As you might already know, the actor Paul Walker was a large automobile fanatic, even exterior of his Quick and Livid franchise. His assortment was huge and crammed with some extremely cool automobiles, like numerous totally different Porsche 911s, R32 GT-Rs, and a couple of E36 BMW M3 LTW. The truth is, not solely did he personal a couple of LTW, he owned 5.
5 looks as if an extreme quantity of equivalent automobiles to personal however the E36 M3 LTW wasn’t simply any automobile. It was a really particular automobile, the most effective in BMW’s historical past. Walker truly felt that it was the greatest in BMW’s historical past and was his private favourite, which is why he owned 5 equivalent automobiles. You be considering, “Nico, they solely got here in a single spec, they should be equivalent.” In that case, you’d be proper. The E36 M3 LTW was a really restricted, particular version M3 that was solely offered in North America, so it actually solely got here in a single spec. Nonetheless, Walker as identified to change lots of his automobiles and he didn’t contact a single considered one of his M3 LTWs, proving how a lot he genuinely liked them.
What was the E36 M3 LTW, you may ask? LTW stood for “Light-weight” and, not like present particular BMWs with that phrase of their badge, the E36 M3 LTW truly lived as much as its identify. It had aluminum door skins, no air-con, no radio, and fewer sound deadening than the usual automobile. All of its weight financial savings measures shed 282 kilos from the usual M3. After which BMW gave it sharper suspension, higher steering, and a brand new differential with a shorter remaining drive. It was the pure, triple-distilled essence of the E36 M3 and was thought-about to be a sensational driver’s automobile. It’s so good, the truth is, that Michelin nonetheless makes use of one at its South Carolina check monitor to benchmark tires.
The engine was the identical 240 horsepower 3.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-six. Nonetheless, regardless of the burden loss, the LTW was truly slower to 60 mph than the usual automobile. The ultimate drive pressured extra shifts between 0-60 mph, which truly dropped its time however simply barely. Nonetheless, whenever you had been already on the transfer and able to sort out some corners, the LTW would go away the usual automobile for lifeless.
After Paul Walker died, his property offered all of his 5 LTWs for $200,000 every. Contemplating they had been about $95,000 in at the moment’s cash when brand-new, that’s some huge cash. It’s unlucky that they’re so uncommon and onerous to search out, as the massive public ought to find out about it.