Color Fast: Historic BMW Race Cars in Monterey

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
BMW ALPINA M3 DTM Gruppe A (E30)
Based on the first-generation E30 M3, the BMW ALPINA M3 marked the return of ALPINA to racing after a 10-year absence. This car competed in German, European and World Touring Car races in 1987 and was part of a two-car team for DTM in 1988. The BMW ALPINA M3 is powered by a high-revving 4-cylinder engine that produces 315 horsepower at 8000 rpm and 210 lb-ft of torque at 6750 rpm. Weighing just 2,160 pounds, the BMW ALPINA M3 is capable of a top speed between 160 and 174 mph, depending on gearing. ALPINA was the first to use catalytic converters in racing, which were required one year later.

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