David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/28/17 3:43 p.m.

The original M3 grew out of BMW’s desire to infiltrate FIA Group A racing. To be competitive, the standard 3 Series was going to need some help, including more power, a reworked suspension and some extra aero.

The “more power” part of the equation came from the brand’s S14 powerplant, a detuned, no…

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trucke
trucke SuperDork
11/29/17 10:08 a.m.

My best friend had one of these with the Ground Control/Koni suspension.  That thing handled like it was wired to your brain.  About 15 years ago we took first in a fun rally.  We did not tell anyone that it had a rally computer from the factory.

He was forced to sell by his wife.  I advised against it.  Was saddened to see it go!

 

wspohn
wspohn Dork
11/29/17 11:01 a.m.

"The “more power” part of the equation came from the brand’s S14 powerplant, a detuned, non-turbo version of its old F1 engine. "

Not so much. The S14 only had one thing in common with the M12/13 F1 engine - the block out of the M10. Unless 'detuned' refers to removal of not only the turbo but also tossing the cylinder head....

akylekoz
akylekoz HalfDork
11/29/17 11:27 a.m.

I flogged one of those for 15 years, wired to the brain is an accurate description. Very confidence inspiring, mine had +1 wheels, Bilstiens a Dinan chip and cam gear. 

Sold it just as the value went up, also right before some expensive cost of ownership was about to happen.  Purchased from a Saab dealership before they had a chance to prep, it needed brakes and the exhaust had a crack in it.  I paid $9995 for it with 130k on the clock, sold it with 190k for $8000 15 years later, not bad for a used car.  Probably worth twice that today, it was red with tan int, paint was good interior very nice. 

I miss that car a lot. 

 

 

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