2016 is a special year for BMW. It marks a century of the company’s founding, back in 7 March 1916, as well as three decades since the first M3, which was based on 1986 E30 3-series, rolled out of its factory doors. The brief for the BMW engineers was simple: produce a racing car for motorsport events that could also be driven on public roads. In that regard they were extremely successful. The first BMW M3 and its subsequent iterations garnered dozens of racing titles. Till today, it still is the most successful touring and grand touring car to have ever participated in racing and has earned more titles than its close respected rival, the Porsche 911.

Paying homage to a car with such a storied history requires a careful balancing act between past elements and contemporary finishing. In our opinion, the BMW M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition 1 successfully accomplishes that. Available in three historically significant colours – Daytona violet metallic (inspired by the Daytona International Speedway), Dakar yellow II (Dakar endurance rally that took place from Paris to Dakar), British racing green (a posh paint used by British racing teams back in the 1900s) – BMW is producing only 10 units in total.

The BMW M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition I is no slouch under the hood, with a six-cylinder 3.0-litre engine that comes equipped with BMW’s patented TwinPower Turbo technology and can take you from zero to the century mark within four seconds. The automotive behemoth also features Adaptive M Suspension and beautiful forged 20-inch M alloy wheels. But the piece de resistance is the laser engraving on the carbon fibre trim interior, which instantly tells whoever is seated within that this is an exclusive vehicle.

BMW unveiled the M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition I during its first-ever BMW M Oktoberfest event. Held at the Munich Automobiles showroom in Singapore, invited guests had a ball of a time playing traditional Oktoberfest games while indulging in traditional Bavarian food and drinks. Of course, the stars of the show were proudly on display. You can check out more pictures in the gallery above.

If you’re hoping to get your hands on one, set aside $408,800 (accurate at time of publishing).

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