- Post is under moderationSHARK TALE FERROCIOUS M4 F82 Super aggressive 500hp Laguna Seca #BMW-F82 . This aggressive M4 is an apex predator on the streets. How do you turn an F82 M4 into a shark? You paint it blue and make it really, really angry… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Jimmy LoBiondo. #BMW-4-Series
Laguna Seca is one of those magical places that lifts the spirits of all who experience it, transcending its staid translated name of ‘dry lake’ by virtue of its swooping curves, and motorsport heritage that stretches back to the late 1950s. Even if you’ve never been there, it’s all beautifully mapped in Gran Turismo, so anyone in the world can attempt to master the near-impossible art of taking the perfect line through the fabled Corkscrew (er, provided that they have a PlayStation). It’s little surprise, then, that BMW saw fit to name one of its most lurid and boisterous paint shades after the place.
“My M4 was painted Laguna Seca blue by the factory as part of its Individual programme,” explains Bill Jordan, the owner of the aggressive masterpiece you see displayed before you. “Here in the US, the custom colour choices are $5000 options, but I think it really makes the car stand out. This was an original colour offered on the E46 M3, so it acts as a sort of tribute to that generation of M cars – to my knowledge, there are only a couple of F82 M4s and F80 M3s in this colour in the US.”
Bill’s knowledge is something to be revered too, as he’s so deep in the BMW scene it’d be hard to hoist him out without some manner of industrial winch. As his 65,000+ followers on Instagram will attest, here’s a man who knows whereof he speaks (find him at @william_jordan10 and see for yourself), and he’s got a solid collection of motors in his personal fleet to bolster his credentials: an Alpina B6, a pair of E92 M3s (one in Fire orange, another a 1-in-20 Frozen Black Edition, you may remember those from a recent #Drive-My feature), and a variety of non- BMW fare as well. There’s a Ferrari 458 Spider on the drive, a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, a Maserati GranCabrio, various Mercs… it’s safe to say that Bill’s got horsepower fever.
Far from seeking a cure for such a harrowing malady, however, Bill’s revelling in it with his new M4. This is due in large part to having shipped it, all shiny and fresh, to the eager hands and fertile minds of AUTOcouture, whose glorious gold F80 we featured last year. “AUTOcouture has done extensive builds on several of my other cars, including my E92 M3s,” Bill explains. “They are great bunch of guys, and our mutual love of the brand and modifications has formed the basis of some great friendships. After spending two years modifying my previous generation M3s, I wanted to turn my attention to a new project…”
Bill admits that it took him a while to warm to the idea of the new generation M3/M4, its twin-turbocharged straight-six being a tangible step-change from the lusty V8 of old. We hear that a lot. But you just have to be strong, push through the apprehensiveness, for there is sorcery and mystery bubbling up inside the alreadyiconic S55 motor. And it’s just waiting for the right hands to uncork the bottle and unleash the effervescent fury.
“Yeah, I was reluctant initially,” he says. “I loved the look of the new M cars, and I knew that from a performance perspective the turbo’d sixes are superior to the previous V8s, but I wasn’t keen on the sound.” Still, there are things you can easily do about the sound, aren’t there? And Bill’s mind was truly changed when he happened across a Laguna Seca blue M4 at a dealer in Ohio while he was browsing online. Three days later it was parked on his driveway, such is the allure of that beguiling dry-lake hue…
“The whole shop was excited when I rolled up at AUTOcouture in the M4,” Bill beams. “Since the model was so new, we wanted to set the bar high with the build, and we ended up benchmarking a series of firsts: the first ARMYTRIX exhaust in the US, the first diffuser combo setup, the first custom-painted seat backs, and the first set of BLK 503GTR wheels.”
