Buying The Cheapest BMW M3 In The USA Is Our Kind Of Madness

Almost immediately after buying one of the cheapest 850s in America, Tyler Hoover went and bought another worryingly inexpensive BMW...

Remind me later

If you spend any time on CT, you’ll know that we take great interest in the brave/concerning car buying decisions of YouTuber Tyler Hoover. After all, they’re usually the kind of cars we’d love to buy but don’t have the guts/contempt for our bank balances to take the plunge.

Now though, we’re more worried about the Hoover’s sanity than ever - having only just bought bought a $7500 850i (yep, the V12 one), he’s gone and bagged the cheapest M3 in the USA. Well, almost: this automatic, E36 convertible is the least expensive non-basket case M3 kicking around, as Hoover explains, before going on a meandering chat about his girlfriend ad the “friend zone.” Don’t worry, it’s relevant, kinda…

See those lovely ITBs? You don't get those on US-spec S50 engines...
See those lovely ITBs? You don't get those on US-spec S50 engines...

The US-spec M3s received a different version of the S50 3.0-litre inline-six, which had a more basic Vanos system, and did without individual throttle bodies. Factoring in a lower compression ratio, these America-bound M3s made only 234bhp and 225lb ft, compared to 282bhp and 236lb ft.

Still, that’s a hell of a lot of car for just $3000, and we’re looking forward to seeing how this latest bargain slice of Bavaria turns out.