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  BMW M3 (E36)
1995 - 1999
BMW M3 (E36)
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BMW M3 (E36) BMW M3 (E36)

Metric   Imperial
Class Sportscar
Body 2 Door 4 Seat
Layout Front Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Number Built 71242 
Type Conventional
Details 6 cyl
195 in3 
Max Power
321 bhp @7400rpm 
Max Torque
258 lb/ft @3300rpm 
Power to Weight
212 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
171 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 100 bhp/litre 
Compression 11.3:1 
Bore x Stroke
Fuel Cons
Top Speed
155 mph 
0 - 30 mph
0 - 60 mph
5.3 sec 
0 - 100 mph
0 - 124 mph
0 - 186 mph
30 - 70 mph
Standing qtr Mile
13.7sec @104mph 
60 - 0 mph
0 - 100 - 0 mph
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd  
3385 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 7.5 X 17
8.5 X 17 
Tyres (F/R) 225/45 ZR17
245/40 ZR17 
Fuel Capacity
16.4 gal 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £5000 - £10000

The E36 M3 may not be as highly prized for all out handling as it's fabled predecessor the E30, but if you're looking for a fast, practical 4 seater coupe that is equally at home on road and track then there are few better candidates for the money.

The E36 actually arrived in the UK in 1994 but this, the more powerful 'Evo' version, followed in 1995. Power was uprated to 321bhp, helping to placate BMW enthusiasts who thought the new car was overweight and lacking in grunt. The resulting performance was exceptional, with 60mph arriving in just over 5 seconds.

Three versions were made, a coupe, a convertible and a rare 4-door saloon which accounted for only a very small proportion of those produced.

Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
74% 70% 45% 43
Ranks 190 of 771 Ranks 361 of 771 Ranks 10 of 771 Ranks 12 of 771

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