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The 1997 BMW M3 (E36) is a two-door sports car that appears in every main entry of the Forza Motorsport series since Forza Motorsport 2 as well as in Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Horizon 3. It also appears in the E3 2017 announcement trailer for Forza Motorsport 7 with a Rocket Bunny body kit.[1]

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.

DescriptionEdit

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] 

SpecificationsEdit

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 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.[3]

Horizon EditionEdit

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.

Statistics Edit

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. ft (38.4 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 ? 
Handling ? 
Acceleration ? 
Braking ? 
 
? PI
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer ? CR
Top Speed: missing data Division: missing data
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 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: missing data Championship: Retro Saloons
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 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

Conversions Edit

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 ForzaHorizon2 Wide 2.6L I6 - TT
6.2L V8
4.5L V8
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide 2.6L I6 - TT (B 659/A 782 (HE))
6.2L V8 (A 713/A 826 (HE))
Icon Drivetrain Conversion - Drivetrain
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide AWD Drivetrain (A 501)
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide AWD Drivetrain (B 506)
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide AWD Drivetrain (B 540)
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide AWD Drivetrain (B 695)
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide AWD Drivetrain (B 676/A 791 (HE)/S2 919 (HE preset))
Icon Aspiration Conversion - Aspiration
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide Single Turbo
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide Single Turbo
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide Single Turbo
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide Single Turbo
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Single Turbo (B 683/A 799 (HE))
Icon Bodykit Conversion - Wide Bodykit
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Rocket Bunny (B 658/A 778 (HE))

Performance Edit

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.

Trivia Edit

  • The E36 M3 is fitted 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 Edit

References Edit

  1. Forza Motorsport 7#Videos
  2. Description - forzamotorsport.net
  3. Specifications - bmwmregistry.com

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