1990 BMW M3 SPORT EVOLUTION
- ◎The final model with E30 M3 homologations, a model that was renowned in the DTM races
- ◎A scaled up version of the engine emissions from 2.3 liters to 2.5 liters
- ◎Equipped with a specified designed front and rear spoiler
- ◎One of only 601 produced
- ◎An example in mint condition with only 22,710 km clocked on the odometer
Unveiled to the public in 1985, between March 1986 and June 1991, 17,086 examples of the E30-type BMW M3
two-door sedans and 786 examples of two-door cabriolet was produced. The “Sports Evolution” is considered extremely rare among them. Only 601 examples were produced, and due to the fact that it is the final model of E30 M3, the model is traded for at an extremely expensive price.
Without saying, the appeal of E30 M3’s is that it is a race car-level vehicle. Designed to “win races”, the M3 won various European touring car championships (DTM series Championship). It also did well in Japanese races.
Developed to obtain race homologation such as Group A etc., E30 M3 was greatly modified from the 3 series: the blister fender, special front bumper, the roof elongated to improve on the aero-dynamics, additionally the trunk lid was high decked and a wing was added.
Among the M3 from the past, the E30 was the only one developed as a race homologation. The engine is the renowned “M88” which was installed on the M1 and M635CSi minus two cylinders, the 2.3l 4-cylinder engine (195ps), combined with the Getrag 5 speed MT transmission with a racing pattern, it is truly a “race-car level” vehicle .
Various limited edition E30 M3 exists, but among them the most popular is the homologation model developed to deal with the yearly changing race regulation. In 1987, the “M3 Evolution” became available to the public, equipped with the specially-designed front spoiler, and lip spoiler below the rear wing. Improvements were made to the engine and can generate 210PS. 505 examples were produced. In 1988, “Evolution II” was revealed to the public. The power was increased to 220PS, the base color of the headcover was white with tri-colored M stripe special wrinkle paint. 500 of these examples were produced.
In 1989, due to German Touring Car Masters (DTM) regulation change, this homologation model (used in races starting 1990) put up for auction, Sports Evolution” was produced. Due to the regulation change, the engine emission was scaled up from 2.3l to 2.5l, enabling maximum output of 238ps. The exterior, plus the specially designed front and rear spoiler, a red line was added to the bumper, adding to the sense of specialty. 601 examples (600 two-door sedan, 1 cabriolet) was produced.
The example remains in mint condition with an odometer reading of 22,710km. The engine, its related parts, and interior/exterior are both in excellent condition. Definitely a collectible vehicle.