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    TWIN ’CHARGED M3s
    Double dose of supercharged E92 goodness.

    KLASSE OF #2014 / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-M3-E92 / #BMW-E92 / #BMW /

    The E92 M3 may be gone but it’s far from forgotten and this pair of supercharged examples is simply stunning.

    Since its conception, the guys behind #AUTOcouture-Motoring had one thing in mind: build the cleanest and fastest cars on the road. It is safe to say that four successful years later they have graduated at the top of their klasse. Words & photos: Matt Petrie.

    The Entwicklung chassis designation associated with the M3 has ceased existence along with its naturally aspirated engine. While there is a lot of excitement surrounding the new F8x platform and its turbocharged six-cylinder engine, not everyone is sold on the drop in displacement and the M3 being a saloon. Now that the E9x M3 is becoming more affordable, some people are discovering it for the first time while others are happy to use the high revving V8 engines a little more freely on the race track.

    Collectively owning nearly a dozen BMWs over the years (including multiple E9x M3s), Sal and Bart, the owners of these two M3s and popular #BMW tuning outfit ACM, are no strangers to the community, and as different as these cars appear to be, their respective styles flow harmoniously. Exploring many different modifications and setups, this duo struck the right chord and delivered this stunning one-two punch of power and presence.

    You may recall Sal’s first attempt at the E92 platform; a supercharged track-ready Techno violet E92 M3 that was on the cover of #Drive-My in October 2013. That E92 used to rope in 1000cc sport bikes with ease but despite how much he loved the car’s appearance and power delivery, it was still lacking the true six-speed experience. As fast as the dualclutch transmission is, while it awaits either gear up or down, the connection that one has with the car cannot be electronically reproduced on the back of the steering wheel.

    For this reason, Sal knew it was time to get back into a car with three pedals. Sal’s current squeeze, this Melbourne red M3, owns its duties as a true shop car. This car represents a perfect balance of both ‘show’ and ‘go’, and has seen its fair share of track days and car shows around the north eastern United States. Its massive Varis Japan GT wing commands immediate attention from anyone who sees it. While the wing provides functioning aero, the matching body-coloured top portion complements the exposed carbon fibre underside, slightly toning down its track edge and giving it a cleaner look for shows.



    A Vorsteiner diffuser tucks the Akrapovic exhaust tips away in the rear bumper while seamlessly playing off of the same angles that shape the Varis wing. The aggressive rear aero is equally balanced in the front by a BC GT4 front tray with moulded brake duct cooling openings. The chrome in the front of the car is replaced by BMW ‘Edition’ grilles and custom ACM blackout headlights with anthracite painted shrouds.

    Sal chose to use Öhlins R/T coilovers on his M3 because they are competitively and comfortably suitable for both street and track. Whereas this current ride height may not optimise lap times, this M3 looks fantastic slammed on top of the 18” BBS FI wheels. Aside from being one of the best track wheels on the market due to minimal weight and incredible strength, the skinny spokes clearly reveal the 380mm Brembo GT brakes in all of their glory. The Brembo GTs are optimised when bringing Sal’s 650 horsepower Gintani Stage 2.5 meth-injected supercharger system back to earth. Both on and off throttle this car sounds like a jet plane thanks to a combination of the Schmiedmann headers leading back to a Gintani cat-less X-pipe and Akrapovic titanium rear section and dual blow-off valves.

    When giving Sal’s M3 a closer look, its most distinguishing feature is undoubtedly its interior. He was not pleased with the stock interior of the car saying: “I needed something more unique; after all, the car before this was Techno violet so I couldn’t be completely satisfied with all of BMW’s factory-issued equipment.” But yet again, Sal decided to add items that were both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

    In need of something more supportive for the track, he chose Recaro Sportster CS performance seats, however he did not stop there and had them wrapped in OEM Ferrari Salerno Saddle leather. This was no simple task as Ferrari only releases its leather by VIN number. Sal pulled some strings and was able to get his hands on not only enough to wrap his seats, but to also match the doorcards, centre console, lower dash, and rear seats with the hide of the prancing horse (not literally, of course). Completing the interior is a Rogue short-shift kit with weighted F10 M5 gear knob and P3 Cars Vidi gauge in his air vent and a leather wrapped performance wheel with Salerno Saddle 12 o’clock stripe.

    Moving on to the second example of this dynamic duo, to the surprise of many, this is neither Bart’s first Coupé nor his first Alpine white M3. Indecisive with the amount of doors he wanted to accompany his S65, he switched from his first Alpine white Coupé to an Interlagos blue saloon with cloth seats. He then quickly developed a reputation as a certified wheel whore, accumulating more sets of wheels than he knew what to do with. Both cars were heavily modified, but the one missing piece to this puzzle was a supercharger. He longed for forced induction in his M3s, but never owned them long enough to fully commit to a supercharger system which AUTOcouture is so famous for installing. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that he found another low-mileage Alpine white M3 to call his own and he wasted no time modifying it to his own specifications.

    Compared to Sal’s M3, Bart’s coupé took a slightly milder approach aesthetically. Living by his motto of ‘less is more’, his execution of the perfect daily driver was just as he had imagined it. He laughs, saying: “I initially built this car in my dreams – $40,000 later, there it was exactly as I envisioned.” Once again with the continuous, revolving door of wheels, it took Bart a few selections before he found his dream set of BBS LM- Rs.

    Because a regular BBS wheel wouldn’t suffice, Bart sourced a set of Diamond black LM -Rs in Amuse fitment with more aggressive offsets. But Bart had his priorities in order; before he even considered running any set of wheels, he made sure it was properly slammed and purchased a Bilstein PSS10 coilover suspension kit and cranked it all the way down.

