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    With the weather finally improving, now is the time to start getting excited about show season. I can’t wait to see what this year’s shows will bring as there are always some amazing new builds that are revealed to the world and existing builds that have had a makeover for the new year. Having said that, it’s equally nice to admire some of your favourite cars that haven’t been touched; not everyone has the time, money or inclination to just keep modding. We always say that a project is never truly finished but, sometimes, it really is and then all that’s left is to just enjoy it and let everyone else enjoy it too.

    / #BMW-E39 / #BMW-M5 #BMW-M5-E39 / #BMW-M5-Supercharged-E39 / #BMW-M5-Supercharged / #BMW-5-Series-M5-E39 / #BMW-5-Series-E39 / #BMW /

    After last month’s 20th anniversary celebrations it’s now time to crack on with taking #PBMW into the future and I’d like to think our July issue is the perfect way to get on with creating a new modified BMW legacy for future generations to look back on and enjoy. Our fully-custom #BMW-E39 / #BMW-M5 cover car is an absolute beast of a machine, easily up there with some of the wildest and most incredible feature cars that have ever graced these hallowed pages. This awesome M5 is making a seriously healthy 560hp courtesy of an #ESS supercharger kit, has been fitted with a custom metal wide-arch kit, a stunning set of custom forged splits, massive brakes and quite possibly one of the most incredible interiors we’ve ever seen. It is the consummate show car, a build of epic proportions and we guarantee it’s going to take your breath away. We’ve also got a selection of awesome additional feature cars for you to enjoy, like a fast and furious Fashion grey F80 M3, an absolutely stunning 2.8 M20 stroker E30 running ITBs, a ferocious, 480hp supercharged Z3 M Coupé and a slick SR20-swapped drift E30 plus we’ve got a 3 Series guide, an S62 engine guide, show reports and loads more.

    Next month it’s the power issue and our Summer edition of the mag will be absolutely crammed full of some incredible big-power builds that will rock your world. It’s going to be awesome and I genuinely can’t wait; see you then!
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    So that’s that, another year all but done and another year of PBMW all wrapped up. Depending on where in the world you are, you may be reading this towards the beginning of December or possibly the end but everyone, everywhere should be getting their PBMW fix this side of Christmas and the New Year.

    As far as #PBMW is concerned, wow, it’s been a hell of a year. The January 2018 issue means it’s time for Car of the Year and that means we get to go back through the past 13 issues in order to choose our favourite feature cars for you to vote for. It’s always nice to be able to sit down and take a look back at all the feature cars from the past year and there have been some amazing builds. Picking just 26 of the best out of over 100 cars was no easy task but you can find this year’s contenders starting on. We also decided to bring you some of our personal highlights from the past 12 months and so, starting on, you’ll find a visual feast that takes in our most powerful feature cars of 2017, most spectacular engine bays and our favourite wheels. It’s a fun way to enjoy the sheer diversity of the modded #BMW scene and to appreciate just how much work and effort has gone into some of these builds.

    This issue we’ve got some awesome stuff for you, naturally, with a stunning S54-swapped #BMW-E30 Cab on the cover, mighty supercharged #BMW-E46 M3 from Oz, one of the coolest-looking 3 Series Tourings about, a wild M2 from Japan, an awesome camowrapped M6 Gran Coupé and so much more. Hopefully that lot should get you through the holidays!

    Looking ahead to 2018, our February issue is really something worth getting excited about as we’re bringing you one of the hottest stars of SEMA, the absolutely incredible S52-swapped turbo CSL tribute that you’ve no doubt seen. It’s an astonishing machine and we can’t wait to bring it to you in all its wide-body glory. All that’s left for me to do is to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year and we’ll see you in #2018 !
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    FIRST WORDS
    First things first, we begin this issue with an announcement: we have new bosses as PBMW now belongs to Kelsey Media Ltd, whereas before we were owned by Unity Media Plc. Obviously what you’re interested in is how this affects you, and it’s all good news. Most importantly, #PBMW isn’t going anywhere so you’re still going to get your regular modified BMW fix, no worries there, and while both cover and subscription prices have been adjusted you’re now getting 13 issues a year rather than 12, as the magazine will now be on sale every four weeks rather than once a month. This means even more modified #BMW goodness to wrap your reading gear around throughout the year. No complaints then!

