Original brochure from BMW AG. With these two pages, BMW offered the E36 M3 GT special model, limited to 356 copies, to potential buyers in 1994 and 1995.

BMW M3 GT (E36)

The BMW M3 GT (E36) was built as a homogenization model only in a very limited number of 356 copies and was actually built for the racetrack.

What do you do as a car enthusiast with a rare special model? Drive or put away?

This question is certainly, if at all, very difficult to answer. If you own such a vehicle and after a violent internal dispute decided to take the very rare piece out of its safe environment into the open, you have the opportunity to answer further questions yourself. Because even before the descent you get into motorsport thinking: which wing position will be the best? Do I need more downforce or a high top speed? Because the GT driver has a choice: the lip of the front spoiler can be adjusted. In order to increase the rear spoiler (of course only on the racetrack …), spacers were included in the delivery in 1995, which can be inserted relatively easily between the foot and the wing. To save weight, the GT got doors made of aluminum. Sill trims, wheels and mirrors were taken over unchanged from the M3, with the exception that the wheels on the GT are forged to save weight and those on all other models are made of aluminum. Therefore, the GT rims also have a different part number in the ETK (BMW Parts Catalog).

– The GT interests peculiarities continue under the sheet metal.

The E36 M3 GT was actually considered to be the basic model for use in racing.

The Amaretta sports seats from RICARO, for example, have a nappa leather panel in Mexico green. The carbon fiber decor in the interior shows the exclusivity of the vehicle in front of the front passenger seat with the “BMW Motorsport” logo. This bar, which was only produced for the E36 M3 GT, was never available for purchase in the ETK (spare parts catalog). If you lost this groin or if it was damaged, you were unlucky. The GT was intended as a basic model for racing, and it makes it clear. You could almost have wished for an even more uncompromising savings program in the interior in order to feel like a real racer. But that is also a matter of taste. The at least sporty, taut seats and the familiar trimmings are too reminiscent of a normal 3-series coupé. The view to the rear is divided into two parts: the rear spoiler slides across the picture in the interior mirror, which, in contrast to the interior manual compartment strip, could be reordered as a spare part from the ETK. In this case, however, that does not bother, that inspires! And when we are talking about the special model of a BMW M3, it goes without saying that we also have to look under the bonnet. The 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder of the type S50B30, which was introduced with the E36 generation at the beginning of 1995, was already fitted with the short intake pipes of the 3.2 (S50B32) that followed in the M3. Together with the changed software coordination, there were now 295 instead of 286 hp (series M3).

THE M3 JUMPS AT 100 SPEED IN 5.9 SECONDS

According to the factory, the acceleration is enough for the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.9 seconds – a tenth of a second faster than the production M3. The fact that the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h should be less of a problem in this case. From 3900 tours, the maximum torque of 323 Newton meters is available; the basic M3 has 3600 rpm (with a little less power). The maximum power is available at 7000 revolutions. The six-cylinder craves speed. At the time, BMW stated the consumption of the M3 GT at 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers. Then there were various options on how to give your own GT something individual so that it stood out a little further from the already very exclusive and limited edition. On the one hand there was the option with the red motorsport belts for the driver and front passenger, as well as for the two rear seats (the BMW E36 GT was only approved for 4 people) and the door handles with the engraved Motorsport lettering. The technology of the M3 GT is also a mixture. A mix of pre-facelift technology and facelift technology from the facelift of the 3.2 liter model was used here.

How many BMW M3 GT still exist is uncertain

Here is a rare picture at the BMW factory before the delivery of the M3 GT

This rare photo shows the new and currently produced BMW E36 M3 GT vehicles on the BMW factory premises waiting for their delivery

Only the paintwork and the spoiler give away the GT, the only available color for the special model was officially called “British Racing Green” (color code 312). BMW has brought the GT to the people 350 times. There are talk of six other (pre-production) copies, including a silver M3 GT, that did not go on sale.There are a total of 6 vehicles, the last 7 digits of the chassis number not starting with “EA” but with “JP”. Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to identify these vehicles.  The M3 GT Register (www.m3gtregister.com) endeavors to track the whereabouts of all vehicles. More than 200 cars are recorded. The overview shows the different paths the rare special models have taken: Many cars have actually mutated into racing cars. Others were used as the basis for a tuning project, which is a shame, or fell victim to the good driving skills of their owners. And then there are the few copies that were allowed to remain in their original condition. These are rarely on the road today and park as well-protected garage gold in their air-conditioned four walls.

