6 cylinder engine, the new BMW M3 goes from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. It’s nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution combines with modern suspension technology to keep you in control as you power through corners and test the limits of your driving ability. Optional carbon ceramic brakes give you ultimate stopping power when you want, or need, to bring your adventure to a sudden halt. Driver intuitive controls are laid out in an ergonomic manner to provide comfort and ease to your drive, whether you’re on a daily commute or out on a closed track trying to set a personal record.

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