2002 BMW Z3 M Coupe

Courtesy of Auctions America

Chassis number: 5UMCN93462LK61096

  • S54, 3.2-liter, 315-hp 6-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • One of 678 with this engine
  • One of two with factory sunroof deleted
  • 21,000 miles on the odometer
  • Imola Red paintwork
  • Comes from a climate-controlled private collection

The BMW M coupe was built to be a German masterpiece — to perform and handle better than most sports cars on the road. The purpose behind creating an M Coupe was to increase the rigidity of the much-loved Z3 roadster.

After this new project was approved, a stipulation of making it cost effective was given to the engineers. To meet this goal, many of the body panels are shared with the Z3 roadsters, making many body components interchangeable between the roadster and coupe.

In 2001, the BWM M Coupe got an engine transplant. This engine was the same one that was used in the E46 BMW M3. The engine is a DOHC S54, 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that is equipped with an iron block, aluminum head and a Siemens MSS 54 engine control system that features port fuel injection. Power produced was 315 brake horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque, a great improvement from the previous years. Backing the engine was a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual gearbox. The M Coupe could reach 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach its governed top speed of 162 mph in no time at all.

The M Coupe was produced in small numbers for the U.S. market that equate to 2,180 built with the S52 engine and 678 with the S54 engine. U.S. production cars totaled 2,870, while 3,433 M coupes were built for the European market.

 

Jeff Zurschmeide

Jeff Zurschmeide - SCM Contributor

Jeff is a lifelong automobile enthusiast with a penchant for sports and racing cars. He has raced SCCA, local circle track, and stage rally as a co-driver. He makes his living as a freelance automotive journalist and is the author of six books on automotive topics. As a rule, he practices catch-and-release fishing when it comes to collectible automobiles, trying to leave each one in better condition than he found it. Enduring passions include his MGA and Austin Mini, and his 1969 Corvette. He recently purchased a 1920 Ford Model T Touring because “you just have to have one of these once in your life.”

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