    Hopefully January didn’t drag you down too far and you’re on the up, getting excited about the prospect of warmer weather and hitting the shows. Got exciting new plans? New wheels? New paint? Ready to go or still planning? Whatever your situation, we can’t wait to see what’s new on the BMW scene once show season kicks off.

    As for the right now, you’ve got the March issue in your hands to put a smile on your face and it’s packed full of awesomeness. Where to begin? How about with our cover car? Griot’s-Motors rocked SEMA with its insane E30 Touring and now it’s here to rock your world. This two-door, #V8-powered , M3-bodied machine is unlike anything we’ve ever seen and it’s an incredible build from top to bottom. We’ve also got 2M Autowerks’ awesome E46, which started out life as a 330Ci but now boasts a custom metal wide-body rear end, sits on HRE splits and then there’s the small matter of that S54 swap. Closer to home there’s an insane, #BMW-S62 #V8-swapped E34 drift beast, a wild 476hp 135i, and a super-clean E36 Touring for you to enjoy, plus our Car of the Year results!

    In fact, there’s so much to enjoy that we should stop wasting time with idle chat and let you get on with reading the issue. We’ll see you next month.

    Griotʼs-Motors two-door #BMW-E30 / #BMW-V8 / #BMW-Touring / #BMW-E30 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-E30 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E30 / #BMW / #Griot's-Garage / #BMW-E30-Griotʼs-Motors / #BMW-Touring-2-door / #BMW-E30-M60 / #BMW-E30-V8 / #Getrag / #HRE /
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    Well that was another Christmas and I hope you had a good one, opened presents, had a family argument (#standard), ate and drank your fill, and perhaps are now trying to counteract the guilt with a series of hastily hashed together resolutions. My advice: don’t bother. Just keep eating, it’ll be fine. Probably. And so now we stand at the edge of the precipice of the unknown that is #2017 . You can guarantee that the next 12 months will flash past in the blink of an eye but, if you break it down, 12 months is actually a pretty long time and anything can happen. Nothing to do but close your eyes, leap off the edge and hope for the best.

    One thing you don’t have to hope for is 12 issues of PBMW delivering a heap of modified BMW goodness every month, because that’s what we do. And we can tell you straight up that #2017 is shaping up to be a cracking year, with some awesome and seriously exciting feature cars lined-up. If you like your BMWs modified, you’re going to love the next 12 months of #PBMW / #BMW / #BMW-E24 / #BMW-6-Series / #BMW-6-Series-E24 / .

    But we’re getting ahead of ourselves; what about this issue that you’re holding in your hands right now? Well, our cover star is a car that’s been doing the rounds at the UK shows all through 2016 and has never failed to impress or draw a crowd wherever it’s appeared. It’s certainly not the purest or most original E24 about but it’s most definitely one of the most dramatic. It’s not a car you’ll forget in a hurry. We’ve also got a couple of killer builds from the States that you’ll no doubt be familiar with but which are so awesome we couldn’t not feature them – namely Carl Taylor’s wild green machine and Stan Chen’s F31 Touring and classic motorbike combo. We’ve also managed to cram in a pair of incredible Art Car replicas, a ferocious turbo E36, and a stunning blue E92 from the UK. And that’s just scratching the surface!

    So, sit back and worry about the only resolution you need to make for 2017: that you will read every issue of PBMW this year! We’ll see you next month.
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    LOU’S #BMW-E92 / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-M3-E92 / #BMW

    As I mentioned in part one of this report (see last month’s issue of #PBMW ), I was intrigued as to whether an aftermarket exhaust would increase power. #BMSport , who fitted the system, recommended that I use remap specialist Sanspeed to have the car dyno’d, first with the stock system and then with the aftermarket system. So, that’s exactly what I did.

    Having read a few articles that reported a two to three per cent improvement with an Eisenmann system, it was a little disappointing to see power drop by 0.2hp to 382.5hp. However, given the Eisenmann tips are a little bigger than the standard ones and when a vehicle is tested on a dyno there can be significant variations from test to test without any change to the engine, I guess it didn’t come as a total surprise.

