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BMW M3 (US)

(1988 model)

Brief specs of 1988 BMW M3 (US)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2302 cm3 / 140.5 cu in / 140.5 cu in, 143.2 kW / 192.0 hp / 192.0 hp @ 6750 rpm / 6750 rpm / 6750 rpm, 230.0 N·m / 169.6 lb·ft / 169.6 lb·ft @ 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 227 km/h / 141 mph / 141 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1988
ModelM3 (US)Issued until
SerieM3Number made
Model familyE30Body construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typesedan (saloon)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4346 mm / 171.1 in / 171.1 inTotal (curb) weight1296 kg / 2857 lb / 2857 lb
Width1679 mm / 66.1 in / 66.1 inDry weight
Height1369 mm / 53.9 in / 53.9 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2563 mm / 100.9 in / 100.9 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1412 mm / 55.6 in / 55.6 inTowing weight
Track rear1433 mm / 56.4 in / 56.4 inWeight distribution (front)52.9 % / 52.9 % / 52.9 %
Ground clearance127 mm / 5.0 in / 5.0 inFuel capacity58 l / 12.8 UK gal / 15.3 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.7  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.86 m2 / 20.0 sq ft / 20.0 sq ft
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine Code23 4E A/S14Total number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerBMWValves per cylinder4
Engine constructioncast iron block; aluminium headBore93.4 mm / 3.68 in / 3.68 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke84.0 mm / 3.31 in / 3.31 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.11
Fuel supplyBo Motronic fuel inj.Engine displacement2302 cm3 / 140.5 cu in / 140.5 cu in
Engine Main bearings5Unitary capacity575.50 cm3/cylinder / 35.119 cu in/cylinder / 35.119 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio10.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power143.2 kW / 192.0 hp / 192.0 hp at 6750 rpm / 6750 rpm / 6750 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque230.0 N·m / 169.6 lb·ft / 169.6 lb·ft at 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)75.6 kW / 101.4 hp / 101.4 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output62.2 kW/l / 1.367 bhp/cu in / 1.367 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque99.9 N·m/l / 0.87 lb·ft/cu in / 0.87 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.81
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.1

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)5.10 s / 5.10 s / 5.10 sTop (maximal) speed227 km/h / 141 mph / 141 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)6.90 s / 6.90 s / 6.90 sPower-to-weight ratio148.2 kW/ton / 112.2 bhp/ton / 112.2 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)19.60 s / 19.60 s / 19.60 sFuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time15.20 s / 15.20 s / 15.20 s (top 92 km/h / 57 mph / 57 mph)Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinion PASSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock3.7Turning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, MacPherson strut, Lower wishbone, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearIndependent, Semi-trailing arm, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)
Wheels front7.0 x 15Wheels rear7.0 x 15
Tyres frontPirelli P600 205/55 VR 15Tyres rearPirelli P600 205/55 VR 15
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter front280 mm / 11.0 in / 11.0 inBrake diameter rear282 mm / 11.1 in / 11.1 in
Brakes detailsservo-assisted, ABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW M3 (US)

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