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BMW M3 (E36) specs

Car type Coupe
Curb weight 1474-1515 kg (3250-3340 lbs)
Introduced 1996
Origin country Germany
Gas mileage 16.3-8.2 l/100 km (14-29 mpg US / 17-34 mpg UK)
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Acceleration

0 - 60 kph2.7 s
0 - 80 kph4.1 s
0 - 100 kph5.5 s
0 - 120 kph7.6 s
0 - 160 kph12.5 s
0 - 200 kph20.1 s
1000 m24.8 s
60 - 100 kph (5)8.2 s
80 - 120 kph (5)8.0 s
80 - 120 kph (6)10.7 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph14.6 s
Est. 0 - 60 mph5.2 s
0 - 100 mph12.5 s
Est. 1/8 mile9.7 s @ 88.9 mph
1/4 mile13.9 s
BMW M3 acceleration graph

General performance

Top speed250 kph (155 mph)
Est. 0 - 100 mph - 020.5 s @ 1752 ft
Est. max acceleration0.56 g (6 m/s²)
Est. emissions215 g/km
Downforce @ 200 kph-40 kg (-88 lbs)
100 kph - 039 m (127 ft)
200 kph - 0154 m (506 ft)

Powertrain specs

Engine type R6
Displacement 3.2 l (195 ci)
Power 321 ps (317 bhp / 236 kw)
Torque 350 Nm (258 lb-ft)
Power / liter 100 ps (99 hp)
Power / weight 214 ps (211 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 234 Nm (172 lb-ft) / t
Efficiency 26 PS per l/100 km
Transmission 6 speed manual
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive

More 0-60 and 1/4 mile times

Interior noise

Noise @ idle53 dB
Noise @ 100 kph67 dB
Noise @ 130 kph70 dB
Noise @ 160 kph74 dB
Noise @ 180 kph76 dB
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Corvolet3  16h ago

This car shot up in value quite a lot. I remember when they were available for 15k, now you're lucky to find a good example for under 35

 

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TypeF173  5h ago

One of the finest engineered cars ever, and I'm not just saying that. This was peak BMW. Afterwards, I felt they went backwards. Definitely asethics. The "Bangle" era.


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RickyAstle98  5h ago @TypeF173

E46 good too ;)


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TypeF173  5h ago @RickyAstle98

Yes absolutely. I just think that this was the real thing. The E46 carried over, which is fine, alot of the previous generation architecture!


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Corvolet3  5h ago @TypeF173

Truly. I was looking to buy one of these in the (definitely not near) future so I was kinda shocked how much they've gone up. Might settle for a Porsche or anything else sporty with good value


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TypeF173  4h ago @Corvolet3

Yes I always preferred the original Coupe. The Cabriolet and Saloon were fantastic but the two door was sweeter! The Evolutions were incrementally better. In fact how much power did the C2 911's have then?🤔


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Corvolet3  4h ago @TypeF173

964 had 250 and the 993 had 272 and 286 PS. In fact the second even had a WLS which gave it 300 from factory.


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TypeF173  4h ago @Corvolet3

As I remembered them. The BMW straight six was comparable on power! And torque!


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Corvolet3  3h ago @TypeF173

Well, sort of

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196ss  2y ago

From Car&Driver 09/1999 (US version 240bhp):
0-60 mph – 6,0 sec
0-100 mph – 16,0 sec
0-130 mph – 33,2 sec
¼ mile – 14,6 sec 95 mph
70mph-0 – 167 mph
300ft skidpad – 0,84g
Nelson Ledges Raceway – 1:21,0


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dddd  8y ago

0-270 km/h (speedo). Whats a car ! Nice sound and pretty good acceleration :

 


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Davy13682  12y ago

LIMITED to a 155 mp/h, it can do more!


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Georg  12y ago

any scans?


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M336_freak  12y ago

Nordschleife 8:20 (Autocar Magazine (1997)) MT
Nordschleife 8:35 (SportAuto) SMG I

Greez


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Pepem3evo  12y 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..


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Georg  12y 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..


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Pepem3evo  12y ago

it\'s true.


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Georg  12y ago

pointless speedclock video means nothing


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Pepem3evo  12y ago

My m3 (evo 321 hp, s50b32) 0-200 16sec, 0-100 4.8

 


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Bavarian  13y ago

The fist 'real' M3 South Africa got.


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m3 e36 evo  13y ago

verry good car i stil love it and great brakes


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anon  13y ago

Still one of the best handling sports cars of all time!


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E36 M3  14y ago

Mine has 6 gears too and did 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds


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Anonymous  14y ago

this car is not an m3, because it has bad brakes?? what r u smokin?


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crni09  14y ago

this car is not bmw m3 beacuase the bad brakes


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Anonymous  15y ago

And mine has 6 gears!


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Georg  15y ago

corrected thanks for the info


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Anonymous  15y ago

the 321ps m3 e36 actually has 350Nm


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Georg  15y 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


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M Power  15y ago

Georg...
The first M3 have 2 models
US(240hp) and Germany(286hp)...
Visually this M3 have orange lights
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Before this two versions have replaced for the 321hp version of this photo


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FastestLaps  16y 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.


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Georg  16y 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?


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Georg  16y ago

0-200km/h 20.1s auto motor und sport 16/1995

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