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BMW M3


BMW M3

Originally launched in 1988 as a homologation special bred for the track, the M3 developed in the 1990s with the 1993 E36 3-series. The combination of refinement, handling, plus awesome power made it immensely sellable. A MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension did most of the work, but wide 17-inch (432mm) alloys and ultra-low profile tyres sharpened the car's steering without compromising ride quality. The powerplant was very high-tech, featuring twin overhead camshafts and BMW's VANOS variable valve timing to improve low-end torque whilst allowing 7,500rpm, even though the torque peak was much lower. Helping make the most of the power was a six-speed manual gearbox and traction control, but even with the latter switched off, the car remained very controllable in a slide. Few sports coupes have offered such performance and practicality.

BMW M3 Specifications

Top Speed:140 mph (224 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):5.6 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:195 ci (3,201 cc)
Transmission:6-speed manual
Max power:321 bhp (239 kW) @ 7,400 rpm
Max torque:258 lb ft (349 Nm) @ 3,250 rpm
Weight:3,352 lb (1,523 kg)
Economy:19.6 mpg (7 km/I)
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