    To that end a manufacturer will probably take the worst run from their before tests and their best from after tests in order to show the biggest gain. This means exhaust system performance estimates are always very generous. It’s also worth bearing in mind that power gains with bolton parts are limited as every modern engine comes with an array of sensors and an engine management computer, which is programmed to keep your engine running the way the car maker designed it to. If you change things, even just a little bit, the engine computer compensates to bring the system back to the design specification. I’ve also since been told by #Eisenmann that the exhaust internals take time to settle in (around 1000 miles) before this type of highly-engineered muffler reaches its full flow rate so it’s quite normal to see less power when the unit is brandnew.

    To that end, it’ll be interesting to see the results if I get it on Sanspeed’s rolling road again. I think the lesson to be learnt here is that an exhaust by itself won’t ever add a lot of power, but that wasn’t my objective. I opted for an aftermarket system as I wanted a sportier exhaust note, and that’s exactly what I’ve now got. It now sounds like it’s got a V8 under the bonnet and it no longer disappoints when you go through tunnels with the windows down. The only negatives are that on start-up it’s really deep and throaty (much to the annoyance of my neighbours at 5am) and cruising around 2000-2300rpm I get some drone, which I had prepared myself for anyway. Other than that, though, it’s perfect. It really sings under heavy acceleration and, more importantly, it’s not too loud for every day driving.

    The Eisenmann Performance connecting pipes and rear muffler are not the cheapest on the market but when you’re competing with BMW’s own M department you don’t want to scrimp on quality. All Eisenmann systems are hand-crafted, constructed from 100% stainless steel and use the latest in computer aided design as well as lab analysis and testing. Despite having only been established since 1988 Eisenmann is the OE supplier to Porsche AG, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes McLaren, Rieger Tuning GmbH and MST Wiesmann GmbH, which speaks volumes. So, there you go, the Eisenmann exhaust is staying on the car! Next on the list is an intake and possibly custom remap…


    BMSport had the system installed in about a half an hour, using Eisenmann’s new connecting pipes.

    E92 M3 on Sanspeed’s Dyno Dynamics dyno with the new system fitted.

    PRICE Sanspeed before and after dyno run: £100 Eisenmann connecting pipes and rear muffler: £2075.91

    Mention PBMW when ordering your Eisenmann exhaust and receive 15% off your order until Friday 30 December 2016!


    THANKS AND CONTACT
    CA Technologies International / 01202 822792 / www.ca-int.co.uk
    Sanspeed 020 8303 4314 / www.sanspeed.co.uk
    Eisenmann UK / www.eisenmann.co.uk
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    EXCESSIVE FORCE

    Utterly insane twin-supercharged V10 1 Series will rock your world

    Twin-supercharged V10 1 Series

    Does a 1 Series need a V10? No. Does it also need twin supercharges? No. This 1 Series has both those things. Deal with it. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Speedyshots.

    We’ve had some pretty wild 1 Series feature cars in #PBMW over the past 12 months but we figured we’d save the best for last and go out with a bang, this being the final issue of 2016 and all. And bangs don’t come much bigger than a twin-supercharged V10 1 Series. Merry Christmas everybody. In south eastern Germany, a couple of hours drive out of Munich, lies the small town of Geiselhöring. There’s a railway station, timber yard, a pizzeria, and a supermarket; it takes a few minutes to drive from one end of town through to the other and out into the German countryside. It’s a pretty town with some lovely old architecture and you might catch a glimpse of it through your car window as you drive through Geiselhöring on your way to somewhere else. But this unassuming German town has a secret. I know this because, years ago, I travelled there for a festival of E30 M3s and discovered the secret for myself.

