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Six prototypes were made in December for the development of the homologation model. It differs from the standard M3 with a deeper, adjustable front splitter, higher rear double wing and aluminum doors, as well as forged BMW Motorsport wheels measuring 17x7,5 in front and 17x8,5 in rear, stiffer suspension in front and the addition of an x-brace and strut brace. The engine has been modified with raised compression 10,8: It also included side airbags, the M3 GT Class II rear spoiler, front class II corner splitter extensions, electric seats, and double-spoke polished alloy wheels.

This car is believed to be the car BMW used for the Imola individual advertising, though not officially confirmed. Eleven were made available to the general public who had to possess a CAMS license [ further explanation needed ] to be allowed to buy one , while four were retained for the race series. The M3-R had locally sourced King springs fitted to Group N adjustable struts and rear perches, AP Racing twin plate clutch and four piston brake calipers, dual pickup sump, an oil restrictor in the head, AC Schnitzer cams, a 3.

A bolt-in FIA-approved roll cage was also a factory option locally produced by Dencar. There were several differences between the cars depending on customer requirements, early numbers had non-staggered BBS wheels, while later models had staggered BBS wheels individually numbered plaque fitted to centre console below emergency brake lever. It is essentially a race car with license plates.

The car was tested and described in the June edition of the magazine. The car embodied all the mechanical engine, driveline, suspension and visual bumpers, wheels, mirrors, dashboard characteristics of the stock E36 M3. It had the forged Styling 24M 5-doublespoke wheels that came standard on the M3 cabriolet, an exhaust with fairly centered quad exhaust tip, Recaro sports bucket seats, red four-point seat belts and an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel and gear lever.

The E46 M3, was previewed at the International Motor Show Germany [29] as a concept, [30] resembling the final production version very closely. The final production version was first introduced in October at the Geneva Motor Show , [27] it appeared worldwide with the new 3.

The E46 was only available in coupé and convertible body styles as the saloon version had been dropped due to the introduction of the new M5. This is the standard 6-speed Getrag transmission with an electrohydraulically actuated clutch no clutch pedal. Shifts are made via the SMG gear knob or the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

The engine had a redline of 8, rpm. As with most M engines, the S54 had 6 independent throttle bodies, now electronically operated drive-by-wire with no cable. The M3s S54 naturally aspirated 3. The M3 Touring is a prototype demonstrating the possibility of integrating an M3 Touring into the ongoing production of the standard BMW 3 Series Touring with very little difficulty, including reworked rear doors to adapt them to the rear wheel arches without the need for new and expensive tools.

Rivals such as Porsche pointed out that this car was more of a prototype as no V8 engine was available in the road-going BMW E46, which is in violation of the spirit of Gran Turismo. In , ALMS regulations stated that cars must be for sale on two continents within twelve months of the rules being issued.

The ALMS rules were altered for to state that cars and 1, engines must be built for the car to qualify without penalties. Private teams Scheid, Getrag , etc. Most Wanted and Carbon in racing trim with a royal blue livery. Mechanically this car was very close to the racing version. Further equipment included a six-speed manual gearbox as well as the variable locking M differential as used in the racing vehicle.

The bodywork was also modeled on the racing car. The roof, the rear wing as well as the front and rear bumpers are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. Only six were built, they were assembled alongside their racing counterparts in the special vehicles department of BMW's Regensburg Plant. Three were designated as engineering development vehicles and later recycled. The three production vehicles were retained by BMW.

As its name suggests, an emphasis was put on reducing weight. In order to improve the handling ability of the car, the entire suspension system was further refined.

Rear discs are M3 standard. The CSL was given a retuned dynamic stability control system with a "M track mode" setting that allowed the car to be pushed to its absolute limits before being activated. Top speed was limited but on production of a current Motorsport licence, factory ordered cars could be requested with this restriction removed. This is due to the use of sharper profile camshafts, a bigger air intake with carbon fibre manifold, a refinement of the exhaust manifold, and slightly different exhaust valves.

The CSL also had various aesthetic modifications over the standard M3. The front bumper had a distinct hole that is used to draw cool air into the newly designed air intake. The trunk lid was redesigned to incorporate a raised lip, unlike the standard M3 where one is simply added onto a flat trunk.

The CSL obtains fibreglass front racing bucket seats, [46] and fibreglass backed rear seats. In the UK, the M3 CS is often referred to as a Club Sport two words , however, this is incorrect, as it was only ever officially used in the UK by BMW UK as a designation of a special edition E46 Ci coupe , and called a "clubsport" one word no space in all sales documentation for that specific model.

