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With the release of the new BMW M2, enthusiasts are unsure of what the car is really capable of. Sure, there are videos out there comparing the car to the M4 like on Motortrend’s YouTube channel, but there is no comparison between watching a video and actually driving the car. Recently we had a build come to EAS that just might be equal if not better than the M2!
Having previously worked on his E90 M3 and F06 M6, this devoted M enthusiast returned to our facility with his newly acquired E30 M3. Like most cars that are approaching 30 years old, this 1987 Alpine White M3 was in need of some maintenance and restoration, but we weren't going to stop there. During the time E30 spent with us, we attacked every corner of the car to create a clean, high performance daily driver.
The first order of business for this M3 was improving the S14 motor. A VAC 2.5L stroker kit, carbon fiber intake system, custom stainless steel exhaust and a custom tune gave this naturally aspirated 4-cylinder some additional power. Next we focused on the suspension, where we installed a new set of coilovers, camber plates, polyurethane bushings and front/rear anti roll bars. Hidden behind the gold HRE 501 Vintage Series 3-piece wheels, a front Brembo big brake kit, rear cross-drilled rotors and stainless steel brake lines provide massive braking performance improvements.
The complete interior along with a pair Recaro Speed seats were stripped and re-upholstered in a beautiful brown leather/suede combo by Top Stitch. A new dash cluster, steering wheel, shift knob, short shift kit and an Awron DGA vent gauge give this E30 the tactile sensation of a brand new car. For the exterior, we installed a carbon fiber front splitter, a carbon fiber rear wing, new HID headlights, matte black kidney grilles and various new trim pieces add the finishing touches to this first generation M3.
While it may not be nearly as fast or high-tech as the other M cars in this owner's collection, this is the M3 that started it all. We're usually working on brand new BMWs day in, day out, so its actually a treat for us to dive into one of these legends. Take a moment to look over these photos and enjoy!
Posted: July 18, 2014||
Most of our customers modify their cars in multiple stages, having us install one or two parts during each visit. Others, like the owner of this Frozen White wrapped E90 M3, want everything done in one fell swoop. So many components of this 2008 M3 have been replaced or upgraded that it's essentially a brand new car. It really did get the works.