From The BMW M3 E36 To The BMW M3 E46
|   Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Representatives from BMW continue the series of historical films with two new videos in which the models BMW M3 E36 and BMW M3 E46 are highlighted. The second BMW M3 generation in the E36 bodywork (1992 - 1999) made an enormous step forward over its predecessor.

Even if it was no longer a race car converted into the street one, being bigger more luxurious and more comfortable, the BMW M3 E36 is distinguished by advanced technologies that favored the development of technological progress.
On the exterior differences from a simple E36 3 Series were minimal, including the bumpers, sills, 17-inch wheels and the aerodynamic rear characteristic to this model.
All these have become a symbol of the model for the next generation.

Under the hood of the M3 E36 we have the S50 propellant. It has a displacement of 3.0 liters, 6 cylinder in-line naturally aspirated which develop 286 hp, and after the facelift from 1995 the displacement was enlarged to 3.2 liters and 321 hp. The engine was equipped with VANOS, an adjustment to the camshafts system and optionally the SMG robotized transmission was offered from which other manufacturers too, such as Ferrari, took their inspiration.

Debuting originally in the coupe bodywork in 1994, the M3 E36 joined to M3 Convertible version, and for the first time in the history of the model, to the M3 Sedan variant. The sedan appeared exactly when the BMW M5 E34 model was taken out of production to fill "the gap" caused by the latter during the 1995 – 1998 period until the appearance of the M5 E39 version.

The BMW M3 E36 also had special versions such as the M3 GT or M3 Lightweight. Over 71,000 copies of M3 E36 were produced, thus exceeding by four times the sales figures of its predecessor.

The third-generation BMW M3 E46 (2000 - 2006) continued the successful history of the sports car, which had already become legendary. Compared to the M3 E36, the M3 E46's reassertion of traditional athletic driving, characteristic of the first generation M3 E30, was well met together with the engine that relied on a philosophy of high revs.

Although having the displacement almost similar to its predecessor, 3.2 liters, naturally aspirated 6 in-line cylinders, the S54 propellant developed 343 hp and could reach an engine revs close to 8000 rpm!

The BMW M3 E46 was successful in motorsports too, thanks to the M3 GTR race car. This engine had a displacement of 4.0 liters, the naturally aspirated unit developing 450 hp and could even knock out rivals from Porsche.

Officials from Porsche criticized the Bavarians, who raced with a car whose engine had not been installed on a production model, so by regulations the Bavarians produced a street version BMW M3 E46 GTR equipped with the same V8 engine used in racing, however it was tamed and detuned to 380 hp.
Even though it was produced in two bodywork styles, the BMW M3 E46 had an even greater success compared to its predecessor, being sold in about 85,000 copies.
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