BMW E36 M3 OEM paint color options

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E36 M3 Dakar Yellow Coupe
BMW E36 M3 hellrot
e36_M3_sedan_blue_stock

The BMW E36 M3 was produced from 1992 thru 1999 with a total production run of 71,242 units world wide.  Initially the E36 M3 was only offered in a coupe version, however by 1994 BMW offered a convertible and sedan version as well.  The E36 M3 was the first M3 initially designed to be a road car first as opposed to the E30 M3 which was designed to be a race car for the road.  The American and Euro spec versions varied in many ways, the biggest being the motor.  North American models did not get individual throttle bodies like the Euro versions as well as a detuned cylinder head.  

The early model North American spec versions were powered by the S50B30 motor (offered in 1995 only) and the later models (1996 thru 1999) were manufactured with the S52B32 motor.  The engine displacement increased from 3.0 to 3.2 liters, racing torque from 225 lb/ft of torque to  236 lb/ft, however engine power remained the same at 240hp.

Because the European motors were more complex, higher power output is 289 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque for the early model S50B30.  This motor was revised to become the late model motor code of S50B32 which increased power to 321hp and 258 lb /ft of torque. 

Not all paint color options were available in all markets.

Pre facelift models with S50B30 engine, 1992 - 1995

PAINT NAME PAINT CODE SAMPLE YEARS OFFERED
Alpine White II 218 03/1992 thru 11/1993
Alpine White III 300 12/1993 thru 01/1996
Mugello Red 274 03/1992 thru 08/1994
Brilliant Red * 308 09/1993 thru 05/1994
Bright Red (Hellrot) 314 09/1994 thru 01/1996
Dakar Yellow I 267 02/1992 thru 01/1996
Iceland Green Metallic 273 09/1993 thru 05/1994
Diamond Black Metallic 181 03/1992 thru 05/1994
Cosmos Black Metallic 303 03/1994 thru 01/1996
Sterling Silver Metallic 244 02/1992 thru 08/1993
Arctic Silver Metallic 309 09/1993 thru 01/1996
Polaris Metallic * 060 09/1993 thru 05/1994
Avus Blue Metallic 276 03/1992 thru 01/1996
Glacier Blue Metallic * 280 09/1993 thru 05/1994
Daytona Violet Metallic 283 09/1993 thru 01/1996
Boston Green Metallic 275 09/1994 thru 01/1996
British Racing Green ^ 312C 02/1995 thru 06/1995
* South African Model Only
^ Euro Spec GT Model Only

Facelift models with S52B32 / S50B32 engine, 1996 - 1999

PAINT NAME PAINT CODE SAMPLE YEARS OFFERED
Alpine White III 300 09/1995 thru 08/1999
Bright Red (Hellrot) 314 09/1995 thru 08/1999
Imola Red 405 09/1998 thru 08/1999
Dakar Yellow II 337 09/1995 thru 08/1999
British Racing Green * 312 11/1996 thru 10/1998
Santorin Blue II * 327 11/1996 thru 10/1998
Cosmos Black Metallic 303 09/1995 thru 08/1999
Arctic Silver Metallic 309 09/1995 thru 02/1998
Titanium Silver Metallic 354 03/1998 thru 08/1999
Avus Blue Metallic * 276 11/1996 thru 10/1998
Estoril Blue Metallic 335 09/1995 thru 08/1999
Aegean Blue Metallic * 336 11/1996 thru 10/1998
Daytona Violet Metallic * 283 11/1996 thru 03/1998
Techno Violet Metallic 299 09/1995 thru 08/1999
Boston Green Metallic 275 09/1995 thru 02/1998
Fern Green Metallic 386 03/1998 thru 08/1999
Byzantium Metallic Orange 355 09/1995 thru 08/1997
* South African Model Only
BMW E36 M3 GT british racing green
E36 M3 Dakar Yellow Coupe
e36_M3_sedan_blue_stock
BMW E36 M3 coupe Hellrot
BMW E36 M3 Dakar Yellow

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