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BMW M3 1987


BMW M3 1987

To homologate their car for Group A racing, BMW were required to build 5,000 road-going versions of their M3. The car appeared with a 192bhp (143kW) four-cylinder and was a success. The independent suspension layout is the same as the regular 3 Series, with MacPherson struts and a semi-trailing arm rear design, but the springs, shocks and bushes were uprated, along with the anti-roll bars, while up front the castor was increased to improve high-speed stability. The vented disc brakes were also increased in size and finally a limited slip differential was added. The engine had a forged steel crank, all-new alloy head with four valves per cylinder, and with short stroke/ large bore design, it could rev beyond 7,000 rpm. Side blister helped cover the wider wheels, but what isn't so obvious is the re-angled rear screen and fatter pillars, which gave a stiffer bodyshell.

BMW M3 1987 Specifications

Top Speed:141 mph (225 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.9 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:140 ci (2,302 cc(
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:192 bhp (143 kW) @ 6,750 rpm
Max torque:170 lb ft (230 Nm) @ 4,750 rpm
Weight:2,857 lb (1,299 kg)
Economy:22 mpg (7.8 km/I)
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