    Once upon a time, many, many years ago, a man named Karl Jungmayer, a man with passion for cars, for racing and especially for BMWs, established a #BMW garage which quickly gained a reputation for excellent service and superior BMW know-how. In time his son, Karl Junior, joined the family business and then his son, also named Karl, followed in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather and became part of the family’s rich BMW history and tradition. For a time, all three generations of Jungmayers, three men named Karl, were able to enjoy their love for BMW together, with Karl Sr. having amassed a spectacular collection of classic BMWs over the years and Karl Jr. adding to it with a burgeoning collection of his own. Sadly, time did what it does and Karl Sr. passed away a few years ago and, tragically, earlier in 2016, Karl Jr. lost his father after a long battle with illness. At 25 he is now the owner of his own workshop, a huge responsibility at a young age, but he also just so happens to be a BMW Master Technician. One glance at the cars he’s built for himself tells you this is a man who not only lives and breaths BMW but who also has the serious technical expertise to build a car as spectacular and utterly unhinged as this 1 Series.

    “I had a plan,” says Karl as we try to work out in what universe building this car seemed like a reasonable thing to do. “I wanted to take the smallest car from BMW, the 1 Series, and fit it with the biggest engine, the legendary S85 V10.” Simple. That would really be enough for most people, and we could wrap up the feature right about here, but for Karl that was just the tip of a very large V10-powered iceberg. “We made this little monster,” he says, gesturing at the five-door E87 1 Series that was chosen for the transplant, “but with 507hp it was not enough.” Sorry, we have to just pause there for a moment. 507hp really is enough. It was enough in the E60 M5. It was enough in the E63 M6. And it would have most definitely been enough in a small, light 1 Series hatchback. But we’re clearly in the wrong, here. So, if 507hp isn’t enough, what do you do about it? “When I saw the #G-Power-Bi-Kompressor kit I knew I needed it,” grins Karl. Yeah, that’ll do it. What you have to realise is that we’ve skipped over the six months’ worth of weekends that it took to fit the V10 into what started life as a 120d, with an absolutely vast amount of work required to make it fit. All that work was carried out under Karl’s company, #KJ-Performance . Karl says that the steering, sump, exhaust manifolds and drive belts all had to be modified, along with a lot more besides. Be under no illusion that this was anything less than a Herculean engineering task. You have to take our word for it that there’s even a V10 in the engine bay because you can’t actually see it. Bonnet off, it’s all about the superchargers. Supercharges. Two superchargers. They’re not small, either; a pair of ASA T1-313s, each one measuring over 20cm in diameter and weighing 5.5kg, each one rated up to 420hp. These are serious pieces of kit and they dominate the engine bay. And then there’s the massive chargecooler setup mounted on top of the engine and the stuff you can’t see, like the uprated injectors and completely custom exhaust system. And, of course, you can’t fit an S85 V10 with just any old gearbox, the two choices being the ZF Type G six-speed manual, as available in the US and Canada, or the seven-speed SMG III. Here Karl has opted for the latter, with SMG not only being better suited to the S85 but it’s also a far more impressive technical achievement to see this transmission mounted in a 1 Series.

    Strapping two superchargers to a V10 and then stuffing it all under the bonnet of a 1 Series is all well and good but what you’ve got now is a 120d with hundreds of horsepower that it was never designed to deal with in the first place. You need to get your chassis and transmission well and truly sorted or you’re going to have a pretty bad time. So, what did Karl do? Well you may or may not have noticed that the front and rear arches of this 1 Series are ever so slightly wider than on an ordinary 120d, 1cm at the front and 2.5cm at the rear, and that’s because the car’s been fitted with the front and rear axles from an E92 M3, brakes, suspension, the lot, along with an uprated front anti-roll bar, which means this 1 Series now has a fighting chance when trying to cope with the vast amounts of power and torque being churned out by the engine.

    Of course, building a monstrously powerful 1 Series doesn’t have to be all business and ensuring that a car like this looks as good as it goes is just as important as what’s under the bonnet. Karl’s definitely kept things subtle on the styling front, hinting that there’s something going on beneath the surface of this 1 Series but without shouting about what it’s capable of.

