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Old Wed, Jun-09-2004, 05:43:05 PM   #1
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Arrow E36 M3 - Hall Of Fame

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.
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Intresting. Nice write up.
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Sticky! Nice work
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I like how he doesn't mention the us 3.2
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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.
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Cool, and nice job!!
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Don't for get the austrailian only M3R
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Nice work on the right up. I am proud to know I have the least powerful M3 available.

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Nice work on the right up. I am proud to know I have the least powerful M3 available.

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