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BMW M3 E36 Convertible

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BMW M3 E36 Coupé | BMW M3 E36 Sedan

The second generation of the M3 Convertible, the BMW M3 E36 Convertible, comes with more power and safety features than its predecessor. The elegant and discreet lines that hide the 321HP of the 3.2-liter model, make this version more as a road-going GT car.


1994-1999 BMW M3 E36 Convertible
Type
M3 E36 3.0
M3 E36 3.2
Engine
Code
S50 B30 Kat
S50 B32 Kat
Displacement
2990cc
3201cc
Cylinders
6
6
Fuel type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
210kW | 286HP
236kW | 321HP
Torque@RPM
320Nm@3600rpm
350Nm@3250rpm
Performance
Top Speed
250km/h | 155mph
250km/h | 155mph
Acceleration
0-100km/h
0-60mph

6.2s

5.6s
Fuel Consumption (l/100km | mpg)
Combined
-
-

Dimensions
Length
4433mm
Width
1710mm
Height
1340mm

Source for technical specifications: Wikipedia.

Versions and Production Numbers

BMW initially produced the European-spec E36 M3 3.0 only as as a coupe. Convertible and sedan versions were introduced two years later. Each body style was offered in left-hand drive and right-hand drive configurations.

E36 M3 3.0 Convertible

  • ECE convertible (LHD): 1,403 built from 03/94 thru 08/95
  • ECE convertible (RHD): 572 built from 09/94 thru 08/95

E36 M3 3.2 Convertible

  • ECE convertible (LHD): 1,763 built from 02/96 thru 08/99
  • ECE convertible (RHD): 2,107 built from 02/96 thru 07/99
  • USA convertible manual (LHD): 2,252 built from 03/98 thru 08/99
  • USA convertible automatic (LHD): 4,017 built from 03/98 thru 08/99

Cosmetics

The three-liter M3 convertible shares all of its M body panels with the M3 coupe. However, the front airdam lacks the black plastic lower lip extension and the M-Technic rear spoiler was never available as a factory option on the open-top model.

Interior

The M3 sedan and convertible, as well as the U.S.-spec M3 coupe with Luxury Package, have regular BMW sport seats covered in Nappa leather. Luxury Package-equipped coupes and all E36 M3 sedans are further fitted with Burl Walnut wood trim on the center console, shift knob, parking brake handle and door pulls. They also have chrome interior door handles.

Source: bmwmregistry.com

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