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BMW M3 (E30) specs

Car type Coupe
Curb weight 1237-1300 kg (2727-2866 lbs)
Introduced 1986
Origin country Germany
Gas mileage 13.7-12.1 l/100 km (17-19 mpg US / 21-23 mpg UK)
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0 - 60 kph3.5 s
0 - 80 kph5.1 s
0 - 100 kph6.5 s
0 - 120 kph9.9 s
0 - 140 kph12.9 s
0 - 160 kph17.5 s
0 - 180 kph23.6 s
0 - 200 kph33.7 s
1000 m27.5 s
60 - 120 kph (5)16.6 s
Est. 100 - 140 kph6.2 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph26.9 s
0 - 60 mph6.9 s
0 - 100 mph17.5 s
Est. 1/8 mile10.5 s @ 80.8 mph
1/4 mile15.2 s @ 92.0 mph
Est. 1/2 mile25.9 s @ 116.2 mph
Top speed240 kph (149 mph)
Est. max acceleration0.47 g (5 m/s²)
Est. emissions293 g/km
BMW M3 acceleration graph

Powertrain specs

Engine type R4
Displacement 2.3 l (140 ci)
Power 200 ps (197 bhp / 147 kw)
Torque 240 Nm (177 lb-ft)
Power / liter 87 ps (86 hp)
Power / weight 158 ps (155 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 189 Nm (139 lb-ft) / t
Efficiency 16 PS per l/100 km
Transmission 5 speed manual
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive

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slowestlaps  4m ago

AutoZeitung ClassicCars (3/2018):
Top Speed: 240 kph
Fuel:12.1 l/100 km

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Hoppelmoppel123  5m ago

Auto Zeitung Classic Cars (11/2019):
Top Speed: 240 kph
Fuel: 12.0 l/100 km

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Automan  6y ago

Do you know that about famous GUMBALL 3000 Rally: It all began with the BMW M3 E30!

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Aboubacar  8y ago

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Tension  10y ago

ubelievable, unbelievable sound.....

and to think its r4..... unbelievable

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nurburgringexplorer  10y ago

The first M3 sounds the best. You can mistake that 4 pot 16v bark.

I was filming a lot at the Nurburgring and captured the perfect example to go with this post.


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MikeMM  10y ago

0-100 is 6,7s
More technical details here

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Georg  11y ago


they tested the e30 M3 on two different tracks one was a 5lap Tsukuba battle

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Pussy  11y ago

yah its a great car

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Apathy  11y ago

Doug, you need to check your facts.

The very first M3 entered production in 1986.

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Doug  11y ago

This Bmw is a 1988.. not a 1986... M3\'s were not made that year. plus that car has plastic bumpers... those were not introduced till 88\'

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hadji  12y ago


The race is between M3 E30 2,3 88-89 model with sport evo front and rear spoiler, roll cage , exhaust, suspension, 235/40/17 tires and hood with 240ps VS S2000 with roll cage, exhaust, suspension, brakes and hood with 260ps. The M3 is faster and better handling than S2000. The truck isn't Tsukuba.

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Anonymous  12y ago

those could be rockets with power .upgrades


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Anonymous  14y ago

im not sure but i think they changed a track a bit but forgot which one, might have been this one

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Georg  14y ago

I remeber there was a BM race with a e30 M3 vs a S2000 and Evo were the old M3 owned them in handling turn time attack the e30 M3 Sport Evo was faster as the modded (265hp/high perfromance brake) S2000 around the Tsukuba track.. the E30 engine brake was stock.

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Georg  14y ago

wasn´t the Tsukuba time 1:07something for the e30?

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FastestLaps  14y ago

How can an E30 be faster than Ferrari F50? It wasn't a stock M3. It's just impossible.

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Georg  15y ago

0-200km/h 35.4s
1/4 mile 15.4s

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FastestLaps  15y ago

Legend! First M3 ever made.