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What Does M Mean On Gear Shift ?

The “M” in the BMW M3’s shifter is a nod to motorsports. It stands for “M-Coupé,” which was a limited-production BMW coupe that the automaker built in the late 1980s. The M3 is the road-going version of that car.

The M3 has been around since 1986, when it was introduced as an E30-generation model based on the regular 3 Series. It was originally an optional package on top of other options, but it quickly became popular enough that it became its own model by 1987.

The M3 name was dropped after 1995, when BMW switched over to its current numbering system and no longer used letters to designate trim levels. Today’s M3 has been around since 2002, when it was introduced as part of a new generation of 3 Series coupes and convertibles (the sedan version wasn’t offered until 2005).

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Last modified: August 16, 2022

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