Were in the eighties, and south Africa was positioning itself as one of the foreign markets most powerful of BMW. It was the first country outside of Germany where BMW opened a production subsidiary, which today continues to operate at full capacity. BMW wanted to compete in the extinct races of Group 1 in south Africa, and to do this he had to produce various approvals of street, in the form of several BMW very exclusive. The best known was the BMW 333i, based on the 3 Series of second generation. A BMW M3 south african, loaded of genes Alpina.
Today, the BMW 333i is considered to be one of BMW’s most exclusive and bizarre ever produced. Their prices reflect this.
When BMW had its 333i to the point of candy, the Group 1 ceased to exist, ending also effectively with the BMW M1. Bernd Pitschreider – then director of BMW south Africa – was one of the architects of this project. The idea was simple: to install one of the six-cylinder’s largest arsenal of BMW in a body lighter. Only 210 units BMW 333i E30 were produced between 1985 and 1987, and all of them had body coupe. What made it truly special were the players involved in its development.
BMW chose the propellant “big-six” M30 in the 633 CSi and 733i due to its large reserves of torque, simplicity of mechanics and ease of potentiation. The M30 was only two valves per cylinder, but it was extremely robust and had injection of fuel Bosch L-Jetronic. BMW Motorsport and Alpina have collaborated on the development of the M30 in the BMW 333i. Alpina added new collectors of admission, a new radiator and exhaust less restrictive. These modifications were developed at its facility in Buchloe, in Bavaria.
BMW did not sell the M3 in south Africa, since it never was offered with steering wheel to the right-of-way official.
BMW Motorsport was in charge of setting up the system of feeding of fuel, in addition to install a limited slip rear 25% and a gearbox ZF very similar to that of the BMW M3 – with the first down and back. The maximum torque of the engine of 3.210 cc went on to develop 197 HP at 5,500 rpm, with a strong torque of 285 Nm at only 4,300 rpm. The torque curve was modified with the goal of achieving a best low street car, whose displacement was the largest ever seen on a 3 Series E30.
in Addition, the car rode series a body kit M-Technik, in addition to brake discs grated signed by Alpina wheels and 16-inch and 20 sticks, also specific to the preparer bavaro. In its interior there was way too many modifications with respect to other 3 Series. However, it possessed a specific instrumentation, with a speedometer that reached the 270 km/h and red hands reserved to the BMW Motorsport – let’s remember that the BMW 333i was launched before the BMW M3 E30, that would come to the market months later.
BMW also produced exclusively for south Africa a 745i equipped with the 3.5 six-cylinder of the BMW M1.
, Had a performance more than good, with a 0 to 100 km/h in 7,4 seconds and a top speed of 228 km/h. The figures obtained by various magazines in his time revealed figures even better. A curious detail of the BMW 333i is that the engine occupied both site under the hood, their buyers were forced to choose between an air-conditioning system – rather essential in a site like south Africa – and the power steering. Personally, I would have preferred not to have power steering that die of heat.
Source: BMWBlog | autoevolution