Sedan production concluded on April 30, 1991 at Regensburg, with a white example. Other variants were phased out gradually, until the final E30 model, a Touring, was produced in 1994. The car was released at the end November 1982. Externally, the E30’s appearance is very similar to twin headlight versions of its E21 predecessor, however there are various detail changes in styling to the E30. Major differences to the E21 include the interior and a revised suspension, the latter to reduce the oversteer for which the E21 was criticised.
The Touring body style was began life as a prototype built by BMW engineer Max Reisböck in his friend’s garage in 1984.
At the launch of the E30 range, the six-cylinder models consisted of the 320i, which had a 2. These models were not sold in North America, presumably for emissions reasons. 3 L engine was replaced with a 2. This engine was available in the 325i variants, including the all-wheel drive 325iX. An economy version called the 325e was released as a lower revving, more fuel efficient engine. To maximise low-rev torque, the engine was the largest available in an E30, aside from the South Africa-only 333i model. Peak torque for the 2. Garrett turbocharger, but without intercooler. In 1985 BMW introduced the 324d, a naturally aspirated version of the same M21 engine, which was popular in countries with a high motor vehicle tax.
The 5-speed 318i models use the Getrag 240 gearbox. The M3 was fitted with a Getrag 265 five-speed manual gearbox. European models and a standard H-pattern for North American models. M10 316 and 318i models until year 1985. There are a number of options for the gear ratio for E30 differentials, with an optional limited-slip option.
One of the features that added to the roominess of the E30 was the suspension. Nonetheless, reviewers praised the handling of the E30. E30, but utilizing five-lug hubs. For the front wheels, all models use disk brakes. For the rear wheels, most models use disk brakes, except for some 4-cylinder models which use drum brakes. Factory specifications are shown below. 1987 are the elongated front and rear aluminum bumpers. These bumpers are commonly known as «diving boards.
Despite the introduction of the M40 engine, the old M10-powered 316 continued to be sold in South Africa until 1991, gaining the new bumpers when the range was updated.
325iS models sold in other countries. M3 shares few body parts with other E30 models. The Alpina C1, C2, B3 and B6 models were based on the E30. 2000 cc, a special model was created: the 320is. The sedan version appeared in the dealers’ showrooms in September 1987 while the coupe version arrived in March 1988.
Production of the 320is continued until 1991. S14 engine from the M3, with stroke reduced to 72. Sports suspension was fitted to all coupes, and to sedans produced from September 1989. The 320is was sold for three years, with 1,206 sedans and 2,542 coupes produced. In New Zealand, where the M3 was never sold by BMW, the local importer created a sporting version of the sedan called M325i. About 100 such cars were imported beginning in late 1986 until at least 1990. The M325i is quite similar to the British market 325i Sport, also developed as a response to the absence of a right-hand-drive M3.
BMW South Africa’s Motorsport division created the 333i in 1985 by fitting the 3. The resulting 333i was a success in South African saloon car racing. The 333i was produced from 1985 to 1987 and only 204 cars were produced. 7 litre 325iS, commonly called Evo 1, was created by BMW South Africa to replace the 2. 5 litre 126 kW 325i in Group N production car racing, as a response to the introduction of the Opel Kadett 2 litre 16V to the Class A category. It was launched in the first half of 1990 and was powered by an Alpina-fettled, 2.
The Evolution HP won the Group N Class A title in 1993, winning 20 of the 24 races in the process.
The Robbi Smith and Geoff Goddard Evolution HP won the season-ending 9hr race. The JPS Edition is an Australian-only model built as a tribute to the 635CSi cars competing in local touring car racing. The initial production run was 70 cars, with a small number of additional cars produced afterwards. In 1985 the exterior and interior trim were updated. The 323i model was replaced with the 325i at this time and the diesel-engined 324d was introduced.
A factory convertible entered the model range. The M3 convertible was only offered for the European market. The M3 convertible was only sold in Europe. The M10 4-cylinder engine was replaced by the M40. External styling changes included a new front bumper, redesigned rear lights, rear apron, headlight reflectors, and licence plate frame, while the window frames lost their chrome trim. Rust protection was improved with the update.
Various mechanical changes were made, including updating of the engine range.
The 1987 update models remained largely unchanged until the end of production. The total production from 1982 to 1994 is approximately 2,433,000 units. E30 racing series are run in the United States and Australia. Television and film appearances of the then-new E30 include Beverly Hills Cop, Miami Vice, Pretty in Pink, Bird on a Wire, Beverly Hills 90210 and Seinfeld. Season 2 Episode 7 includes a 325i Touring. All 3 presenters purchased E30 325i convertibles. The challenge was won by James May’s car, which was the least modified of the three. Archived from the original on 2013-02-24. 22nd of Juli 2013, retrieved at the 9th of April 2015.
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