An M3 Singing A Different Tune

Earlier in the week fellow Speedhunter Jeroen Willemsen passed me an email with a link showing some photos of a rather mean looking E46 M3 out of the UK. Jeroen had actually been tipped off the car by Mike from Fluid Motor Union, and we figured this aggressive looking BMW was worth a share.

It’s not the most extreme M3 out there, but the car has a certain appeal that’s hard to deny. You may look at the slammed ride height and think “stance car”, but to me it also recalls the spirit of touring cars from 1990s and early 2000s.

The wheel choice also helps to give the M3 that touring car look. They are Azev Type As, 17×8.5 in the front and 18×10 in the rear. There aren’t many cars that can pull off the staggered diameter look, but this appears to be one that can.

Power wise, the car is mostly stock save for a custom exhaust system and the gleaming set of velocity stacks that were provided by Fluid Motor Union. I’m just gonna go ahead and assume it sounds magnificent.

The competition-inspired feel continues to the interior where you’ll find a suede OMP steering wheel and an AKG Motorsport stage 2 shifter.

The seats are Bride Zetas with custom sidemounts for maximum low positioning.

Even in factory trim the E46 M3 is a solid car, and with some unique modifications in all the right areas this one has come together quite well.

Thanks to Mike from Fluid MotorUnion for sending us the photos, which were shot by Bridle Photography.

If you have a cool car or build story that you think is worthy of being featured on Speedhunters, drop us a line at featurethis@dev.speedhunters.com . Please make sure to include your name and location, as well as some basic details and specs, along with at least 5-10 photographs. Photos should be no less than 800 pixels wide and in .JPG format.

-Mike

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30 comments
teddy b
teddy b

looks cool. tbh though only got respect for it if its used hard, would love to see pics/vids of that as it looks like a 'fake' track car to me

RBZ
RBZ

Only one way this post + all of the gatebil posts could have been improved, by posting videos along with them.

 

So many of these cars I would love to hear and see driving actually.  However, I'm only left to guess at how brutily awesome this car sounds. 

super_mut
super_mut

Love it, SpeedHunters should consider moderating what people post on the bottom.  Too many children voicing their immature opinions.  Different strokes for different folks.

e21Mark
e21Mark

Play nice people. Nothing wrong with different opinions but no need to flame one another. 

M3e30
M3e30

Too much camber on rear. Not enough camber on front. Seats too low and too much of a stretch to the steering wheel.

 @manekineko  You're talking rubbish. The function is ruined with this look. Nice components but poorly executed. Obviously e21mark & e36matt actually know what goes into making a car handle. Might ''look fast'' to you, but it won't be,

Option86
Option86

This is pretty much what I wanted to do with my car. Almost exactly. This M3 is sssick!

MychalYbarra
MychalYbarra

I agree with anon, a tad short, and wouldve loved to see the bay from different angles

Anon
Anon

So disappointed... This is not at the level of car craftsmanship I expect from SH articles. Just mediocre..

Alex
Alex

Talked about the staggered wheels...but never gave us a pic where you can actually see them well.

Rlewis69
Rlewis69

good thing the seats are custom mounted as low as possible, dude can hardly see over the dash.  Looks like a 10 year old driving his parents car

LouisYio
LouisYio

Is the driver just super short or are the bucket seats just a little too low?

manekineko
manekineko

"The spirit of touring cars" is to GO FAST. They look that way because forms follow function, not the other way round.

e21Mark
e21Mark

Mismatch camber? Style over substance. Spoils potentially nice car.

KAG
KAG

Bad Ass


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