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Predator
Wed, Jun-09-2004, 04:43:05 PM
basically i think that we should all know what different types of E36 M3 there are and if anyone on this forum has these cars. I just thought of this as i got a magazine of a mate and it has every single M3 inside ! ( well i think its every M3 )So if you know of other E36 M3s that i don't mention, let us all know what it is. Also if my information is incorrect let me know. The information i got was from a M3 special BMW magazine.

Below are the different E36 M3s

E36 ///M3 3-litre

Engine : 6 cylinder; DOHC 24 valve
Capacity : 2990cc
Power : 286bhp @ 7000rpm (europe) / 240bhp @ 6000 (USA)
Torque : 236lb ft @ 3600rpm (europe) / 222lb ft @ 4250rpm (USA)
Produced : Oct 1992 - July 1995
How many : 29, 033
Comments : 6 cylinder power 4 new M3. Bigger, heavier but still quicker than E30 M3 and endowed with phenomenal grip. However lacked E30's delicate handling. Due to emmisions regulations US version used a different engine rated at 240bhp, but shorter gearing ensured acceleration figures were as impressive as the european model.

E36 ///M3 Lightweight

Engine : 6 cylinder; DOHC 24 valve
Capacity : 2990cc
Power : 240bhp @ 7000 rpm
Torque : 226lb ft @ 3900rpm
Produced : Jan - May 1995
How many :116
Comments : This was a mildy stripped out M3 for the US market, aimed at drivers who intended to do some racing or track days. Despite having the standard USA motor BMW admits to hand selecting the best engines for this model. Its lightweight tag was earned by throwing away the sunroof, radio, sound deadning and air conditioning and coupled with aluminium doors it amounted to a 100kg weight loss. A lower final drive ensured that the lightweight was quicker than the standard item.

E36 ///M3 GT 3-litre (British Racing Green Exterior, Mexico Green leather with Anthracite Amaretta Interior)

Engine : 6 cylinder; DOHC 24 valve
Capacity : 2990cc
Power : 295 @ 7000rpm
Torque : 238lb ft @ 3900 rpm
Produced : Jan - May 1995
How many : 396
Comments :Built to comply with 1995 Le mans regulations, the GT had a front airdam splitter and a two tier rear spoiler. 396 of them were painted Mexico green and featured a slightly more powerful engine - power up by 9bhp and torque up by 2lb ft, so it was not that much quicker on the road. It had lower and stiffer suspension, some parts were made from kevlar.

E36 ///M3 GT2 (Imola Red Exterior, Imola Red leather with Anthracite Amaretta Interior)

Engine : 6 cylinder; DOHC 24 valve
Capacity : 3201cc
Power : 321 @ 7400rpm
Torque : 238lb ft @ 3900 rpm
Produced : late 1998
How many : 50
Comments :produced by BMW Individual exclusively for the United Kingdom to commemorate the end of E36 M3 production

E36 ///M3 GT-R
Engine : 6 cylinder; DOHC 24 valve
Capacity : 2990cc
Power : 326bhp @ 7000 rpm
Torque : 238lb ft @ 3900rpm
Produced : Jan - May 1995
How many :15
Comments : Produced specifically for the australian market, to beat the Porsches and Mazdas in the country's road legal race series. This most exclusive of M3's ( just 11 road cars ) shunned unnecessary weight like tool kits, spare tyre, sound deading and even the back seat to lose 200kg from the standard cars excessive girth. The tweaked engine produced a staggering 109 bhp per litre, and to keep it on the road there was group N suspension, larger AP brakes and 8.517inch BBS rims.


E36 M3 3.2 USA

Engine : 6 cylinder; DOHC 24 valve
Capacity : 3201cc
Power : 240 @ 6000rpm
Torque : 236lb ft @ 3800 rpm
Produced : Oct 1996 - April 1999
How many : 25 000 +
Comments :Unlke the Euro-spec S50 B32, the S52 powerplant is an evolution of the standard production M52 engine. However, it incorporates the following changes over its S50 B30 USA predecessor:
-Increased bore to 86.4mm (from 86.0mm) and increased stroke to 89.6mm (from 85.8mm) for a total displacement of 3,152cc (from 2,990cc)
-More finely balanced camshafts
-Valve lifters, springs and spring seats with reduced mass
-Revised intake and exhaust systems
-OBD II (On-Board Diagnostics, version II) compliance
-Horsepower unchanged at 240 hp (SAE) at 6,000 rpm
-Torque increased to 236 lb/ft at 3,800 rpm (up from 225 lb/ft at 4,250 rpm)
-The North American market was denied the more efficient two-piece rotors of the Euro-spec 3.2-liter M3 because BMW of North America was concerned that, if not properly maintained, the rotors presented the possibility of failing, thus creating a legal liability.

