BMW E36 M3
Years of Production: 1992 - 2000
Those who know, know. And those who know will tell you bluntly, that the E36 BMW M3 is unfairingly overshadowed by its older and younger siblings. Whilst it lacks the rarity of the E30 and popularity of the E46 M3s, the E36 M3 remains the underated condiment in the 3-Series' M-Sport division sandwich.
With its clean, simplistic, rectangular looks (minus the funky but aerodynamically purposeful wing mirrors) this is a genuine slice of 90s automotive nostalgia designed by Ulf Weidhaise.
Debuting in 1992, in coupe form, the M3 was powered by an in-line 3.0L straight six engine (S50B30) producing 282 bhp. 1994 yielded a further 2 new body styles in the shape of a Saloon and Convertible.
It wasn't long before the engine was uprated to a displacement of 3.2L with 321 bhp on 1995. The S50B32 engine made light work of 0-60 in 5.2 seconds with 350 Nm, of torque, @ 3250 rpm ensuring present drivers remain capable of keeping up with modern day traffic.
A no nonsense, smart and sophisticated Q-Car, sound examples are getting tougher to find by the day. If you are lucky enough to be in the hunt for one, be sure to get the vehicle inspected by a reputable M3 specialist before you commit. The last thing you'd want to end up with is a rust bucket or one with an asmatic VANOS variable valve timing system.
Yes, of course a F30 modern day M3 excels the performance car world of today. However, picture a 1998 or 1999 Techno Violet Coupe, coupled with a 5-Speed manual and black Forged M Double spoke alloys wafting peacefully under the city lights...I know which fulfills my 90s fantasy.
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