The 2009 24h race took place on the weekend of 23 and 24 May, with Jörg Müller, Andy Priaulx and sport auto journalist Jochen Übler at the wheel. TESTED Deciding to buy a 4-series coupe over the 3-series sedan is not exactly a rational decision. Unlike the other special versions of the E36 M3, buyers were free to choose any colours and options they wanted on their cars. The cars are homologated for the GT2 category. Our Performance-package 330i sprinted to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and covered the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 97 mph. The last M3 we put through its paces («Compact Adrenaline Delivery Systems,» May 2003) hustled to 60 in 4.8 seconds and covered the quarter in 13.6 seconds at 105 mph-pretty much what you’d expect from 333 horsepower.
Its most notable success was victory on the Tour de Corse in 1987, driven by Bernard Beguin. And the intelligent all-wheel drive, makes every road, every corner and every driving situation a pleasure. In short, these vehicles offer an exhilarating combination of sheer dynamism, comfort and everyday usability . Second looks only happen when you’re emotionally involved, and that’s more likely to happen when you’ve chosen to drive a coupe. Obviously, you don’t get that with the Performance package. The package also substitutes Michelin Pilot Sport tires for the Continental ContiSportContacts that come in the Sport package, with a slightly lower profile and slightly bigger rear footprints: 225/40ZR-18 front and 255/35ZR-18 rear compared with the Sport’s 225/45ZR-17 front and 245/40ZR-17 rear. Compared to a saloon with the same luxury equipment, it weighed 155 lb (70 kg) less.
The E30 M3 had increased caster angle through major front suspension changes. The suspension components are a smidge stiffer than the setup in the base 330i, and the Performance package gets an 18-inch wheel-and-tire combo versus 17-inch wheels on the standard version. Lord knows you deserve it.I like the $43,000 sports coupe for its plucky drive personality, its enviable gas mileage, and its succinct good looks. Engine had raised compression (10,8:1), slightly changed intake and camshafts (264 deg duration), motorsport oil pump and double oil pickups in the special oil pan as well as special software for engine and VANOS, producing 295 bhp at 7100 rpm and 323 Nm at 3900 rpm. These include the Evo 1, Evo 2, and Sport Evolution, some of which featured less weight, improved aerodynamics, taller front wheel arches (Sport Evolution; to further facilitate 18-inch (460 mm) wheels in DTM), brake ducting, and more power. The GTR, powered by an almost stock 5.0 litre BMW N62 V8 engine, arrived in Australia only a week before the Bathurst 24 Hour race and after a rushed preparation, multiple Australian championship winning driver John Bowe qualified the car in 3rd place.