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  1. Imola Red E46 330i ZHP Slicktop (S54-Swapped)

    Imola Red E46 330i ZHP Slicktop (S54-Swapped)

    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!

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  2. S54 Powered E36 M3 on the Dyno

    As an M3 enthusiast, if you saw this particular E36 on the street, you'd probably be impressed with the condition it's in. After all, this M3 is pushing 18 years and yet it still has its glossy black paint, a clean interior and its original 17" wheels. However, nothing about this car would lead you to believe that it's hiding something special under its hood: an S54 power plant. Taken from an E46 M3, the high-revving 3.2L engine and 6-speed manual transmission have been seamlessly transplanted into this E36 for a huge increase in performance. On the dyno, this car proved it by recording a healthy 293whp, which is substantially more than the 240 crank hp of the original S50 engine! After the dyno session we had the opportunity to corner balance this M3, dialing in a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

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  3. Imola Red E46 S54 Wagon

    Here's an excellent reason why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. While station wagons are rarely considered performance cars, this particular Imola Red E46 has a special trick up its sleeve. It may have a hatchback, but underneath its deceiving exterior are the guts of an M3. Featuring the M3 engine, transmission, interior and suspension, the only things missing from this converted wagon are the badge and maybe some wider fender flares. Fitted with a set of BBS wheels, Brembo Brakes and set of coilovers, this E46 might even surpass a stock M3's handling performance. It isn't hard to imagine that this red wagon gets plenty of double takes on both the street and track.

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