In Reply to: M3 EVO in US on Ebay posted by Rosica on April 12, 2000 at 18:03:06:
"With the success of BMW first-generation M3, AC Schnitzer devoted considerable resources to the development of that model. While Schnitzer's M3-based S3 sport 2.5 was not a completely separate model-in tha all of the car's special components could be ordered separately-it appears that Schnitzer prepared a significant number of vehicles to the full S3 Sport 2.5 specifications. Furthermore, the relationship between Schnitzer and BMW motorsport with regard to this model suggest that is deserves to be considered as a complete car.
"The designers of the BMW M3 were faced with the task of developing a series-produced car with all the characteristics of a genuine competition vehicle. During the development process, the Schnitzer team was called upon to chekc the possibilities of the M3 down to the last detail...they developed and refined these ideas and converted them into practical solutions. The S3 Sport 2.5 is a design which exploits the potential of the M3's 4-clyinder 4-valve engine to the fullest--by increasing the capacity to 2431cc. In addition, the precision machining of the cylinder head of the intake and exhaust system (widening, smoothing and exact fitting of the connections) produces an even more effective gas exchange than in the previous model. weight optimized the pistons with floor cooling and a distinctive beaded edge make for optimal combustion, while some of the increased stroke is compensated for through the design of the special Schnitzer crankshaft with 83mm stroke, is machined from solid steel to ensure greater rigidity and durability. The higher torque of this engine means that the car can be driven at low revs and still provide powerful acceleration throughout its operating range. The design of the S3 Sport 2.5 allows for driving at very high speeds. Together with Bilstein, Schnitzer has designed a sport chassis with a 20mm lower ride height. The advanced suspension system (engineered to provide neutral to very slight understeering behavior) enables the strong performance of the S3 Sport 2.5 to be utilized safely and comfortably on the road"
The design of the S3 Sport 2.5 predated BMW's own 2.5liter M3, and provided performance comparable to the motorsport divisions best efforts. With 245bhp, the Schnitzer could accelerate from 0-100km in 6.7 seconds, and could achieve a top speed of 250 kmh. If one could be located, it would certainly represent an interesting alternative to one of the M3 evolution models."
Those are the words-Verbatim-from that book. It mentions nothing about production figures, but I believe that guys 250 number is incorrect. This should clear up any confusions that anyone has on exactly what that car is. It is very cool, very rare, and very fast. If I had the money I would seriously consider it, although, $22000 is pushing it a little. Hope you guys enjoyed that. I suggest this book, its got a lot of great info on all M cars and such made up to 1996.