E36 M3 EVO

Engine : 6 cylinder; DOHC 24 valve
Capacity : 3201cc
Power : 321 @ 7400rpm
Torque : 258lb ft @ 3250 rpm
Produced : Oct 1995 - April 1999
How many : 41, 850
Comments : Heralded by many as the ultimate incarnation of the E36, the Evo version was even faster than the 3-litre cracking the 0-62mph sprint in a staggering 5.3 seconds. A six speed gearbox appeared for the first time in an M3, helping the car to get 32mpg. suspension settings were altered and the Evo also featured a new steering rack and the E34 M5's front floating discs. Externally white lamps and different wheels differntiated it from the 3-Litre.

Sirius
Wed, Jun-09-2004, 05:00:02 PM
Intresting. Nice write up.

2k
Wed, Jun-09-2004, 05:35:20 PM
Sticky! Nice work :beer:

Ty Vil
Wed, Jun-09-2004, 06:10:32 PM
I like how he doesn't mention the us 3.2

Edgy
Wed, Jun-09-2004, 06:49:59 PM
Agreed, nice work Ravi.

For most, I think the GT info is a little too much intell for such low volume and differences.

I'd keep the lightweight, since that term always seems to pop up.

Add the link to mregistry, and stick it. Maybe right next to the "Why are there two different versions" thread.

resisTm3
Wed, Jun-09-2004, 08:37:44 PM
nice job

brett.

Drifter
Wed, Jun-09-2004, 09:26:28 PM
Cool, and nice job!!

SG_M3
Wed, Jun-09-2004, 09:29:06 PM
Don't for get the austrailian only M3R

Avus Blur
Wed, Jun-09-2004, 09:29:47 PM
Nice work on the right up. I am proud to know I have the least powerful M3 available.

:hmm:

Ty Vil
Thu, Jun-10-2004, 12:43:01 AM
Nice work on the right up. I am proud to know I have the least powerful M3 available.

:hmm:
What's a right up as opposed to a left up?

Sirius
Thu, Jun-10-2004, 01:58:44 AM
What's a right up as opposed to a left up?

You don't have to go looking for the right up because it hasn't left yet.... :violin:

Predator
Sat, Nov-06-2004, 10:16:46 PM
Just for u Tyson the US 3.2 ! I also added the GT2 which for i while i thought didn't exist !

Mods do u reckon u can make this a Sticky ?

I reckon all E36 owners should know atleast this much.

Also every 1 should feel free to add anything if i forgot anything.

:peace:

Sirius
Sat, Nov-06-2004, 11:11:56 PM
I'll stick it for awhile, then I'll move it to the FAQ section later on.

Predator
Sun, Nov-07-2004, 01:16:19 AM
thank Trevor. :thumbsup: :beer:

BG_M3inCT
Mon, Nov-08-2004, 01:08:21 PM
Nice work on the right up. I am proud to know I have the least powerful M3 available.

:hmm:

Yep, me too 95' 3.o Lux and proud of it!! Love the heated seats in the Northeast. Never feels lacking to me. :devilish:

salty
Mon, Nov-08-2004, 01:34:17 PM
Nice work on the right up. I am proud to know I have the least powerful M3 available.

:hmm:
Since yours revs higher, I would say it is the second least fun M3....Mine looks like the most least fun.

M3R Blizzard
Sun, Nov-14-2004, 09:56:01 AM
E36 ///M3 GT-R
Engine : 6 cylinder; DOHC 24 valve
Capacity : 2990cc
Power : 326bhp @ 7000 rpm
Torque : 238lb ft @ 3900rpm
Produced : Jan - May 1995
How many :15
Comments : Produced specifically for the australian market, to beat the Porsches and Mazdas in the country's road legal race series. This most exclusive of M3's ( just 11 road cars ) shunned unnecessary weight like tool kits, spare tyre, sound deading and even the back seat to lose 200kg from the standard cars excessive girth. The tweaked engine produced a staggering 109 bhp per litre, and to keep it on the road there was group N suspension, larger AP brakes and 8.517inch BBS rims.
.

I bought this car in Sydney, Australia last week. The rarest and fastest of all production ///M3s :wave:

The car is awesome and 9yrs later is still a KILLER!!

