What makes the BMW M3/M4 special and a good investment?

The BMW M3 and M4 continue to offer a great mix of motorsport derived performance and everyday practicality

When the BMW M3 was launched in 1986 it set a new standard and became the benchmark of performance in the mid sized sedan segment. Each generation has built on this promise and each generation has been a success in its own right while retaining the original character of the M3. BMW Motorsport utilised a large array of motor racing technology in the first generation M3 and there is still no car that blends prominent motorsport genes and uncompromised practicality into one package so successfully.

BMW M3 Touring to be unveiled at Goodwood Festival of Speed

At the upcoming 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, BMW M will be celebrating five decades of success. This celebration will include the world premier of the first ever BMW M3 Touring and the UK premiere of the BMW M4 CSL.

The BMW M4 CSL is a track focused, two-seater coupe that features a 30kW power increase compared to the current BMW M4 Competition resulting in 410kW of power as well as meticulous weight-saving measures, including a carbon fibre roof, bonnet and boot lid, which contribute to an overall weight saving of 100kg. The result is the best ever lap time for a BMW road car on the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

BMW M3 and M4 50 Jahre Editions announced

In celebration of 50 years since the inception of BMW M, BMW will be offering enthusiasts the chance to own limited edition BMW M3 and M4 50 Jahre editions.

The BMW M 50 Jahre edition is based on the current generation M3 and M4, which is the most successful model series in the history of BMW M. Both models are synonymous with high-performance in the premium mid-range segment. The edition models are powered by a straight six-cylinder engine that boasts 375kW thanks to the the now characteristic M TwinPower Turbo technology and a high-revving nature. Depending on the variant, power is transferred to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic or to all four wheels using M xDrive technology.

Special features include defining colours from the history of BMW M, such as Carbon Black, Macao Blue, Brands Hatch Grey, Imola Red and San Marino Blue. M forged wheels featuring a double spoke design are sized 19-inch at the front and 20-inches at the rear and are also available in a variety of iconic colours.

The interior features door sills bearing the Edition 50 Jahre BMW M lettering as well as a plaque on the centre console and a corresponding imprint on the headrests of the standard M sports seats or optional M carbon bucket seats for the driver and front passenger.

An on going success and enthusiast favourite

The success of BMW M cars across the last 50 years and the BMW M3 and M4 in the last 36 years means that all generations of these automotive icons remain sought after. Enthusiasts who are not able to afford the latest model are very happy to settle for older generations and enjoy and meticulously care for these examples. The result is that all generations of the BMW M3 retain their value extremely well and that newer models are a very good investment in terms of their value retention, not being affected by depreciation as much as regular BMW models or even competitors with similar performance.