Just 150 examples will be available in the US.BMW is celebrating the M3's 30th birthday with a limited-edition model called M3 30 Jahre, a name that means "M3 30 Years" in German.The U.S.-spec 30 Jahre differs little from the Euro-spec model that debuted earlier this year. It's exclusively available in Macao Blue metallic, a color that made its debut on on the first-generation M3 Sport Evo, and it rides on 20-inch M-spoke alloy wheels wrapped by performance tires. The list of visual upgrades also includes blacked-out kidney grilles, blacked-out emblems, and a sport exhaust system with dark chrome tailpipes.
BMW spruced up the cabin by adding two-tone black and blue leather with contrast stitching, black chrome accents, and a sprinkling of carbon fiber trim. A plaque on the dashboard attests to the car's exclusivity.
Every 30 Jahre edition comes standard with the Competition Package. That means power is provided by a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine tuned to churn out 444 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That's enough grunt to send the M3 from zero to 60 mph in four seconds flat when it's equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, and in 3.8 seconds when it's ordered with the optional dual-clutch transmission.
The Competition Package also adds an adaptive suspension, new stability control settings, and an active M differential. BMW has also thrown in the executive package -- which adds a heads-up display, a heated steering wheel, a rear-view camera, and heated seats -- and the Driver Assistance Package Plus, which bundles a long list of electronic driving aids.
Just 500 examples of the 2017 M3 30 Jahre will be produced, and only 150 of those have been earmarked for the United States market. Pricing starts at $83,250, and selecting the dual-clutch automatic transmission bumps that figure up to $86,150. Neither figure includes destination and handling.