Predator
Sun, Nov-14-2004, 11:32:36 AM
Hot Sh!t man !!!!!!!!!!! welcome to the E36 forum dude !

names RAvi.


Btw any chance of seeing the interior ! ?

///sleeper
Sun, Nov-14-2004, 06:00:23 PM
OOOOh...lucky

eljockvis
Thu, Nov-18-2004, 11:21:56 AM
dont forget e36m3 evo also came with smg gearbox!!!

hooked
Fri, Nov-19-2004, 02:55:06 PM
I like how he doesn't mention the us 3.2 He did! :wave:

Truth
Tue, Nov-30-2004, 02:54:31 AM
what Im really wondering is and cant find it anywhere, how fast is the m3 96 3.2 us version, europe version was 5.5 but I cant find it anywhere how fast is the us one, anyone has an answer?

DPM3
Mon, Dec-06-2004, 08:03:18 AM
You're a little off on the 95 3.0 US torque number.
You have 222, I checked around and found 225 from multiple sources.
Not a big deal at all, just seemed a little off.

jddwyer
Tue, Dec-07-2004, 07:52:33 AM
I was looking at autotrader for an e36 M3, and one is on there that is supposedly a Hamann widebody. The guy says that it is only 1 out of 7 that were made that way. I don't know if this is for real, but thought it might add to the list. :peace:

got M?
Sat, Feb-26-2005, 09:51:17 AM
were the evo's sold in the US market or just over seas. And if they were only sold over seas, is there anyway to jsut go to germany or whatever and grab taht extra gear and stick on a us spec e36?

Brent_Vino
Sat, Feb-26-2005, 06:29:49 PM
were the evo's sold in the US market or just over seas. And if they were only sold over seas, is there anyway to jsut go to germany or whatever and grab taht extra gear and stick on a us spec e36?

no, and no. :wave:

n00b
Fri, Mar-04-2005, 09:40:56 AM
were the evo's sold in the US market or just over seas. And if they were only sold over seas, is there anyway to jsut go to germany or whatever and grab taht extra gear and stick on a us spec e36?
If you paid a ton of money you could go get a euro spec M and bring it back. :agree:

Bolidoendiablad
Sun, Apr-09-2006, 01:52:39 AM
How much is actually "a ton of money"...?
What it would be the difference ( money wise ) between buying an euro spec there and convert your us spec into euro...? regardless emissions...of course...

Ty Vil
Sun, Apr-09-2006, 01:58:08 AM
some bad info in that write up.

thedood
Sun, Apr-23-2006, 07:43:18 PM
some bad info in that write up.

care to elaborate? :nixweiss:

GETYED
Sun, Sep-10-2006, 09:07:13 AM
Hello there does any body know if there are any E36 M3's in south africa that are convertibles. If this is so does any body have a pick that they can send to me? Please

I_LUV_M_PWR
Tue, Jan-09-2007, 01:21:38 AM
Hello there does any body know if there are any E36 M3's in south africa that are convertibles. If this is so does any body have a pick that they can send to me? Please

AFAIK there aren't any. If there are, then they've been imported. We never got them as a model option. We only got the 325i and 328i convertables. We got the Coupe and the Sedan (3.2 only) in SA. You could always buy a 325/328 and do a heart transplant.

jerrym
Thu, Feb-01-2007, 03:17:35 PM
wow.. these e36's are e46 eaters..

jorgeassoc
Sun, Feb-04-2007, 11:38:56 PM
interesting write up..thanks for sharing this to me

nessiemark
Thu, Jul-12-2007, 05:04:36 PM
As far as i know the Gt did not have kevlar. It had optional aluminium doors though.

koalamotorsport
Sat, Jul-28-2007, 07:03:02 PM
Just a note that all of the comments about final drive gearing are incorrect.

All E36 M3s of each year had the same final drive ratios, regardless of engine, etc. There were differences in the size of the final drive, but the ratios remained the same.

1993-5 - 3.15 5spd, 3.23 Auto
1996-9 - 3.23 6spd & SMG, 3.38 Auto

FYI

Brett

morerevsm3
Sun, Jul-29-2007, 11:32:44 AM
and the Australia only model is called the M3R, not M3 GT-R, they also run an AP twin plate clutch setup, 3.25:1 diff, optional bolt in roll cage, no speed limiter, etc, etc, etc

Alex Lipowich
Wed, Sep-26-2007, 12:32:02 AM
The M3 LTW in US spec actually came with many stickers on its parts labelled GT International....a reference to the GT cars...

