30 Jahre Anniversary M3

BMW has announced the arrival of a special limited edition version of the current F80 M3 to celebrate 30 years of the iconic model. It was 30 years ago this summer that BMW started taking orders for the original E30 version.

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The 30 Jahre M3 will be limited to just 500 examples worldwide and the UK will receive 30 cars, all built to a unique to the UK spec. While the rest of the world will receive their 30 Jahre M3s in the iconic Macau blue (originally available as an option on the E30 M3), UK market cars will come in Individual Frozen silver with full leather Merino trim in bicolour Black/Fjord blue.

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The 30 Jahre M3 will be based on the 450hp M3 Competition model and features that car’s revised adaptive dampers as well as its 20-inch Style 666M alloy wheels, too. Externally there’s Individual High Gloss Shadow Line trim with black chrome tailpipe trims for the M sports exhaust system as well as a variety of carbon fibre additions including a carbon fibre front splitter, mirror caps, rear diffuser and a carbon fibre rear spoiler. This edition model also features exclusively designed M gills in the front wings bearing the logo ‘M3 30 Jahre’.

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Inside you get the Comp pack special seats and seat belts with M Tricolour striping along with an M Performance Alcantara Steering wheel and an M Performance Alcantara Gear Selector trim and surround. The ‘M3 30 Jahre’ logo also appears on the door sill trims, the carbon fibre dash trim and it’s also stitched into the front headrests, too.

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UK spec cars will be fully kitted out with Harman/Kardon surround-sound, adaptive LED Headlights, M Carbon Ceramic brakes, Head-up display, M DCT transmission, Comfort Access, Surround View, Comfort Access, Advanced Parking Pack, Extended Storage and a Speed Limit Display.

All in all the 30 Jahre looks like a lovely piece of kit, but at £82,675  – £25k on top of the normal M3’s price tag – so it should be. We also can’t help but be a little bit disappointed that a 30 year celebration of the M3 is effectively a set of trim and a high spec – doesn’t this iconic model deserve something better? We’d have loved to see a lightweight M4 GTS-engined example as a real performance headliner…

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