The BMW M3 marks its 25th anniversary in 2010 -- an event that the entire performance automotive world celebrates as well. The M3 was introduced at the IAA in Frankfurt in 1985 and since then, it has been seen to evolve with each new generation.
The current M3 has double the number of cylinders and more than twice the power of the original E30 M3. However, the current M3 has discreet lines and is nowhere near as showy as the old E30 was.
The original E30 M3 had multiple aerodynamic enhancements, such as the box flared wheel arches that were used to accommodate the wider track with wider and bigger rims. It's notable that the only body panels that stayed similar to the ones used on the mortal versions of the 3-Series were the hood and the sunroof.
At the lower end of the range, the E30 M3 is equipped with a 2.3 liter naturally aspirated four cylinder unit that produces 192 hp, enabling the car to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h).
In celebration of the M3's anniversary, BMW is releasing the complete M3 story in a PDF file -- from its start at the motorsport to the most recent GTS version of the current ME which is designed for racing too. But for an even more dramatic flair, BMW is preparing the 1 Series M Coupe as a tribute for a 3 Series.
It should be mentioned that throughout the years, cars became larger and heavier as carmakers pursued safety and comfort.
Therefore, it is complicated for a contemporary M vehicle based on a 3 series car to deliver what the original E30 M3 had. This is the reason why starting next year, BMW M's range will include the smaller, lighter 1 series.