The BMW 3 Series

THE MOST ADVANCED 3 SERIES EVER.

Forty years ago, the ultimate driver’s car was born. With breathtaking aesthetics and an enthralling four-cylinder petrol engine, the first BMW 3 Series (then called the E21) burst onto the scene.

Over the years, countless ground-breaking innovations, engineering advancements and pioneering designs led to a succession of iconic cars that defined every era they were born into

Today, the BMW 3 Series effortlessly surpasses the benchmarks set by its predecessors thanks to that same uncompromising spirit. Its flowing lines, sporty DNA and wealth of cutting-edge technology deliver more thrills than ever. Setting the stage for another 40 years of driving exhilaration.

1975 BMW 3 Series

1975.
 

A new movie inspires nightmares about the open water.

A new car inspires dreams about the open road.

1982 BMW 3 Series

1982.
 

Interest rates at 14% in the UK.

Drag reduced by 15% on the BMW 3 Series.

1990 BMW 3 Series

1990.
 

The Germans win on penalties.

And aerodynamic design.

1998 BMW 3 Series

1998.
 

A young, bespectacled wizard spellbinds Britain.

A new sport mode has a similar effect on BMW 3 Series drivers.

2005 BMW 3 Series

2005.
 

Video sharing revolutionises the internet.

The internet revolutionises the BMW 3 Series.

2015 BMW 3 Series

2015.
 

Various politicians promise to reduce emissions.

The new BMW 3 Series actually does.