In 2013, BMW introduced the F80 M3, the fifth-generation of its most iconic sports coupe. For the first time, the compact M car was split into two models wearing distinct badges. While the sedan continued to wear the M3 tag, the two-door ditched the M3 Coupe moniker in favor of the M4.

But, that wasn’t the only important change that came with the new generation.

The Germans also put an end to the V-8-powered M3, opting to replace the naturally aspirated unit with a twin-turbo, inline-six in the new M3 and M4. The switch was made in order to improve fuel economy and alleviated by lighter cars. As it is always the case with such radical changes, the downsizing was received with mixed feelings. Not surprisingly, most M3 enthusiasts criticized the move, claiming that the nameplate has been stripped of its heritage.

Nearly three years have passed since the new M3/M4 entered production, and both the coupe and sedan have already received their mid-cycle facelifts. BMW is already working on the next-generation model, but until the sixth-generation arrives, Munich has put together a four-minute video that looks back on the challenges it had to overcome in developing the fifth-gen cars. The brand also talks about the M3/M4’s successful DTM campaign, as well as the more recently introduced M4 GTS. If you’re a BMW fan, this is a video you shouldn’t miss!

BMW M3

2016 BMW M3 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the BMW M3 here.

BMW M4

2015 BMW M4 Coupe Exterior
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Read our full review on the BMW M4 here.

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