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Re: engine specs on orig. '87 DTM M3? (archive)

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Posted by Rupert Knight on August 20, 2001 at 03:51:58:

In Reply to: engine specs on orig. '87 DTM M3? posted by C///MR on August 18, 2001 at 13:46:06:

Spot on. The early M3's were basically non evo types. 2.3 but to group A spec. So making probably close to 300bhp. It was not until the Evo II appeared that the spoilers started to sprout. These also had larger wheels to enable the factory to make better use of the regs. There was an evo I that mainly had engine mods. that took it to about 210hp, standard. I think this was also the first M3 to have brake ducts as the very early race cars in the UK had no ducts and actually had piping appearing under the front spoiler to pick up cold air for the brakes. When the Evo III came along we got the really wild wings and 2.5 engine.

One thing to bear in mind is that not all versions were raced in all countries. The group A regs. were country specific. In the UK, the Evo III never raced in the BTCC due to the regs. We also ended up with a 2.0 M3, (like Italy) when we started to go in the Super Touring direction.


Does anyone one know this data? Watching the History of BMW Motorsport on Speedvision I noticed that the 87 & 88 DTM M3's did not have the add on spoilers and such. They looked very close to the street versions (except ride hieght & wheels). How close were they?
Thanks for the history lesson. Chris

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