BMW M3 Coupe

The BMW Motorsport department was tasked with designing a lightweight, powerful derivative of the 3-series. Over 5,000 examples of the BMW M3 were hand-built by BMW motorsport. 1992 marks the second generation of the M3, based on the E36, it was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in 1991. The E36 M3 did not reach U.S. soil until 1994.


The E36 M3 is aesthetically similar to the regular 3-series with only a few distinctions. Some main features on the 1992 BMW M3 include a larger front air dam, deeper side valance panels and aerodynamic side mirrors. Lightweight alloy wheels are larger than the normal 3-series. An available option for the BMW M3 Coupe is an M-Technic rear spoiler, which could be purchased from the dealerships, giving the vehicle a sportier look. The Motorsport department continued the modifications by adapting a new suspension with firmer shocks and springs, along with larger anti-roll bars. 12” vented disc brakes provide excellent stopping power while the M-tuned variable-ratio steering provided instantaneous response.


Inside the cabin of the 1992 BMW M3, many similarities could be seen between the normal 3-series and the M3. However, the M3 featured multiple options that were not available to the normal 3-series cars. The M badge has been properly placed all over the interior. An M shift knob, M instrument cluster, and M sport seats all feature the M logo. In this BMW M3, the front and rear seats are upholstered in leather as well as the steering wheel and shift knob.


A 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder delivers 286 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Getting to 60 mph from a stop takes just around seven seconds with the five-speed manual gearbox. Top speed is an impressive 144 mph. Three years later, the BMW M3 coupe received a new 3.2-liter inline-six cylinder engine producing 35 more horsepower and 23 more pounds of torque.

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