There are genuine 318iS E36 cars. 199 off memory. They were built due to the homolgation rules for racing in Europe. You can go to your dealer and ask if it was listed on the original specification. Mine has a model designation deletion to signify the rarity instead of slapping an M on it. If it is not a manual, it is not worthy of the M badge (IMO). No such thing as an automatic performance car. The M42 motor is a bit gutless, but handles like a dream.