The BMW M3 is well-known to be a do-it-all sort of vehicle, particularly the sedan variants. Whether it be by choice, economical or logistical reasons, some drivers choose to have only 1 car. The sport sedan fills in that niche well as it can be just as good on the road as it is on the track. The E90 M3 with its more-than-adequate S65 V8 is a German muscle car with four doors. When it's not being used as a grocery getter or family vehicle, one can easily remove the child seats and take it to a high performance driving event. That's exactly the kind of purpose the owner of this Space Grey car had in mind.
When the OEM never made the car you wanted, you get it made yourself. That's what the owner of these amazing custom-built E46 M3 Sedan and Touring did. These Alpine White beauties are complete conversions with S54 engines and 6-speed transmissions. To top it all off, both of these cars are slicktops as well! Truly the stuff of dreams! Which one do you prefer?
Sometimes the more special and rarer stuff makes their way into our shop. This ultra-clean 2001 Z3 M Roadster is definitely special as it's equipped with the same S54 engine out of the E46 M3. Only about 1,500 S54 M Roadsters reached North America, making it a unicorn. This particular example only has a little over 29,000 miles on the odometer, making it a museum-quality time capsule. A tell-tale trait of an S54 equipped Z3 M without looking under the hood is a gauge cluster with a light gray background.
This little white roadster was also treated to the full Dinan Stage 3 treatment, which included exhaust, intake and tune. It is also rolling on 17'' Dinan wheels made by Fiske. Just at a glance, one could tell that this M Roadster is its owner's pride and joy. If this classic ever gets sold, the next owner can definitely buy with confidence!
Another tastefully done black= M3 graces the eas blog! This time, it's a Black Sapphire F80 M3 rolling on a quality set of Volk Racing TE37 Ultras. These TE37 Ultras are specifically the M-Spec version finished in Diamond Dark Gunmetal. It's really tough to go wrong with TE37s as these proven wheels look good on almost everything. The perfectly-dialed in ride height was provided by KW Variant 3 (V3) Coilovers. To complete the look of the car, a BMW M Performance Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler is up front and a 3D Design Carbon Fiber Type 2 Rear Diffuser is on the rear. Overall, a very tastefully done build with top-quality parts!
A black car on black wheels is a staple in the enthusiast world. A black-on-black build shows nearly as much aggression as it does restraint. That's the feeling we got from this clean Individual Frozen Black F80 M3. The owner of this mean black bruiser opted to get a high quality forged wheel and ultimately chose the BBS FI-R finished in Satin Black, perfectly complementing the Frozen Black body finish. The skeletonized spoke design not only looks cool but also keep these forged wheels even lighter. This car already had carbon fiber front splitters, sideskirts, rear diffuser and trunk spoiler. The addition of the FI-Rs truly complete this car.
G'day M8! The production of the BMW M8 was a long time coming. BMW had planned an M version of the 8-series since the days of the iconic pop-up headlight E31 chassis. That planned car was going to be equipped with a 550-HP V12 and was supposed to go up against the contemporary Ferraris. But due to the economic recession of the 1990s, BMW couldn't justify a market for a red hot 8. The production of the E31 ended in 1999. BMW wouldn't revisit the 8-series nameplate until nearly 20 years later in 2018 with the G14 (8 Convertible), G15 (8 Coupe) and G16 chassis (8 Gran Coupe).
KW Coilovers are the go-to suspension upgrade for many of our customers who are upgrading either from stock or basic lowering springs. With proven motorsport pedigree, it's hard to go wrong with nay of KW's quality offerings. Their Version 3 (V3) Coilovers are an especilaly popular option due to features such as independently adjustable damping technology - rebound and compression damping.
The separate and independently adjustable rebound- and compression damping allows for an individual suspension setup for different uses and preferences. The unique patented system with its two-stage valves allows a rebound damping adjustment (comfort) and a compression adjustment (driving dynamics) in the low-speed range while the high-speed range which controls the driving safety, is fixed.
As far it is vehicle-specifically possible, the rebound damping is adjusted by a spindle at the end of the piston rod. Mainly, the traction phase (rebound) controls car body vibrations and also influences handling and comfort in the low-speed damping range. By using the traction phase adjustment, the vehicle can be adapted to the requirements of the driver. Moreover the driving behavior can be regulated from comfortably rolling to sporty and tense with improved road holding characteristics.
The compression phase adjustment is carried out at the lower end of the shock absorber via our patented multi-purpose valve. The large number of pre-set parameters of this valve allows for a wide range of adjustment for individual use. The unique low-speed compression adjustment significantly distinguishes this technology from any other. In this compression range, the driving behavior of the vehicle is drastically influenced. An increase of the damping power supports the vehicle already during compression and therefore avoids rolling and pitching. The directional stability is significantly improved.
Other features include:
- "inox-line" stainless steel technology
- Individual height adjustment
- German TUV-tested adjustment parameters
- High-quality components for long life
- Comprehensive documentation for ease of use
- Infinitely adjustable rebound damping
- 14- level adjustable compression damping
- Unique, independently functioning damping power adjustment
Being one of the top BMW shops in one of the car culture centers of the world, we have the privilege of seeing all sorts of interesting builds. Every now and then, we receive a customer who drives a car that is so exceptional, the whole shop drops what they're doing to have a look. This Imola Red E46 330i is rightfully one of those builds. The first thing we noticed that it was a "slicktop", meaning it has no sunroof. Slicktop cars were relatively rare for the E46 stateside. We then noticed the interior. This red beauty featured the front seats and steering wheel of the legendary E46 M3 CSL! The real magic was witnessed under the hood however. An immaculate S54 swap was housed in the engine bay!
The E46 M3 never had a sedan variant but this car is definitely its owner's vision of one. One might decry its lack of fender flares, but we think it a cool, low-key sleeper look. It was quite the treat to be able to admire this tastefully done build!
It's always cool to see a customer who likes do to a lot of things in one go. The owner of this lucky M4 is certainly one of those customers. They had an eye for detail and color coordination, so lots of carbon fiber and painted parts found their way into the engine bay. The white painted engine cover along with the white CSF Top Mount Dual-Pass Charge-Air-Cooler contrasts nicely with the attractive weave pattern of the carbon fiber Eventuri Intake System. It wasn't only the visuals that got love, audio came in the form of a Remus Sport Slip-On Exhaust, one of the finest sounding systems available for the S55. To finish off the engine bay, a set of Evolution Racewerks Charge Pipes, were added to provide both bling and durability.
On the exterior, BBS LM-R wheels provide the performance and racing heritage along with KW's HAS Height Adjustable Lowering Spring Sleeve-Over Kit. Dinmann carbon fiber fenders, matched to the body color also snuck their way in. A great start to a very detail-oriented build!