Both the US spec M3 LTW and the euro GT International had CF trim on the dash over the passenger side near the glove box, the ashtray, the console. Both models came with the adjustable front splitter and wing with extensions. US versions generally came with those parts in a package in the trunk. Along with that trunk package was a dual pickup oilpump and pan assembly for the US market. There was also a motorsport strut bar included in the trunk. A few LTW cars hand assembled by PTG had these parts installed before sale. At least a couple started more as body in white from PTG and were lighter by another 50-70 LB than the usual LTW that came from Germany. The BIW car(s) lacked undercoating. I've only seen one of these, but suspect there were more.

GT International cars in Europe had hot cams, hot DME, and the shorter intake trumpets that later came on the S50B32 cars for higher hp at the higher rpm.

US M3 LTW had stiffer springs by 10 or 15%, and shorter springs as well. These were the "euro" springs, just not common in our market. Generally in the day, they were regarded as equal to the H&R sport springs for the M3. They were the first to come with staggered front and rear rims like the later 3.2 engined cars, yet, interestingly enough, they came with same size front and rear tires, like the 95 cars. The US LTW's also came of course without AC, and with single heater valves, rather than driver and passenger.

I'll try to add more later... thats all that comes to mind.

lotus07
Fri, Mar-07-2008, 09:58:51 AM
M3R Blizzard
I have #3 of the M3R. We should exchange notes on our cars. PM with a contact number.

Lotus07

C M3 FLY
Fri, Mar-07-2008, 11:02:48 PM
E36 M3 GT2 > Porsche GT2 lol. :thumbsup2:

Nickman99m3
Thu, Mar-13-2008, 06:19:06 AM
i know this might be a newb question... but why is the e46 m3 faster when the e36 evo is lighter and only 12bhp less? Did bmw just gear it differently so the e36'ers wouldnt' humiliate their new found e46 m3 customers?

Obioban
Mon, Mar-24-2008, 02:46:46 AM
i know this might be a newb question... but why is the e46 m3 faster when the e36 evo is lighter and only 12bhp less? Did bmw just gear it differently so the e36'ers wouldnt' humiliate their new found e46 m3 customers?

Euro spec e46 has 343hp and eurospec e36 is often said to be somewhat optimistically rated

thedood
Mon, Mar-24-2008, 03:38:10 PM
i know this might be a newb question... but why is the e46 m3 faster when the e36 evo is lighter and only 12bhp less? Did bmw just gear it differently so the e36'ers wouldnt' humiliate their new found e46 m3 customers?

it also caters to a slightly different customer.

Istvan
Sun, Jul-06-2008, 10:16:56 PM
I'm sorry, but the info about the GT is wrong.

There were only 356 GT:s made, and then there were another 50 Individual GT:s.
It doesn't have any kevlar, but it does have optional aluminium doors (most of them have it) carbon details in the interior, other cams, Twin oil pick up and baffled sump adjustable front splitter , motorsport strut brace, Anthracite interior trim with seat center parts, door inserts and grab handles in Mexico Green Nappa Leather. Forged alloy wheels, Compression ratio of 10.8:1, etc etc.
And the 295hp was at 7100rpm ;)

petyax3
Thu, Nov-13-2008, 03:57:05 PM
nice job on the write up! just wana mention that all of these m3's are still m's and are not very different from each other in acceleration.. m3's that were made in 1995 with s50b30 engines suppose to be a .2 sec slower that s52b32 96-99 m's. however the engines from 95 are alot more simplier, long lasting, and easier to work with!! sum of my frineds think that 95 m3 usa is faster than 96-99 m3 USA.l. what u guys think about it? cuz i dunno

97_4dr_5spd_m3
Fri, Nov-14-2008, 12:36:57 AM
nice job on the write up! just wana mention that all of these m3's are still m's and are not very different from each other in acceleration.. m3's that were made in 1995 with s50b30 engines suppose to be a .2 sec slower that s52b32 96-99 m's. however the engines from 95 are alot more simplier, long lasting, and easier to work with!! sum of my frineds think that 95 m3 usa is faster than 96-99 m3 USA.l. what u guys think about it? cuz i dunno


Hdz up the OP date is from 04....but the 95's have less torque and are said to be slower then the newer E36's. Also the 95's are saidto have retainer valve issues. a lot of the 95 owners do not agree w the knwn issues but i guess it is somwhat proven.

euro36gt
Mon, May-12-2014, 08:15:42 PM
nice write up!:fireworks: