The E36 M3 is also featured as a Horizon Edition car and comes with an upgrade preset in Forza Horizon 3.
The E36 M3 is the second generation model of the M3 series and ran production from 1992 to 1999. Unlike its predecessor, the E30, the E36 catered to a larger demographic, as it was offered in sedan, coupé and convertible body styles. The E36 M3 entered the United States in 1995, although with significantly different specifications than in other markets. In 2000, the E36 was replaced by the E46.
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.
The E36 M3 sports a 3.2 litre inline-six engine, codenamed S50B30, 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 results are 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.
The Horizon Edition is a special variant with performance upgraded to Class A 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 a Class S1 upgrade preset is also available. It is obtainable as a Horizon Wheelspin reward.
The Horizon Edition with the S class upgrade preset combines strong handling attributes along with equally impressive straight-line performance. Being powered by a V8 engine and based on a balanced chassis, the Horizon Edition offers very forgiving drifting capabilities, making it suitable for beginners. It also keeps up well with other S1 Class cars in terms of speed, as it is able to reach 236 mph (380 km/h) as its top speed, far higher than what its speed stat of 7.6 would suggest.
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