Max speed 250 kph (155 mph)
0 - 100 kph 5.5 s
0 - 200 kph 20.1 s
0 - 100 mph 12.5 s


Power 236 kw (317 bhp / 321 ps)
Torque 350 Nm (259 lb-ft)
Displacement 3.2 liters (195 ci)
Engine type R6
Engine location front

General data

Gearbox 6 speed manual
Drive rear wheel drive
Fuel capacity
Year of introduction 1996
Home country Germany


Curb weight 1474 kg (3243 lbs) +


Power to Weight ratio 215 bhp/tonne
Power per liter 99 bhp/liter
1/8 mile (est) 9.2 s @ 85 mph
1/4 mile (est) 13.9 s @ 105 mph
1/2 mile (est) 21.7 s @ 129 mph stats

FL Rank Position - 446/1598, 6 points
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Community comments (23)

  8 months ago
0-270 km/h (speedo). Whats a car ! Nice sound and pretty good acceleration :
  4 years ago
LIMITED to a 155 mp/h, it can do more!
  5 years ago
any scans?
  5 years ago
Nordschleife 8:20 (Autocar Magazine (1997)) MT
Nordschleife 8:35 (SportAuto) SMG I


  5 years ago
Really, you are right. The stock engine went 13.1@175 on 1/4 mile.

This engine is not stock! Perhaps 12.7 on 1/4 mile... perhaps..
  5 years ago, last edited 5 years ago
no one said it is untrue ..problem is no speedclock is accurate, specially older ones are pretty off the real speed, 100km/h speedclock is most likely 95km/h and 200km/h is most likely 190km/h or even worse, no one knows the tire combination of the video car which also could effect the different between speedclock speed and real speed..and no one knows if not modified..
  5 years ago
it's true.
  5 years ago
pointless speedclock video means nothing
  5 years ago
My m3 (evo 321 hp, s50b32) 0-200 16sec, 0-100 4.8
  6 years ago
The fist 'real' M3 South Africa got.
  6 years ago
verry good car i stil love it and great brakes
  6 years ago
Still one of the best handling sports cars of all time!
  7 years ago
Mine has 6 gears too and did 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds
  7 years ago
this car is not an m3, because it has bad brakes?? what r u smokin?
  7 years ago
this car is not bmw m3 beacuase the bad brakes
  7 years ago
And mine has 6 gears!
  8 years ago
corrected thanks for the info
  8 years ago
the 321ps m3 e36 actually has 350Nm
  8 years ago
M Power and...?
This is the 1996 3.2l 321hp (S52B32) version and the 286hp/321hp version are not Germany only they are sold world wide, only the USA recived the 240hp e36 fake M3 and never the true e36 M3... Both US version of the M3 with the S50USB30 and S52USB32 only had 240hp the only different is slightly increased torque from 305 to 320Nm, both engines were based on the M50 and M52 engine of the 325i and 328i and never on the real M3 engine the S50B30 and S52B32
  8 years ago
The first M3 have 2 models
US(240hp) and Germany(286hp)...
Visually this M3 have orange lights
Before this two versions have replaced for the 321hp version of this photo
  8 years ago
That will be extremely hard to find out because magazine is from late 90s. It's 10 years old now. Just like the car itself.
  8 years ago
just a sidenote the US Version of the e36 M3 was only 240hp and has nothing to do with a real 321hp e36 M3.
Did car and driver test the 321hp version or the 240hp US version at Nelson Raceway?
  9 years ago
0-200km/h 20.1s auto motor und sport 16/1995
8561 fastest lap times for 4670 cars from 300 manufacturers.
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