The 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 BMW 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 BMW 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 BMW 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
  • Chop Shop
NFSNL BMW M3 E36 Carlist NFSNL ClassicSportClassIcon Classic Sports NFSNL GarageIcon Loan NFSNL GarageIcon TopSpeed 900 NFSNL GarageIcon Acceleration 1000 NFSNL GarageIcon Nitrous 950 269 NFSNL GarageIcon PR
NFSNL GoldStarIconNFSNL GoldStarIconNFSNL GreyStarIconNFSNL GreyStarIconNFSNL GreyStarIconNFSNL GreyStarIcon NFSNL GarageIcon Upgrade NFSNL GarageIcon TopSpeed 4740 NFSNL GarageIcon Acceleration 5100 NFSNL GarageIcon Nitrous 4920 657 NFSNL GarageIcon PR

Need for Speed: Edge

The BMW 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.



  1. Web link: BMW M3 1992 - 1999 specifications
  2. Web link: BMW M Registry - FAQ E36 M3 3.0
  3. Web link: BMW M3 Buyer's Guide