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Today we will conduct an honest review of the “charged” Bavarian legend – BMW M3 (BMW M3) in the back of the first generation E30 (years of production: 1986 – 1990), which was equipped with a stock engine S14B23 2.3 16v 195-215 hp. In addition, in the article we will compare the BMW M3 E30 with the Mercedes-Benz E190 AMG in the back of the W201 with a 3.2 V6 231/245 hp engine and consider the popular tuning options for the Bavarian in 2021 in the company with the S54B32 3.2 V6 32v 343 hp engine from BMW E46.
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According to auto experts, the BMW M3 in the E30 body is undoubtedly one of the best in its class, as is the direct competitor of the Mercedes-Benz E190 (with the W201 index) in the AMG tuning version. The two models have a lot in common – although they had multi-cylinder turbodiesels (for reference: the E190 had a five-cylinder 2.5 Turbo diesel with a capacity of 122-126 horsepower, and the BMW had a 2.4-liter six-cylinder 324td with a capacity of 113-116 horsepower).
And of course, BMW had prestigious gasoline “sixes”, however, on the M3 and E190 AMG, they initially installed “hot” 2.3-liter versions, and then increased to 2.5-liter power units, and all these engines were 16-valve “four-cylinders” “. Then it was even fashionable, and few people were embarrassed, but still some owners were unhappy with these engines. Of course, the engines are a beast – the BMW M3 at first had only a few 2.3-liter versions of the S14B23 series: with a capacity of 192 to 197 horses (torque – 230 Newton per meter). The second version of this motor had exactly 200 horses (torque – 234 Newton per meter), and there were also versions for 212-215 horsepower (torque – 235 Newton per meter), and finally a modification for 220 horses (torque – 245 Newton per metre). Do you think that’s all? No, because, a little later, another gasoline 2.5-liter copy appeared with a capacity of 238 to 248 horsepower (torque – from 240 to 250 Newton per meter).
And again a draw with the Merce E190! At the end of the 80s, the AMG court tuning studio offered its fans a new 3.2-liter “row” with a capacity of 231 horses (torque – 305 Newton per meter), or 245 horsepower (torque – 324 Newton per meter). An amazing coincidence – at about the same time, the Bavarians had a BMW 333i with a 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine, although this version of the internal combustion engine was noticeably weaker and had less smoking torque than the Mercedes-Benz E190 AMG (power – from 194 to 197 horses, and torque – 285 Newton per meter). With this engine, the BMW 333i gained a top speed of 228-231 km/h, and accelerated from zero to “hundreds” in just 7.2-7.4 seconds.
For reference, we note that at the choice of the buyer of the BMW 333i model, the 3.2-liter power unit could be additionally “pumped”. This turbocharged “beast” after the Bavarian tuning received the power of 444-456 horses, which developed at 7000 rpm and 710-720 Newton per meter of torque at 3000 rpm. At the same time, the mass of the car increased, but still it did not exceed 1420 kilograms, as a result, acceleration from 0-100 km / h was mind-blowing at that time 3.5 seconds. It is worth noting that a few lucky people had a chance to ride on this version of BMW, because only a few hundred of them were produced.
Those who were lucky enough to saddle the “M-troika” with a 3.2-liter engine with a capacity of 444-456 horses said that the dynamics of the car is incomparable and even supernatural. Yes, and acceleration after 200 km / h was amazing, and after 250 km / h, in addition, it was still impressive, but after 300 km / h, according to the sensations of the drivers, a spacewalk began. Although many drivers were afraid to accelerate more than 320 km / h, although the chassis with suspension were reliable, the Bavarians did not take into account the aerodynamics of this car when they were created, yet there were 80s in the yard, someone thought about it then. However, some brave testers still managed to achieve better results. So, for example, in 1989, at the bottom of the dried-up Lake Chad, where there is a many-kilometer rectilinear wasteland, the pilots managed to accelerate the car to 340 km / h, unimaginable at that time. It is clear that the car was equipped with body kits and had improved aerodynamics, it had 17-inch wheels and a lowered suspension.
And what do modern tuners and car owners of “M3-them” think now, in 2021?
According to modern tuners, the ideal option for installation under the hood of a BMW M3 in the back of an E30 is a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine of the S54B32 series with a capacity of 343 hp from the BMW M3 E46. This is one of the best “Old New” BMW engines that fits perfectly on the hood of the M3 E30. As a rule, modern tuners buy a used red BMW M3 E30 with a standard 4-cylinder engine of the S14 line (S14B23), then simply remove it, and instead install a spectacular inline-six engine from the M3 coupe in the E46 body. This powerplant has a displacement of 3250cc, with double overhead camshafts, double phase shifters from Vanos and a power output of 343 horsepower with a torque of 365 Newtons per meter.
Of course, it is worth noting the fact that the four-cylinder engine installed under the hood of the M3 E30, for example, the stock S14B23 2.3 liter, has an indisputable plus – it is extremely light (makes the car more maneuverable) and delivers more driving pleasure than the six-cylinder version of the S54B32 3.2 liters. According to the tuners, when talking about the stock engine S14B23 2.3, the third generation Volkswagen Golf immediately comes to mind: GTi hatchbacks with a “two-liter” 150 horsepower, which is superbly controlled and accelerates well, but the overall dynamics is not at all impressive. But the “older” versions of the GTi with the VR6 index and the “sixes” of 2.8 and 2.9 liters with a capacity of 172 to 190 horses are simply unrealistically cool in terms of acceleration, while the control is lame.
Still, the M3 E30 is larger and longer than the Volkswagen Golf GTi, so there is a difference, but not as much. The Bavarians have taken all these moments into account in the 325i and 333i versions, as well as third-party tuners. Therefore, a machine with a heavier “nose” follows the movements of the steering wheel, like a real hypercar. For reference, we note that the power of the stock version of the S14B23 was 192 horsepower, which was the weakest version of the four-cylinder “S14” line (for reference: this modification was equipped with a catalyst). And it’s clear that the S54B32 engine from E46 with a maximum of 8,000 rpm, because this is a completely different world – this is something. And one more thing, the motor of the “S54” line – S54B32 from E46 is perfectly placed under the hood of the M3 E30.
The charged M3 E30 with the S54B32 3.2 engine is framed by a sports set of cool 17-inch BBS Alus wheels, a sports suspension, a lightweight hood with front fenders and a few more details from the Dinan tuning studio, known in Europe for over 40 years. And yet, this miracle weighs only 1,230 kilograms with a 6-speed manual gearbox (6-manual transmission). Moreover, the car has an “invisible” body kit, extended wings, modified bumpers, a large aerodynamic spoiler-wing, and elegant skirts on the sides. This is the legendary Bavarian M3 E30 with the S54B32 engine from E46 in a modern 2021 wrapper.