The M3 is BMW's high-performance version of the 3-Series, offered in coupe, convertible and sedan versions. The M3 began as a limited-edition model designed to meet minimum production requirements for touring car racing in Europe and Asia. The M3 arrived in the U.S. in the late '80s and was sold through the 1991 model year as a high-performance 2-door coupe. The M3 returned as a coupe for the 1995 model year, and in 1997 an M3 sedan was added. The M3 convertible completed the M3 lineup in 1998. The M3 sedan was dropped in 1999. The third-generation M3 was offered as a coupe and convertible from 2001-2006. Completely redesigned for 2008, the current M3 is powered for the first time by a V8 engine. Even more aggressive than its predecessor, the M3 includes a power dome in the middle of the aluminum hood, a rear diffuser, and gills in the front fenders that include the blue/purple/red M3 logo.
The 2012 BMW M3 gains as standard equipment an anti-theft alarm system, floor mats, and iPod/USB adaptor, Bluetooth and BMW Assist. The former Convenience Package and Premium Package 2 are now combined into a single Premium Package, and a new BMW Individual Composition Package is offered, which includes the buyer's choice of three unique metallic exterior colors and three unique leather colors, as well as Piano Black interior trim. The M3 is offered as a coupe or convertible for 2012, but the M3 sedan is not longer available. To read more about the 2012 BMW M Series, visit MSN Autos