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Last-ever BMW M3 Coupe rolls off line

Tue, 09 Jul 2013

With only a shade over 16,000 examples produced for the worldwide market during its run, the first-generation BMW M3 wasn't built in significantly larger numbers than the Lamborghini Gallardo (13,059 cars by the end of the 2012 model year). And they were all coupes.

The four-door M3 was introduced in 1994, two years after the second-generation coupe bowed, sat out the car's E46 run and then returned for the E90's run.

That there will be no M3 coupe based on the F30 platform is old news, but it's worth noting that the last E90 M3 coupe just rolled off the line.

It's only a name change. The M4 will carry on the evolution of a car that began life as a homologation special almost 30 years ago. Things change. Move on. Get over it. Etc. The new 3's really more of an E39 5-series with a nicer interior anyway. What's it matter?

But there's a part of us that just wants to say, "No. BMW. No. We will not get over it. That badge/door configuration was the stuff of pubescent dreams, Deutsch guys. Why you gotta go and be arbitrary?"

By Davey G. Johnson