The story of the BMW E30 is the story of a war machine, a beast of steel and engine that roared down the road like a caged lion. It was a car built for speed and excitement, a symbol of freedom and rebellion. It was a car that, like its drivers, had an indomitable spirit, an unrelenting determination. It was a car that had been designed to win, to prevail on the road and in life. It was a car that, like all truly great things, was made to be driven, not simply looked at.
The BMW E30 M3 is a road racing car produced by BMW between 1986 and 1991. It was developed as a road-going version of the BMW M3 Group A racing car. The E30 M3 was designed to meet Group A racing homologation requirements and was produced in a limited number of units to meet these requirements. The E30 M3 is considered a classic among car enthusiasts and has won several awards for its design and performance.
Technical features of the BMW E30 M3 include:
Engine: 2.3-litre inline four-cylinder with an output of 200 horsepower.
Transmission: five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic gearbox.
Suspension: four-wheel independent with anti-roll bar on front and rear axle.
Brakes: Four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with optional ABS.
Weight: about 2,700 lbs (1,225 kg).
Top speed: about 140 mph (225 km/h).
Acceleration 0-60 mph: around 6.5 seconds.
The E30 M3 is also characterised by its aerodynamic design, such as the rear wing and front wings, which help to enhance its track performance. It is also characterised by its chassis and roadholding, as well as its great ability to adapt to the driver’s needs.
The BMW E30 M3 has appeared in a number of films and television programmes over the years. Some examples include:
“Ride” (2018) – an independent film in which the main character, a drift racing driver, drives an E30 M3.
“The Transporter” (2002) – an action movie in which the main character, Frank Martin, drives a modified E30 M3.
“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006) – a street racing film in which several characters drive modified E30 M3s.
“The Bill” (1984-2010) – a British police drama television series in which several characters drive an E30 M3 during the series.
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