Strewth. That’s a whole lot of firsts! So let’s start at the most logical point – that polarising engine. Now, these come out of the factory staring down the barrel of 425hp, the brainbox force-induced N55 receiving an extra turbo, revised intercoolers, a lighter crank and more hardcore pistons to become the rorty S55. AUTOcouture took this as a starting point and stirred some Gintani downpipes into the mix along with that unique ARMYTRIX Valvetronic exhaust, a system that allows you to change its volume thanks to internal valves controlled by a phone app or key fob, connecting wirelessly to its own OBDII module which extracts ECU data and relays it, in real time, to your phone. Seriously, this exhaust is the way forward. Couple all of that with a DME Tuning Stage 2 tune and Bill’s wallowing in a meaty 500hp. That’ll help the M4 hold its head high among its supercar stablemates. A set of KW V3 coilovers, fully adjustable for height, rebound and compression, get the Smurf-like form hunkered down over the custom-built BLKs; as Bill says, this was the first set of 503GTRs to break out into the open, and they’re a strong counterpoint to the cartoon paint with their matte brushed gunmetal finish, all the better for showcasing the Brembo GT BBK behind. “The calipers were custom finished in Laguna Seca blue by iND Distribution, a leading supplier of aftermarket BMW parts,” Bill explains. And if you think his fascination with Laguna Seca blue is spiralling into obsession, wait till you get a load of the interior…
“There’s contrasting blue stitching to set off the black leather,” he grins, a sparkle in his eye, “and the seat backs are fully custom; they’ve got EAS carbon fibre centres, with the outers being painted in Laguna Seca blue. The dash trim has also been painted to match.” And he’s not done yet. No, the bespoke ONEighty NYC headlights have Laguna Seca blue accents inside them too, and you’ll also find the colour highlighting the front splitter, the side skirts, and the boot spoiler. It’s the sort of finicky custom detail that would pass right under the radar of the average man, but for people who know their BMWs, every one of these touches is worthy of a robust highfive. This is a car built for connoisseurs.
“The custom diffuser is special,” says Bill. “It consists of a Kohlenstoff upper and Varis Racing lower diffuser – this required a fair bit of fabrication by AUTOcouture to make the two pieces from different manufacturers work together, but the result is a superaggressive rear that’s a world-first!” He’s not kidding about the aggression – have you spotted that it’s got a rain light in there too?
That’s proper race car bravado. And yes, it’s complemented by plenty of other neat carbon bits too – the front lip/splitter combo, the custom side skirts and the boot spoiler are all hiding that evocative grey weave beneath their shouty blue stripes.
All of this aesthetic chicanery has endowed Bill’s M4 with the appearance of a sort of manga shark; look at it from head on and you’ll no doubt find yourself being intimidated by the jutting, angular visage that refracts the classic sharknose frontage of the 1970s and ’80s through a modern filter, like a 635CSi that’s fallen through a wormhole and got squished on its passage through the time tunnels. The broad, dark nostrils have clearly scented blood, as the vicious headlights narrow to focus upon you, its prey. This is the point at which you pray for that carbon tail-fin to be swishing in front of your nose instead of being stared out by a razor-sharp beast of the deep blue – but of course, by the time this streamlined fish has spotted you, it’s way beyond too late. You’re no match for its sleek fusion of biting fury and sylph-like slipperiness. This is a shark that knows its way around a Californian lake, channelling the rage of generations of Laguna Seca battlers to prowl the streets in search of fresh meat.
