Max Daines, a cinematographer and a BMW fan, has put together a short film of the BMW E30 3 Series. Featuring two E30 models, the clip takes us closer to the E30, one of BMW’s most respected automobiles.
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The second generation BMW 3 Series (codenamed E30) was introduced in 1982.
Every panel on the car was new while the already advanced suspension set-up was heavily modified. The overall shape hasn’t changed much, but the new car was more streamlined and aerodynamic than the previous one. Interior space was still tight, but knowing that Mercedes will soon release its first small saloon, BMW engineers have spent a lot of time configuring the cockpit layout. It was also one of the first cars in the industry to feature a electronic monitoring device and service warning lights.
The design and the materials used are even now considered ahead of its time, specially when you compare it with the interior from the manufacturer who today claims that it makes the best interiors in the industry.
Of course, a BMW is not complete without an outstanding engine and this is were the smallest Bimmer was also setting standards. From the entry-level 316i to the most powerful 325is, all engines were a BMW typical mix of performance and economy. And we cannot forget the iconic M3, which was first presented in the E30 generation, but that particular model reserves a special article, if not a book.
The E30 3 Series was also offered with a all-wheel drive (dubbed 325ix) and with a straight six diesel engine in 324d and 324td version.
Here is the video: