The origins of the BMW M3 are in the motorsport commitment of the Munich carmaker. Was at its launch in 1986 the company internally designated as E30 BMW M3 at first only as a two-door sedan with 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and available up to 215 hp, later a convertible version. Typical of the original M3 was including his conspicuous fender flares and the mighty rear spoiler. Based on the 3 Series sports coupe debuted in 1992, the second generation of the BMW M3 (E36), from a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with 286 hp (1995: 3.2 liters, 321 hp) was driven. From 1993, the BMW M3 was then available as a four-door sedan. In 2001, the third series of the BMW M3 (E46) on the market, which had a 343-hp 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder. This accelerates the sports car from 0 to 100 km / h in about 5.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km / h From this car also a special model called M3 CSL was offered in a limited edition. It is a series M3 in the next lighter materials - among other things he has a carbon roof - also an engine with even more power (360 hp) was installed. In addition, the BMW M3 in the DTM made a stir: the BMW M3 GTR is one of the most successful touring car ever. From the year 2007, the BMW M3 was produced in the E92 series. Built by 2012 car features a 4.0-liter V8 engine with 420 hp and accelerates in 4.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h From the spring of 2008, this BMW M3 was also available as a sedan again. With the BMW M3, the M3 is based on the F30 model only available since 2012 as a touring (wagon) and sedan, coupe and convertible will be in the new 4 series as BMW M4 offered. The V8 engine was replaced by a double-charged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 450 horsepower from 3.0 liters and could minimize the thirst of the sports car significantly.