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Italy -1987. As a result of extreme taxes on engines with displacements of over 2 litres such cars weren’t very popular, especially those cars that only just exceeded the 2 litre mark, like the E30 M3. BMW Motorsport decided that there had to be a special car for those speed loving enthusiasts that didn’t want all their money to go up in tax smoke.
With a slightly shorter stroke the E30 M3’s S14 engine displacement dropped to just under 2 litres. The shorter stroke took the rough edge off the engine, but still gave enough torque for creamy power-delivery from 1500 rpm upwards. The car was called 320iS and it was available as a two door with full M-Technic bodykit as well as a decent four door saloon that looked as regular as a 316i. This was the car I had to have! And finally I found one, see the pictures below.
Missing the track width and brakes of the M3, it’s not an M3, but it is faster up to 200 km/h due to a lower kerb weight.
Some vital statistics (factory data):
Displacement 1990cc, power 141 kW / 192 BHP @ 6900 RPM (V-max 7300 RPM)
Only 210 Nm @ 4900 RPM, but torque is available over a wide range (180 Nm from 3500-6700 RPM)
0-100 km/h 7.3 s, top speed about 232 km/h
My car: 1988 4-door, Lachssilber metallic
Standard equipment: dogleg 5-speed gearbox, 25% limited slip differential, oil temp indicator, power steering, central locking, rear spoiler, powered front windows, front foglights, 14″ alloys
Options: “Sportfahrwerk” with Bilstein shocks, ‘iS’ deep front spoiler, sports seats, ABS, leather steering wheel, shifter and handbrake lever, metallic paint, small onboard computer, rear view mirror tweeters, air conditioning, sunroof, 15″ BMW-BBS cross spoke alloys replacing the 14”wheels, BMW Bavaria Business CD RDS
Modifications: Até PowerDisc front rotors, E36 M3 3.2 timing chain tensioner, front tower strut brace, Eibach springs, M3 quick steering rack and stiffer & eccentric control arm bushes.
This is what my car looks like today: