BMW - M3
Based on the 1986 E30 3-Series, the first M3 was introduced with a 2.3 Ltr engine, derived from the BMW M88 inline-6 block and the valve train and head architecture from BMWs M1 and later M6 inline-6 cylinder.

 

One of the main reasons for production of the road car was to homologate the M3 for Group A Touring Car racing, as an answer to the "2.3-16V"-model of the Mercedes-Benz W201 which was introduced in 1983. A notable characteristic of the E30 M3 is its racing pedigree, campaigned by BMW as well as other racing teams including Prodrive and Schnitzer Motorsport.

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Australia
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BMW M3 E92 Coupe
Location
Sydney
County
New South Wales NSW, Australia
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Canada
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BMW M3 2008
BMW M3
Location
Toronto plus Etobicoke and Georgetown
County
Ontario, Canada
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual 6 Speed ManualPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
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BMW M3 2008
BMW M3 Convertible
Location
Toronto plus Etobicoke and Georgetown
County
Ontario, Canada
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Semi automaticPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
GB (UK) England
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BMW M335I 2007
BMW M335I Cabriolet
Location
Clapham Road
County
London SW9, England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual 6 Speed Manual with F1-style paddle shift Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio mp3
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BMW M3
Location
Reading
County
Berkshire, England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 1 small Minimum driver age:30 Gearbox:manual 6 Speed ManualPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
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BMW M3  
BMW M3 Convertible
Location
Reading
County
Berkshire, England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 1 small Minimum driver age:30 Gearbox:manual 6 Speed ManualLeather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
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BMW M3 
BMW M3 Cabriolet
Location
London
County
England
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Germany
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BMW M3 2008
BMW M3CSL E46
Location
Nurburg Nordschleife
County
Eifel
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Number of persons:1 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto  semi automatic gearboxPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning:
Italy
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BMW M3 2008
BMW M3 Cabrio
Company
Prime Rent
Location
Rome
County
Italy
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto  with F1 paddle shiftPower steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio mp3
South Africa
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BMW M3 
BMW M3 E92
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:30 Gearbox:manual Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
USA
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BMW M3 
BMW M3 Convertible
Location
Chicago
County
Illinois
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Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 1 small Minimum driver age:21 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio mp3
The first version produced 195 hp (143 kW) (catalyzed model). Evolution models (not sold in North America) continued with 2.3 liters but adopted revised cam timing, increased compression along with the lack of a catalyst producing approximately 215 hp (160 kW). Later the Sport Evolution model increased engine displacement to 2.5 L and produced 238 hp (175 kW) - 786 cabriolets were also produced, all by hand in BMW's Garching plant, at the time the 215 hp (160 kW) example was the world's fastest four seater convertible.

 

The E30 M3 differed from the rest of the E30 line-up in many ways. The M3 was equipped with a revised stiffer and more aerodynamic body shell as well as "box flared" fenders to accommodate a wider track with wider and taller wheels and tires. The only body panels the standard model and the M3 shared were the hood and roof. It also had three times the caster angle of any other E30. The M3 shared larger wheel bearings and front brake calipers with the E28 5-Series. To keep the car competitive in racing following homologation rules, homologation specials were produced. Homologation rules roughly stated that the race version must reflect the street car aerodynamically and in engine displacement; therefore, improved models were periodically released for the public.  

 

Special editions and homologation specials include: the Evo 1, Evo 2 and Sport Evolution some of which featured less weight, improved aerodynamics, taller front fender arches (Sport Evolution; to further facilitate 18-inch (460 mm) wheels in DTM), brake ducting, and more power. Production of the original E30 M3 ended in early 1992. Having won more road races than any other model in history, the E30 M3 is considered by many to be the world's most successful road race car. Its wins include the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, European Touring Car Championship and even the one-off World Touring Car Championship title in 1987.  

 

Source: Wikipedia.
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