Bill may have had his reservations about the M4, but it’s safe to say that he’s crafted something outstanding. He was right to persevere. He’d better just hope the thing doesn’t have his hand off…
DATA FILE #BMW-F82 / #BMW-M4 / #BMW-M4-F82 / #BMW
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo #S55B30T0 / #BMW-S55 / #S55 , #ARMYTRIX #Valvetronic exhaust, #Gintani downpipes, #AUTOcouture-Motoring / #DME-Tuning-Stage-2 tune, sevenspeed #M-DCT gearbox. 500hp, 575lb ft of torque
CHASSIS 9.5x20” (front) and 11x20” (rear) custom threepiece #BLK-503GTR wheels in matt brushed gunmetal with 255/35 (front) and 295/30 (rear) Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, #KW-V3 coilovers, six-pot (front) and four-pot (rear) Brembo GT BBK with 380mm Type 3 slotted discs
EXTERIOR Laguna Seca blue, #ONEighty-NYC custom headlights with Laguna Seca blue accents, carbon fibre front lip/splitter combo with Laguna Seca blue CRT accent stripes, 3D Design carbon fibre side skirts with Laguna Seca blue accent stripe, custom rear diffuser consisting of Kohlenstoff upper and Varis Racing lower, carbon fibre boot spoiler with Laguna Seca blue stripe
INTERIOR Black leather with contrasting blue stitching, #Laguna-Seca-Blue painted dash trim, #Nexon-Motors custom carbon-fibre steering wheel with perforated leather and contrasting blue stitching, Laguna Seca blue outer seat backs, EAS carbon fibre seat back centres, carbon-fibre/Alcantara DCT console trim
THANKS Tommy, Jimmy, Sam, Sean, Andre and the rest of the gang at #AutoCouture , to Nate and Andrew from iND Distribution, and to James Fleming at Classic #BMWStream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationFIRE AND ICE #2015
Not only has this owner bought himself two special edition E92 M3s that we never got in the UK, he’s then supercharged them and made them look absolutely awesome. Jealous. These E92 M3 evil twins show how even special editions can benefit from a good dose of modifying. Words: Iain Curry /// Photos: Matt Petrie
Is there anything more irritating than people with vast sums of disposable income and have no clue what to do with it? You know, the multi-millionaire lottery winner who continues living in a mouldy council flat and doing factory night shifts, or the CEO that’s in it only for the ‘challenge’ of business and still wears awful clothes and drives around in a battered old Ford despite untold wealth?
Then there’s the other extreme. The guy who spends his hard-earned in such a manner that we car enthusiasts can only nod our head, shake his hand and – somewhat enviously of course – agree we’d be doing exactly the same in their shoes. Who really needs two E92 M3s? Well, given the financial means wouldn’t you?
This brace of modified M3s belong to New Jersey’s Bill Jordan, business owner of Miraj Corporation which manufacturers and distributes aircraft replacement parts. And it seems business is good for the 47-year-old American car enthusiast. Beside the M3s in his current line-up is an Alpina B6, a Porsche 911 GT3, a Ferrari F430 Spyder, a Maserati GranCabrio, a bonkers Mercedes G63 AMG and a Mercedes CLA45 AMG, most receiving a decent dash of modifying too.
The man clearly has a passion for European exotica, and has good history with BMWs too, with an E39 540i, E38 740iL and E65 745Li in his previous inventory. But the lure of special edition M3s has stoked his fire in recent years, with the orange car a 2013 USA-only model called the Lime Rock Park Edition, and the black one a 2011 USAonly special called the Frozen Black Edition. The Lime Rock car is one of 200 built and finished in the Euro-only M3 GTS Fire orange paint, and came with the Competition Package, an Alcantara flat bottom steering wheel, a carbon leather dash, carbon body flashes and a lightweight titanium exhaust. The Frozen Black is an even scarcer one of just 20 built and came with matt black paint, Competition package, red stitching for the cabin, red brake calipers and 19” Gloss black competition wheels.
Both are special cars, but clearly not special enough for Bill. Each M3 has been treated to an extensive makeover to meet his preferences; including replacing some of the factory special components that already made these cars stand out from the rest. The results, as you can see, are two M3s with levels or extrovertness and hardcore racing style to have you drooling.
“I am a big fan of the S65 V8 engine – one of the best ever made by BMW and with that beautiful sound,” Bill said. “When I saw the Fire orange Lime Rock Park Edition I fell in love with the colour and possibilities to really take it to the extreme with all of the products available like superchargers, body kits and suspension, but still keep it a daily driver. I found the Frozen Black Edition by happy accident one night online. It only had 300 miles on it, and although I wasn’t planning on buying a second E92 M3, when I went to see it I fell in love and bought it that day. It looked menacing and had really nice red accents that I picked up for the customisation project.”
