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Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the BMW M3 has seen numerous special editions produced in conjunction with the event, the most notable being the M3 “30 Years M3” introduced in May. But the most interesting could actually hail from our neighbours down south in Singapore, with the very colourful BMW M3 Heritage Collection.

The first car in the collection is, to give its full name, the BMW M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition I. Inspired by the E36 M3, it hence comes in a slew of rather attractive ’90s hues, including Dakar Yellow, Daytona Violet Metallic and British Racing Green.

These colours are also repeated inside with the highlight trim finishers, while the carbon fibre trim is laser inscribed with the edition name and unit number to show off just how exclusive the car is – just 10 will be built, at an eye-watering price of S$408,800 (RM1.27 million). By comparison, over here, the M3, minus the bits and bobs, is priced at RM738,800 on-the-road without insurance.

Elsewhere, the Singapore Edition I is pretty much a “standard” M3 with the Competition Package added on and, as such, comes with all the bells and whistles of the latter. These include the style 666M 20-inch star-spoke M light alloy wheel, retuned Adaptive M suspension (with new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars), Comfort, Sport and Sport+ drive modes, Active M differential and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).

Also bundled in the package are the High Gloss Shadow Line exterior trim (expanded to include black kidney grilles, fender vent accents, door mirrors, tailpipes and model badge), lightweight M sports seats and seat belts with woven-in BMW M strips.

Under the bonnet, the 3.0 litre twin-turbo straight-six has been breathed on to produce 19 hp more, at 450 hp and 550 Nm of torque. Matched to a seven-speed M DCT (dual-clutch transmission), it sprints from zero to 100 km/h in four seconds flat.

As the name suggests, the M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition I is just the first in a series of commemorative models to be sold in the republic – the Edition II (which will take inspiration from the E46 M3) and Edition III (which will hark back to the previous E92 M3) are set to be introduced next year.