BMW’s iconic M3 has been around since 1986 and it quickly became the benchmark performance car that all others were compared against. The car had a strong motor along with great suspension and that meant it was fast on the track and not bad in a straight line. It was a car that pretty much set up the performance sedan class, and it has a long and successful history both on track and in competition. The first-generation BMW M3 was based on the E30 3 Series platform and featured a 2.3-litre 4-cylinder powerplant that produced 192 hp when launched. The car was a homologation car for Group A touring car racing, and it has since become a halo car for many car collectors the world over. The second-generation BMW M3 was introduced in 1992 and was based on the E36 3 Series platform and was powered by a 3.0-litre inline-6 that initially produced 240 hp, but there were a few special editions along the way with more power on tap and a lighter overall weight that saw even better performance. One of the aficionado's favourites is the 3rd-generation E46 M3 based on the E46 3 Series platform. This one featured a bigger capacity 3.2-litre inline-6 with 333 hp on tap, and again this was also available in a convertible version and a few other special editions including the CSL, which is also a very sought-after limited-number edition that is worth some serious money. Here in SA we only received 65 units.
Take a look at the YouTube video from our favourite online reviewer, Mat Watson from Carwow, where he assembled all six generations of the iconic BMW M3 and pitted them against each other to see just how the car has evolved over the years, well in a straight line anyway: BMW M3 Generations DRAG RACE | carwow
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