Bill’s motivation for modifying is typical, namely taking factory cars and adding his personal touches so they are unique. He said everything done on the special M3s is reversible: “We respect the factory setup but try to improve on things in terms of performance, sound and cosmetics. There’s also an enjoyment in building up these cars in such a way that they can compete with so-called supercars costing three to four times the price.”
Build work has been done by AutoCouture Motoring of Fairlawn close to Bill’s New Jersey home; a BMW specialist he says is regarded as one of the leading performance and custom shops in the USA. “The staff are real enthusiasts, and I make a point to stop by there on my way home from work to catch up on new builds, product trends and hang out with a great bunch of guys,” he said. Some custom parts are provided by AutoCouture, and the rest from another well-followed BMW specialist, Ind. Distribution.
Two tougher looking, beautifully stanced E92 M3s would be hard to find. And there’s the upping in performance to back the looks. Both cars have been given ESS superchargers, the main benefit of which is a significant boost to low end torque, as this is Bill’s only complaint of the S65 factory motor. “With the kits, rear-wheel horsepower is now 550hp and torque at 350lb ft, so essentially they have the power to run with the current generation stock M3/M4 turbo cars.”
Anyone who’s driven the F80/F82 cars knows they’re incredible weapons, but the turbo six-cylinders just don’t have the emotive roar of the previous generation V8s. So Bill’s passion for the model is perfectly understandable.
The style begins on the ’charged motors too. The manifolds are Melbourne red with silver metallic flake on the black car and Fire orange on the other, showing a theme that runs through both cars. Both feature BMW Performance seats (sourced through Europe as none were shipped to America), which Bill said are perfect for customising. True to his word, each car’s chairs have been painted the relevant hue, and the rest of the cabin follows suit.
The orange car has orange accents for everything from the stitching in the door panels to the centre console and even all the seatbelts. The black car does almost the same but with the Melbourne red colour, while both cars now have gorgeous Nexon Motors carbon fibre steering wheels.
Body-wise things get even crazier. The Lime Rock car is a stunning mix of Manhart Racing carbon body kit, a Vorsteiner GTS-V front bumper with carbon lip, DownForce USA three-piece carbon rear diffuser and BC carbon GTS wing just for starters, with tough-as-nails black and orange contrasting throughout. Mixing the styles up, the black car comes with RKP GT4 carbon front lip, #BMW Performance carbon boot spoiler, Varis Racing rear diffuser and Gintani carbon side skirts. Most of the body additions are finished in a satin/matt clear and with a Melbourne red detail where possible. The results are breathtaking: there’s little wonder that Bill and his cars are online superstars.
Now the all-important chassis. Both feature giant Brembo brake kits, hidden behind 19” BBS RI-D five-spoke rims for the orange car, and 20” Morr wheels for the black M3. The Lime Rock car is Bill’s choice for any track excursions, so it now has Öhlins Road & Track coilover suspension – Bill saying they are versatile enough to still give daily drive comfort. The Frozen Black M3, being one of 20, is just too special to risk on track, especially with that matt black paint. It now has very trick #Bilstein-B16-DampTronic electronic adjustable active suspension, allowing the driver to change settings on the fly.
This pair of brutally handsome M3s are both stunning builds. We can’t kid ourselves that it can be done cheaply of course. Both M3s are costly special editions for starters, and the custom parts and incredible attention to detail aren’t for those with shallow pockets. We can hugely respect Bill’s method of spending his money, however, as he has created aspirational halo M3s justifiably envied and loved wherever they’re seen.
Work is “pretty much” finished on these two E92 M3s, Bill said, but as you’d have guessed, there’s something else in the pipeline. A Laguna Seca blue F82 M4 is getting the full treatment at present, despite Bill’s early reservations about the turbo six’s exhaust note. We’re sure he’ll find away around this, and can’t wait to see and hear the final results.
