Besides the familiarity of the people to the 3-series and the visually attractiveness of the E36, the compact prestige segment nature of the vehicle is what really appealed to their lines of loyal clientele.
Perhaps the most accurate definition of how the E36 became the cult classic in the automotive realm we know today is the fact that the BMW’s Motorsport department set out what they’ve wanted to do—built a powerful and lightweight derivative of their past three series and create something magical, thus the E36 was born.
As they’ve continued to develop, modify, and improve the E36, adapting new suspensions with firmer shocks and springs with also larger anti-roller bars, the E36 significantly became better and better. To provide a ferocious stopping power, Twelve-inch vented disc brakes were equipped and the M-tuned variable-ratio gave a great feedback to the steering wheel.
As once derided as the car for wannabe BMW fanatic, the BMW E36 renewed itself with the street credibility it deserved thanks to the patience of the development of its performance that paid off well.