BMW M3 buyers guide e30 M3 E36 M3 BMW cars

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E36 M3 Specs Information

The E36 M3 was launched in 1992 at the prestigious Paris Auto Show. It succeeded the highly acclaimed road racecar, the E30 M3. The E36 coupe was fitted with 3.0 liter straight-six engine called: S50B30 with 286bhp. In 1996, the E36 M3 ‘s engine received a slight change in displacement to 3.2 liter, producing 321 hp, code: S50B32.

It also had the larger brakes found in the M5 and a six-speed gearbox. The following year, BMW’s Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG-1) became one of the optional features of the E36 M3. The upgraded models became known as Euro models since they were significantly different from the ones sold in North America.

Then the 3.2 Euro models became more commonly known as M3 Evo.

In 1996 the US version of the e36 M3 received the same changes as the European model, with a slight change in displacement to 3.2l the new engine was designated S50B32US,/Evolution/. Power output stayed the same as the engine electronics were changed to OBD 2. The 1997-98 model year introduced the first ever sedan version of the M3 and the convertible entered the market in the same year.

The sedan quickly became popular if not just for being the ultimate family sedan and fastest saloon at the time, given the fact that BMW stopped production on it’s e34 M5 versions in 1995, but for having an excellent balance that was better than its coupe version as well. The performance of the sedan version was exactly the same as the coupe M3 being only about 30lbs heavier. Limited slip differential was standard on all BMW M3s.


For the happiness of the American BMW M3 enthusiasts BMW released A CSL version of the car called lightweight by many. The CSL (coupe sports lightweight) was around 200 lbs lighter and had almost all of its features removed including air conditioning, sunroof, sound deadening, leather seat and radio. However, the CSL had other features not seen in the M3, such as the extendable front splitter, lower x-brace, strut tower base and dual pick up oil pump.

The e36 m3 CSL 2950 pounds light with an 1/4 mile time of 13.9sec @ 100mph. The acceleration of the car was not only the result of the reduced weight but its also sported a rear end with 3.23:1 instead of the normally supplied 3.15:1. It is also believed that the company pulled the best performing engines off the production line with a so called higher end of design tolerance

Double VANOS: infinitely variable camshaft timing system unlike the previous version, this new double vanos system worked both on the intake and exhaust valves


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