THE BMW E36 M3 GT

THE BMW E36 M3 GT

The BMW E36 M3 GT

THE BMW E36 M3 GT

Enormously powerful and innovative, extremely rare and available in just one colour: The BMW M3 GT E36 is one of the most fascinating sports cars of its era.

The demands were enormous, the legacy of the M3 E30 was weighty: From 1992 to 1999, BMW M built the second generation of the BMW M3 E36. The challenge: The new M3 would aim for a wider target group than its predecessor, without losing its motorsports DNA in the process. In retrospect, this goal can be said to have been successfully achieved. But the engineers from BMW M had another ace up their sleeves: In 1995, they created a more powerful high-performance model that is today known as the highpoint of the M3 E36 – the strictly limited BMW M3 GT.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

  • Inline 6-cylinder engine
  • Max. output 217 kW (295hp)
  • Max. torque 323 Nm at 3,900rpm
  • 5.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h
  • Only 356 units produced

MATTER OF THE HEART.

The engine of the BMW M3 GT: When the M3 GT was launched in 1995 at a price of DM 91,000, under the bonnet was still the S50B30 3.0 litre inline 6-cylinder engine which had been introduced with the E36. Technical highlights were the six single throttle valves and the newly developed camshaft control called VANOS. This innovation enabled improved fuel injection and thus higher torque. 323 Newton metres at 3,900rpm made the M3 power unit the best of the naturally aspirated engines.

The motor already had the short intake manifold from the 3.2l S50B32 engine from the facelift model of late 1995. The altered set-up with a 264° camshaft raised the power level from 286 hp of the series M3 to 295 hp. That translates to a power density of 72.2kW (98.7 hp), an excellent figure for the 1990s. The power unit is seen by many fans as a masterpiece of engine-building: Already from idling speed, the four-valve motor develops as much power as its predecessor at maximum level. Let off the leash, it catapults the M3 special edition to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds. The high rev character with its spontaneous throttle response can be experienced in every situation, at 7,000 camshaft rotations full power is reached. On the way there, it develops the typical sound of the BMW M straight 6-cylinder engine of that era.

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