BMW M3 Review & Ratings
- 2 June 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The BMW M3 is part of the 3-Series and a higher performance version which was initially developed by the motorsport division of this company. This vehicle’s design is derived from numerous E-Series models, including the E30, E46, E90, and F30 S-series. There are numerous body styles available with the M3, including the coupe, saloon, and convertible. Some of the upgrades from the standard 3-series vehicles include a much more powerful engine as well as a vastly improved braking system, suspension, and overall handling. The aerodynamic body and interior and exterior accents of the upgraded versions of the car have made them incredibly popular with the public. The M3 coupe was originally manufactured in Germany in July of 2013 when BMW made the decision to move it along with the convertible to the 4-series.
The E30 M3 initially used the S14’s engine and was based heavily on the E30 3-series from 1986. At first, the E30 M3 was used as a racing vehicle with a number of different teams, some of which include AC Schnitzer and Prodrive for rallying and racing. Some of the later campaigns for this vehicle included the World Touring Car Championship as well as the British Touring Car Championship and the French Touring Car Championship. This vehicle was designed to compete against many other different types of models, including the 2.3-16v variant of the Mercedes-Benz W201 190E which first appeared in 1983.
The next development related to the M3 was the introduction of the road car engine which was capable of producing up to 195 PS with a catalytic converter and 215 PS without one on the later version of the vehicle. There was also the Evolution model, which was also named the EVO2, and it was able to produce up to 220 PS. There were a number of different changes that this vehicle underwent over the years, including larger wheels, a lighter bootlid, thinner rear and side window glass, and a deeper front spoiler. This was only available with the coupe and convertible models with no saloon option whatsoever.
Later on, the Sport Evolution model experienced a production run of 600 led to an increase engine displacement to 2.5 liters and was capable of producing up to 238 PS. These models have characteristic enlarged front bumper openings on them as well as an adjustable multi-position front splitter and rear wing.
Over the years there have been quite a few different changes from the standard 3-series, many of which have to do with the body of the vehicle. The E30 M3 was very different from the rest of BMW’s E30 lineup in a number of ways. The unit body shell of the M3 was the same as the E30, but its body panels were completely unique. The hood, sunroof, and roof panel of this vehicle were the only exterior parts that were similar to that of the E30.
The suspension of the E30 M3 is quite different from that of the standard E30 with its 5×120 wheel bolt pattern. The E30 M3 also included an increased caster angle which was the result of significant suspension changes. This vehicle also had aluminum control arms along with front strut tubes which were soon changed to a design that resembled the E28 5-series. When it comes to the brakes, the E30 M3 had unique front and rear brake calipers as well as rotors which did not resemble anything that BMW had used on any of their vehicles in the past. As a whole this vehicle is a mixture of past models and unique innovations and has definitely become a tops-selling vehicle and consumer favorite.