BMW Z3 (E36/7) M





BMW Z3 (E36/7) M

Model: Z3 (E36/7) (1996 - 2002)

Wikipedia (Z3 (E36/7)): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_Z3

E36/8 M Coupe

The M Coupe, manufactured from 1998 until 2002, was developed under the leadership of engineer Burkhard Göschel with the intention of adding increased torsional and structural rigidity to the Z3 roadster’s chassis. The development team had a hard time convincing the Board of Directors to approve the model for production, but it was eventually given the green light as long as it remained cost-effective to produce. To achieve this goal, as many body panels as possible had to be shared with the roadster, thus the doors and everything from the A-pillar forward are interchangeable between the coupe and roadster, as are most interior parts. The Z3 coupe, which mates the M coupe's body with the standard Z3 drivetrain, chassis and cosmetics was approved for production at the same time.

The car is based on the BMW M Roadster. Although, the semi-trailing arm rear suspension was not modified from the M Roadster, The coupe is 2.7 times torsionally stiffer than its convertible counterpart. The most important aspect of the E36/8 M Coupe was the difference in engines, the BMW S50, BMW S52, and the BMW S54, were all offered in different markets at different times. Due to the unique styling of the M Coupe, dealer sales were slow, and dealerships sidestepped the M Coupe to sell the more practical and more profitable M3 models to performance enthusiasts.

As a result of their relative rarity, M Coupes (especially S54 powered models) retain more of their value than any other BMW since the E30 M3. The S54 M Coupe is the lowest production BMW that was not produced in a "limited production" run. Certain color combinations are highly desired leading to lower mileage models commanding prices 50% higher the original MSRP.

Z3 M Roadster (1998–2002)

The BMW M Roadster was designed to be the performance version of the BMW Z3, and there were significant differences between the two variants. The body of the M Roadster had many slight differences. These included front and rear bumpers, gills, rear wings, boot and mirrors.

Under the skin many of the components were beefed up with many of them taken from the E30 M3 and E36 M3 Evo including brakes and much of the suspension. Based on the E36 platform, the Z3 Roadster was considered the E36/7 platform. The M Roadster could run a wider track under the flared wheel arches as well as wider wheels and tires to try to tame the increased power. Standard tyre sizes for the M Roadster is 225/45r17 at the front and 245/40r17 at the back. The low offset of the rear wheels allows plenty of flexibility to increase the rear tire width. A dual exhaust system fed each set of three cylinders to two dual tailpipes. This quad exhaust has since become an BMW M division signature.

Other changes included adding a limited slip differential, a different gearbox and strengthening the chassis.

The interior had a different look to the standard Z3, starting with the M-version steering wheel and including different instrumentation such as an oil temperature gauge. Finally, the car was available in M-specific colors which were not released for the regular Z3, at least in the early production years (not counting BMW's Individual program).

Early cars featured ABS as standard. Traction and stability control also became standard with the new engine. The Z3 was facelifted, but in common with other BMW M vehicles, the M Roadster's appearance was not updated.

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Engines


Year from-to Engine code Fuel [ccm] Cylinders [kW] [Nm] No. of
valves
2001 2002 S54B32 gasoline 3 246 6 / In-Line 256 365
2001 2002 S54B32 gasoline 3 246 6 / In-Line 256 365
1998 2000 S52B32 gasoline 3 152 6 / In-Line 179 320
1997 2001 S50B32 gasoline 3 201 6 / In-Line 236 350

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1997 BMW Z3 (E36/7) M 1.8 (110 cui)

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Performance 85.5 kW (116 PS) at 500 rpm. Fuel gasoline. 5-speed Manual transmission. Engine 1 796 ccm (110 cui), 4-cylinder.