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BMW Z3 M E37

Coupé version

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The BMW Z3 M Coupé was developed under the leadership of engineer Burkhard Göschel with the intention of adding increased torsional and structural rigidity to the Z3 roadster’s chassis. The development team had a hard time convincing the Board of Directors to approve the model for production, but it was eventually given the green light as long as it remained cost-effective to produce. To achieve this goal, as many body panels as possible had to be shared with the roadster, thus the doors and everything from the A-pillar forward are interchangeable between the coupe and roadster, as are most interior parts. The Z3 coupe, which mates the M coupe's body with the standard Z3 drivetrain, chassis and cosmetics was approved for production at the same time.


1998-2002 BMW Z3 M E37 Coupé
Type
Z3 M Euro Spec ('98-'00)
Z3 M Euro Spec ('00-'02)
Engine
Code
S50 B32
S54 B32
Displacement
3201cc
3246cc
Cylinders
6
6
Fuel type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
236kW | 321HP
239kW | 325HP
Torque@RPM
350Nm@3250rpm
350Nm@4900rpm
Performance
Top Speed
250km/h | 155mph
250km/h | 155mph
Acceleration
0-100km/h
0-60mph

5.4s

5.3s
Fuel Consumption (l/100km | mpg)
City
16.6 | 14.1
-
Highway
7.9 | 29.7
-
Combined
11.1 | 21.1
-

Type
Z3 M U.S. Spec ('98-'00)
Z3 M U.S. Spec ('00-'02)
Engine
Code
S52 B32
S54 B32
Displacement
3152cc
3246cc
Cylinders
6
6
Fuel type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
176kW | 240HP
231kW | 315HP
Torque@RPM
320Nm@3800rpm
340Nm@4900rpm
Performance
Top Speed
250km/h | 155mph
250km/h | 155mph
Acceleration
0-100km/h
0-60mph

5.5s

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

Dimensions
Length
4025mm
Width
1740mm
Height
1280mm

Source for technical specifications: Ultimatespecs.

Versions and Production Numbers

  • ECE S50 (LHD): 2,178 built from 04/98 thru 06/2000
  • ECE S50 (RHD): 821 built from 08/98 thru 06/2000
  • NA S52 (LHD): 2,180 built from 07/98 thru 06/2000
  • ECE S54 (LHD): 281 built from 02/2001 thru 05/2002
  • ECE S54 (RHD): 168 built from 02/2001 thru 05/2002
  • NA S54 (LHD): 690 built from 02/2001 thru 05/2002

Changes were made to the M coupe starting with April, 1999 production

The following items were introduced or modified to the S50- and S52-powered M coupes beginning with April, 1999 production:

  • Chrome slats added to front "kidney" grilles
  • Chrome headlight surrounds added
  • Central locking upgraded to include the fuel door
  • Airbags upgraded to two-stage “smart” versions
  • Titanium Silver metallic (354) introduced in place of Arctic Silver metallic (309)
  • Oxford Green II metallic (430) introduced in place of Boston Green metallic (275)

Changes made to the M coupe starting with February, 2001 production

The updated M coupe entered production in February, 2001 with the following changes:

  • More powerful and advanced S54 engine (developed for the E46 M3)
  • 3.15:1 final drive for all markets
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Low tire pressure monitoring system
  • Revised gauges with gray backgrounds
  • Reshaped rearview mirror with auto-dimming and chrome surround (in some markets)
  • Curved exterior M badges
  • RoadStar alloy wheels with Chrome Shadow finish
  • Evergreen (358), Dakar Yellow II (337) and Cosmos Black metallic (303) paints discontinued
  • Laguna Seca Blue (448), Phoenix Yellow metallic (445), Steel Gray metallic (400) and Black Sapphire matallic (475) paints introduced
  • Evergreen/Black and Kyalami Orange/Black interiors discontinued
  • Laguna Seca Blue/Black interior introduced

Chassis

The M coupe has a static structural stiffness of 16,400 Newton-meters per degree of twist, which is 2.6 times as twist-resistant as the roadster. BMW claims this makes the structural stiffness higher than any other model it has ever produced. Dynamic stiffness is rated at 29.2 Hz, the same as an E36 M3 coupe.

Factory options

Compared to other M models, there are only slight variations in standard and optional equipment for the M coupe, depending on the market and production date. Because all M coupes have leather upholstery, air conditioning, power seats with two-stage heating and a rear partition net and cargo cover, the list of options is short. In general, it includes cruise control (standard in some markets), a tilting glass moonroof and various audio systems.

All the other technical aspects are similar with the BMW Z3 M Roadster.

Source: bmwmregistry.com

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