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Tech 2 325i Sport, Brilliant Red
Tech 2 325i Sport, Brilliant Red

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Overview

The 325i Sport is a 325i model customised with M-Tech options from BMW's Motorsport division. It was available in most markets including mainland Europe, Japan, South Africa and Australia.

In the German market it was called the "M Technik Sportpaket", the the Australian and South African market is was called the "325iS" and the Japanese market "325i M Technic".

There were some slight variations to the standard specification of the model for each market

With regards to the UK Sports, the packages are known as Sports Equipment, and come in two flavours. For pre-facelift models, cars are M Technic 1, and for facelift models the cars are M Techic 2. Aside from the standard M-Tech/Sport package, customers could choose further optional extras from the general catalogue that were available on all standard factory models.

Aside from the M-Technic features, 325i Sports are standard 325i cars, sharing the 2-door bodyshell, M20 engine and drivetrain component with all standard 325i cars. All parts used to create the Sport are optional on the rest of the E30 range apart from the Anthracite interior head lining; checking whether one of those is fitted can be the best way to spot a genuine car.

Dealer Spec Sheet for an M Technic 1 Sport
Dealer Spec Sheet for an M Technic 1 Sport

However, the only way to truly confirm that an E30 is a Sport or not is to give your local BMW dealer the VIN number of the car and they can run a check on the original specification.

Standard UK Specification

M Technic 1

Sept1986 - Aug1987

M Technic sport package comprising of,

  • M Technic 1 body kit and boot spoiler
  • Anthracite interior head lining
  • Limited slip differential
  • M Technic suspension (Comprising of 15mm lower springs and Bilstien shock absorbers)
  • 5 Speed close ratio gear box

Other standard equipment

  • 15" BBS light alloy road wheels(14" BBS on the very first models)
  • Sport front seats
  • Rear seat fold down centre armrest
  • Electric sliding sunroof
  • Electric front windows
  • Opening rear windows
  • Central locking
  • Metallic paint
  • M technic 1 leather steering wheel
  • Leather one peice gear knob and gator
  • Front fog lamps
  • Shadowline trim (de-chrome)

Options

  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear headrests
  • Electric Windows
  • Power steering
  • Electric sunroof
  • 6 Button On board computer
  • 13 Button On board computer
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Switchable sports Automatic transmission
  • Genuine recaro seats (Not with leather upholstery)
  • Rear window retractable sun blind
  • Stereo preparation


Colours

M-Technic 1 from 1986

This model was produced for a short time of 6-10 months and most were either grey, silver or black. They differ from the M Technic 2 by looks and cabin accessories but in the main they are not so different. This M Technic 1 is in lachs silver and showing the standard kit front apron and side skirts and rear apron and colour-coded boot spoiler. The trim is grey houndstooth but did also come in leather. This is becoming harder to find now so if you have any hang on to it, most drivers seats have the usual bolster wear. Inside you have M Technic 1 steering wheel and sports seats, black headlining and all usual refinements are not standard as with any bmw you could ask for electric bits to be added - such as windows and sun-roof the one above does not have electric windows but does have electric sun-roof.

As for the model in general this is now a very rare model, even more so than the tuning houses of hartge etc as they produced cars through out the models life this was made then stopped to be superseded by the later M Technic 2. This model does not appear in the parkers classic car buyers guide, this model was not present, the M Technic 2 was but from 1988 on so this model will only rise in price.


M Technic 2

M Technic sport package comprising of,

  • M technic 2 body kit and boot spoiler
  • Anthracite interior head lining
  • Limited slip differential
  • M technic suspension (Comprising of 15mm lower springs and Boge M technic shock absorbers)
  • 5 Speed close ratio gear box

Other standard equipment

  • 15" BBS light alloy road wheels
  • Sport front seats
  • Rear seat fold down centre armrest
  • Headlamp wash wipe
  • Map reading light rear view mirror
  • Electric sliding sunroof
  • Electic front windows
  • Opening rear windows
  • Central locking
  • Metallic paint
  • M technic leather steering wheel (M Technic 1 steering wheel on pre 89 cars)
  • Leather one peice gear knob and gator
  • Front fog lamps
  • Shadowline trim (de-chrome)

The RRP as off 1990 was £21,490 for a Sport, the standard base model 325i cost £17,975 and a 325i SE cost £19,900.


Options

  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear headrests
  • 6 Button On board computer
  • 13 Button On board computer
  • Air condtioning
  • Cruise control
  • Heated front seats (Not with Recaro seats)
  • Switchable sports Automatic transmission
  • Genuine recaro seats (Not with leather upholstery)
  • Rear window retractable sun blind
  • Premium HiFi upgrade

Colours

M Technic 2 from 1988

1989 additions

Special order only in 1991

Interior colours

Leather upholstery colours

Brochures

German M Technic 1

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German M Technic 2

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Japanese M Technic 2

The Japanese market car was also available in 320i form and two tone paint finishes were available.

Also note the 14" BBS and the M tri stripe seat pin badges that were used on other BMW models like the E28 M535i and original 325i Motorsport convertible. Image:E30 1988 m-technic jp 01 zps8a604c16.jpg Image:E30 1988 m-technic jp 02 zps8bce805f.jpg Image:E30 1988 m-technic jp 03 zps5090cb89.jpg Image:E30 1988 m-technic jp 04 zps287a6d94.jpg

South African M Technic 2

The South African market 325iS. Note the use of M3/318iS Uberkaro check trim.

There was also Evo and Evo 2 versions, the first having alloy doors and bonets and both having jap spec E30 M3 5 stud suspension and an Alpina B3/C2 2.7 katalysator spec engine. Image:Dscn1749 zps5d3bfe7f.jpg Image:Dscn1750x zps0c7cb5cc.jpg


Please also see the E30 325i Sport Register