BMW 3 Series (E30)

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BMW 3-Series - E30
1990 BMW 318i (E30) 2-door sedan (22028060738).jpg
1990 BMW 318i (E30) 2-door sedan
Manufacturer BMW
Production 1982–1993
Designer Claus Luthe (sedan & coupe: 1978)
Max Reisböck (touring: 1984, 1985)[1]
Body and chassis
Class Entry-level luxury car
Body style 2-door compact sedan
2-door convertible
4-door compact sedan
5-door touring
Layout FR layout (most)
F4 layout (325iX)
  • Petrol:
  • 1.6-1.8 L M10 I4
  • 1.6-1.8 L M40 I4
  • 1.8 L M42 I4
  • 2.0-2.5 L S14 I4
  • 2.0-2.7 L M20 I6
  • 3.2 L M30 l6
  • Diesel:
  • 2.4 L M21 I6
Length 1988-89 Sedan & Wagon: 4,450 mm (175 in)
1988-89 Convertible: 4,460 mm (176 in)
1990-91 Sedan & Wagon: 4,326 mm (170 in)
1990-93 Convertible: 4,323 mm (170 in)
Width Sedan & Wagon: 1,646 mm (65 in)
2-door Saloon: 1,661 mm (65 in)
Height Sedan & Wagon: 1,379 mm (54 in) Convertible: 1,369 mm (54 in)
2-door sedan: 1,400 mm (55 in)
Curb weight 1,070–1,368 kg (2,359–3,016 lb)
Predecessor BMW E21
Successor BMW E36

The BMW E30 is an entry-level luxury car which was produced by BMW from 1982 to 1994. The initial models used the two-door sedan body style, and in following years the four-door sedan, convertible and estate ("touring") body styles were added.The E36 replaced the E30 in 1990, with E30 saloon production continuing into 1991. The cabriolet version continued to be built to the end of April 1993 and the touring version continued to be built to the end of June 1994.

The E30 models were powered by a range of four-cylinder and straight-six engines.

The BMW M3 was first introduced on the E30 platform. The E30 M3 was fitted with the high-revving BMW S14 four-cylinder petrol engine, which produced 175 kW (235 hp) in its final European-only iteration.[2]

The 325iX model was the first 3 Series to use all-wheel drive.

Body styles[edit]

The E30 3-series was penned by Claus Luthe in 1978, the designer of the NSU Ro 80.[3]

It was produced as four- and two-door saloons, two-door convertible (however the M3 convertible was only offered for the European market), cabriolet by Baur, and a five-door estate (marketed as the "touring").

The BMW M3 utilised a widened and heavily redesigned variation of the two-door body style, therefore the M3 shares few body parts with other E30 models.[4]

Production history[edit]

Initial release (1982)[edit]

Early model

Externally, the appearance is very similar to the E21 predecessor, however there are various detail changes in styling to the E30. Major changes over the E21 include interior features and revised suspension (to reduce the oversteer for which the E21 was criticised).[4]

The primary distinctive feature of the BMW E30 models produced for the North American market in 1984–1987 are the elongated front/rear aluminum bumpers. These bumpers are commonly known as "diving boards."[5]

Minor update (1985)[edit]

This update included changes to exterior and interior trim. The 323i model was replaced with the 325i at this time[6] and the diesel-engined 324d was introduced.

Major update (1987)[edit]

1987 update

At Frankfurt in September 1987, BMW introduced a major update to the E30 (often called "Series 2").[6][7](pp17,19) The changes to the lineup were the addition of the touring (station wagon) variant and removal of the 325e model. The M10 4-cylinder engine was replaced by the M40.

External styling changes included a new front bumper, redesigned rear lights, rear apron, headlight reflectors, and licence plate frame, while the window frames lost their chrome trim.[7] Rust protection was improved with the update. Various mechanical changes were made, including updating of the engine range. In 1988, the anodized aluminum bumpers for the North American market were shortened by revising the cover/fillers and shortening the shocks. In 1989 (again, for North America) the aluminum bumpers were replaced with shorter plastic bumpers in body-colour.[8]

Aside from USA models, the 1987 update models remained largely unchanged until the end of production. In South Africa, only the two- and four-door saloons were built, four cylinder gasoline (petrol) models production continued there until 1992.


