Introduced in 1998, the M Coupe was the high-performance fixed-roof version of the Z3 featuring the venerable S52 inline-six engine and brakes from the E36 M3, an upgraded suspension, and more aggressive bodywork. This E36/8 M Coupe was ordered in Imola Red over a black Nappa leather interior and is said to be one of just 201 S52-equipped examples in this particular combination. It was first registered in North Carolina and is now being offered at auction by its seller out of Illinois showing approximately 45k miles on the odometer.
The exterior is finished in Imola Red (405) and features black Shadowline trim, M-badged fender vents, M-specific bumper covers, widened rear fenders, rounded aero mirrors, a lower rear tailgate spoiler, and quad exhaust outlets. Detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report. The 17” Style 40 “Roadstar” wheels are mounted with Continental ExtremeContact tires.
Inside, this E36/8 is appointed with full black Nappa leather upholstery extending to the upper door panels and center console. Factory features include a leather-wrapped M-Sport steering wheel with M tri-color stitching, heated and power-adjustable bolstered sport seats, M-branded floor mats, M-branded door sills guards, and chrome-trimmed instrumentation in the gauge cluster and center stack. Driver’s amenities include power windows and locks, a glass sunroof, automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon audio system, a BMW Business CD stereo, and a trunk-mounted CD changer.
This M Coupe is powered by a 3.2L S52 inline-six engine derived from the E36 M3, producing up to 240 HP and 236 lb.-ft of torque. The rear wheels are driven by a ZF 5-speed manual transmission and mechanical limited-slip differential, allowing acceleration from 0-60 MPH in approximately 5 seconds. The M Coupe was built with a wider front and rear track than a standard Z3, and also received a lowered ride height, modified front suspension geometry, firmer springs and shock absorbers, strengthened semi-trailing arms, a reinforced subframe, and brakes carried over from the E36 M3. The seller reports a binder of detailed service records will accompany the sale.
This sale will include a clean title, owner’s manuals, and a binder of maintenance records.