1994 BMW M3

The new BMW M3 was introduced at the 1992 Paris Motor Show and was based on the E36 platform. The second incarnation of the M3 was a different animal than the prior 1980s E30 original, with a straight-six in placed of the prior four. It had modern styling and a more refined demeanor. The Motorsport Division outfitted the iconic M3 with the standard M50TU engine (used in other E36s and earlier E34s). However, there were numerous upgrades over the standard M50 including individual throttle plates for each cylinder, continuously variable Vanos' valve timing, lightweight pistons, graphite-coated connecting rods, larger inlet valves and re-designed equal length exhaust manifolds. These modifications results in the engine's ability to rev to nearly 7,300 RPM.

The M3 was developed even further in 1996, with an increase in capacity to 3,152cc becoming known as the (M3) Evolution. The car's superb road holding and all-round ability helped earn it the 'Best-Handling Car' by Car and Driver magazine in 1997.

The United States had to wait until 1995 before the M3 was added 3 Series lineup. The vehicle sold for $36,800 and a total of 5,806 examples were produced in 1995. A lightweight version was also available, selling for $47,900. Just 180 examples of these special vehicles were built.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2017

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The BMW Motorsport department was tasked with designing and building a powerful, lightweight derivative of the three series. The purpose of the M3 was to compete in the FIA Group A racing. Over five-thousand examples were hand-built by BMW Motorsport. The first series M3 was based on the E30 platform and was introduced to Europe in 1986 and the United States a year later. The first series stayed....
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The story of an exception: the BMW M3 is 25.

The story of an exception: the BMW M3 is 25.

The anticipation began in August 1985. That summer Germanys automobile magazines built up their readers expectations for the fastest 3 Series BMW of all times. The key data revealed a sports car that would punch way above its class 200 hp, top speed in excess of 230 kmh, sprint from a standing start to 100 kmh inside 6.7 seconds. However, the story was that the most dynamic BMW 3 Series drivers....
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The Champion in Touring Car Racing. 25 years ago the BMW M3 started its unique series of victories.

The Champion in Touring Car Racing. 25 years ago the BMW M3 started its unique series of victories.

In August 1985, a rumour surfaced in motor magazine Auto-Deutschland which emanated from a new sports car. An A Group Car from BMW that was a thoroughbred racing car according to the rules but was also to be produced in a version licensed to drive on open roads for everyday use. Speculation about this dream car that could take to normal roads and was intended for the Most dynamic among BMW 3 Series....
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Concepts by BMW

BMW Monthly Sales Volume

December 2019
35,746
November 2019
31,213
October 2019
25,440
September 2019
27,467
July 2019
23,015
June 2019
31,627
May 2019
27,109
April 2019
23,816
March 2019
32,228
February 2019
23,558
January 2019
18,102
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3BMW
1999Ford (918,040)Honda (733,878)Chevrolet (609,100)142,810
1998Ford (878,405)Honda (751,032)Chevrolet (561,218)115,407
1997Ford (913,440)Honda (722,431)Chevrolet (650,820)177,166
1996Ford (1,036,048)Honda (680,711)Pontiac (541,844)64,231
1995Ford (1,012,818)Chevrolet (665,955)Honda (643,336)64,231
1994Ford (1,220,512)Chevrolet (651,647)Honda (650,105)65,806
1993Ford (1,026,338)Chevrolet (692,116)Honda (608,149)65,806
1992Ford (922,488)Honda (648,745)Chevrolet (647,227)63,618
1991Honda (659,659)Oldsmobile (474,837)Nissan (405,147)63,646
1990Ford (912,466)Chevrolet (785,918)Pontiac (641,820)63,646
1989Chevrolet (1,275,498)Ford (1,234,954)Pontiac (801,600)64,881

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