The BMW E30 M3 – the Legend Begins
Those who grew up in the 1990s or later have probably missed the memo, but the BMW E30 M3 was probably the best thing that happened to motorsport racing. The BMW E30 M3 is famous as the original BMW M3 model and became the template for future models to build on.
BMW began sales of this model in the United States in 1987 and discontinued it in 1991. Although in comparison with modern models, the BMW E30 M3 may look quite dated, for genuine car collectors it is a masterpiece. Read on to learn why this car is a classic today.
The exterior of the BMW E30 M3 holds no secrets about the age of the model. Still, there is a timeless feel about the car, especially once you have experienced it. The design is compact but it remains dynamic. It is a simple and intuitive design made in the boxy mold of the cars of the time. The interiors of the car have limited modern features such as power windows and locking systems and an M-Sport steering wheel. Seats are comfortable and the gauges are uncluttered, which makes reading them convenient. The large steering wheel is a delight.
Race Power Meets the Road
In terms of road power, the E30 is limited to a 195 horsepower engine that produces 170 lb-ft of torque. However, there is more to it than meets the eye. Moving from city roads to highway speeds is smooth. RPM is impressive and can go up as high as 7,250 RPM. Since the car is the original M-Sport vehicle, it offers amazing handling. Apart from the large steering wheel, there is nothing to intimidate the driver or make handling the car any difficult. Low-ratio steering is another useful feature, which makes driving with precision much more convenient.
The best feature of the BMW E30 M3 is that it is a performance car with a racing engine under the hood. Since the time of its introduction on the Motorsport circuit, it has won more races than any other model. This explains its super efficiency and unbeatable power on the road. It is why racing enthusiasts and car collectors hold on to their BMW M3 E30 like a family heirloom. This comes as no surprise considering the fact that in recent years, the market value of a BMW E30 M3 has gone beyond $50,000 and is likely to go higher.
And the legend of the E30 M3 still exists today. BMW is planning to release a new BMW M car that will hopefully capture the essence of the E30 M3. Its called the BMW M2 and it will arrive here by the end of the year 2015. Will it be a true successor to the legendary sports car? Only time will tell.