Similar to its predecessors that introduced a new engine, the fourth generation of the M3 did the same and marked the debut of the BMW S65 V8 engine. It features both automatic and manual modes similar to the SMG gearboxes in the E36 and E46, but with more speed and efficiency. Those changes included minor interior trim pieces and LED rear tail-lights. The M3 was again available as a 4-door saloon, based on the E90 3 Series saloon, but unlike the regular saloons the M3 version shares the coupe's wide and sculpted front end, including the headlights.

Although the front-end design of the saloon matches the specific look and high-performance character of the coupé, the side-sills and rear diffuser are tailored for the saloon. The M3 saloon is powered by the same engine as the other two versions coupé and convertible. The E93 convertible version joined the M3 lineup shortly after the E92's launch, and is based directly on the M3 Coupé.

The convertible features a special leather surface for the seats that reflects sunlight. This reduces the tendency of the seats to become uncomfortably hot with the top down. It has a capacity of 20 standard inch golf bags.

The vehicle was assembled by M GmbH's employees, as well as interns and engineering students. Unlike the ZCP offered on the previous generation E46, the newest package didn't change very much about the E Most of the adjustments were made to suspension components and the computer governing stability control.

The changes for the E92 ZCP are as follows:. The spring rates are the same, but the springs themselves are shorter, to compensate for the shorter stance. The suspension's shock damping was also adjusted by the M division. This was in order to compensate for the lower ride height, primarily for rebounding damping rates as opposed to actual compression.

It still has that as a default, but is now variable like the 'Comfort' and 'Normal' modes. The car is powered by a 4. A total of only cars were sent out to customers. The production was limited to 67 cars, all numbered with a plaque on the dashboard. It also incorporated visual clues to the race car, such as carbon flaps and gurney, dark chrome elements and matt black wheels.

The interior had some exclusive parts such as interior trim in carbon fibre, Alcantara steering wheel and "M Power" embroidered on the handbrake grip. Each car had a numbered plaque with Spengler's signature and the text "DTM champion " above the glove box. For the car to have everyday usability, options as navigation system, heated seats and PDC were also standard.

All of these vehicles came with carbon fibre performance parts, such as roof, front splitter, rear spoiler, competition package, a lowered ride height in front of. No changes made to the original 4. Each M3 LRP Edition comes with a numbered plaque and paper certificate, each one reading "One of " instead of a numbering sequence. BMW did this to ensure none of the cars were worth more than another.

BMW only built Limited Edition models in both coupé and convertible bodystyles. Each model has "One of " laser cut into the dashboard inlay. The cabin is trimmed in BMW's extended Novillo leather and features stitching to match the exterior colour. The grille surround, side gills and tailpipes are finished in dark chrome. Both the coupé and convertible have Shadowline exterior trim and black alloy wheels. It was only available in two colours: Frozen Black or Frozen Grey, both matte.

Only 25 were made. The cars are homologated for the GT2 category. This was the cover car for the simulation racing game Need for Speed: The M3s still came 1st in the GTN class. The 24h race took place on the weekend of 23 and 24 May, with Jörg Müller , Andy Priaulx and sport auto journalist Jochen Übler at the wheel.

The overall rank was 47th. The M3 GT4 is offered in Europe as a homologated production race car for sale to the general public. The performance of the car has improved over the previous generation. The M3 and M4 run the standing kilometre in The fifth generation M3's platform structure is made of steel, and the bonnet and front quarter panels from aluminium. From the front doors back, the body is steel with exception of the carbon fibre roof.

The new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars supplement the included Adaptive M Suspension. The package also features 20" forged light alloy wheels Style M with performance non run-flat tires. Michelin Pilot Super Sport. The exterior includes the M Sport exhaust with black chrome tailpipes and high gloss Shadow Line exterior trim.

Gloss black trim is added to the kidney grille, side gills, and model badge on the trunk. In late , the light weight version of the M3 dubbed the M3 CS C ompetition S port was launched continuing the tradition of high performance light weight M cars.

Yes, it is a direct swap once the Clipper kit is removed. You will need the bumper brackets from the cars in addition to the bumpers. The grille on these cars is called a single- round grille. The single- round grille from ' '87 Cabriolets can be installed on ' '93 Cabriolets. Contrary to popular belief, it is simply plug- and- play; however, the wires for the former inner lights may need to be capped or taped off.

