February 18, 2018

BMW M3 3.2 EVO

BMW-M3-Evo-Convertible-roadtest.jpgThe E36 M3 Evo is now long out of production. The last of the convertibles rolled off the production line in 1999. Back then it cost a wallet shattering £38,000, but now a smart, well cared for 60,000 mile example can be bought for under £10,000.

The fit and finish of the interior doesn’t disappoint either, with the beautifully bolstered Evo seats sporting a neat M Tricolor stripe. The dash has a similarly timeless appeal, from the rim of the M Sport helm to the classic black and orange illuminated instruments. The convertible model is particularly striking and, top down, will still turn heads.

But the M3 Evo is more than just about image and aesthetics. Under the bonnet there is real substance, with the advanced 3.2 litre straight six producing 321 bhp, meaning that this M3 can sprint to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and charge on to an electronically limited 155 mph. All of which makes this car great fun to drive. The gearbox feels direct and well weighted, the suspension firm and the steering pin-sharp.

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As long as you avoid older, neglected examples, and choose one with full service history, the E36 M3 Evo will reward you with an exciting, stylish and individual ownership experience, that doesn’t require you to re-mortgage your house to enjoy.

Fact File:

Used Prices: £4,000 – £9,500

Roadtest Example: 1999 M3 EVO MANUAL 3.2 convertible
Mileage: 59,000
Price: £8750

Car Tested at:
Ready2Retail, Ashtead

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