Some Say This Is The Best BMW M3 Of All Time

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While others say they're full of crap.

We’ve come to view the BMW E30 M3 as an icon, but what about its immediate successor, the E36? That original M3 was, for many, absolute perfection. But BMW figured it could improve upon it. The E36 M3 debuted at the 1992 Paris Auto Show and immediately it was clear the German automaker fully intended to make something even better. Originally powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six with 286 hp (in the US, however, it was rated at 240 hp), this was later upgraded in 1996 to a 3.2-liter straight-six with 321 hp.

BMW introduced several new technologies on the E36 M3, specifically the optional sequential gearbox. Just as important was the expansion of the M3 lineup, which came to include a convertible and sedan alongside the coupe. But is the E36 M3 truly better than its predecessor?

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