BMW M3 (E36) 

  • $40k built in Germany
  • 1997-2003
  • 240 HP 0.2L
  • 155 mph
In 1995, the American M3s were offered with ZF 5HP18 five-speed automatic transmission as an option.
Attached to the new engine was a Getrag six-speed manual transmission.

Road Tests Real world tests of the BMW M3 (E36)


M3 (E36) Roadster
5.7 s

Top speed

M3 (E36) Roadster
155 mph
Reventón Coupe
221 mph


M3 (E36) Roadster
11.5 s

1/4 mile

M3 (E36) Roadster
13.1 s

Nurburgring time

M3 (E36) Roadster

Data points Key details of the BMW M3 (E36)


M3 (E36) Roadster


M3 (E36) Roadster
240 HP

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BMW M3 Cabriolet
The American cars did not come with the six speed transmission and retained the ZF Type C five speed manual.
Attached to the new engine was a Getrag six-speed manual transmission.

Inside, an M instrument cluster, M shift knob and M sport seats either in cloth, suede or Nappa leather were exclusive to the M3.
Cosmetically, the E36 M3 shared much design language with the regular three series.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand BMW
Price $40,000
Year 1997-2003
Highway mileage 25 MPG


Body style Coupe
Top type Hard fixed


Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 4.2:1
  2. 2: 2.49:1
  3. 3: 1.67:1
  4. 4: 1.24:1
  5. 5: 1:1
Axle ratio 3.15:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 235/40 17
Rear wheels 255/40 18

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,175 lb
Width 67.3 in
Height 52.6 in
Length 174.5 in
Front track width 56 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in

road tests

Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile 13.1 s
0-60mph 5.7 s
0-100mph 11.5 s
0-200kph 17.9 s
20.6km nurburgring time 8:32.0
Tsukuba circuit time 1:08.17
Hockenheim short lap time 1:18.20

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.23 lb/hp
Maximum hp 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 225 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Engine placement Front
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.1 feet
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 192 cc
Cylinders I6
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Bore/stroke 3.4 in / 3.53 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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