Engine type: Inline
Displacement: 2,332 cc
Power output: 220 kW / 300 hp at 8,000 rpm
Top speed: 280 km/h
Drivers: Roberto Ravaglia, Johnny Cecotto, Winnie Vogt, Eric van der Poele, Emanuele Pirro, Altfrid Heger, Andy Bovensiepen, etc.
The 1987 season heralds one of the most legendary periods of the DTM when the BMW M3 attracts massive crowds of fans to the race tracks and offers breathtaking motor racing. Roberto Ravaglia wins the title of World Touring Car Champion in the very first year. “Winnie” Vogt secures the European Championship for BMW and the German Championship is won by Eric van de Poele in an M3. A further five national titles are only the beginning of an unprecedented series of successes. In the 1989 season, the M3 is at the peak of its phenomenal career.
After the world and European championship titles, Roberto Ravaglia also wins the German championship. BMW achieves a double victory at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring. It is also Ravaglia who wins both races at the season finale in Hockenheim in 1992, ending BMW's first major chapter in the DTM with a bang. The stunning result after six years: one world championship title, two European championship titles, over 60 national championship titles, seven European mountain championship titles and five Rally Cups. At the 24-hour races on the Nürburgring and in Spa-Francorchamps, eight victories are achieved. This makes the BMW M3 the world's most successful touring car of all time.