    The more aggressive front bumper is from an E82 135i Coupé, enhanced with the addition of a carbon fibre splitter. At the rear the roof spoiler comes from BMW’s aero kit and the single tailpipe definitely isn’t giving the game away. The only exterior modifications that let you know that this 1 Series is not to be messed with are the V10 badges beneath the side repeaters and the holes in the bonnet which have been covered with mesh and which sit right above each of the superchargers, helping to keep them cool. The wheels are #BBS-CH -Rs, 8x19” up front and 9.5x19” at the rear, and they look really good on the 1 Series, both in terms of style and size.

    The interior hasn’t been forgotten about and there’s plenty to get excited about here. Clearly not content with fitting M3 axles, Karl decided to fit the front seats from an E90 M3, along with a DCT steering wheel, the paddles ready to be integrated with the SMG gearbox. The SMG gear selector looks like it could have been factory-fitted while the iDrive now allows Karl to configure the SMG’s shift programme and the engine’s power mode, while the instruments are a custom combination of 120d and E92 M3 elements, with the gear selection displayed in the middle of the cluster.

    This 1 Series is an absolute masterpiece of engineering and an incredible achievement. The engine swap alone is mind-boggling and that’s before you factor in the superchargers and making it all work, and the SMG, and the M3 underpinnings. It’s a mesmerising machine and one that delivers on every level. No aspect of the car has been overlooked; it’s a performance #BMW through and through. Of course, it comes as no surprise to learn that a man who deemed a 507hp V10 to be insufficient for his 1 Series project is still not satisfied. “We need a new exhaust system for more power and we need more boost,” he says. Seriously!

    Engine bay is dominated by the twin chargecoolers, with the V10 somewhere beneath them, and those massive twin superchargers.

    DATA FILE #Twin-supercharged-V10 / #BMW-E87 / #BMW-1-Series / #BMW-1-Series-E87 / #BMW / #BMW-1-Series-V10 / #BMW-E87-V10 / #G-Power / #SMG / #BBS

    ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 5.0-litre #V10 #S85B50 / #S85 / #BMW-S85 , modified steering, sump, exhaust manifolds, drive belts, #G-Power-SK-III-RS-Bi-Kompressor kit with twin #ASA-T1-313 superchargers and twin chargecoolers, M550d intercooler, uprated injectors, custom exhaust system with single tailpipe, seven-speed #SMG-III gearbox

    POWER 750hp, 530lb ft of torque

    CHASSIS 8x19” ET40 (front) and 9.5x19” ET35 (rear) #BBS-CH-R wheels with 225/35 (front) and 255/30 (rear) Continental ContiSportContact 5P tyres, complete axles with brakes and suspension from E92 M3 (front and rear), uprated front anti-roll bar

    EXTERIOR E82 #BMW-135i / front bumper, carbon front splitter, custom vented bonnet with mesh inserts, BMW aero kit rear spoiler, arches widened by 1cm (front) and 2.5cm (rear)

    INTERIOR E90 M3 front seats and DCT steering wheel, SMG gear selector, custom instrument cluster

    “I wanted to take the smallest car from BMW and fit it with the largest engine”

    Dash is a mix of 120d and E92 M3, while iDrive display allows configuration of engine and transmission

    “We made this little monster…but 507hp was not enough”
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    So, that was #2016 . I can’t believe another year is almost over. This one really seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. Was it good for you? I really hope so and, if not, onwards to bigger and better things in 2017. It certainly felt like a good year here on PBMW ; we’ve had some wild builds gracing these pages over the past 12 months, some outrageously powerful cover cars, a couple of outrageous covers, and we also celebrated 200 issues of PBMW with a special edition. Overall it’s been a pretty good year.

    With 12 months’ worth of fabulous feature cars behind us it’s now Car of the Year time once more. We’ve done the hard part, picking just 26 finalists from over 100 feature cars. All you now have to do is head on over to, take a look at the contenders and then go online and pick your top three. You get to decide what’s crowned Car of the Year 2016 and you also get the chance to win one of three subscriptions.

