1994/1995 BMW E36 318is Sport Option Pack

John Avis by | March 25, 2013 | E36

In October 1994 BMW Australia introduced a sport option pack for the 318is coupe. This option pack included 16-inch alloys and certain M-Technic parts. I've seen three such 318is's around. Apparently the sports option pack was also offered on the 325i but I haven't seen any of those.
In October 1994 BMW Australia introduced a sport option pack for the 318is coupe. This option pack included 16-inch alloys and certain M-Technic parts. I've seen three such 318is's around. Apparently the sports option pack was also offered on the 325i but I haven't seen any of those.

The M-Technic parts consisted of an M3 style body kit including front and rear bars, side skirts and side rubbing strips. The cars I have seen also have a rear spoiler. Inside they have half cloth/half Alcantara (like suede leather) sports seats with the same pattern as the M3 seats.

The 16" wheels are a 5 spoke design (Style 18).

Engine is the M42 twin cam 1.8 litre four, and is unchanged in the Sport. All of the ones that I have seen have been manual.

One of the cars I saw was a unusual dark green (I looked at this car to buy and wish I had but I was too slow), another was red (I also looked at this one but it wasn't in very good condition), and I don't remember the colour of the third (saw it on eBay).

They both had an "Individual" sticker (special order program) on the strut tower under the bonnet.

Unfortunately I don't know much more about this model or how many were sold, but I would welcome any further information.

This model is not the same as the later 1997 to 1999 318is Sport which had similar options but used the M44 engine and had many updates over the earlier model.

Update (19 April 2013): I just found another one of these for sale and fortunately it listed the VIN number so I could look up the original specifications (alternate website). It shows as an "Individual" model.

This one was made in March 1994 and is a shade of dark blue called Petrol Mica Metallic. It didn't have the original 16" wheels that it left the factory with.

In addition to the body kit and seats and door trims in M3 fabric, these models should also have black suede roof lining and sun visors, grab handles, etc. They should also have a 7 button OBC with outside temperature display. Wheels are officially "LM style" 16x7 with 225/50ZR16 tyres. Chrome exhaust tips are fitted and the model badge is not fitted.

Another way of identifying this model is the absense of the third brake light on the rear parcel shelf. As these cars are factory fitted with a rear spoiler the third brake light is on the spoiler instead.

Update (9 May 2013): Found another two of these for sale. One was Aqua Metallic in colour with a light grey interior and I was able to grab the photos of the original wheels and the "Individual" sticker. The other was another of the unusual dark green colour models.

Update (13 May 2013): A reader, Ben, kindly sent a copy of the brochure for these models which explains all. See my follow up post, Brochure: The 3-Series Coupe Sports Option.

BMW E36 318is sport option pack
BMW E36 318is sport option pack
BMW E36 318is sport option pack
318is Individual
318is Individual
Light coloured interior
Style 18 wheels
Individual sticker


Update (3 March 2020): Lenny in NSW owns the immaculate Alpine White 1994 318is in the following photos.

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Ben

by Ben | May 10, 2013

They also issued this package in the 328is, i have one in Cosmos Schwartz Individual, the style 18 wheels are made in Italy by Cromodora (They make wheels for Ferrari and Fiat). I have the brochure listing the options for the 318is sports models as well

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John

by John | May 10, 2013

I would love to see a scan of the brochure Ben!

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Atanas Iliev

by Atanas Iliev | March 7, 2015

Hi, John.I own a BMW 318 IS coupe produced in 1994 . I think the color is the same as you are talking about "One of the cars I saw was a unusual dark green". I also have 5 pieces 16"wheels (Style 18). On the door handles is written " BMW individual ". Inside I have half cloth/half Alcantara (like suede leather) sports seats with the same pattern as the M3 seats. If you interested I show you photos.

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John Avis

by John Avis | March 7, 2015

Hi Atanas. Is it Tannen Green? It's a great colour... Yes, I would like to see photos. Are you in Australia, or was this option available in other countries too?

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Jarrod

by Jarrod | June 9, 2015

Hi John,

I've got one in Tannen Green. I was led to believe that there were only 3 remaining in that colour - I've seen a second for sale in NSW around 06 but never a third.

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John Avis

by John Avis | June 9, 2015

I've seen two for sale too. You don't own the one with the CYF number plates, do you? Photos always appreciated.

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Jarrod

by Jarrod | June 9, 2015

No - CVK isn't me.

A few pics from nearly 10 years ago - car has been in storage for quite a while now...

http://s194.photobucket.com/user/jaz18l/media/IMG_0234_zpsgtq6gysp.jpg.html

http://s194.photobucket.com/user/jaz18l/media/Picture053edit.jpg.html

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Lenny Faitro

by Lenny Faitro | October 15, 2019

Hi, John

I own a 1994 318IS M Tech. Apline white with the tri colour suade and cloth interior.

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John

by John | October 15, 2019

Cool. That's the first one I have heard of in white.

Feel free to share some photos if you like!

I wonder how long before E36 prices go the same way as E30 prices, and models like these become collectable?

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Lenny Faitro

by Lenny Faitro | October 15, 2019

Yer its really significant compared to the newer models. In my perspective its not the individual tag but more that in America they are a special car.
How do i upload photos on here?

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