The BMW 3 Series is a line of compact executive cars manufactured by the German automaker BMW since May 1975. It is the successor to the 02 Series and has been produced in seven different generations.
The first generation of the 3 Series was only available as a 2-door saloon; however, the model range has since expanded to include a 4-door saloon, 2-door convertible, 2-door coupé, 5-door estate, 5-door liftback (“Gran Turismo”) and 3-door hatchback body styles. Since 2013, the coupé and convertible models have been marketed as the 4 Series; therefore, the 3 Series range no longer includes these body styles.
Ask most BMW fans which M3 is the best M3 and they’ll almost all in unison say the E46 generation M3. While the E30 is considered by many to be the best BMW of all time, objectively, the E46 M3 is the better car overall. So most fans will go with that car as their perfect M3. However, Alex from Car Throttle specifically bought an E36 BMW M3 over an E46 M3, despite it technically being the worse car of the two.
While drag races are far from being exciting and often times, they’re extremely biased, yet they’re perfect for bragging rights and killing time.
The BMW E30 3 Series range has one of the biggest cult followings out of all the BMW models ever made. The series that gave birth to the legendary E30 M3 and the M3 nameplate altogether, deserves a special place in the hearts of thousand of car fans. And it can get even dramatically better with just a couple of well-placed upgrades and that’s part of what makes it magic.