First seen at the 1985 Frankfurt motor show, the E30 was created as a homologation special for Group A Touring Car racing. It uses the BMW Motorsport-developed S14 four-cylinder powerplant and features improved aerodynamics along with flared box wheel-arches to accommodate a wider track with wider and taller wheels. Initially introduced with 143 kW (192 hp), the capacity was enlarged from 2.3 to 2.5-litres, meaning the final Evolution III model had 175 kW (235 hp).
The limited edition M3 GTS develops 331 kW (444 hp) from its 4.4-litre eight-cylinder powerplant which is based on the 4.0-litre engine found in the regular M3. BMW also managed to shed 13.6 kg of weight from the car.
It would have been nice to have seen an E46 M3 CSL as the meat in this sexy sandwich.