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BMW M3

(1996 model)

Brief specs of 1996 BMW M3

4-seater, 6-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3246 cm3 / 198.1 cu in / 198.1 cu in, 179.0 kW / 240.0 hp / 240.0 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 320.0 N·m / 236.0 lb·ft / 236.0 lb·ft, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 220 km/h / 137 mph / 137 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1996
ModelM3Issued until
SerieM3Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors
Bodywork typeNumber of seats4
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4590 l / 162.09 cu ft / 162.09 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4440 mm / 174.8 in / 174.8 inTotal (curb) weight1480 kg / 3263 lb / 3263 lb
Width1720 mm / 67.7 in / 67.7 inDry weight
Height1370 mm / 53.9 in / 53.9 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2710 mm / 106.7 in / 106.7 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity63 l / 13.9 UK gal / 16.6 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.64  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.00 m2 / 21.6 sq ft / 21.6 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 6 cylinder)Total number of valves24
Engine ManufacturerValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore84.1 mm / 3.31 in / 3.31 in
FuelStroke84.1 mm / 3.31 in / 3.31 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1
Fuel supplyEngine displacement3246 cm3 / 198.1 cu in / 198.1 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity467.17 cm3/cylinder / 28.508 cu in/cylinder / 28.508 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio10.2 : 1
SumpMax. output power179.0 kW / 240.0 hp / 240.0 hp at 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm
AspirationMax. torque320.0 N·m / 236.0 lb·ft / 236.0 lb·ft at
Compressor typeMaximum rpm
IntercoolerMax. net output (power at the wheels)96.0 kW / 128.7 hp / 128.7 hp (est.)
CoolantSpecific output55.1 kW/l / 1.212 bhp/cu in / 1.212 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converterSpecific torque98.6 N·m/l / 0.86 lb·ft/cu in / 0.86 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed220 km/h / 137 mph / 137 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)5.60 s / 5.60 s / 5.60 sPower-to-weight ratio164.2 kW/ton / 124.4 bhp/ton / 124.4 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignment
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle11.0 m / 36.1 ft / 36.1 ft
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front205/55-R16Tyres rear205/55-R16
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW M3

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