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The 1993 BMW M3 (E36) is the second generation model of the BMW M3 series.

It is powered by a 3.0 litre inline-six engine with BMW's VANOS variable valve timing and based on a redesigned chassis that includes a multilink rear suspension.[2]

The E36 M3 offers more refined driving characteristics in comparison to its homologation special predecessor.[3] It was initially available as a coupé and became available as a saloon and convertible in 1994.

In 1995, the M3 debuted in the North American market, albeit with different specifications. In 1997, the M3 underwent a facelift and was optionable with a sequential manual transmission. It was replaced in 2000 by the E46 M3.


Need for Speed: Shift

The M3 E36 appears as a tier 2 car in Need for Speed: Shift with a price tag of $50,000. It is capable of a Works conversion and has a car rating of 4.10.

The E36 has powerful acceleration and good handling traits but also comes with a low top speed. It is competitive in most race modes, especially in Drift events.

Shift 2: Unleashed

The M3 E36 appears as a Retro Road car in Shift 2: Unleashed with a price tag of $19,900. It has a D 419 performance rating and a 3.05 handling rating.

Need for Speed: No Limits

The M3 E36 appears in Need for Speed: No Limits as a Classic Sports class car. Its starting rank is 269 PR and the blueprints are available in Chapter 3: Wheely Fast.


The stock BMW M3 Coupé 1999 is a classic sports class car that requires 4 uncommon blueprints to unlock. The blueprints required to unlock the vehicle can be found from various sources;

  • Campaign - Chapter 3: Wheely Fast
  • Black Market
  • Upgrade Crate
  • Premium Crate
  • Chop Shop

Receive 40 mechanic level XP by building up and 250 mechanic level XP by fully staging up this car.

NFSNL BMW M3 E36 Carlist.jpg Classic Sports Classic Sports Stock 900 1000 950 269 Performance Rating
NFSNL GoldStar 2.pngNFSNL GreyStar 4.png x4 Common Blueprints Max 4740 5100 4920 657 Performance Rating
Stage Upgrades
NFSNL GoldStar 3.pngNFSNL GreyStar 3.png x6 Common Blueprints
NFSNL GoldStar 4.pngNFSNL GreyStar 2.png x8 Common Blueprints
NFSNL GoldStar 5.pngNFSNL GreyStar 1.png x15 Common Blueprints
NFSNL GoldStar 6.png x25 Common Blueprints

Need for Speed: Edge

The M3 E36 appears in Need for Speed: Edge.


  • In Need for Speed: Shift, the player must use a E36 M3 in the Drift Competition event in London, where six stars can be obtained. There is also an invitational event with the car at Dakota GP.
  • The M3 E36 is featured in Need for Speed: No Limits with the appearance of the pre-facelift model despite being described as a 1999 model.