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The 1997 BMW M3 (E36) is a two-door sports car that appears in every main entry of the Forza series except Forza Horizon.

The E36 M3 is also featured as a Horizon Edition car in Forza Horizon 3 and comes with an upgrade preset within that title. The former returned in Forza Motorsport 7 as a Forza Edition car.

The E36 codenamed M3 is the second iteration of the BMW M3 and ran production from 1992 to 1999. Compared to its predecessor, the E30, the E36 catered to a larger demographic due to being offered in more body styles that included sedans, coupés and convertibles.

The E36 M3 entered the United States in 1995, following the 325is M-Design that debuted in 1994 to check market demands[1], but came with a less powerful engine than European models. All E36 M3 models were replaced by the E46 in 2000.

Description

The E36 M3 may be one of the most accessible enthusiast cars ever built. With a long production life that began in 1992 and ended in 1999, the E36 is proof of the phrase, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” While the model did see minor upgrades over the years, the car essentially remained the same. In total more than 70,000 units were produced, including the sedan and convertible. Under the hood was a high-revving inline six-cylinder and a five speed (in U.S. models). The E36 M3 was touted as an unassuming car that could be daily driven by the masses yet still deliver exciting performance for enthusiasts.
— forzamotorsport.net[2] 

Characteristics

The E36 M3 sports a 3.2 litre inline-six engine, codenamed S50B32, a heavily upgraded variant of the M50 engine from regular production models. The S50 was bored out to 3.2 litres and equipped with individual throttle plates, continuously variable valve timing (VANOS), lightweight pistons and other detail optimizations. The result is a power output of 321 hp (239 kW) and 258 ft·lb (350 N·m) of torque.

Handling and ride performance were improved with reinforced front axle components and a multi-link suspension at the rear. The E36 M3 was also upgraded with four-wheel vented disc brakes to maintain decent stopping power with increased weight. Similar to other BMW M models, it has a 50/50 weight distribution.[3]

Special variants

The Horizon Edition is a special variant with performance upgraded to A class as standard and a Drift Skills boost. It includes various conversion upgrades such as a 6.2L V8 engine swap from the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series with a supercharger upgrade and a Rocket Bunny body kit, although an S1 class upgrade preset is also available. Players can obtain this variant from a Horizon Wheelspin.

The Forza Edition is the Forza Motorsport 7 rendition of the Horizon Edition variant, offering a 20% credits bonus as a primary boost and an additional 20% credits bonus for every third Good Drift. Although its visual appearance has been largely carried over from the Horizon Edition, it does not come with an engine swap as standard and offers homologated performance instead. Players can obtain this variant as a Evolution Championship reward.

Statistics

Icon ForzaMotorsport2 Wide Speed 5.1 
Acceleration 3.9 
Braking 4.1 
Handling 4.2 
Base Rarity 4.7 
C 489
Rarity (North America) ?  
Rarity (Europe) ?  
Rarity (Asia) ?  
NA: missing data
EU: missing data
AS: missing data
? CR
31,000 CR
? CR
Top Speed: missing data Body Style: Coupé
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): missing data 120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
Icon ForzaMotorsport3 Wide Speed 6.6 
Handling 5.2 
Acceleration 5.2 
Launch 6.3 
Handling 5.1 
C 410
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 12,000 CR
Top Speed: missing data Body Style: Coupé
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): missing data 120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide Speed 7.0 
Handling 4.9 
Acceleration 6.9 
Launch 7.2 
Braking 4.9 
B 468
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 10,000 CR
Top Speed: 175.7 mph  (282.7 km/h) Body Style: Sports Car
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.300 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.200 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 126.7 ft (38.6 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 345.5 ft (105.3 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.88 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.85 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide Speed 6.7 
Handling 4.4 
Acceleration 7.4 
Launch 8.1 
Braking 4.5 
C 464
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 30,000 CR
Top Speed: missing data Body Family: Iconic Sports
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): missing data 120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide Speed 6.7 
Handling 4.6 
Acceleration 7.3 
Braking 4.5 
 
