There will be a special gathering to mark the 30th anniversary of the second generation of the BMW 3 Series. It will take place on June 14 to 19 and it will be organized by the BMW 3 Series Club (E21/E30) e.V. The event’s highlight is a visit to the BMW Group on June 16. The public will get the chance to look at the more than 50 vehicles of the participants.
Watch out for them outside the BMW Museum on Petuelring between 1 pm and 5 pm. At this time, Club members will be there to respond to any questions that visitors may have. Aside from being able to tour the BMW Museum, the more than 100 participants will get the chance to view the car collection at BMW Group Classic (which is usually closed to the public), where the 3 Series models will be seen in the morning.
The idea for this series was conceived in 1982, just seven years after the first-generation 3 Series was successfully launched. Its sales have surpassed a million while the second generation of the BMW 3 Series was already being planned.
The new range is different from its predecessor since it is offered with a long array of model variants. At the showrooms, there are two-door and four-door models, full convertible and touring variants, and even all-wheel-drive versions. In the 1980s, this diverse portfolio was the first of its kind.
By 1983 (its first full production year), BMW was able to boost the output by 50%. From producing 800 BMW 3 Series models daily, the mostly automated production process could now roll out 1,200 units.
Furthermore, BMW provided a fuel-efficient BMW 3 Series diesel model and the BMW M3 sports version. Even today, the ultimate sports sedan is epitomized by the “pinnacle of the 3 Series range,” which was created by BMW Motorsport GmbH for the DTM. It has retained its title as the most successful touring car in the world.
The new generation of the BMW 3-Series Sedan has further evolved to epitomize the brand’s inherent dynamism, sportiness and elegant appearance. The sixth generation of the BMW 3-Series Sedan is now larger than it used to be, but it doesn’t mean that this premium sedan has lost any chunk of its elegance and sportiness. In fact, looking from its sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase and short front overhangs to its set-back greenhouse, the new BMW 3-Series Sedan truly dons dynamic proportions that have been the real reasons why this compact sports sedan has become an icon.
A glance at the front end of the next-gen BMW 3-Series Sedan already tells us the dynamic nature of this compact sports sedan. The front end of this compact sports sedan from BMW is now more expressive than before, thanks to its multi-faceted surfaces.
The sportier face of the new BMW 3-Series is further defined by the wide, squat interpretation of the signature upright BMW kidney grille, that is in turn flanked by stunning twin headlights (with corona rings when xenon headlights are availed). Positioned just above these headlights – appearing like eyebrows -- are accent light emitting diode units. Since the headlights of the new 3-Series now extend to the border (frame) of the grille, a new singular visual unit is formed by the headlight-grille combo – making the sedan look wider and more imposing. This new broad stance is accentuated by sedan’s track that is wider on the front by 37 mm and on the rear by 47 mm.
The previous generation of the BMW 3-Series features a central air intake. However, BMW has decided to remove this feature and replace it with two larger intakes positioned just below the headlight units. On the outer edges of these intakes are small vertical intakes that play the role of the so-called "Air Curtain" technology, which is designed to improve the flow of air around the front wheels, thereby helping enhance aerodynamic efficiency.