BMW M3 e36: the first with six-cylinders

The new BMW M3 was a 180 degree turn regarding the BMW M3 E30. Although the first is closer to the racing and to a philosophy of circuit, the BMW M3 E36 was more of a Coupe is elegant, with a powerful engine. So much so that he was wearing a six-cylinder engine and 2.990 cc with the technology OPENINGS (regulation variable of the angle of the camshaft).


The BMW M3 e36 in the Circuit of Jarama

BMW M3 e36 (1992-2000)

In this way it was obtained 286 HP and a torque of 320 Nm. They broke barriers in terms of naturally aspirated engines with for 95.2 HP/liter. The maximum speed reached 250 km/h and was introduced court e-at this speed, which to this day is still in force in most of the cars that can get to this point. Optionally, BMW offers today solutions from factory to be able to deslimitar the BMW M modern, but only to hit book.

To develop a Coupé comfortable for the day-to-day is based on the arms of the rear of the BMW Z1 but with a different configuration and a specific job to in addition to result in a firmer suspension, reduce the body 31 mm of the BMW M3 compared to a BMW 3 Series street.

BMW M3 e36 1992 BMW M3 e36 1995
Power 286 HP 321 CV
0-100 km/h 5,6 seconds 5.5 Seconds
maximum Torque 323 Nm 350 Nm
V. maximum 250 km/h 250 km/h
Weight 1.460 kg

1.460 Kg


The BMW M3 e36 has a dual exhaust outlet

The brakes were specially designed, and the ABS which already incorporated the BMW M3 E30, also riding in the BMW M3 E36. In the elegant body he was wearing a symbol that has been passed on from generation to generation since then: mirrors double a-arm.

The first to ride a 6-cylinder engine in line

of course there was a version Cabrio in 1994 with a canvas roof with electric system roll √úRSS with a bow with windshield very rigid and two bars hidden under the rear headrests that were jumping in the event of the car volcase. Sold 12.144 BMW M3 E36 Cabrio; very far from the 786 units of the BMW M3 E30 Cabrio.

And for the first time was in 1994, a BMW M3 with bodywork of four doors, something more luxurious in terms of uses of materials including wood and nappa leather but with a great power also. Thanks to its success, today it continues to offer a body type saloon for a performance car. Manufactured 12.435 units.


the interior of The BMW M3 e36 with manual transmission

One of the major milestones was the introduction of a sequential change in 1997. Known as SMG clutch electrohydraulic which allowed a quick transition of gears and the driver could be the wrong relationship. It is normal to have skeptics on the matter but it is also normal that at the end of the production, almost half of the BMW M3 will carry this change.

In 1994 he presented the first M3 four-door

The most powerful version came a few years before, in 1995 with a engine 3.200 cc and 321 HP, nothing less than 7.400 rpm.

Among other innovations formed part of a gearbox six-speed manual and signed a performance of heart attack: 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds and a consumption of 8.7 l/100km in mixed cycle.

But a BMW M3 would not be complete without a special version, which in this case was the BMW M3 GT, born to comply with the IMSA-GT championship and american and that called for the creation of this vehicle.


The engine of the M3 e36 and its six cylinders that compose it

instead of 286 HP original, it developed up to 295 and it accelerated from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds. Elements of the aerodynamic and the color British Racing Green were a part of his unique charm and is manufactured 400 units. In total, were fabricated 71.242 units of this generation.

Tuned, tomorrow we’ll talk about the M3 e46.