    The understated appearance of this car means you have to really look to spot all of the modifications that have been made to it. Custom ACM blackout headlights give this M3 a sinister look paired with the gloss black Mode Carbon GTS V1 front lip, but what many people don’t notice is the Motorsport splatter in the driver’s side headlight only. Along with the front lip, there are the Platte Forme a.g. side skirt extensions, Varis rear undertray and a Challenge Carbon Kevlar bootlid. Running the length of the entire underside is a Gintani cat-less X -pipe connected to an Innotech Performance Exhaust rear section.

    More commonly referred to as ‘iPE’, this vacuum actuated exhaust system allows Bart to go from “as quiet as stock” to straight-piped street terror at the touch of a button. Due to the vacuum actuation, this system operates immediately, setting it apart from other systems that use electronic servos and motors for their activation. The rapid response of the button ensures that when the police come looking for an absurdly loud white BMW, Bart can innocently point them in another direction.

    The supercharger of choice was the ESS Tuning VT2 -650 with a custom painted Jerez plenum, outfitted with the Motorsport stripes, off set leading down to the front of the car. Considering this is his daily, Bart decided to keep the interior modifications down to just the driving essentials. In conjunction with the supercharger, the ACM Edition P3 Cars Vidi gauge was installed just like in Sal’s car. P3’s signature is its integration of the gauge into the stock air vent. This eliminates any unnecessary attention taking away from the cleanliness of the interior. The placement allows Bart to keep an eye on all of his engine vitals, such as boost, AFR and various engine and cooling temperatures. Amongst its many other features, it also displays 0- 60 and 0-100 times for when pride is on the line with his friends. Typically electronic OEM Performance steering wheels are Alcantara, but Bart had his wrapped in black leather. An OEM Alcantara gear knob and gaiter tie in with his suede-wrapped interior trim along the dash. Bart streamlined all of his modifications both inside and out to be unique yet functional in the simplest form.

    No matter which one of these cars better suit your style, we can agree that both of them are classy and deceptive. Either M3 can be parked outside the finest five-star restaurant, or just as easily unleash their 600+ horsepower engines to dust any challenger who dares them on their way. As different as the cars appear to be, their respective styles flow harmoniously.


    Bart’s M3 wears 20” BBS LM-R wheels in Diamond black and an aggressive #Varis-Japan rear diffuser.

    TECHNICAL DATA FILE

    ENGINE & TRANSMISSION: 4.0 litre V8 #S65B40 / #S65 / #BMW-S65 , #ESS-Tuning-VT2-650 supercharger with custom painted Jerez black plenum and Motorsport stripes. #Gintani catless x-pipe, #Innotech-Performance valvetronic muffler and six-speed gearbox.

    CHASSIS: 9x20” (front) and 10x20” (rear) #BBS-LM-R wheels in Diamond black with Amuse offsets, 245/35 (front) and 275/30 (rear) Hankook Ventus V12 tyres. #Bilstein PSS10 coilovers, OE brakes, and #DEFIV differential brace.

    EXTERIOR: Custom ACM blackout headlights with Motorsport splatter (on driver’s headlight shroud only) and upgraded halo rings, Mode carbon front lip painted gloss black, Platte Forme a.g. side skirt additions, Varis Japan rear diffuser undertray, Challenge carbon Kevlar race bootlid, IND gloss black cosmetic kit – front grilles, side grilles and hood vents. OEM CF mirrors painted M5 theme by iND.

    INTERIOR: OEM Performance steering wheel wrapped in leather, OEM Short Shift Performance knob and Alcantara boot, suede interior trim, P3 Cars/ACM Edition Vidi gauge.

    THANKS: My wife and the entire crew at ACM

    DATA FILE
    ENGINE & TRANSMISSION: 4.0-litre #V8 S65B40 , #Gintani-Stage-2.5 supercharger kit with meth injection, #Schmiedmann headers, #Gintani Race X-pipe, and #Akrapovic titanium slip-on exhaust, six-speed manual transmission with #Rogue-Engineering short shift kit.

    CHASSIS: 9.5x18” (front) and 10.5x18” (rear) #BBS FI anthracite wheels with 265/35 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres (front) and 275/35 Toyo R888 tyres (rear). #Öhlins R/T coilovers and #Brembo-380GT big brake kit.

    EXTERIOR: BC GT4 carbon fibre front lip, custom ACM blackout headlights with anthracite shrouds and upgraded halo rings, BMW ‘Edition’ front and side grilles, moulded front reflectors, #Vorsteiner-GTS-V rear diffuser, #Varis-Japan-GT wing.

    INTERIOR: Full OEM Ferrari Salerno Saddle leather Recaro Sportster CS seats, doorcards, lower dash panels, centre console, rear seats, leather-wrapped Performance steering wheel with Salerno Saddle 12 o’clock stripe, P3 Cars/ACM Edition Vidi gauge, F10 M5 gear knob.

    THANKS: My wife, my staff at ACM, Brutus, Eric at Yorktowne, Alex and Arno at Gintani, Ben and Mark at Rogue Engineering, Lucille the ‘BBS Queen’ at Sander Performance, Sam at United Collision, Alex at ESH Upholstery, Andrew at iND, Fation at Enthusiast Details.

    Sal’s not been shy with his E92 M3, opting for a Varis Japan GT wing and #Vorsteiner GTS-V rear diffuser.

    I initially built this car in my dreams – $40,000 later there it was, exactly as I envisioned.
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