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  BMW M3 (E30)
1985 - 1992
BMW M3 (E30)
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BMW M3 (E30) BMW M3 (E30)

BMW M3 (E30) review, specs, stats, comparison, rivals, data, details, photos and information on SupercarWorld.com

Specs
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Track Focused
Body 2 Door 4 Seat
Coupe/Convertible
Layout Front Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Number Built 16200 
Engine
Type Conventional
Details 4 Cyl
Capacity
140 in3 
Max Power
212 bhp @6750rpm 
Max Torque
170 lb/ft @4600rpm 
Power to Weight
185 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
148 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 92 bhp/litre 
Compression  
Bore x Stroke
 
Fuel Cons
 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
147 mph 
0 - 30 mph
 
0 - 60 mph
6.3 sec 
0 - 100 mph
 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
 
Standing qtr Mile
 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd 0.30 
Dimensions
Length
171.1 in 
Width
66.1 in 
Height
53.9 in 
Weight
2568 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 7 X 16
7 X 16 
Tyres (F/R) 225/45 ZR16
225/45 ZR16 
Fuel Capacity
 
Pricing (2017)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £50000 - £150000
 
Profile

Created to homologate BMW's touring car race campaign in the mid 1980s, the classic E30 remains the enthusiasts choice as the purest of the M3 line.

The M3 could easily be distinguished from the standard E30 thanks to an aerodynamic body kit, but most of the real changes took place under the skin. The 2.3 litre, 4 cylinder engine revved all the way to 7300rpm, initially producing around 200hp. The E30 was revised with further weightsaving and a small power increase to 220hp, known as the 'Evolution 1' model, followed by a similarly enhanced 'Evolution 2'. A final 'Sport Evolution' model arrived in the early 1990s, with adjustable aerodynamics and an enlarged 2.5 litre powerplant.

At around 23k when new, the M3 was quite expensive for the time, but nothing compared to asking prices today - up to 150k for a pristine Sport Evo!


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
69% 70% 2% 2
Ranks 427 of 780 Ranks 384 of 780 Ranks 407 of 780 Ranks 473 of 780

Rivals
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Lancia Delta Integrale

(1987 - 1993)


Audi Sport Quattro

(1984 - 1985)


Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

(1986 - 1992)
 

Variants
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Lineage
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M3 (E30)

(1985 - 1992)
  

M3 (E36)

(1992 - 1999)
  

M3 (E46)

(2001 - 2007)
  

M3 (E92)

(2007 - 2013)
  

M3 (F80)

(2014 - date)
 

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