1991 BMW M3 Sport Evolution

1991 BMW M3 Sport Evolution

When BMW designed the M3 E30, it wanted to have a racing car that could also be driven on the road. When it was unveiled at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, the model was very well received. In a very short period of time, it has also achieved many victories in different racing series, making the M3 E30 one of the most desirable BMW models out there.

The first Evolution model was launched in 1988, and then in 1990, the most powerful model in the BMW E30 3 series was added to the lineup. It was of course the M3 Sport Evolution, with only 600 units produced worldwide, of which only 51 were built to UK specifications.

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What distinguishes the BMW M3 Sport Evolution?

The M3 Sport Evolution was built with input from Paul Rosche – the man responsible for engine development in the BMW Formula 1 racing team at the time. While the base M3 E30 was powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 200 hp, for the Sport Evolution version, the displacement was increased to 2.5 liters.

While on paper this may seem like an easy task, in reality it requires a lot of work. First of all, the cylinder bore was increased to 95 mm (from 84 mm), the valves were enlarged and a long-stroke crank was added. As a result, the displacement went from 2305 cc to 2467 cc.

A little bump in power was also obtained after all that work: The M3 Sport Evolution ended up delivering 238 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 177 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm. These numbers ensured that the Sport Evolution was not only the rarest E30 model but also the most powerful model.

On the outside, Sport Evolution models feature extended front bumper cutouts, a multi-position adjustable front splitter, and a rear spoiler. On the other hand, the cabin offered one-piece racing seats.

Sport Evolution was offered only in two exterior colors: “Gloss Red” and “Gloss Black”.

How about this specific unit?

The unit to be auctioned by Siverstone Auctions is one of 51 units delivered to the UK. It is finished with a very cool glossy red exterior combined with a Sport Evolution canvas interior. The model received a 360 mm AC Schnitzer steering wheel and a special suspension – but original parts are also available with the car.

The model was first registered in 1991 and then in 1996 it passed to the current owner – a BMW franchise owner and a good friend of the original owner. Regularly and properly maintained by a handful of major BMW dealers and AC Schnitzer distributor in the UK – with papers to prove it.

It shows only 65,000 miles on the odometer and, according to the seller, is in perfect condition.

Estimated price is £130,000-£180,000 ($160,000-$222,000 at current exchange rates), but you shouldn’t be surprised if you end up selling for much more.


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