BMW M3 (E30) 

  • $34k built in Germany
  • 1988
  • 192 HP 2.3L
  • 142 mph
Best of all, the M3's power delivery is wonderfully linear; it pulls willingly from its midrange all the way to its sizzling 7250-rpm redline.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 1988)
Excellent controls help you keep the frenzy in check: the steering is supple and superbly accurate, the shifter has just the right amount of notchiness, and the massive disc brakes vented in front and equipped with a standard anti-lock system-are always on duty, lap after lap.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 1988)

Road Tests Real world tests of the BMW M3 (E30)


M3 (E30)
7 s
Model S
4 s
928 S4
5.5 s

Top speed

M3 (E30)
142 mph
Boxster S
166 mph
928 S4
165 mph


M3 (E30)
19.8 s
Model S
9.5 s
Boxster S
11.9 s

1/4 mile

M3 (E30)
15.4 s
Model S
12.4 s
Boxster S
13.4 s

Data points Key details of the BMW M3 (E30)


M3 (E30)
Model S
928 S4


M3 (E30)
192 HP
Model S
416 HP
928 S4
315 HP

In The News From around the web


BMW M3 Sport Evolution
The engines withstood the stresses and strains of touring car racing even at maximum output without any problem.
To meet homologation, BMW released a road-going model that featured this new 238 bhp, 2.5 liter engine which used sodium-cooled exhaust valves, a larger intake tract and a signature red spark plug wires.

Right from the beginning, the snow-white racing car in the typical BMW Motorsport colours scooped huge numbers of trophies, victories and titles: Driving the M3, Roberto Ravaglia from Italy won the Touring Car World Championship in 1987.
The high-performance saloon, whose four-cylinder four-valve engine produced a maximum output of 195 bhp, featured a catalytic converter as standard.

BMW M3 Evolution II
This car featured a 2.5 liter engine which made for a drastic increase in power.
These changes made the car one step closer to Group A. The engine itself received a slight increase in power thanks to a new camshaft, pistons and intake system.

BMW M3 Group A
Motorsport GmbH was resposible for the cars design and the normally-aspirated S14 engine was chosen by them.
a larger version of the S14 was prepared that could produce 340 bhp. Despite the homolagtion requirements, the Group A version of the M3 was drastically different than the road-going version. This is most apparent in the price difference between to two. $120,000 USD was the.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand BMW
Price $34,000
Type of car Production car
Year 1988
Highest auction price $45k, January 2002

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 14.93 lb/hp
Maximum hp 192 HP @ 6,750 RPM
Maximum torque 170 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 2,302 cc
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.68 in / 3.31 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,866 lb
Width 66.1 in
Height 53.9 in
Length 171.1 in
Front track width 55.6 in
Wheelbase 101 in

road tests

Top speed 142 mph
1/4 mile 15.4 s
0-60mph 7 s
0-100mph 19.8 s


Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.83:1
  2. 2: 2.2:1
  3. 3: 1.4:1
  4. 4: 1:1
  5. 5: 0.81:1
Axle ratio 4.1:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 381/? 178
Rear wheels 381/? 178
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