New driving experience for a classic: The BMW 3-series E30
A classic for the weekend? Sure. But maybe not only because that’s the way a BMW 3-series E30 is the vehicle for many even the primary of Everyday life. And to whom his first car is important, cherishes, and cares for him. So why not a refresh on the curve-handling think?
Sporty and since the ‘ 80s, The BMW 3-series E30
The sight has become rare. And yet, there is still a large following of fans, who don’t want him to turn back. The BMW 3-series E30 has since 1982 produced, and for twelve whole years. For the “small” needs to be there as a real 316i with just 75 horses. The BMW 320i is an inline six-cylinder engine was used, in part, with a timing belt or a timing chain (depending on the year and motor execution).
For a little more Performance, however, provided at the time a larger R6 engine in the BMW 3-series E30. As 325i since the fall of 1985, a 170-HP rear – or even all-Wheel drive-wheel drive (325ix). And who wanted to let it rip, could decide as early as 1986 for a BMW M3. Consistently via a control chain operated, submitted his Power of 195 HP (at the beginning) up to 238 horses and 240 Nm of torque.
Today, square-edged, at that time a Sensation
From today’s point of view, the outer appearance of the BMW 3-series E30 not so easy to classify. His edgy coming Form is, however, pleasant, set back to 30 years. Its front fascia is almost as big as a shark’s mouth, the two round lights in the headlight as a trademark of motor works.
And one more feature still applies today as a special: The renowned double-kidney grille. The BMW 3-series E30 is already clearly visible, if somewhat aloof, and hardly three dimensional. What disappeared, however, largely out of the picture, the much strebigen BBS rims of the M models-even if some of the nostalgic people will continue to use them for the retrofit.
Contemporary street location with new chassis
In addition to the look of the BMW 3-series E30 different to today’s models, of course, the technical possibilities. From engines and Transmissions apart, tarnishes a little, agile chassis, the driving fun in the E30. To purposes of Self-preservation, but also the joy of Driving, the Aftermarket, in turn, contemporary options for retrofitting.
The manufacturer, KW automotive will offer two basic versions of the BMW 3-series E30 on the Stand of things to keep. The variant 1 includes a coilover with a firm sports-oriented damper setup. The significantly more expensive option 3, however, the driver of the train and pressure stage set several precise clicks independently of each other.
In addition, the variant 3 offers the advantage of a Bypass-valve technology. This ensures that in case of fast driving over bumps or other bumps (such as e. g. transverse joints) can immerse the wheel quickly, without losing the grip. This is part of the pre-configured high-pressure stage valves.
At the same time, the BMW 3-series E30 is also placed deep to be: The tested adjustment range for both KW variants is 60 to 80 mm in the front and 55 to 80 mm at the rear axle. For easier reproduction of the coilovers, KW his versions against additional charge with forged steering knuckles for the front axle. Otherwise, when E30 time-consuming reworking of the original parts necessary.