    As it’s our last issue of the year we thought we’d go out with a bang, and they don’t come much bigger than the twin-supercharged #V10-swapped #BMW-1-Series-V10 on our cover. Seriously, this car is absolutely unhinged, in the best possible way, and is an awesome engineering accomplishment, not to mention eye-wateringly powerful and insanely fast. It’s the sort of feature car we love because it comes about from someone having a frankly ridiculous idea and not letting common sense or doubt get in the way of making it happen. The end result really speaks for itself. We’ve also got some stunning UK cars, like the seriously muscular 1M-kitted #BMW-135i on and the absolutely gorgeous E34 540i over on, plus a seriously cool 2002 and classic #BMW bike combo the likes of which you’ll never have seen before, and two absolutely awesome M3s. And that’s just scratching the surface…

    So, sit back and relax with your festive, end-of- year edition of #PBMW . All that’s left for me to do is wish those of you who celebrate it a very merry Christmas, those of you who don’t happy holidays, and everyone a very happy New Year. See you all in #2017 for another year of awesome modified BMWs!
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    / #Gravity-2016 / #Gravity

    With a great location and a fantastic turn-out, the first Gravity show was one of the most impressive inaugural events we’ve seen. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Matt Dear.

    First shows are always a slightly nerve-wracking affair but even juggernauts like Players had to start somewhere and by doing all the right things the chances of your inaugural event being a great success are much improved. It’s safe to say that SlammedUK definitely did all the right things because the group’s first event, Gravity, held in Coventry got a whole load of love from everyone that attended.

    The turn-out was not only impressive in terms of numbers but also variety and while German machinery dominated, the show was open to all and as a result there was a good mix of modded cars in attendance. Gravity offered a combination of indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, which was definitely a good combo, and with great weather it didn’t matter if your car spent the day inside or outside, it was guaranteed to look good either way.

    It goes without saying that the multitude of #BMW s present on the day looked exceedingly good and there was a fantastic mix of Bavarian machinery with something for everyone to enjoy. Steve Foxall’s fabulous #M50 #turbo E30, which you can read about on p40, was there along with Lala Miah’s awesome bagged E24 635CSi on its custom Throwing Star splits. Dan Taylor had brought along his air-ride E46 M3 on custom #BBS RSIIs and sporting ultra-sexy carbon front wings. Edward Johnston’s wild, big winged E36 Touring was also there and it has not lost any of its visual impact since we first saw it. Am Singh was also in attendance with his ex- #PBMW feature car bad boy bagged X5 on Brada splits, and Sumil Pancholi’s beautiful black E39, another ex-PBMW feature car, was also on show parked alongside Shaun Grazette’s E92 on Blitz Technospeed Z1s, the pair showing off matching red headlights. We also loved Kaz Singh’s bagged E39 on Rotiform LHRs and Charlie Evans’ static E28 on Schnitzer Type 1 Racing wheels.

    Judging by the quality of cars on show and the attendance, the SlammedUK team should be incredibly pleased with how the inaugural Gravity show turned out. This is one show you definitely don’t want to miss out on in 2017.

    Steve Foxall’s mighty #BMW-M50 #turbo-powered #BMW-E30 , which you can read about.

    Kaz Singh’s very tidy bagged #BMW-E39 on #Rotiform LHRs.

    Am Singh’s tough-looking bagged and ICE’d #BMW-X5 .

    Edward Johnston’s #BMW-E36 / #BMW-M3 Touring has lost none of its impact.

    Dan Taylor’s slick #BMW-E46 / #BMW-M3-E46 .
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    / #Gravity-2016 / #Gravity

    With a great location and a fantastic turn-out, the first Gravity show was one of the most impressive inaugural events we’ve seen. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: #Matt-Dear . #2016

    First shows are always a slightly nerve-wracking affair but even juggernauts like Players had to start somewhere and by doing all the right things the chances of your inaugural event being a great success are much improved. It’s safe to say that #SlammedUK definitely did all the right things because the group’s first event, Gravity, held in Coventry got a whole load of love from everyone that attended.

    The turn-out was not only impressive in terms of numbers but also variety and while German machinery dominated, the show was open to all and as a result there was a good mix of modded cars in attendance. Gravity offered a combination of indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, which was definitely a good combo, and with great weather it didn’t matter if your car spent the day inside or outside, it was guaranteed to look good either way.

