Icon Game ForzaMotorsport2.pngIcon Game ForzaMotorsport3.pngIcon Game ForzaMotorsport4.pngIcon Game ForzaMotorsport5.pngIcon Game ForzaMotorsport6.pngIcon Game ForzaMotorsport7.pngIcon Game ForzaHorizon2.pngIcon Game ForzaHorizon3.pngIcon Game ForzaHorizon4.png

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.
— Official description [1]

The 1997 BMW M3 - abbreviated as BMW M3 '97 or BMW E36 M3[2] - is a RWD sports car by BMW featured in Forza Motorsport 2 and all subsequent main series titles except for Forza Horizon.

It is featured as the first Midnight Battle rival in Forza Horizon 3.

Synopsis

The E36 codenamed M3 is the second model generation of the BMW M3 that replaces the 1991 BMW M3 (E30). Compared to its predecessor, which was only offered as a two-door sedan, the E36 M3 was offered in three body styles that included sedan, coupé and convertible to cater to a larger demographic. All models were replaced by the E46 in 2000.

The E36 M3 entered the United States in 1995, following the 325is M-Design that debuted in 1994 to test market demand for a high-performance sports car,[3] although the North American M3 had a less powerful engine than European models. The Forza series features the European market model.

Drivetrain

The European market 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 result is a power output of 321 hp (239 kW) and 258 ft·lb (350 N·m) of torque.

Platform

Handling and ride performance were improved by reinforced front axle components and a multi-link suspension at the rear. The E36 M3 was also upgraded to four-wheel vented disc brakes to offset its weight increase of 653 lb (296 kg).[4] It is also one of few BMW M cars with a 50/50 weight distribution.[5]

Variants

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Horizon Edition

The Horizon Edition is an upgraded variant featuring a Drift Skills boost, and an S1 900 upgrade preset including a supercharged 6.2L V8 (510 hp) engine swap and Rocket Bunny body kit. Its base Performance Index is rated at A 775.

It is unlockable as a Horizon Wheelspin prize or from a successful Auction House bid.

Performance

The Horizon Edition combines strong handling attributes with equally impressive straight-line performance. Based on a 50/50 weight distributed chassis and featuring a sharper steering angle than the standard M3, it offers very forgiving drifting capabilities that makes it especially suitable for drift beginners.

It is also up to par with most S1 cars in terms of speed due to being able to hit 236 mph (380 km/h) as top speed, far higher than what its speed statistic of 7.6 would suggest.

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Forza Edition

The Forza Edition is the Forza Motorsport 7 rendition of the Horizon Edition variant with a 20% credits bonus as a primary boost and an additional 20% credits bonus for every third Good Drift.

Although its visual appearance has been largely carried over from the Horizon Edition, it has no engine swap preset and offers performance homologated to B 524 instead.

It is rewarded to the player for completing the Evolution Championship.

Thumbnail of the 323ti

323ti Sport

Main article: BMW 323ti Sport

The 2000 BMW 323ti Sport is a sport compact variant featured in Forza Motorsport 6 as part of the Turn 10 Summer Car Pack, and as standard in Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Street.

It also appears as a traffic car in Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Horizon 4.

