From Carmine Red to Interlagos Blue, all BMW's greatest paint hits are here.
Almost exactly 50 years ago, BMW M was born. For the curious, the exact date is May 24th. Since then, BMW M has churned out some of the most consistently impressive performance cars the world has ever seen. To celebrate that 50-year mark, BMW has made this year all about M. This is the latest example.
BMW is reviving a handful of the most iconic M paint shades ever put to metal, from Carmine Red to Interlagos Blue, they're all here. The models, based on either the BMW M3 or M4, are called the Edition 50 Jahre BMW M. It's also important to note the paint colors will change depending on where you live, but more on that later.
However, regardless of your location or the trim of your Jahre M Car, you'll get some standard fare from M to mark its anniversary. That includes special branding, like the door sills that read "Edition 50 Jahre BMW M." By the way, "Jahre" is the German word for "years" if you hadn't guessed by the placement. Regardless, all models will also get a plaque, because what's a special edition without one? These will be placed on the center console and will display your production number along with the model.
Regardless of car, you'll get forged wheels in either black or bronze, with a carbon front splitter, as well as a slew of M Performance parts like a rear diffuser and carbon or titanium exhaust tips. There's even a matching suitcase, should you want to look extra dorky at the airport. Inside, you get BMW's signature M stitching as well as M coloration on the headrests both front and rear.
Now. The colors. Chinese buyers get either Fire Orange or Stratus Grey for their M4s, with Euro M4 buyers getting Carbon Black, Brands Hatch Grey, Imola Red, Macao Blue, and San Marino Blue. Those of us in the US and Canada will get some of the more iconic BMW M colors.
For the US and Canada, there's only the M3 available in Edition 50 Jahre spec. Each will come with your choice in color selected from one of the previous five generations of M3. Here's the list: Cinnabar Red from the E30 M3, Techno Violet from the E36, the E46's Deep Interlagos Blue, Fire Orange II off the E92 M3 Lime Rock Park, and finally, Limerock Grey from the F80 M3 CS.
Of course, these colors are for a limited number of units only. 500 to be exact, so get ready to hit ctrl+r on Bring a Trailer when someone inevitably flips one. Pricing starts at $96,695 and goes up depending on your choice of M3 or M4 trim. As ever, they'll be powered by BMW's B58 turbo inline-six making up to 510 hp.