Four-cylinder gasoline (petrol) models[edit]

Model Market Model years sold Engine Fuel management system Power Torque 0-60 mi/h (0-100 km/h) Top speed Notes
316 EU 1982-1987 M10B18 Pierburg carburetor 90 hp (67 kW)

@ 5,500 rpm

103 lb·ft (140 N·m)

@ 4,000 rpm

12.2 s (MT)

14.2 (AT)

MT: 109 mph (175 km/h)

AT: 106 mph (171 km/h)

316i 1987-1993 M40B16 Motronic 102 hp (76 kW)

@ 5,500 rpm

105 lb·ft (142 N·m)

@ 4,500 rpm

12.1 s (MT)

14.1 (AT)

MT: 113 mph (182 km/h)

AT: 109 mph (175 km/h)

318i US, EU 1982-1987 M10B18 L-Jetronic 105 hp (78 kW)

@ 5,800 rpm

107 lb·ft (145 N·m)

@ 4,500 rpm

11.2 s (MT)

13.1 s (AT)

MT: 114 mph (183 km/h)

AT: 110 mph (177 km/h)

US version sold between MY 1984-85
EU 1987-1993 M40B18 Motronic 113 hp (84 kW)

@ 5,500 rpm

120 lb·ft (163 N·m)

@ 4,250 rpm

10.8 s (MT)

12.1 s (AT)

MT:117 mph (188 km/h)

AT: 114 mph (183 km/h)

US 1991 M42B18 140 hp (104 kW)

@ 5,500 rpm

129 lb·ft (175 N·m)

@ 4,250 rpm

9.9 s 126 mph (203 km/h)
318is US, EU 1989-1991 US version was only sold for MY 1991
320is IT, PT 1987-1991 S14B20 192 hp (143 kW)

@ 6,900 rpm

155 lb·ft (210 N·m)

@ 4,900 rpm

7.5 s 143 mph (230 km/h)
M3 US, EU 1986-1990 S14B23 197 hp (147 kW)

@ 6,750 rpm

177 lb·ft (240 N·m)

@ 4,750 rpm

6.7 s
M3 Evo 1 EU 1987
M3 Evo 2 1988 217 hp (162 kW)

@ 6,750 rpm

181 lb·ft (245 N·m)

@ 4,750 rpm

6.6 s 149 mph (240 km/h)
M3 Sport Evo 1989-1990 S14B25 235 hp (175 kW)

@ 7,000 rpm

177 lb·ft (240 N·m)

@ 4,750 rpm

6.2 s 153 mph (246 km/h)

Six-cylinder gasoline (petrol) models[edit]

Model Market Model years sold Engine Fuel management system Power Torque 0-60 mi/h (0-100 km/h) Top speed Notes
320i EU 1982-1985 M20B20 L-Jetronic 123 hp (92 kW)

@ 5,800 rpm

125 lb·ft (169 N·m)

@ 4,000 rpm

10.4 s (MT)

12 s (AT)

MT: 122 mph (196 km/h)

AT: 119 mph (192 km/h)

1985-1987 Motronic 129 hp (96 kW)

@ 6,000 rpm

121 lb·ft (164 N·m)

@ 4,300 rpm

10.6 s (MT)

12.7 s (AT)

MT: 122 mph (196 km/h)

AT: 117 mph (188 km/h)

323i 1982-1984 M20B23 K-Jetronic 137 hp (102 kW)

@ 5,300 rpm

151 lb·ft (205 N·m)

@ 4,000 rpm

9 s (MT)

10.7 s (AT)

MT: 127 mph (204 km/h)

AT: 124 mph (200 km/h)

1984-1985 L-Jetronic 150 hp (112 kW)

@ 6,000 rpm

325/e/es US, EU 1985-1988 M20B27 Motronic 121 hp (90 kW) @ 4,250 rpm (w/cat)

127 hp (95 kW) @ 4,250 rpm (w/o cat) 127 hp (95 kW) @ 4,250 rpm (1988 MY)

170 lb·ft (230 N·m) @ 3,250 rpm (w/cat)

177 lb·ft (240 N·m) @ 3,250 rpm (w/o cat) 170 lb·ft (230 N·m) @ 3,200 rpm (1988 MY)

10.1 s (AT)

11.8 s (MT)

