BMW M3 – Overview – CarGurus

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About the BMW M3

Necessary for FIA A homologation, the M3 was produced and offered for as a modified version of the 1986 E30 3 To create the first M3, the 3 Series of the received a stiffer body and with flared wheel to accommodate a wider track and the and wider wheels the M3 would It stole the wheel bearings and brake calipers from the 5 of the day, and was treated to a Getrag and heavy-duty rear differential a unique ratio.

The M3 also got a direct steering ratio and a that was considered quite at the time, ABS (antilock brakes).

The visual changes may seem on paper, but were quite in person. In fact, the only panels shared by the M3 and the standard 3 were the hood and sunroof, and the wider stance as well as a angle three times of its 3 Series brethren, an M3 was unmistakable.

Despite the power and popularity of the six-cylinder engines BMW had been the decision was made to exploit the crankshaft and higher rev possibilities of a The winner was the 2.3-liter S14 engine – an overbored version of the M10 block powered the original 3 Series. better breathing and a bit of coaxing, the 2.3 almost 200 hp.

Impressive to be sure, but was reserved compared to the S14’s capabilities. By the end of the E30 M3’s racing displacement had been bumped to 2.5 and output had rocketed to 340 horses, the help of forced induction.

The E30 M3 had success on the track, absolutely the touring car racing scene, but its in the showroom was no less impressive. In BMW would produce 13 versions of the E30 M3, special editions and homologations, and the versions we never saw on these Still, the next generation E36 3 debuted in 1991, and an updated M3 was to a year later.

It was during this time the M3 received its first inline-six, the S50, which produced 240 here in the States, and 282 elsewhere. In could be considered retaliation for whole WWII business, in the Germans increased displacement in the S50 to bumping output in Europe to 316 hp, but us Americans with the same old 240 we’d already been with.

This was achieved by of the OBD 2 engine electronics, but thanks to a versatile torque curve and aggressive gearing, the performance of the and European-spec M3s were virtually the at least off the line. Also in the M3 received the six-speed gearbox – only in Europe – and brakes from its big brother, the M5. The year, BMW’s Sequential Gearbox was offered as an option.

Two doors made their in the M3 world in 1997, the same buyers got the option of nixing the The four-door sedan saw particular helped in part by BMW’s to stop producing the M5 two years but mostly because of the superior of the sedan over the coupe, and the that at only 30 pounds performance was barely affected.

But if weight was your concern, BMW had an in the form of the Coupe Sports version of the M3, otherwise known as CSL and in 1995. By ditching the AC, sound-deadening radio and sunroof, the CSL weighed 200 less than the far-from-base M3. The CSL benefited from revised a dual pickup oil pump, an front air dam and a 3.23:1 rear ratio.

importantly, all M3s received a new, M differential lock in this utilizing multiple clutch and a potential 100% lockup to aid driving.

Quite an improvement over the E30 25% lockup.

Sadly, the M3 four-door was dropped here, and the E46 was available as a coupe or convertible. Still, BMW with its tradition of producing special models of the M3, including the V8 version – the GTR. Although a race prototype, designed to competitive with the Porsche 996 GT3 in the Le Mans Series (ALMS), 10 road versions were produced to quell complaints competitors.

A rule modification the year upping production to 100 vehicles effectively ended the racing career as well as V8 for the M3, with BMW pulling out of ALMS.

But short years later a new V8 M3 be born. Debuting at the 2007 Auto Show, the newest M3 up with the naturally aspirated, S65 V8 – a monster of a high-revving engine produces 414 hp at 8,300 rpm. a power and displacement increase the E46 M3, the S65 V8 actually weighs 33 pounds than the E46 M3’s inline-six, due to construction and many additional measures.

High-strength/low-weight materials were throughout the car, including front axle and rear arms, an aluminum sub frame and a roof for the coupe that critical pounds up high.

The returned, albeit without the roof, and for this generation iteration of the M3 got its own body designation – E90/92/93 – as to sharing the code across coupe and now-hardtop convertible Shortly after the debut, the new SMG was introduced, named the M-DKG in German, or the M-DCT (Double Transmission) in the English-speaking world. “automated manual” actually 0-60 times by two-tenths of a over the manual, while identical mileage ratings.

BMW to ALMS with the M3 GT2 in 2009 a two-year absence, and similarly to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010 for the time since their win. The M3 GT4 made a showing at the 24 Hours Nürburgring, followed by a GT2 in but the latter was relegated to the experimental E1-XP class due to several modifications. The GT4 is even available as a production race car in Europe, we Americans have yet to be offered the privilege.

But really, what more do we The Deutsche Dagger started out as a weapon with a seemingly profile. At its birth, powered by a version of the four-cylinder engine the 3 was born with back in the the M3 was barely able to crack the 0-60 jaunt.

A quarter later, today’s M3 is threatening to the same sprint in less 4. Perhaps more impressive, is accomplished without the vicious that can too often accompany unforgiving power. Or maybe misspoken, for the M3 certainly can be a vicious if a well-trained one. Its composed merely hides the potential just behind the accelerator, if adjustments need to be made to the assists first.

And while mostly optional assists made the M3 an easier car to drive and a car to drive, BMW has made sure haven’t made the M3 any less

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