No additional wiring should be necessary due to the outer dual- round grille lights being pre- wired as both hi- and low- beam you may need to purchase dual- filament headlights to complete the swap. Additionally, the inner lights on the dual- round grille, in stock form, are wired into the hi- beam wires and, therefore, only turn on when the hi- beam switch is activated; doing this swap will eliminate a pair of hi- beam lights. If you are doing this swap and haven't added relays to your headlight wiring, it's highly advised that you do so to gain better lighting out of your single- rounds.

There is also what is known as the Hella grille insert which is the same as a ' '87 grille except it has lights in the center section. This grille came stock on many Cabriolets in Europe. Also available in aftermarket versions as well as badgeless. The grille on these cars is called a dual- round grille. The dual- round grille from ' '93 Cabriolets can be installed on ' '87 Cabriolets. The inner lights, in stock form, are wired into the hi- beam wires and, therefore, only turn on when the hi- beam switch is activated; additionally, they are not fog lights!.

The outer lights are both hi- and lo- beam. Aftermarket badgeless grilles including all- chrome versions are also available at many of the aftermarket retailers found on the Parts page.

They are available in both single- round and dual- round versions. Most commonly used is a "duckbill" spoiler and there are 2 types: Both spoilers snap into the 5 holes at the bottom of the front valance utilizing clips which are usually sold separately from the spoiler you can also use bolts, washers and nuts in place of the clips ; the spoiler clips are the same as the grille clips. Large 2- piece duckbill spoiler: Kamei KM, single- round version.

Kamei KM, dual- round version. A heckblende is a filler panel for the trunk lid. Most, if not all, are made for the hatchbacks, but can be adapted to fit the convertibles. Some light up, others do not. Available with various inscriptions Rabbit, Golf, etc. No aftermarket or OEM smoked or clear side- marker lights exist.

Clear side- markers are available, but you'll need your gold card. Apparently, the Mercedes G- Wagon W came with the same side- markers both being made by ULO and clear versions are available these will require wire connections Thank you to Danny for this discovery!

Clear and smoked yes, smoked! Included with new Mirage F1. For more information visit the Preview page. Photorealistic backgrounds and XML based instruments. Bundled with sound files for Mirage F1. Mirage F1 updated File: Will work with any single-engine military aircraft. ZIP but with modifications to include Eric Marciano's functional radar gauge. Makes some use of Mike McCormack's original F1 panel bitmap. ZIP but will work equally well with any single-engine military aircraft.

Very system deep cockpit. Requires Tacpack for weapons and radar. Works with Peter Dowson's MakeRunways utility. Panel by Jonathan Hilaire. Gauges by Roland Laborie and Eric Marciano.

Bundled with Gmax Academy Mirage package includes 11 models, 13 textures. Includes functioning radar and HUD. Bundled with Mirage package multiple external loads, 16 Armée de l'Air and export texture schemes. Armée de l'Air Mirage B File: Bundled with Gmax Academy Mirage B package includes 8 models, 10 textures. Armée de l'Air Mirage C File: Bundled with Gmax Academy Mirage C package includes 8 models, 23 textures.

Armée de l'Air Mirage D File: Bundled with Gmax Academy Mirage D package includes 11 models, 16 textures. Armée de l'Air Mirage N File: Bundled with Gmax Academy Mirage N package includes 6 models, 15 textures. Armée de l'Air Mirage Export File: New 2D panel bitmaps. Bundled with AI conversion package. Bundled with the Mirage N by Roland Laborie. Makes use of many new gauges designed by Roland see documentation.

Background based on photos of real Mirage C panel. Makes use of Eric Marciano's radar and includes instructions for alternate map view. Dassault Mirage File: Photo-realistic and fully equipped. Dassault Mirage F File: Denis da Silva Oliveira Notes: This panel was made using a photo of the real Mirage panel as the background. ZIP but will work equally well with any other single engine military aircraft. Designed from a photo includes some photo-realistic components of the real Mirage panel.

Will not work with any newer FS version. Bundled with updated Mirage by SimScape. Mirage panel - version File: An update to the radar gauge to add compatibility with FSX and multiplayer. Also adds more installation options for panel designers. Now includes both square and round format radar screens. Visit Eric's website for more information and updates. Mirage panel mod File: Super Étendard Modernisé File: Complete package For FSX. Royale French Navy Design Notes: Both French and English manuals.

Gastón Emmanuel Salomon Notes: Modifications to the Mirage F1 panel by Thinus Pretorius.

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