BMW is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 3-Series, which was first launched in 1975.

 

The first generation of the model was unveiled at the 1975 International Motor Show in Frankfurt and the model has since developed into both “the brand’s most successful model range and an international bestseller”. The German company says the car is a “highly effective global ambassador for BMW’s core attributes”.

BMW also highlights the fact that in 1977 the 3-Series became the first vehicle in its class to be offered with a 6-cylinder engine. In the next generations the series received “revolutionary” injection and engine management systems, “ultra-sporty diesel engines” and weight minimization through the use of aluminum and magnesium. In 1985 the 3-Series became the brand’s first series-produced car to channel its power to the road through all four wheels.

Today, the 3-Series is available with a wide range of diesel and petrol engines. The range-topping M3 version comes with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six engine, delivering 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of peak torque.

The first M3, the E30 M3, has a 2.3-litre engine with 192 horsepower or 212 hp. The limited-run Sport Evolution model features a larger 2.5-litre unit with 235 horsepower.

 

 
 

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