    It goes without saying that the multitude of #BMW s present on the day looked exceedingly good and there was a fantastic mix of Bavarian machinery with something for everyone to enjoy. Steve Foxall’s fabulous M50 turbo E30, which you can read about on p40, was there along with Lala Miah’s awesome bagged E24 635CSi on its custom Throwing Star splits. Dan Taylor had brought along his air-ride E46 M3 on custom #BBS RSIIs and sporting ultra-sexy carbon front wings. Edward Johnston’s wild, big winged E36 Touring was also there and it has not lost any of its visual impact since we first saw it. Am Singh was also in attendance with his ex-PBMW feature car bad boy bagged X5 on Brada splits, and Sumil Pancholi’s beautiful black E39, another ex- #PBMW feature car, was also on show parked alongside Shaun Grazette’s E92 on Blitz Technospeed Z1s, the pair showing off matching red headlights. We also loved Kaz Singh’s bagged E39 on Rotiform LHRs and Charlie Evans’ static E28 on Schnitzer Type 1 Racing wheels.

    Judging by the quality of cars on show and the attendance, the SlammedUK team should be incredibly pleased with how the inaugural Gravity show turned out. This is one show you definitely don’t want to miss out on in 2017.

    Steve Foxall’s mighty #BMW-M50 #turbo-powered #BMW-E30 , which you can read about.
    Kaz Singh’s very tidy bagged #BMW-E39 on #Rotiform LHRs.
    Am Singh’s tough-looking bagged and ICE’d #BMW-X5 .
    Edward Johnston’s #BMW-E36 / #BMW-M3 Touring has lost none of its impact.
    Dan Taylor’s slick #BMW-E46 / #BMW-M3-E46 .

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    LOU’S E92 M3 / #BMW-E92 / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-M3-E92 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-E92 / #BMW-3-Series-M3 / #BMW-3-Series-M3-E92 / #BMW-3-Series-Coupe / #BMW-3-Series-Coupe-E92

    The E9x M3 models are very special indeed – the #BMW-S65 / #S65 4.0-litre #V8 under the bonnet is not only derived from the legendary V10 found in the E60 M5, but it’s also the only V8 ever fitted to an M3 and it’s the last naturally aspirated engine to go out of production at BMW. That alone, means this generation of M3 has a good possibility of becoming a highly desired classic.


    Despite the fact refuelling is a constant occurrence, the V8 in itself is reason enough for any true #BMW fan to buy an E92 M3. It revs up to 8250rpm and the throttle response is instantaneous. But there’s just one drawback. In my opinion it is way too quiet for a V8 – go through a tunnel, windows down and throttle pinned, and it is a bit disappointing. There was only one solution to that: upgrade the exhaust. There’s always the worry that it’s going to be too loud – like the system that ex- #PBMW editor Iain Curry fitted to his E30 320iS. It used to set off car alarms and that is not cool. So, I did a lot of research to see all the options available to me before making my decision.

    I whiled away hours checking out various compilation videos on YouTube from the likes of #Quicksilver , #Remus , #Eisenmann , #Milltek and #Akrapovic , and scouring forums to see what fellow M3 owners were recommending. As it’s used for the daily commute and at weekends, I wanted it to be fairly civilised, and eventually decided on #Eisenmann , which is responsible for designing the OEM systems on Porsche and AMG cars, and builds its exhausts by hand.

    Via Eisenmann’s UK agent CA Technologies, I ordered its back box and connecting pipes, which allow you to install an aftermarket system without the need to cut the OEM piping. All I had to do was decide on what tips and sound level I wanted. MD Roy Carvalho said that around 80% of M3 owners opt for Race over Sport, and although it’s 20db louder when the car is on the move I decided to take the chance, together with 83mm round perforated tips.

    I was intrigued as to whether fitting an aftermarket exhaust would improve performance so before I handed the car over to #BMSport to install the system I put it on a rolling road. The end result showed 300lb ft of torque, which is five more than the book figure, but sadly it was over 37hp under what BMW quotes, at 382.7hp. However, when you take into account that grade of fuel, tyre pressures and atmospheric conditions can influence test accuracy, a loss of around 9% isn’t actually that bad. Tune in next month to see if it made more power and what I think of the new exhaust note.
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