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Top 30 special BMW E36 around the world

The BMW E36 is the third generation of the BMW 3 Series range of compact executive cars, and was produced from 1990 to 2000. The initial models were of the four-door sedan body style, followed by the coupe, convertible, wagon ("Touring"), hatchback ("Compact") and the rare four-door convertible Baur TC4 in later years.The E36 was the first 3 Series to be offered in a hatchback body style.

It was also the first 3 Series to be available with a six-speed manual transmission (in the 1996 M3), a five-speed automatic transmission and a four-cylinder diesel engine. The multi-link rear suspension was also a significant upgrade as compared to the previous generations of the 3 Series. All-wheel drive was not available for the E36, unlike the previous (E30) and successive (E46) generations.


The E36 was named in Car and Driver magazine's 10Best list for every year it was on sale.The high performance E36 M3 is powered by the BMW S50 or BMW S52 straight-six engine (depending on country). The E36 M3 was introduced in 1992 and was available in coupé, sedan and convertible body styles.Following the introduction of its successor, the E46 3 Series in 1998, the E36 began to be phased out and was eventually replaced in 1999.


The four-cylinder petrol engines used in the E36 range were initially engines carried over from the previous generation 3 Series: the BMW M40 SOHC engine and the BMW M42 DOHC engine. In 1993, the M40 was replaced by the BMW M43 SOHC engine and the M42 was replaced in 1996 by the BMW M44 DOHC engine.

For the six-cylinder models, the E36 was launched with the then-new BMW M50 DOHC petrol engine. In late 1992 the M50TU versions added single-VANOS (variable valve timing), which increased torque (peak power was unchanged). In 1995, the BMW M52 engine replaced the M50TU, resulting in the 328i model replacing the 325i and the addition of a new mid-range 323i model (powered by a 2.5 litre version of the M52).

In 1992, the 3.0 L BMW S50 engine debuted in the E36 M3. In 1995, its capacity was increased to 3.2 L.

316i1990–1994M40B16 4-cylinder73 kW (98 hp) at 5,500 rpm141 N⋅m (104 lb⋅ft) at 4,250 rpm
1993–1999M43B16 4-cylinder75 kW (101 hp) at 5,500 rpm150 N⋅m (111 lb⋅ft) at 3,900 rpm
318i1990–1993*M40B18 4-cylinder83 kW (111 hp) at 5,500 rpm162 N⋅m (119 lb⋅ft) at 4,250 rpm
1993–1998M43B18 4-cylinder85 kW (114 hp) at 5,500 rpm168 N⋅m (124 lb⋅ft) at 3,900 rpm
318is1992–1995M42B18 4-cylinder103 kW (138 hp) at 6,000 rpm175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm
1996–1998M44B19 4-cylinder181 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) at 4,300 rpm
320i1991–1993M50B20 6-cylinder110 kW (148 hp) at 5,900 rpm190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft) at 4,700 rpm
1993–1998M52B20 6-cylinder190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft) at 4,200 rpm
323i1995–1998M52B25 6-cylinder125 kW (168 hp) at 5,500 rpm245 N⋅m (181 lb⋅ft) at 3,950 rpm
325i1991–1992M50B25 6-cylinder141 kW (189 hp) at 5,900 rpm245 N⋅m (181 lb⋅ft) at 4,700 rpm
1993–1995M50B25TU 6-cylinder245 N⋅m (181 lb⋅ft) at 4,200 rpm
328i1995–1998M52B28 6-cylinder142 kW (190 hp) at 5,500 rpm280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) at 3,950 rpm
M3 (Euro spec)1992–1995S50B30 6-cylinder210 kW (282 hp) at 7,000 rpm320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 3,600 rpm
1995–1998S50B32 6-cylinder239 kW (321 hp) at 7,400 rpm350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 3,250 rpm
M3 (U.S. spec)1995S50B30US 6-cylinder179 kW (240 hp) at 6,000 rpm305 N⋅m (225 lb⋅ft) at 4,250 rpm
1996–1999S52B32 6-cylinder320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm


318tds1994–2000M41D17 4-cylinder66 kW (89 hp) at 4,400 rpm190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm
325td1991–1996M51D25UL 6-cylinder85 kW (114 hp) at 4,400 rpm222 N⋅m (164 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm
1996–1998M51D25TUUL 6-cylinder85 kW (114 hp) at 4,800 rpm230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm
325tds1993–1996M51D25OL 6-cylinder105 kW (141 hp) at 4,800 rpm260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) at 2,200 rpm
1996–1998M51D25TUOL 6-cylinder105 kW (141 hp) at 4,600 rpm280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) at 2,200 rpm

Initially, the turbocharged straight-six BMW M51 engine was used in the E36 325td model. In 1993, the 325tds model was released, which added an intercooler to the M51. In 1994, the 318tds model was introduced, powered by the four-cylinder BMW M41 turbocharged and intercooled engine.