The 320is was a model built exclusively for the Portuguese and Italian market. It uses a 325i shell with a drivetrain powered by a 2.0 litre S14 engine from the E30 M3.
What BMW did was essentially taking the brilliant S14 engine from the legendary E30 M3, which displaced 2.3 liters, and de-stroked it down to 2.0 liters (1990cc to be exact). Aside from the shorter stroke, the two engines were identical, which meant they both had the same M10-derived block with the same M88-derived cylinder head and four valves per cylinder. The smaller 2.0 liter engine also had the same individual throttle bodies as the larger 2.3 liter engine.
The S14 engine fitted to the 320is has an identical appearance to the unit found in the E30 M3 and thus shares the "BMW M Power" inscription on its cam cover. The only difference was in power, as the smaller 2.0 liter engine made 192 hp compared to the M3 2.3 liter’s 200 hp. Not a significant drop off in power at all and the higher compression ratio and shorter stroke seems to make the car rev even sweeter.
Mated to that modified 2.0 liter S14 engine is the same five-speed dogleg manual transmission as the E30 M3 and a shorter 3.46:1 rear axle ratio with a 25% limited slip diff, also from the M3.
The 320is has the standard E30 body, without the fender flares of the M3. Four door models have standard exterior, no M-Technic bodykit, Shadowline (de-chroming) and body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and spoilers. The interior is fitted with front sport seats, an M-Technic steering wheel, electric windows and the same dash cluster as the E30 M3, but without the red needles. An oil temperature gauge is integrated in the rev counter.
This 320is is an original AC95 European-spec (Italy + Portugal only) 1 of 1205 four-door sedan. Delivered in Diamond Black Metallic with a grey cloth interior, this 320is presents very well today with 149,400 KM on the odometer. An extremely clean example throughout the exterior, interior and engine bay, this 320is is accompanied by its spare wheel, jack and tools.
A true wolf in sheep’s clothing, this 320is would be a worthy addition to any modern classic collection or simply to be enjoyed on the road.
Body: 4 Doors Sedan
Exterior: Diamond Black Metalic
Interior: Grey Cloth
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 149,400 KM
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
History: First delivered and registered in Portugal, presented in the colour combination of Diamond Black Metallic with Grey interior, this Italian/Portugal Market Euro-Spec example was bought by the current owner in Portugal in 2012. Restoration work and converted to Right Hand Drive by marque expert RS Garage there, then self-imported and registered in Hong Kong in 2014, showing 0 previous owners on VRD. The car is in a good condition throughout, showing 149,400KM. Available for viewing by appointment for serious interest only.
The legendary ‘Italian M3’, A true wolf in sheep’s clothing
A rare example of a true 90s ‘Q car’ 1 of 1205 Sedan made.
"Dog-leg" Manual, Rear Wheel Drive with LSD and Equipped with an S14 2.0L E30 M3 Engine
Classic Insider condition score: 78 points out of 100
Highly Original. Well-kept and consistently maintained. Exterior has largely original factory paint but with obvious blemishes, scratch and stone chips. Cracked paint is especially visible on the rear wing. Original 14" wheels with 2016 tires with almost no curb rash noted. The Interior is good overall but the front seats have small holes and torn. An interior deep cleanse shall improve the ambience. Engine bay is very clean and tidy. Serviced annually and only original parts are used. Battery from 2017 November. Jack, spare wheel and tool roll presented. Road tax till Dec 2020
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2020 May (148505 KM) Gullwing
Repair Engine Oil Leak
Changed to new Z3 Steering Rack
2019 Nov (147557 KM) Rtoo
2018 July (145608 KM) Rtoo
Replaced shocks and exhaust
2017 Dec (14403 KM) Rtoo
Annual Service and brake fluid change
2016 Oct (143316 KM) Rtoo
Annual Service, Transmission and Diff oil change
2015 Aug (141356 KM) Rtoo
Annual Service, Diff oil change
2014 Oct (134487 KM) GTI
Diff oil change
2014 June (134368 KM) GTI
2012 Oct to 2013 June (PORTUGAL)
Restoration work with photo documentation
Right Hand Drive Conversion
**Service records available upon request
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
By the mid-Eighties, the E30 was firmly established within BMW's line-up, but in some markets the top end models weren't selling as well as anticipated. Specifically, Portugal and Italy had crippling taxes on cars over 2000cc, which meant BMW lost its competitive edge to smaller, sportier sedans such as the Alfa Romeo.
Following the example set by Ferrari with the 208s, BMW’s E30 M3 just fell afoul of the tax rules with its 2.3 – 2.5 litre engine so the 320is was born. BMW lashed together parts from the two sporty E30s, mating a de-stroked version of the M3’s S14 engine, the 320is’ capacity came in at 1,990 cc with power only slightly down at 192 bhp, aided by a higher compression ratio than the M3. The 320iS use the standard 325i shell, complete with that model's stiffer suspension. The package was topped off with ABS and power steering to create an E30 uniquely for those market.In addition to the engine, the M3’s Getrag 265 5-speed gearbox was used along with a limited-slip differential with a shorter ratio than its more famous cousin.
In true ‘Q car’ fashion, the flared wheel arches of the M3 were left off. Further features included ‘Sportfahrwerk’ suspension and various subtle details such as an M3 instrument cluster without the red needles or M-division logo. Despite BMW’s intentions, only 2540 two-door and 1205 four-door examples left the factory at Regensberg making the 320is one of the rarest BMWs of the era. Because of this, the 320iS is an increasingly collectible car.
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