Since its introduction in 1985 – and throughout its various incarnations – the BMW M3 has always remained resolutely a driver’s car, with a focus on high performance, minimal weight and excellent handling. Initially based on the E30 platform, and featuring a competition derived 2.3 Litre engine, revised suspension geometry, aerodynamic alterations, wider track and improved brakes, the car was produced in order to homologate the car for Group A Touring Car racing – a forum in which it would go on to excel. Over the next four years, no less than twelve major Touring Car Championships were won, including two European crowns and one World Championship, making the M3 one of the truly great Competition Touring Cars.
Whilst certain elements of the press considered some of the original “race bred” magic of the E30 to have been lost in the subsequent E36 and E46 variants, the fourth incarnation of the M3 – based on the E90/92/93 platform – was something of a return to the original concept. Launched in 2007, and featuring a V8 engine for the first time, it boasted 414 bhp which enabled the car to travel to achieve 60 mph in only 4.7 seconds. If the standard E92 M3 was well received, the subsequent GTS model – with production limited to only 150 units – went straight back to the roots of the original E30. Much of the interior was removed, a titanium exhaust fitted and bulky items such as the air conditioning system were offered only as optional extras in an effort to reduce weight. The track was widened, 19 inch wheels fitted and power increased to a mighty 444 bhp. All this conspired to increase both overall responsiveness and performance, with an already rapid car being transformed into one capable of some 197 mph.
This particular example is number 118 out of the 150 cars manufactured. With just one owner and a warranted mileage
of less than 5,000 kilometres, it is impeccably presented in Orange with black cloth interior. Last serviced at a BMW Main Agent at 2,170 kilometres, it is ready for immediate use and enjoyment of its truly formidable performance. Hold on!
NOTE : Interested parties should be aware that VAT is payable on this vehicle at the local prevailing rate.
|Auction||Techno Classica April 2017|
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