Gallery: M celebrates its 40th birthday
And TopGear.com headed to Germany to join the party… Rowan Horncastle reports
Posted: 11 Dec 2013
BMW sold 17,970 units of the first ever M3. They only needed to sell 5,000 to get a golden ticket into Group A racing, so it's clear how popular the first properly fast 3-series was with the buying public. And none were more sought-after than this limited-edition 2.5-litre M3 Sport Evolution.
Only 600 of the hottest E30 were ever made. Even the standard M3 only shared the bonnet, roof panel, and sunroof with a normal three, but the Sport Evolution went even further, after a change in rules in German touring cars in 1990 allowed for 2.5 litre engines.
So the Sport Evo got a bigger engine, bigger bumpers, adjustable front and rear splitters, brake cooling ducts instead of front fog lights and DTM-sized 18-inch wheels. If there's a car to pop your E30 M3 cherry, this is it.