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BMW M3 E36 Sedan

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BMW M3 E36 Coupé | BMW M3 E36 Convertible

The E36 M3 Sedan is the BMW Motorsport-developed version based on the of the E36 3 Series sedan. It was available with two engines, a 3-liter, 286HP engine and later on a 3.2-liter engine developing no more than 321HP! The BMW M3 E36 sedan was launched in 1994.


1994-1998 BMW M3 E36 Sedan
Type
M3 E36 3.0
M3 E36 3.2
Engine
Code
S50 B30 Kat
S50 B32 Kat
Displacement
2990cc
3201cc
Cylinders
6
6
Fuel type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
210kW | 286HP
236kW | 321HP
Torque@RPM
320Nm@3600rpm
350Nm@3250rpm
Performance
Top Speed
250km/h | 155mph
250km/h | 155mph
Acceleration
0-100km/h
0-60mph

6.0s

5.5s
Fuel Consumption (l/100km | mpg)
Combined
-
-

Dimensions
Length
4433mm
Width
1710mm
Height
1365mm

Source for technical specifications: BMWheaven.

Versions and Production Numbers

BMW initially produced the European-spec E36 M3 3.0 only as as a coupe. Convertible and sedan versions were introduced two years later. Each body style was offered in left-hand drive and right-hand drive configurations.

E36 M3 3.0 Sedan

  • ECE sedan (LHD): 868 built from 06/94 thru 07/95
  • ECE sedan (RHD): 415 built from 10/94 thru 07/95

E36 M3 3.2 Sedan

  • ECE sedan (LHD): 1,296 built from 11/95 thru 01/98
  • ECE sedan (RHD): 694 built from 01/96 thru 12/97
  • NA sedan manual (LHD): 4,574 built from 09/96 thru 05/98
  • USA sedan automatic (LHD): 4,036 built from 09/96 thru 05/98
  • SA sedan (RHD): 168 as Complete Knock Down (CKD) kits from 11/96 thru 04/97, 532 as complete cars from 04/97 thru 10/98

Cosmetics

In order the appeal to a more conservative buyer, the M3 3.0 sedan is fitted with a more restrained M-Technic front airdam. Though similar to the one used on M3 coupes and convertibles, it contains three body-color horizontal slats in place of the mesh intake and (like the convertible) lacks the black plastic lower lip extension. Also, the side valance panels are less heavily sculpted.

Interior

The M3 sedan and convertible, as well as the U.S.-spec M3 coupe with Luxury Package, have regular BMW sport seats covered in Nappa leather. Luxury Package-equipped coupes and all E36 M3 sedans are further fitted with Burl Walnut wood trim on the center console, shift knob, parking brake handle and door pulls. They also have chrome interior door handles.

Source: bmwmregistry.com

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