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The BMW E36 M3 GT.

Enormously powerful and innovative, extremely rare and available in just one colour: The BMW M3 GT E36 is one of the most fascinating sports cars of its era.

17 November 2020

The demands were enormous, the legacy of the M3 E30 was weighty: From 1992 to 1999, BMW M built the second generation of the BMW M3 E36. The challenge: The new M3 would aim for a wider target group than its predecessor, without losing its motorsports DNA in the process. In retrospect, this goal can be said to have been successfully achieved. But the engineers from BMW M had another ace up their sleeves: In 1995, they created a more powerful high-performance model that is today known as the highpoint of the M3 E36 – the strictly limited BMW M3 GT.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

Inline 6-cylinder engine
Max. output 217 kW (295hp)
Max. torque 323 Nm at 3,900rpm
5.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h
Only 356 units produced

MATTER OF THE HEART.

Optimised S50B30 engine of the BMW M3 GTOptimised S50B30 engine of the BMW M3 GT
The optimised S50B30 engine of the BMW M3 GT.

The engine of the BMW M3 GT: When the M3 GT was launched in 1995 at a price of DM 91,000, under the bonnet was still the S50B30 3.0 litre inline 6-cylinder engine which had been introduced with the E36. Technical highlights were the six single throttle valves and the newly developed camshaft control called VANOS. This innovation enabled improved fuel injection and thus higher torque. 323 Newton metres at 3,900rpm made the M3 power unit the best of the naturally aspirated engines.

98,7 PS98,7 PS

98,7 PS

98,7 hp/l: The power density of the M3 GT's engine was superior in the 1990s.

356 UNITS IN BRITISH RACING GREEN.

BMW M3 GT steering wheel and interiorBMW M3 GT steering wheel and interior

The high-performance coupé was only available in one colour: the BMW shade with the code 312 – British Racing Green. This applied to all of the 356 vehicles produced (including the five pre-production models). The rare special edition can thus basically be identified by its paintwork. In addition, there were specially made front and rear spoilers, along with aerodynamically optimized mirrors and M double-spoke aluminium forged wheels in the format 7,5J x 17" at the front and 8,5J x 17" at the rear which were only available as special extras in the M3 series. With tyres of the size of 235/40 ZR17, in the mid-90s the sports car gained the respect of observers even when merely parked. Another difference to the standard model was the front indicators, in white glass instead of yellow. Indistinguishable from the standard models were the weight-optimized doors made of aluminium.

In the colour-coordinated interior, the eye is immediately caught by the Amaretta sports seats in Mexico Green nappa leather, along with the high-quality décor trim made of carbon. In contrast to the civil BMW M3 E36, the GT model was never available as a four-door limousine.

PURE DRIVING PLEASURE.

HOMOLOGATION MODEL FOR THE FIA GT SERIES.

The especially dynamic and driver-oriented set-up of the BMW M3 GT had one origin: The M car was derived as a homologation model from the FIA GT Series, the Division II and the IMSA GT Series – so the motorsports roots of this special edition were there from the word go.

RARE EDITION MODEL.

BMW M3 LTW – THE M3 GT FOR THE USA.

BMW M3 GT.

Front des BMW M3 GTFront des BMW M3 GT

Classic car with potential: For collectors and M3 fans, the BMW M3 GT E36 is already a sought-after classic car. It has the potential to be seen in the same league with the valuable Evo models of the E30 M3 in the foreseeable future. In good condition with a reasonable owner history and low mileage, they can command prices of around €50,000.

This M enthusiast shows us his BMW M3 garage

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