BMW E31 8 Series
The E31 8 series was introduced in 1989. It was available as 2 door coupe.
There was one model available: the 850i wich had a twelve cylinder engine with 300 HP and a top speed of 250 km/h. In 1993 the 850Ci replaced the 850i. There were also two new models available: the 840Ci and the 850CSi. The 840Ci had an eight cylinder engine with 286 HP. The 850 CSi had a twelve cylinder that had 380 HP. The 850CSi had a special M package wich included M style wheels and mirrors. In 1994 the 850Ci received more power. It now had 326 HP. In 1996 the 840 Ci received a new engine but there were no changes in power or top speed. The 850CSi went out of production in 1997.
All other 8 Series were available until 1999. There is no new 8 Series available.
BMW E26 M1
The E26 M1 was introduced in 1979. This was the first M model ever build. It had a six cylinder engine with 277 HP and a top speed of 262 km/h. The M1 was designed by Giugiaro. It went out of production in 1981.
BMW E30 M3
The first M3 was introduced in 1986. It was based on the E30 3 series. It had a four cylinder engine with 200 HP. It was also available with catalist. This model had 195 HP. In 1989 the M3 received a new engine with 215 HP. There was also a convertible available. This model was introduced in 1988 and was available until 1991. This model had a four cylinder with 200 HP. In 1992 a new M3 was introduced so the E30 M3 went out of production.
Evolution 2: This model was available in 1988 as Evolution 2.
The Evolution 2 had a 2.3 litre engine with 220 HP and a top speed of 244 km/h.
Some differences between the standard M3 and the Evolution 2 included a higher compression ratio, some lighter bodyparts, a deeper front spoiler and bigger wheels. The Evolution 2 was available in Misano Red, Macao Blue or Nogaro Silver. There were only 501 build between March and May 1988.
Evolution 3: This model was available in 1990 as Sport Evolution.
The Evolution 3 was available in red or black only and had grey cloth or black leather Recaro bucket seats. The engine was a 2.5 litre 16 valve wich had 238 HP. The front and rear spoilers recieved adjustable splitters and BMW fitted the optional 16 inch cross spoke wheels as standard. Also standard was a suede steering wheel, a suede gearknob, a suede handbrake grip and a three way adjustable suspension. If you want to know about bmw m performance, check out here.