- One of 150 ’30 Jahre’ edition examples for the United States
- Fitted with a six-speed manual transmission
- Showing just 181 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing
- Finished in unique Macao Blue metallic over Black/Fjord Blue Merino leather
BMW unleashed the fifth generation of the hallowed M3 on the motoring public in 2014 with a number of dramatic departures from tradition. While the model had returned to straight-six power, this M3 marked the very first implementation of forced induction by utilizing the code S55 engine. Featuring a closed-deck engine block, twin turbos, strengthened internals, and weight reduction on several moving components, this three-liter inline six-cylinder produced 425 horsepower. Most dramatically, the torque output rose to 406 pound-feet from the previous generation’s 295. The M3 received a raft of further performance enhancements, with revised aerodynamics and a wider footprint to house larger tires. An electronically controlled differential allowed for on-the-fly adjustments, and beefed-up suspension and brakes further increased the abilities of this performance sedan.
For the 2017 model year, BMW introduced the “30 Jahre” edition of the M3 to celebrate the three decades that had passed since the launch of the legendary original M3, chassis code E30. Just 500 would be available to the buying public worldwide, and each US-market car was finished to a commemorative specification. Finished in Macao Blue metallic paint, the color seen on this chassis harkens back to an option made available on the E30 M3 Sport Evolution, which served as the ultimate development of the first-generation model. The interior of the 30 Jahre edition is made to match, with two-tone Black/Fjord Blue Merino leather with contrast stitching. Rounding off the cosmetic touches, a Shadow Line gloss black trim is fitted throughout the exterior, and a sports exhaust system with black chrome tips completes the stealthy look. Additionally, each car is equipped with the Competition Package which bumps the power up to 444 horsepower and further features a retuned differential, suspension upgrades, and highly bolstered front seats.
The example on offer is one of 150 designated for the United States, and it is made more exclusive by the selection of the manual transmission option. At the time of cataloguing, just 181 miles show on the odometer, resulting in a near-showroom like condition. The BMW will be accompanied by its window sticker and owner’s materials.
Such an exclusive model is sure to be coveted by enthusiasts for decades to come, and with so few miles and a manual transmission, this example is surely the pick of the litter.