In spring 1995, BMW M GmbH introduced a rather special version when it launched a strictly limited edition as the BMW M3 GT Coupe for homologation. BMW M3 GT Coupe was produced only in a limited edition of 350 cars.
The second generation BMW 3 Series was presented in 1982 presenting new design, optimised aerodynamics, more space and comfort, extra power and additional body and engine variants. The new car’s lines were significantly tauter and smoother than those of its predecessor, and its drag coefficient had been reduced by almost 15 per cent.
In 1994, BMW M3 debuted as a four-door sedan. This car enabled BMW to meet the desires of a large number of customers for a compact, luxury saloon with the genes of a high-performance sports car. The four-door BMW M3 Sedan car was undoubtedly the most successful combination of sportiness and everyday road use that had been sold up to that point under the M3 badge.
Following the BMW M3 Coupe, and based on the four-seater BMW 3-Series Convertible, the new BMW M3 Convertible was launched in 1994. BMW M3 Convertible was fitted with a power-operated hood as standard. It also featured innovative safety technology.
BMW presented the BMW M3 E36 in 1992. Only a year later, the new BMW M3 GTR racing version was already lining up on the grid for the first race in the German Touring Car Championship in April 1993. The new regulations were only defined at the beginning of 1992.
BMW presented the first generation BMW 3 Series in 1975. Although the two-door Sedan displayed distinctive characteristics emphasising its relationship with the BMW 5 Series unveiled three years earlier, the compact and sporting model that eventually made its debut on the market was a totally new car.