Oh well, like you say, they are hard to compare over the years.
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That's funny, I had a conversation with two E36 enthusiasts just last night and they went on and on about the euro spec E36 M3. I had no idea how badly BMW neutered the US spec. 320hp to 240 is a cock punch. And we're talking 90s cars. A euro spec M3 must have been a road going murder weapon 20 years ago.
Original EU spec has 280hp, then it has 320 hp on the last 2 years? The US one is just different engine, not detune
The US E36 M3 didn't really have a "M" motor but was actually just a slightly bored out 328 motor. Less hp, less torque, 1 less gear, smaller airbox, missing oil cooler, different brakes, different suspension. The only reason 0-60 times were close was because the US had different gearing.
If you guys are interested in the differences between the US E36 M3 and Euro version, take a look here. Completely different cars, so the link saves me the time writing up the engine differences. lol
E36 M3 3.0
E36 M3 3.2
It's a shame we never got the E46 M3 CSL. Will go down in history as the best M3 ever and I expect the value to increase over time. True collectors car.
To me, the chief selling point of the M3 is that it's a practical sports car, so it makes a lot of sense when fairly new. If I were buying a couple of generations old, like the E36 and E46, I'd go with the Z3 Coupe or Z4 M Coupe (again - I had one). No need to compromise if it's going to be an occasional toy.