Technical data of the BMW E36 M3 GT

Predecessor: BMW M3 Sport Evolution E30
Successor: BMW M3 CSL E46, BMW M3 GTS E92
Similar E36 models: BMW M3 Individual (Great Britain), BMW M3 Lightweight (USA), BMW M3R (Australia)

Basis: BMW M3 3.0 E36
Produced: 12/1994 – 06/1995
Plant: Regensburg
Number of items: 356 (including 6 pilot series)
Paint: british racing green (color code 312)

Displacement: 2,990 cm³
Output: 295 hp at 7,100 rpm
Torque: 323 Nm at 3,900 rpm
Compression: 10.8: 1
Bore / stroke: 86.0 mm / 85.8 mm
Rear axle ratio: 3.23: 1
Brake discs: 315 mm x 28 mm front / 312 mm x 20 mm rear
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 5.9 s
Acceleration from 0 to 1000 m: 25.4 s
Acceleration from 80 to 120 km / h in IV gear: 6.4 s
Top speed: 250 km / h
Consumption 90 km / h: 6.5 ltr / 100 km
Consumption 120 km / h: 7.9 ltr / 100 km
Consumption city: 13.0 ltr / 100 km
Length, retracted front spoiler: 4,433 mm
Length, extended front spoiler: 4,533 mm
Weight: 1,460 kg DIN
Base price 1995: 91,000 DM


For better comparability, the data from the original model BMW M3 3.0 E36:

Displacement: 2,990 cm³
Output: 286 hp at 7,000 rpm
Torque: 320 Nm at 3,600 rpm
Compression: 10.8: 1
Bore / stroke: 86.0 mm / 85.8 mm
Rear axle ratio: 3.15: 1
Brake discs: 315 mm x 28 mm front / 312 mm x 20 mm rear
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 6.0 s
Acceleration 0 to 1000 m: 25.6 s
Acceleration from 80 to 120 km / h in IV gear: 6.4 s
Top speed: 250 km / h
Consumption 90 km / h: 6.5 ltr / 100 km
Consumption 120 km / h: 7.9 ltr / 100 km
Consumption city: 13.0 ltr / 100 km
Length: 4,433 mm
Weight: 1,460 kg DIN
Base price 1992: 80,700 DM


Changes to the original basic E36 M3 model:

-Special paint
– Aerodynamics package supplemented by adjustable front spoiler and multi-part rear wing
– Front indicator glasses in white
– Front strut bar
– aluminum doors
– Suspension springs in a harder version
– Forged wheels surface-polished in 7.5Jx17 front / 8.5Jx17 rear with 235/40 R 17 all around
– Changes in the intake tract
– 264 degree camshafts
– oil supply
– control unit
– Rear axle drive with 3.23: 1
– Sports steering wheel II
– Sports seats with combination Amaretta in anthracite / nappa leather in mexico green
– Inserts in doors in front / sides in back nappa leather in mexico green
– Carbon fiber inserts on the dashboard, center console and entry
– Motorsport International marking on the dashboard and side bumper strips

 

Now the story of this vehicle;

 

This GT is number 319 of 356 vehicles built and was delivered by BMW in 1995 to its owner in Bergen on the island of Rügen. However, he died a short time afterwards and the widow initially stored the GT in the barn at the house and remained there until 2006. As you know, vehicles that stand for a long time quickly become tables. This GT suffered the same fate. Although it was covered, it was recognized that the interior can also be used as a storage area. The house was then sold and the barn had to be cleared. That also applied to the GT, which also had to get out of there. Contact was made with the owner through a holiday acquaintance and the vehicle was inspected (until then, nobody knew that it was even a GT). When the green spoiler under the ceiling appeared in 2007, it was clear that it would go with you! The vehicle was then transported with the trailer from Bergen on Rügen to Saarland. There a battery was connected for the first time and then there was 852 km on the speedometer. However, the engine stopped turning. The salty air on the Baltic Sea island damaged the engine very much and repairs would have been possible, but the decision was made to order a completely new engine directly from BMW, which also turned out to be a bit difficult, since apparently no one had an engine before for an M3 GT at all. After several phone calls between the BMW dealer and the factory, the part number first had to be created and released, and then it took 10 weeks for the engine to arrive in the box. The leather and the front seats had also suffered a lot from the salty air and from the objects stored in the interior and were partly already dissolved, as were all rubber parts. Therefore, the vehicle was completely restored and only with original parts (except for the front turn signal lights) and almost all parts of the vehicle were renewed. This restoration lasted 2 years until 2008. Since its completion, the vehicle has only been moved very rarely.