MT: 120 mph (193 km/h)

AT: 117 mph (188 km/h)

325i US, EU 1985-1993 M20B25 168 hp (125 kW) @ 5,800 rpm (w/cat)

169 hp (126 kW) @ 5,800 rpm (w/o cat)

163 lb·ft (221 N·m) @ 4,300 rpm(w/cat)

166 lb·ft (225 N·m) @ 4,000 rpm(w/o cat)

8.3 s (MT)

10 s (AT)

MT: 135 mph (217 km/h)

AT: 128 mph (206 km/h)

US version was sold as either a sedan or coupe during MY 1987-1991
325is US 1987-1991 168 hp (125 kW)

@ 5,800 rpm

163 lb·ft (221 N·m)

@ 4,300 rpm

325is SA 1990-1991 M20B27 194 hp (145 kW)

@ 5,800 rpm

195 lb·ft (264 N·m)

@ 4,000 rpm

325is Evolution HP 1991-1992 208 hp (155 kW)

@ 5,920 rpm

195 lb·ft (264 N·m)

@ 4,040 rpm

325ix US, EU 1985-1991 M20B25 168 hp (125 kW) @ 5,800 rpm (w/cat)

169 hp (126 kW) @ 5,800 rpm (w/o cat)

With cat: 163 lb·ft (221 N·m) @ 4,300 rpm

Without cat:166 lb·ft (225 N·m) @ 4,000 rpm

8.3 s (MT)

10.3 s (AT)

MT: 135 mph (217 km/h)

AT: 131 mph (211 km/h)

333i SA 1985-1987 M30B32 197 hp (147 kW)

@ 5,500 rpm

210 lb·ft (285 N·m)

@ 4,000 rpm

6.8 s 149 mph (240 km/h)

Six-cylinder diesel models[edit]

Model Market Model years sold Engine Power Torque 0-60 mi/h (0-100 km/h) Top speed Notes
324d EU 1985-1991 M21D24 84 hp (63 kW) @ 4,600 rpm 112 lb·ft (152 N·m)

@ 2,500 rpm

16.1 s 102 mph (164 km/h)
324td 1987-1991 114 hp (85 kW) @ 4,800 rpm 162 lb·ft (220 N·m)

@ 4,000 rpm

11.2 s (sedan)

12.3 s (wagon)

116 mph (187 km/h) Turbocharged

Production volumes[edit]

1988–1990 BMW 320i (E30) convertible (Australia)
Year Units[9]


1982 15,580
1983 218,201
1984 285,134
1985 297,886
1986 329,460
1987 316,075
1988 269,074
1989 257,307
1990 246,818
1991 56,363
1992 26,913
1993 18,440
1994 1,997

† The first E30s were produced in December 1981 (323i models only), but the numbers are not known

The total production from 1982 to 1994 was 2,339,520 units.



Following on from the E21, at the launch of the E30 range in 1982 it was fitted with the M10 straight-four and the M20 straight-six engines.[11] Over the production run, the M10 was replaced with the M40 and M42, the M20 received various upgrades and the BMW S14 engine was introduced in the M3. A six-cylinder diesel was also introduced later, originally only in naturally aspirated form.


At the launch of the E30 range in 1982, the 316 used a 1766 cc M10 fed by a carburetor and producing 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp), this engine allowed BMW to offer a cheap, entry-level car in the range. The 318i had the same M10 engine, but with Jetronic fuel injection, pushing power to 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) while also improving fuel economy.

The 1987 "Series 2" update introduced a new four-cylinder SOHC engine, the 1796 cc (M40B18) with 85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp). This engine incorporated Motronic fuel injection . The 316 was replaced by the 316i, which used a 1596 cc M40B16, producing 75 kW (102 PS; 101 hp). This was not quite as torquey as the 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) 1766 cc M10 it replaced - nevertheless, it offered superior performance overall. In South Africa and perhaps some other markets, the old M10-powered 316 continued until 1991, gaining the new bumpers when the range was updated. The 316i model (and previous 316 model) was not sold in Australia, where the base model continued to be the 318i.

