If you have £45,000 (approximately $63,675 at current exchange rates) to spend on a performance car, look no further than this right-hand drive BMW M3. It’s an E92 from 2011 with 40,000 miles (64,373 km) on the odometer and nigh on 500 horsepower.
Yes, this isn’t your typical second-hand M3, but a road-legal race car with plenty of bragging rights. Let’s start with the engine of this find in the British classifieds. The S65 V8 has been treated to a Pectel SQ6 ECU, a carbon air intake, and an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system. That’s how the owner squeezed more ponies from the 4-liter V8 engine.
The E92 is known for its impressive ability to carve corners, but the one Munich Legends is trying to sell is much more than that. Just to name a few of the upgrades, I’ll mention highlights such as the Nitron NTR three-way adjustable suspension, AP Racing six-pot brake calipers at the front, brake bias adjustment system, 18-inch RAYS TE37SL monoblock forged wheels, race battery, and the hydraulic handbrake.
The East Sussex-based BMW specialist mentions that it spent “a considerable amount of time” to achieve a “50:50 weight balance, primarily by moving the driver and passenger back 12 inches in the cockpit, necessitating bespoke steering column, seat mounts, center console switch panel, driver and passenger footplates, pedal box mounting, and revised gearshift and handbrake positioning.” In a world flooded by riced-up tuning jobs, this former-gen BMW M3 differs from the predictable and it doesn’t run with the pack.
I won’t bore you with the aero upgrades and the weight-saving treatment. But I can’t get my head around how this thing is 783 pounds (355 kilograms) lighter than the standard car. 500 horsepower and race car handling in a two-door coupe that weighs as much as a Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI? I can’t argue with that.