Statistics

Icon ForzaMotorsport2 Wide.png
Speed 5.1
Acceleration 3.9
Braking 4.1
Handling 4.2
Base Rarity 4.7
C 489
Unlock Requirements
North America:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Europe:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Asia:
Reach level 17 to unlock this car for purchase in the dealership for 31,000 CR.
Rarity: 4.7
Performance & Body Style
Body Style:
Coupé
Speed:
Top Speed: 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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
Icon ForzaMotorsport3 Wide.png
Speed 6.6
Handling 5.2
Acceleration 5.2
Launch 6.3
Braking 5.1
C 410
Unlock Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 12,000 CR
Performance & Body Style
Body Style:
Coupé
Speed:
Top Speed: 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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide.png
Speed 7.0
Handling 4.9
Acceleration 6.9
Launch 7.2
Braking 4.9
B 468
Unlock Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 10,000 CR
Performance & Body Style
Body Style:
Sports Car
Speed:
Top Speed: 175.7 mph  (282.7 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.300 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.200 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 126.7 ft (38.6 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 345.5 ft (105.3 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.88 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.85 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide.png
Speed 6.7
Handling 4.4
Acceleration 7.4
Launch 8.1
Braking 4.5
C 464
Unlock Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 30,000 CR
Performance & Body Family
Body Family:
Iconic Sports
Speed:
Top Speed: 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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide.png
Speed 6.7
Handling 4.6
Acceleration 7.3
Braking 4.5
C 486
Unlock Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 30,000 CR
Performance & Division
Division:
Modern Sport Legends
Speed:
Top Speed: 173.8 mph  (279.6 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.377 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.272 secs.
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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.10 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.06 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide.png
Speed 6.7
Handling 4.6
Acceleration 7.3
Braking 4.5
Uncommon FM7 T2.png
C 486
Unlock Requirements
Unlock:
Purchase from the car dealer for 90,000
Performance & Division
Division:
Early Sport Touring
Collection Tier:
Tier 2 - Uncommon (+160)
Speed:
Top Speed: 174.5 mph  (280.8 km/h)
1/4 Mile: 13.700 secs.
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.300 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.200 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 139.1 ft (42.4 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 347.9 ft (106 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.09 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.05 g
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide.png
Speed 6.7
Handling 6.1
Acceleration 7.4
Launch 7.6
Braking 7.2
B 675
Unlock Requirements
Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for 10,000 CR
Performance & Championship
Championship:
Retro Saloons
Speed:
Top Speed: 173.2 mph  (278.7 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.300 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.200 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 146.8 ft (44.7 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 360.9 ft (110 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.84 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.86 g
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide.png
Speed 6.7
Handling 6.1
Acceleration 7.4
Launch 7.7
Braking 6.2
B 654
Unlock Requirements
Win the 1997 BMW M3 Midnight Battle.
Auction House:
Can be purchased or bid on through an Auction House listing
Performance & Championship
Championship:
Retro Saloons
Value: 35,000 CR
Speed:
Top Speed: 173.9 mph  (279.8 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.317 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.218 secs.
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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.83 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.85 g
Icon ForzaHorizon4 Wide.png
Speed 7.1
Handling 5.9
Acceleration 6.3
Launch 8.0
Braking 5.5
B 694
Unlock Requirements
Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for 35,000 CR
Auction House:
Can be purchased or bid on through an Auction House listing
Performance & Car Type
Car Type:
Retro Saloons
Rarity:
Common
Speed:
Top Speed: 173.7 mph  (279.5 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.300 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.200 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 168.2 ft (51.3 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 403.8 ft (123.1 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.86 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.88 g
Icon Bodykit Border.png
Upgrade Preset
Icon ForzaHorizon4 Wide.png
Speed 7.1
Handling 7.2
Acceleration 7.2
Launch 8.9
Braking 7.6
A 765
Unlock Requirements
Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for ? CR
Auction House:
Can be purchased or bid on through an Auction House listing
Performance & Car Type
Car Type:
Retro Saloons
Value: ? CR
Rarity:
Common
Speed:
Top Speed: 173.9 mph  (279.8 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.617 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.284 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 145.1 ft (44.2 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 327.5 ft (99.8 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.12 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.14 g
Icon Bodykit Border.png
Horizon Edition
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide.png
Speed 6.7
Handling 7.3
Acceleration 7.5
Launch 8.4
Braking 8.3
A 775
Unlock Requirements
Wheelspin:
A wheelspin reward that can not be purchased from the Autoshow
Auction House:
Can be purchased or bid on through an Auction House listing
Performance & Championship
Championship:
Retro Saloons
Value: 85,000 CR
Unique:
Horizon Edition
Boost: Drift Skills
Speed:
Top Speed: 173.9 mph  (279.8 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.317 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.218 secs.
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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.83 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.85 g
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide.png
Speed 7.6
Handling 7.7
Acceleration 8.9
Launch 8.5
Braking 9.3
S1 900
Unlock Requirements
Wheelspin:
A wheelspin reward that can not be purchased from the Autoshow
Auction House:
Can be purchased or bid on through an Auction House listing
Performance & Championship
Championship:
Retro Saloons
Value: 85,000 CR
Unique:
Horizon Edition
Boost: Drift Skills
Speed:
Top Speed: 236.3 mph  (380.2 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.685 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 7.858 secs.
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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.04 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.06 g
Icon Bodykit Border.png
Forza Edition
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide.png
Speed 6.6
Handling 5.0
Acceleration 7.4
Braking 4.9
Legendary FM7 T5.png
B 524
Unlock Requirements
Championship:
Complete the Evolution Championship
Performance & Division
Division:
Early Sport Touring
Value: 255,000 CR
Collection Tier:
Tier 5 - Legendary (+250)
Boost: 20% CR and +20% CR for 3 Good Drifts
Speed:
Top Speed: 170.9 mph  (275 km/h)
1/4 Mile: 13.718 secs.
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.339 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.125 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 138.7 ft (42.3 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 350.1 ft (106.7 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.14 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.12 g

Conversions

Icon Engine.png Conversion - Engine
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport4.png V8 - M3 E92
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport5.png 5.7L V8
2.6L I6 - TT
5.2L V10
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport6.png 2.6L I6 - TT
5.7L V8
5.2L V10
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport7.png 2.6L I6 - TT
6.2L V8 (415 hp)
5.2L V10
Icon Game ForzaHorizon2.png 2.6L I6 - TT
6.2L V8 (455 hp)
4.5L V8
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3.png 2.6L I6 - TT
6.2L V8 (415 hp)
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4.png 2.6L I6 - TT
4.0L V8
Icon Drivetrain.png Conversion - Drivetrain
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport4.png AWD
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport5.png AWD
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport6.png AWD
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport7.png AWD
Icon Game ForzaHorizon2.png AWD
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3.png AWD
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4.png AWD
Icon Aspiration.png Conversion - Aspiration
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport4.png Single Turbo
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport5.png Single Turbo
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport6.png Single Turbo
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport7.png Single Turbo
Icon Game ForzaHorizon2.png Single Turbo
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3.png Single Turbo
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4.png Single Turbo
Icon Bodykit.png Conversion - Wide Bodykit
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport7.png Widebody Kit
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3.png Rocket Bunny
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4.png Rocket Bunny
Icon Preset.png Conversion - Preset
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3.png '97 BMW M3
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4.png '97 BMW M3

Trivia

  • The 3.2L I6 (321 hp) engine swap originates from this car.
  • Its hood and trunk cannot be opened in Forzavista mode.
  • It appears with clear turn signal housings in every title up to Forza Motorsport 4.

Gallery

Variants

Upgraded

Forzavista

References

  1. "Forza Horizon 3 - Cars" . forzamotorsport.net . Retrieved 08-18-2018.
  2. Abbreviation in Xbox 360 titles
  3. "Eye of the Hurricane - 1994 BMW M-Design 325is Coupe" . hemmings.com . Retrieved 08-18-2018.
  4. Difference of weight in Forza Horizon 4
  5. http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=15
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