It's been 30 years since the first BMW M3 E30 convertible was first produced and the German maker is celebrating with a limited run of 30 Year Edition M4 Convertibles that pay homage to M3s of the past.
Unlike the original M3 which was light and small, the cult car has grown into the M4 two-door while the current M3 serves as a more family-friendly sedan.
Available exclusively in two exterior colours, Macao blue and Mandarin II uni yellow, the former is borrowed from the palate of the first M3 E30 while Mandarin II is a tribute to the second-generation M3's bright Dakar yellow paint.
Both receive matching interior trims with either Fjord blue or Silverstone grey ascents on Marino leather seats and additional yellow contrasting stitching is an option. Other exclusive finishes inside for the 30 Years pair include carbon fibre trim inserts, M floor mats and untranslated 30 Jahr Edition headrests and sills. A passenger-side plaque is etched with 30 Jahr Edition and numbered 1/300, representing the limited run of vehicles available worldwide.
Outside, the vehicles are dressed with black ascents and surrounds on the iconic BMW kidney grille, M side vents and badges. The special drop-top also rides on exclusive 20-inch matt grey forged alloy wheels.
The birthday car is based on the M4 with M Competition Package that gets an M sport exhaust and adaptive M suspension along with a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 331kW of power and 550Nm of torque – a sizeable upgrade from the original 2.3-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine which produced half as much power.
BMW Australia has not confirmed how many of the M4 Convertible 30 Years Editions it will receive but it took 30 of the 500 2016 M3 limited edition sedans last year.
“We have put our hand up. As well as the performance mindset, our customers love accessing limited production variants. We will confirm allocation soon,” BMW Australia PR communications manager, Adam Davis, told TMR.
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