BMW celebrates Oktoberfest with one-off M3 'Munchner Wirte'

By CARSIFU | 18 September 2015

MUNICH: BMW is set to unveil its one-off M3 in a “Münchner Wirte” livery and will coincide with this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich from Sept 19 till Oct 4.

This particular livery harks back to that of the legendary BMW M1 Procar from 1981 and is complete with a Bavarian-style facade painting and blue and white twisted cords.

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There are even depictions of Munich’s landmarks that include the Olympic Stadium, Siegestor, Frauenkirche church and BMW’s headquarters – the “four-cylinder” building.

It further includes a roast chestnut seller and the Wiesn-Schänke beer tent at the Oktoberfest.

Walter Maurer is responsible for bringing the design back to life on the current BMW M3 with the designer’s close relationship with BMW dating back several decades to when he created the livery for the BMW M1 Procar “Münchner Wirte”.

It was then that Maurer painted the livery by hand 34 years ago

“Although the two cars are very different, it was surprisingly straightforward to carry over the design from the two-door BMW M1 racer to the four-door BMW M3 Sedan,” said Maurer.

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Back in the day, the BMW M1 Procar “Münchner Wirte” had an in-line six-cylinder engine with four-valve technology and 470hp sent to the rear wheels that enabled it to accelerate to 100kph in 4.5 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 310 kph.

The new BMW M3 “Münchner Wirte” isn’t as powerful, but it does come close with its M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine producing 431hp for the rear.

The car is able to sprint to 100kph in 4.1 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 280kph with the M Driver’s Package combined with the M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic.

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The BMW M3 “Münchner Wirte” will be on display at BMW Welt during the Oktoberfest.

The BMW Procar championship represented arguably the world’s fastest and most spectacular single-make race series in 1979 and 1980 and was held on the undercard of the Formula One grands prix in Europe.

Furthermore, the M1 Procar also saw action in the Le Mans 24-hour race AS well as various national championships, including the DRM series (German Racing Championship) between 1979 and 1986.