BMW M3 E30
When most people think of BMW performance, they think of the “M” class cars. And, among the dozens of models that wore the M badge, the M3 E30 is the most iconic. BMW produced them from 1985 to 1992. The E30 M3 was a homologation special they designed to compete in the European Touring Car Championship. At first, BMW didn’t envision the performance version of their E30 3-Series.
However, when Mercedes introduced the 190E 2.3-16, BMW quickly reacted, and the M3 was born. The heart of the E30 M3 was the S14 straight four engine with 2.3-liters of displacement. At first, it produced 195, but later, the output was 215 HP. Since the car was light, the performance and road holding was great. In fact, the M3 was the most successful racing car in touring car racing history.