As you know the German festival of Oktoberfest involves a lot of beer drinking. And what goes with beer? That’s right, fast cars! So Munich’s pride and joy Bayerische Motoren Werke announced the release of a one-off celebratory model for the festival called BMW M3 Münchner Wirte.
With a livery inspired by the BMW M1 Procar from 1981, BMW M3 Münchner Wirte pays homage to the city of Munich featuring a Bavarian style white paintjob with blue and white twisted cords, plus depictions of Munich landmarks such as the Olympic Stadium, Siegestor, Frauenkirche church and BMW’s headquarters – the “four-cylinder” building.
BMW M3 Münchner Wirte differs from its Procar counterpart in the sense that is a tad weaker and not really meant for racing. Whereas the M1 packed 470 horsepower, the M3 has a 430 horsepower. It is just as quick though, with a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph).
“I hatched the plan to turn this very special artwork into reality in 1981, together with my good friends and long-established Munich restaurateurs Putzi Holenia and Karl Heckl, and the then head of the BMW press department, Dirk Henning Strassl,” explains Walter Maurer, the designer of M3 Münchner Wirte.