The 318iS coupe was released in 1989, soon followed by the 318i sedan and 318iC convertible.[11] These models introduced a new engine, the chain-driven DOHC M42 1.8 L 16-valve engine w. This is the most modern engine available in the E30 range, incorporating the updated Bosch Motronic 1.3, hydraulic valve adjusters and four individual coil packs which resulted in a very high hp per liter as well as reasonable fuel economy (33mpg) and CO2 emissions (190 g/km). The excellent weight distribution of the 318iS & 318ic has led to frequent comparisons with the famous E30 M3. Nicknames include "mini M3" or "poor man's M3."

The M3 is powered by the BMW S14 engine, a high-revving motorsport engine.


BMW E30 325i Engine

At the launch of the E30 range, the 320i (2.0 L M20 with 92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp)) and 323i (2.3 L M20 with 105 kW (143 PS; 141 hp)) were available, both using Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection. These models were not sold in North America, presumably for emissions reasons. In 1985, the 323i was replaced with a 2.5 L version of the M20, which produced 126 kW (169 hp) and used Bosch Motronic fuel injection.[12] This engine was available in the 325i variants (including the all-wheel drive 325iX).

An economy version called the 325e (the e signifying efficiency) was released as a lower revving, more fuel efficient engine. To maximise low-rev torque, the engine was the largest available in the chassis (aside from the rare South African version which was available with the 3.2 L M30). The 2.7 L had a longer stroke than the 2.5 L, with a more restrictive head, four cam bearings instead of seven (less internal friction), and single valve springs where the 2.5l had doubled up springs. This resulted in 90.22 kW (123 PS; 121 hp) at 4250 rpm and, more importantly, 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) at 3250 rpm (peak torque for a 325i is 215 N·m (159 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm).

The 1987 "Series 2" update boosted the 320i to 95 kW (129 PS; 127 hp) and the 325i to 126 kW (171 PS; 169 hp) and improved fuel economy.


In 1985, BMW introduced the 324d, which used a 2443 cc diesel inline-six that produced 86 PS (63 kW). In 1987 a turbocharged version called the 324td with 116 PS (85 kW) arrived. This model also had an all-new electronically controlled injection pump (DDE) developed by Bosch, which provided higher power and smoother running.[7](p17)


1991 BMW 325iX 2-door (US)

In total, eight transmissions were available for the various models of the E30: five manuals, and three automatics.

Manual transmissions[edit]

The standard gearbox for the 316 and some 318i models is the Getrag 220 4-speed, these models had the option of the 5-speed Getrag 240. The Getrag 220 does not have synchromesh on reverse.

The 5-speed 318i models use the Getrag 240 gearbox. This gearbox is also used on the 320i, however with a different bell housing to suit the M20 engine.

The 323i, 325e, 325es and 325i use the stronger Getrag 260 5-speed.

Some European market facelift M20 cars (320i and 325i) were also available with a ZF manual transmission, however this was not a listed option, or specific to any particular market or factory, and is thus very rare to find.[citation needed]

The M3 was fitted with a Getrag 265 five-speed manual gearbox. This featured a dogleg shift pattern for European models and a standard H-pattern for North American models.[13]

Automatic transmissions[edit]

Both automatic transmissions were manufactured by ZF - they were the 3-speed 3 HP 22, which was available on the M10 316 and 318i models until year 1985, and the 4-speed 4 HP 22, which was available on all models later. 320i and 325i have the option of the sport automatic, that was an electronic box rather than the usual fully mechanical box. This is much less common to find in USA than Euro market cars, though it is still fairly uncommon in Euro market cars too.


Factory differential ratios[edit]

There are a number of options for the gear ratio for E30 differentials, with an optional limited-slip option.
From the factory, the E30 came with medium case differentials with the following ratios in the following cars:

325e: 2.93, 2.79 (Early cars)
325i manual: 3.73
325i automatic: 3.73 (Early 325i), 4.10
325ix manual: 3.91 (Viscous)
325ix automatic: 4.10 (Viscous)
M3: 4.10

The 4-cylinder cars (other than the M3,) came with small case differentials in the following ratios:
84-85 318i manual: 3.64
84-85 318i automatic: 3.91
91 318i, 318is: 4.10
91-94 318ic automatic: 4.27

Compatible differentials[edit]

All E30 differentials, small case or medium case, are interchangeable. The E28 5-Series and E24 6-Series shared the same differential, and can be used in the E30 after swapping the rear cover and output flanges. This provides options for ratios such as 3.25 and 3.46 that wake up the 325e, or provide a proper final drive ratio for engine-swapped cars without overdrive.