C 486
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 30,000 CR
Top Speed: 173.8 mph  (279.6 km/h) Division: Modern Sport Legends
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.377 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.272 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 105.0 ft (32 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 278.4 ft (84.9 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.10 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.06 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide Speed 6.7 
Handling 4.6 
Acceleration 7.3 
Braking 4.5 
FM7 T2 
C 486
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 90,000 CR
Top Speed: 174.5 mph  (280.8 km/h) Division: Early Sport Touring
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.300 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.200 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 139.1 ft (42.4 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 347.9 ft (106 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.09 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.05 g
Collection Tier: 2 - Uncommon (+160)
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide Speed 6.7 
Handling 6.1 
Acceleration 7.4 
Launch 7.6 
Braking 7.2 
B 675
Unlock: Purchase from the Autoshow 10,000 CR
Top Speed: 173.2 mph  (278.7 km/h) Championship: Retro Saloons
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.300 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.200 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 146.8 ft (44.7 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 360.9 ft (110 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.84 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.86 g
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Speed 6.7 
Handling 6.1 
Acceleration 7.4 
Launch 7.7 
Braking 6.2 
B 654
Unlock: Win the Midnight Battle: 1997 BMW M3 event
Top Speed: 173.9 mph  (279.8 km/h) Championship: Retro Saloons
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.317 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.218 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 160.7 ft (49 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 395.9 ft (120.7 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.83 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.85 g
Icon Bodykit Invert Horizon Edition
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Speed 6.7 
Handling 7.3 
Acceleration 7.5 
Launch 8.4 
Braking 8.3 
A 775
Unlock: Horizon Wheelspin reward
Top Speed: 173.9 mph  (279.8 km/h) Championship: Retro Saloons
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.317 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.218 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 160.7 ft (49 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 395.9 ft (120.7 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.83 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.85 g
Value: 85,000 CR HE Drift Skills Boost
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Speed 7.6 
Handling 7.7 
Acceleration 8.9 
Launch 8.5 
Braking 9.3 
S1 900
Unlock: Horizon Wheelspin reward
Top Speed: 236.3 mph  (380.2 km/h) Championship: Retro Saloons
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.685 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 7.858 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 133.0 ft (40.5 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 315.6 ft (96.2 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.04 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.06 g
Value: 85,000 CR HE Drift Skills Boost
Icon Bodykit Invert Forza Edition
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide Speed 6.6 
Handling 5.0 
Acceleration 7.4 
Braking 4.9 
FM7 T5 
B 524
Unlock: Complete the Evolution Championship
Top Speed: 170.9 mph  (275 km/h) Division: Early Sport Touring
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.339 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.125 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 140.3 ft (42.8 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 351.6 ft (107.2 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.14 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.12 g
Collection Tier: 5 - Legendary (+250)
FE 20% CR and +20% CR for 3 Good Drifts

Conversions

Icon Engine Conversion - Engine
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide 4.0L V8 (M3 E92)
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide 5.7L V8
2.6L I6 - TT
5.2L V10
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide 2.6L I6 - TT
5.7L V8
5.2L V10
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide 2.6L I6 - TT
6.2L V8
5.2L V10
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide 2.6L I6 - TT
6.2L V8
4.5L V8
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide 2.6L I6 - TT
6.2L V8
Icon Drivetrain Conversion - Drivetrain
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide AWD Drivetrain
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide AWD Drivetrain
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide AWD Drivetrain
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide AWD
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide AWD Drivetrain
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide AWD Drivetrain
Icon Aspiration Conversion - Aspiration
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide Single Turbo
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide Single Turbo
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide Single Turbo
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide Single Turbo
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide Single Turbo
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Single Turbo
Icon Bodykit Conversion - Wide Bodykit
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide Widebody Kit
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Rocket Bunny

Performance

In Forza Horizon 3, the Horizon Edition with the S class upgrade preset combines strong handling attributes with equally impressive straight-line performance. Being powered by a V8 engine and having a 50/50 weight distribution, the Horizon Edition offers very forgiving drifting capabilities, making it suitable for beginners, and offers a sharper steering angle on top of that. It is also up to par with most S1 cars in terms of speed, as it is able to hit 236 mph (380 km/h) as top speed, far higher than what its speed stat of 7.6 would suggest.

Trivia

  • The E36 M3 appears with clear turn signal housings in every title up to Forza Motorsport 4.
  • In Forza Horizon 3, the E36 M3's engine is available as an Engine Swap option, named "3.2L I6" in-game.

Gallery

Stock

Special

References

  1. hemmings.com - Eye of the Hurricane - 1994 BMW M-Design 325is Coupe
  2. Description - forzamotorsport.net
  3. Specifications - bmwmregistry.com