BMW M3, M4 M 50 Jahre Edition Celebrates 50 Years Of Spicy Bimmers

Aside from special exterior bits, the two models also come in colours that honour iconic BMW M models over the last 50 years


Exactly 50 years ago on this day, BMW unleashed the ‘M’ brand which signified its motorsport program that kicked off various European Touring Car titles with the BMW 3.0 CSL. It wasn’t until 1978 until the M badge wound up on a production Bimmer in the form of the M1 E26. Since then, we’ve had the ‘M’ being the identity of a spicy BMW model. Fast forward to 2022 and there’s no better way for the Bavarians to celebrate the ‘M’ brand by unleashing the M 50 Jahre Edition for the M3 and M4

So what makes these two ‘M’ models stand out from their standard counterparts? Well for starters, the Classic BMW M Motorsport logos on the hood, the wheel centre caps and the trunk in place of the usual roundel logo. You also get an exclusive set of alloy wheels as well as a carbon fibre front splitter. 

The M3 M 50 Jahre Edition pays homage to iconic BMW M models that have graced us over the past 50 years through its colour schemes.  There’s the Cinnabar Red, from the E30 M3, Techno Violet inspired by the E36 M3, Deep Interlagos Blue, borrowed from the E46 M3; Fire Orange III from the limited edition E92 M3 Lime Rock Park Edition and Limerock Grey being a nod to the F80 M3 CS. 


The M4 on the other hand comes with the Carbon Black, Brands Hatch Grey, Imola Red, Macao Blue, and San Marino Blue. In fact, in China, there’s Fire Orange and Stratus Grey which coincidentally celebrates the Year of the Tiger in China.

Inside, BMW’s offer a unique, yet retro look to the cabin for the M3 and M4, with the upholstery stitched in classic BMW performance colors of red, navy, and blue. There’s also Edition 50 Jahre BMW M branding slapped on the door sills as well as the seats. Another cool attention to details is on the centre console, with a special plaque that  has the model’s identity along with its production number.

Of course being a BMW M model, it's no surprise that the M3 and M4 are specced in the top-of-the line Competition guise. Both get a 3.0-litre twin-turbo in-line six cylinder petrol engine making 510PS power and 650Nm torque. You can either opt for a 6-speed manual for those with that inner purist in them or go for an 8-speed M-Steptronic automatic gearbox. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drivetrain is slapped on both the spicy Bimmers. 

Being a special edition trim, it comes as no surprise that the BMW M3, and M4 50 Jahre Editions will be limited-run models, but BMW has yet to disclose how many units it’ll produce. And it’s highly unlikely either of these spicy BMWs will come to India since we don’t even have the standard M3 sedan here. That being said, we do have the standard M4 coupe in Competition form at a price tag of Rs 1.43 crore (ex-showroom).


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