1991-1992 E30 Touring

One of the features that added to the roominess of the E30 was the suspension. The front MacPherson struts and rear semi-trailing arm suspension were a compact arrangement that left a lot of cabin and boot space for the car's overall size. The semi-trailing arms have been criticized for the dynamic toe & camber changes inherent to the suspension geometry, causing bump steer in hard cornering situations (such as racing and autocross). This has contributed to the E30 as having a reputation for "tail happy" handling, where rear grip is reduced in certain situations, leading to oversteer.

The M3 model has unique suspension compared to the rest of the E30 range,[13] including 5 lug wheel bolts.

A widened version of the E30 front suspension and the drivetrain from the E30 325i were used in the BMW Z1 roadster. The BMW Z3 (E36/4) and BMW Compact (E36/5) rear suspensions are also very similar to the E30, but utilizing five-lug hubs. The BMW M Coupe uses a widened version of the same rear semi-trailing arm suspension.

Special models[edit]

See also: Alpina


BMW E30 320is saloon (1990)

In addition to the famous M3 there were other special models of the E30. For Portugal and Italy only, due to considerably higher VAT and vehicle tax for cars with engines exceeding 2000 cc, a special model was created: the 320is. This model was produced both in 2- and 4-door versions and was equipped with a 2.0 L (1990cc) version of the S14 engine from the M3, with stroke reduced to 72.6 mm (sometimes described incorrectly as being "sleeved" or of reduced bore), and power output of 192 hp (DIN). The 320is shared the same dogleg Getrag 265 gearbox of the non-US M3 while it had a limited slip differential with the same 25% lock up rate but with a closer ratio. All the 320is were left hand drive and without catalytic converter; ABS and power steering were also fitted as standard equipment. The saloon version appeared in the dealers' showrooms on September 1987 while the 2-door version arrived on March 1988. The 4-door was equipped with 14" alloy wheels and foglights only, while the 2-door model was further equipped with the complete M-Technic II Aero package (identical to the one fitted to the UK-spec 325i Sport and available as an accessory on all other E30 3 Series models), which consisted of a deeper front airdam, additional lower side body panels, an extended valance under the rear bumper and a two-piece rear spoiler. In addition, the two-door E30 320is sported body-colour side mirror housings, shadowline (dechromed) window trim and 14-inch cross-spoke alloy wheels. The springs, shocks and anti-roll bars of all two-doors (as well as four-doors produced from September 1989) are of the more aggressive "Sportfahrwerk" specification. The interior of the 320is was identical to that of other 3 Series models with the sole exception of its unique instrument cluster that utilized the same M3 dashboard with integrated oil temperature gauge at the bottom of the rev counter instead of the econometer present on all other E30s. The car was sold for three years only and produced in 3748 examples (1206 saloon cars, 2542 2-door cars) [14] and for this reason is now becoming a collectors' item.


In New Zealand, where the M3 was never officially sold, the local importer created a sporting version of the two-door saloon called M325i. About 100 such cars were imported beginning in late 1986 until at least 1990.[15] Fitted with the standard non-catalyzed 171 PS (126 kW) 2.5-liter engine they benefitted from a Motorsport fettled suspension, the M-Technic body package, 15-inch BBS cross-spoke wheels with wide, low profile (225/50) tyres, and a limited-slip differential.[15] The M325i is quite similar to the British market 325i Sport, also developed as a response to the absence of a right-hand-drive M3.


BMW South Africa's Motorsport division created the 333i in 1986 by fitting the 3.2 L M30 "big six" engine to a 2-door E30.[16] The resulting 333i was a major success in saloon car racing in that country and is now a collectors' item. These cars, built with help from Alpina in Buchloe, Bavaria, Germany, featured some interesting compromises like forcing the buyer to choose between air conditioning (vital in South Africa) or power steering (because of lack of space due to the large M30 engine). They were only built in small numbers in 1986.

