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The last BMW M3 Coupe has now rolled off the production line. The current shape M3 Coupe went into production in 2007 and there were 40,000 units produced. The M3 sedan and convertible units will also cease to be produced in September this year. Press Release News Article History BMW added the M3 to its lineup in 1986 and it remained in the lineup in one form or another through 2013. The first-generation M3 was based on the E30 3 Series model and BMW initially offered it for the Group A Touring Car racing. The road-going version arrived shortly after with an S14 DOHC four-cylinder engine that produced 197 horsepower. In 1988, the company also offered an Evolution model that produced up to 217 horsepower;’ also added that year was a convertible M3. The second-generation M3 arrived in 1992 and was based on the E36 3-Series. The model used a 3.0-liter straight-six-cylinder engine with a total output of 282 horsepower. The second generation initially came only as a coupe, but a sedan version arrived in 1994. In 1995, BMW brought the M3 to the U.S. market for the first time. For the American market the M3 delivered a total of 240 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. This torque-happy engine allowed the M3 to hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. In Europe, an M3 Evolution arrived in 1996 with a 3.2-liter engine with 321 horsepower, but the U.S,-spec model was only slightly revised with horsepower remaining at 240 and torque jumping to 236 pound-feet at just 3,800 rpm. The third-generation M3 (E46) arrived in 2000. It made good use of a 3.2-liter M-tuned engine that delivered a total of 333 horsepower and 262 pound-feet for the American market, and 343 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque in Europe. This allowed the third-gen M3 to hit 60 mph in 5 seconds and sprint through the 1/4-mile in just 13.5 seconds. The fourth-gen M3 arrived in 2008 (2007 in Europe) with a 4-liter V-8 engine that delivered a total of 414 horsepower at 8,300 rpm and a peak torque of 295 pound-feet at 3,900 rpm. This engine resulted in a 4.3-second sprint to 60 mph and a 12.7-second run through the 1/4-mile at 112 mph. It also was quite the handler with a 0.95g skid pad run and a 725 mph run through a slalom course.
TimcE30 posted a topic in Members RidesThe E30: RB25 - gt3076, haltech platinum proplugin, upgraded injectors and pump, 3inch tbe, fmic, pwr cooler r33 5 speed m3 lsd m3 buckets ppm halfshafts 700hp rated stock brakes, braided lines, slotted rotors, ebc green stuff pads 240kw atw (mainline dyno) 18psi with happy afrs The SG9: Very much a work in progress.. Rota grids 18x9.5 +38 06 Sti brembos pedders xtreme coilovers with camber tops Subaru lip kit sti dash sti momo wheel Bits in the shed to be installed: TD06 18g turbo kando 3 inch tcp tbe pw intercooler kit with intake With the aim of 200kwatw The Paddock hack (one of them, the only interesting one to you guys :-)):
spankyKong posted a topic in Members RidesI've always wanted an E30 or Datto 1600 with an SR20. Love the 70's-80's boxiness, but they need a bit more go. Decided to go for it. Picked up this beast by chance, got a good deal as the dude I bought it off was going overseas a week later. Complete with Grandpa spec wool seat covers. Its not gonna be a show car when it's finished, but a neat streeter with 200RWKW or thereabouts would be plenty of fun. Can always increase the pimpage as the budget allows down the track. This was about 3 months ago.