From digest.v6.n265 Sun Feb 23 06:30:04 1997
From: Filippo Morelli <bilge_at_East.DELFIN.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 1997 22:58:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject: <M3> Re: 88M3 vs. Evolution
Where do we start? Off the top of my head (and I only know this
because the E30 M3 site is next_at_bimmers.com, so we've been shoving
this info in our heads)
[bummer, I'm missing the April 1990 Roundel, where the car was featured]
First of all, the 1988 M3 Evolution *is not* the Sport Evolution, which
came out in early 1990 (which is the most highly tuned of the E30 M3s)
The 1988 M3 Evolution was a European only car, to my knowledge. The car
is typically rated at 220hp and 180ft/lbs of torque, which is an increase
of 25hp over the American E30 M3 and 10 ft lbs. of torque, respectively.
M3 Evolutions typically have a few differences, including a deeper front
spoiler with a horizontal splitter (for front downforce), as well as an
adjustable rear lip spoiler. Small goodies, such as Evolution door sills
(with ///M3 embossed) and dead pedal are standard. They may also have an
illuminated shift knob, though I'm not sure if this was a Sport Evolution
feature only and/or a commemorative M3 feature.
There are a couple of other points, though I can not verify them. I
belive 1988 Evolutions came with 16x7 wheels (made by BBS), which may
very well have been the same as E28 M5 wheels (???). The airbox and/or
valve cover had Motorsport colors.
If you are going to consider purchasing an Evolution in the U.S., I
recommend boning up on some very key points:
- Verify whether Evolutions were ever, in fact, imported through BMW NA.
- If not, does the car have valid paperwork (EPA and DOT waivers). In
the late eighties, it became difficult to bring in "gray market" cars.
- The Evolution for 1988 is fairly easy to replicate over the counter.
Parts are still available. I would want to know what the ~500 car
production run VINs were.
Finally not to dissuade you, but if the car for sale is a real Evolution
(that passes the above 3 items), I supsect that it's a top dollar item.
If you are looking for an E30 M3 for daily driving, the changes in this
car are not significant enough to warrant the potential added expense,
IMHO. I suspect whoever buys this car (unless the price is equivalent to
a normal E30 M3) will be a collector (someone not driving the car daily).
BUT, if you have money to burn ;-) and the car checks out, great!
Hope this helps,
p.s. Anyone with differing facts, please let me know.
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