The 333i produces 145 kW (194 hp) at 5500 rpm and 285 N·m (210 lb·ft) at 4300 rpm.[17] The cars were fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. Braking was enhanced by 296 mm (11.7 in) Alpina dual ventilated grooved front disc brakes. ABS was optional. The cars were fitted with 16x7J Alpina wheels and Pirelli P7 (195/50/VR16) tyres.[18] BMW provided performance figures were impressive, with a top speed of 228 km/h (142 mph). 0–100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, and a standing kilometer in 27.7 seconds at sea level. Actual South African Car Magazine road test figures were a top speed of 231 km/h, 0–100 km/h in 7.23 seconds and a standing kilometre in 28.08 seconds. The test was carried out with a driver, passenger and a full tank of fuel. Only 204 of these cars were produced.[19]

South African 325iS and 325iS Evolution HP homologation specials[edit]

The 2.7 litre 325iS was created by BMW South Africa as the successor to the standard production 2-door, 2.5 litre 126kW 325i "Shadowline", to compete in the local production car racing series, Group N, when the competition upped the ante and introduced the Opel Kadett 2 litre 16V to the series.

The 325iS (commonly referred to on the street as the "Evo 1") was thus aimed at dethroning the dominant “Big Boss” Kadett 16V in Class A of the exciting and competitive Stannic Group N Production Car Championship series.

It was launched in the first half of 1990, was equipped with aluminium doors, fenders and bonnet, was fitted with the 5-stud race-tuned suspension from the European BMW E30 M3 (which was never made available in SA) and was, most importantly, endowed with a butter-smooth, Alpina-fettled, 2.7 litre version of BMW's M20 straight six engine, spec'd at a healthy 145kW. BMW claimed a 0-100 time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of just over 230km/h.

Then, just as BMW threatened to defeat their Opel foe, Delta (who marketed GM products in South Africa at the time) released their first homologation special edition successor to the "Big Boss" Kadett 16V, the formidable Opel Kadett 16V SuperBoss, which promptly won the title for Opel once again.

BMW’s answer was a second (and last) version, called the 325iS Evolution HP (commonly referred to on the street as the "Evo 2"), introduced around the middle of 1991, which shed the aluminium panels (due to cost & difficulty to repair issues), got a shorter (limited slip) diff ratio, and lower front coil springs. The motor got a larger (Alpina fettled) airflow meter and throttle body butterfly (grafted into the 325i throttle body housing) from the 3.5 litre 535i, a further massaged version of the original 325iS' Alpina-modified cylinder head increasing compression (to around 10.5:1), exhaust branches and revised exhaust system (with X-pipe to increase top-end torque). These changes, together with an Alpina remapped Motronic ECU, with a higher rev limiter, all added to its increased quoted power output of 155kW. It was also equipped with a front splitter/underbody tray to aid high-speed under-floor aerodynamics.

Although BMW claimed the same 0-100 time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of just over 230km/h for the Evolution HP, independent testing found it to be very marginally faster than the original 325iS.

The Evolution HP won the Group N Class A title in 1993, winning 20 of the 24 races and setting a few new records in the process! Robbi Smith/Geoff Goddard then went on to sweep to victory in the season ending 9hr race by 10 laps!

The 325iS is also called the "gusheshe" in South Africa, which translates into "Panty Dropper" in English. It is the favourite car for use in spinning because of the unique engine sound and rear wheel drive.

JPS Bathurst Edition[edit]

John Player Special - JPS - Bathurst Edition. Built to celebrate Bathurst (Australia) wins by BMW in 1980's - there were 8 special edition E30 John Player Special cars brought into Australia. Signified by the Schartz Black body, gold pin stripe and gold coloured weave wheels. Other than sharing the 323i motor and gearbox, the cars also came with: - Recaro sports seats, JPS badging, a limited slip diff, m sports suspension, sunroof and unique body kit.

Top Gear appearance[edit]

The episode aired 13 February 2011 contained a challenge for a 4-seat convertible costing under £2000. All 3 presenters purchased E30 325i convertibles. Modifications to the cars included Clarkson's car (the only car with an automatic gearbox) having a large paving slab in the boot to improve handling, and Hammond's car (which handled the worst) having aftermarket wheels and lowered suspension. May's car was un-modified, and subsequently won the challenge by a significant margin.[20]


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External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Jeremy Walton (2001). BMW 3-Series Collectors Guide: Generation 1 and 2 including M3. Motor Racing Publications. ISBN 1-899870-55-5. 
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