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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 19:34:18 -0500
From: "Jeffrey Lloyd" <jeff@cyberconceptz.com>
Subject: RE: M3 in ESP
ok this is what I have...

///M3 Lightweight specs
1. Rear axle ratio 3.23 (vs. 3.15 on standard M3)
2. Special sport suspension settings
3. Aluminum doors
4. European aerodynamics: GT front spoiler with adjustable splitter and aero
underbody panel
5. M rear wing with integrated brake light
6. BMW sports seats (instead of standard M3 seats), cloth only
7. Special interior materials and colors (seat centers Anthracite/red M cloth; lateral supports and headrest uncolored; door inserts are leatherette; interior is
all black). Carbon fiber interior trim (center console, glove compartment panel, door sills, ash trays)
8. Alpine White with diagonal Motorsport checkered flag design only available exterior color
9. "BMW Motorsport International" logo integrated into door steps in carbon fiber optics; side protection strip; glove box plaque
10. Forged alloy wheels, double spoke M3 design (7.5x17" front, 8.5x17" rear) 17x7.5 cast were stock...
11. YES handpicked motors.. I have heard stories that they went as far as to weigh each and every connecting Rod coming out of the factory to find the lightest ones... then dynoed each one...
12. special Lightweight carpeting without thick stock mat... Purchasers of the M3 Lightweight are also eligible to purchase a special racing only accessory package, installation of said devices voids factory warranty...
1. M3 GT baffled race oil pan with dual pickup
2. M3 GT adj. rear wing
3. Underbody braces
4. Shock strut tower brace
Deletion of:
1. Underbody insulation
2. noise reduction mats and interior trunk panels
3. underhood mat
4. Tool Kit
5. Sunroof
6. Radio
7. Speed Limiter
8. Air Conditioning
9. interior insulation

Just in case you needed to know,,,
Specifications:
Vehicle type
5-passenger, 2-door coupe, front engine/rear drive
General
Unloaded weight, lb ...... 2950
Weight distribution front/rear, % ...... 49.7/50.3
Wheelbase ...... 106.3 in.
Track, front/rear ...... 56.0/56.9 in.
Length x width x height ...... 178 x 67.3 x 52.6 in.
Minimum ground clearance ...... 4.1 in.
Body
Type ...... All-steel unibody w/aluminum doors
Aerodynamic drag coefficient ...... 0.32
Aeridynamic lift coefficients, front/rear ...... 0.04/0.10
EPA size classification ...... Subcompact
Engine
Type ...... DOHC inline 6-cylinder, 4-valves/cylinder, variable valve timing
Camshaft drive ...... Dual Simplex chins (primary & secondary), hydraulic
tensioned
Valve actuation ...... Hydraulic lifters, bucket-type
Induction system ...... Thermoplastic intake manifold, single-path cylinder
liners
Bore x stroke ...... 86.0 x 85.8mm (3.39 x 3.38)
Displacement ...... 2990cc (182 cu in.)
Max horsepower ...... 240 @ 6000 rpm
Max torque ...... 224 ft-lb @ 4250 rpm
Maximum engine speed ...... Variable rpm limited: 6800 in 1st & 2nd gears,
otherwise 6500 rpm
Compression ratio ...... 10.5:1
Engine management system ...... Bosch HFM-Motronic with knock control
Fuel requirement ...... 91 pump octane unleaded premium
Fuel capacity ...... 17.2 gal
Emission control ...... 3-way catalytic converter, Lambda oxygen sensor,
closed-loop mixture control
Drivetrain
Manual tranmission ...... ZF, 5-speed synchronized
Ratios:
1st ......4.20:1
2nd ...... 2.49:1
3rd ...... 1.66:1
4th ...... 1.21:1
5th ...... 1.00:1
Reverse ...... 4.13:1
Final drive ...... 25 percent limited-slip differential, 3.23:1
Exhaust system ...... stainless-steel
Chassis
Front suspension ...... MacPherson struts, arc-shaped lower arms, coil
springs, twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, M-style
strut brace
Rear suspension ...... Rack & pinion, engine-speed sensitive power assist
and variable ratio
Overall ratio ...... 15.4:1 to 19.8:1
Turns, lock-to-lock ...... 3.0
Turning circle ...... 38.0 ft
Wheels ...... forged alloy, 17 x 7.5J front, 17 x 8.5J rear
Tires ...... 235/40ZR-17 steel-belted high-performance radials
Performance Data
Acceleration 0-60 ...... 5.8 (estimated)
Fuel economy city/hwy ...... 19/27


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