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 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 and 350 lb/ft 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. 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 drifting skill boost. It includes various conversion upgrades such as a V8 engine swap and a Liberty Walk body kit, although an S class 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 S class cars in terms of speed, as it is able to reach 231 mph (372 km/h) as top speed.
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