There was a time that turbocharging was reserved for diesel trucks and aircrafts. Within the last century, technology has brought us to the point where turbocharging has not only become efficient, but reliable enough to become viable for use in production vehicles. From the time between then and now, BMW released a race-modified vehicle based off the 3-series platform known as: The M3.
The original idea was to create an all-motor race-only vehicle that would be able to compete with the Mercedes-Benz W201 in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Not only was the M3 able to defeat it’s rival, Mercedes, it ended up winning it’s WTCC season series debut. Subsequently through out the years, it has won a number of awards, set various track records and become one of the most sought after vehicles in the world.
The M3 you’re looking at will be one of the last all-motor M’s in production. This vehicle is the pinnacle of BMW’s research and development for the last 28 years. By 2014, BMW will produce the F80, the next incarnation of the M3. While the change will undoubtedly take the M-series platform to new heights, boosting power output to 450bhp; this M3 will be the final reminder of why the M3 became known as the Ultimate Driving Machine.