BMW M3 (E30), 1988
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BMW M3 (E30), 1988

Engine sound
Sound driving
Model information
Make history

BMW M3 (E30), year 1988. Colour silver metallic with a black leather interior and grey carpet. As you can hear in our engine sound recording made on a bumpy road the M3 is a hard core driver car, very agile and with superb road holding! The M3 is most suitable for the 'Autobahn' and the racing circuit. The car is amongst others fitted with special BBS light alloy wheels, factory original (optional) leather interior, power windows, headlamp wipers, and board computer.


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The BMW M3 (E30) is the very first M3 model. The car was introduced on the Frankfurter Motor Show in the year 1985. The BMW M3 E30 was built between September 1986 and July 1991.
The BMW E30 M3 for street use was built to homologate the M3 for participation in the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC). To homologate the car for this championship BMW had to built 5000 M3 street cars. For BMW the 3 series was the logical choice to enter a championship, as the car was compact and it had great roadholding capabilities.
The ETCC rules strongly influenced the shape of the BMW M3. The circuit car had to be almost 100% similar to the street model. The widened wings and the large front- and rear spoilers had to be incorporated to the street model as well.
In a time frame of five years 21.222 BMW E30 M3 were built. Approximately 100 cars were used for race- and rally driving.
4.996 cars were exported to the United States of America.

Technical data

Four cylinder in-line engine, DOHC, 16 valves (type S14 B23 M-power)
cylinder capacity: 2302 cc.
Bosch ML Motronic injection system
capacity: 215 DIN bhp. at 6750 rpm.
torque: 230 Nm at 4600 rpm.
gearbox: 5-speed, manual, close ratio
rear wheel drive, 25% limited slip differential
brakes: disk brakes all round, vented at the front
weight: 1200 kg.

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