“We respect the factory setup but try to improve on things in terms of performance, sound and cosmetics”
“When I saw the Fire orange Lime Rock Park Edition I fell in love with the colour”
TECHNICAL DATA FILE #BMW-M3-E92-Lime-Rock-Park-Edition
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION 4.0-litre V8 #S65B40 / #S65 , #ESS VT2-625 supercharger with custom painted #Fire orange manifold, #Evolve Automotive E-Tronic valved exhaust with #AutoCouture Motoring test pipes, seven-speed #M-DCT gearbox
CHASSIS 9x19” (front) and 10x19” (rear) #BBS RI-D five-spoke wheels in matt black with 245/35 (front) and 295/30 (rear) #Falken Azenis 453 tyres, #Öhlins Road & Track coilover suspension, #Dinan carbon fibre strut braces, #Brembo-GT Big Brake Kit with 380mm discs and six-piston calipers (front) and 355mm four-pistons (rear) custom finished in Fire orange
EXTERIOR Manhart Racing carbon fibre body kit including full carbon bonnet with Fire orange paint scheme and exposed carbon, carbon side skirts and fender flares, Vorsteiner GTS-V front bumper with carbon fibre lip and inserts, carbon fibre grille surrounds and side markers, OEM carbon fibre mirror covers, DownForce USA three-piece carbon rear diffuser, BC carbon fibre GTS wing and BMW painted bootlid spoiler, Fire orange body paint
INTERIOR BMW Performance Alcantara front seats custom finished with Fire orange Alcantara and painted accents, Nexon Motors carbon fibre steering wheel with Fire orange trim and custom DCT paddles, Pedal Haus custom pedals and heel plate, custom Alcantara door panels with orange diamond stitching, carbon fibre dash and door trim with Fire orange accents, Fire orange upper front/rear door trim, painted centre and rear consoles, front and rear seatbelts and rear seat inserts, orange illuminated door sills.
THANKS AutoCouture Motoring of Fairlawn NJ (for the build) and Ind. Distribution (for parts support)
TECHNICAL DATA FILE #BMW-M3-92-Frozen-Black-Edition / #BMW-M3-92 / / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-E92
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION 4.0-litre V8 #S65B40 , #ESS VT2-625 supercharger kit featuring custom Melbourne red with silver metallic flake manifold, #Innotech IPE F1 valved race exhaust, #ACM-R upgraded coolant pump and lines, seven-speed #M-DCT gearbox.
CHASSIS 9x20” (front) and 10.5x20” (rear) Morr VS54 monoforged wheels finished in a brushed dark tinted matt clear with 245/35 (front) and 275/30 (rear) #Hankook Ventus V12 tyres, #Bilstein #Bilstein-B16 #DampTronic electronic adjustable active suspension, #Brembo GT big brake kit with 380mm discs and sixpiston calipers (front) and 355mm four-pistons (rear) custom finished in Melbourne red with silver metallic flake and black chrome decals
EXTERIOR #RKP GT4 carbon fibre front lip finished with satin/matt clear and #Melbourne red CRT stripe, BMW Performance carbon fibre boot spoiler with satin/matt clear and Melbourne red #CRT stripe, #Varis-Racing upper/lower rear diffuser in satin/matt clear, #Gintani carbon fibre side skirts in satin/matt clear, #LightWerkz custom headlights with Melbourne red film, matt black paint with metallic flakes
INTERIOR #BMW-Performance seats with red stitching and Melbourne red painted seat backs, red front and rear seatbelts, carbon leather dash trim with red stitching, Melbourne red upper door trim front and rear, Nexon Motors carbon fibre steering wheel with Melbourne red accents and custom DCT paddle shifters
THANKS AutoCouture Motoring of Fairlawn NJ (for the build) and Ind. Distribution (for parts support)
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