25 years of the BMW M3 in pictures

BMW E30 M3

Last week BMW brought us news about the iconic M3 celebrating 25 years. There’s been just four generations of M3s in that time; if you compare the original E30 to the current E92 you begin to appreciate how long 25 years is in the life cycle of the modern car.

At launch the E30 hit the market with a 2.3 litre four cylinder engine. Peak power was rated at 147kW at 6750 rpm, with 240Nm of torque available from 4750rpm. The feisty pocket rocket tipped the scales at 1200kg. In contrast, the E92, released in 2007, has twice as many cylinders in its engine and almost twice the capacity. Maximum power from the 4.0 litre V8 is 309kW at 8300rpm, while torque has increased to 400Nm from 3900rpm. The listed weight of the manual equipped E92 is 1580kg. One interesting side note is the capacity of the fuel tank; 70 litres in the E30, reduced to 63 litres in the current model.

After the jump you can see a selection of images from all four generations of M3; E30, E36, E46 and E92. You get a good insight at the presence the M3 has made on racetracks around the world too. Basic specs will be given and a more comprehensive list is available for download (700kb PDF).

The only thing left to discuss is to let us know which M3 is your favourite. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

E30 M3 // 1986–1990

Engine: 2.3 litre four cylinder
Power: 147kW @ 6750rpm
Torque: 240Nm @ 4750rpm
Weight: 1200kg (Coupé)
0–100km/h: 6.7 seconds
Standing kilometre: 27.2 seconds

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E36 M3 // 1992–1999

Engine: 3.0 litre six cylinder
Power: 210kW @ 7000rpm
Torque: 320Nm @ 3600rpm
Weight: 1460kg (Coupé)
0–100km/h: 6.0 seconds
Standing kilometre: 25.6 seconds

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E46 M3 // 2000–2006

Engine: 3.2 litre six cylinder
Power: 252kW @ 7900rpm
Torque: 365Nm @ 4900rpm
Weight: 1570kg (Coupé)
0–100km/h: 5.2 seconds
Standing kilometre: 24.2 seconds

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E92 M3 // 2007–

Engine: 4.0 litre V8
Power: 309kW @ 8300rpm
Torque: 400Nm @ 3900rpm
Weight: 1580kg (Coupé)
0–100km/h: 4.8 seconds (manual transmission)
Standing kilometre: 23.3 seconds (manual transmission)

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