The original BMW M3 comes from a time when men were men, when women were women, and the M legitimately stood for “motorsport.”
Happy 40th birthday, BMW 3 series. In lieu of cake, we’re going to celebrate the best production models in your history.
The huge V8 fills my ears. Branches whip close. I come over a rise and there it is again — that little white box of a BMW howling and squealing and clipping into the next turn. I'm in one of the biggest, beefiest cars on sale and I'm chasing one of the most nimble cars in recent memory. Makes sense, right?
This footage of 1988 Rally Isle of Man (formerly Manx International Rally) winner Patrick Snijers shows an unbelievable amount of driving skill. Best of all, there is no music to block out his screaming BMW E30 M3 engine.
Here is six minutes of glorious Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, back from the days when it was nothing but an epic battle between BMW E30 M3’s and Mercedes–Benz 190 E 2.3-16’s.
The BMW M3 is from 1986. The house? 2009. Both are clever, well-designed, focused, a perfect match across a quarter century.
It's time again to test your automotive intellectual fortitude by figuring out what car this engine bay's from before you click through. Sure, you'll say you got it right in the comments, but only you'll know the truth.