The End of an Era – BMW E92 M3
There is something special about viewing a car in factory form and expecting nothing more from it. The BMW E92 M3 would arguably be exactly that. A refined performance car that can provide absolute pleasure right from the ‘get go’.
The stock S65B40 V8 Engine delivers 414bhp and this makes the E92 M3 an interesting performance car. Being a happy, high revving V8 the power isn’t fully utilised until you hit the greater demands of say, the open road or the track. This allows it to be a fantastic all round car – from dropping the kids off at school, to running it around as the daily driver, but also being able to bring put some spring in your step when you want to open up a little – you can’t really go wrong by owning one (or two)
And of course, the sound. Bound to leave any true car enthusiast wanting more, the growl that reverberates through those pipes is absolute ecstasy.
Nestled in the engine bay is assumed to be the last of the naturally aspirated ‘M’ engines BMW is going to create. There is no doubt in saying BMW did it right by making sure they ended their NA line with a true winner.
Seen regularly scattering the roads of NZ, here we have no better example than Sam’s rather unique E92 M3.
This cleanly modified M3 is one not to be missed and is sure to turn heads wherever it goes. Coming from factory with the highly desired Competition (ZCP) Pack to ensure better handling, technology and ride look, as well as an extremely rare Nappa Leather interior with white stitching (completely custom made), this is most definitely one of the finest looking E92 M3’s out there today.
As one would expect, Sam has added his own style to the M3 with some tasteful modifications such as carbon fibre detailing present on the splitters, wing mirrors and spoilers and black detailing on the wheels, badges and chrome trim areas.
To complement its fantastic appearance is the ‘Holy Grail’ of E92 M3 modifications, Akrapovic’s full titanium exhaust system. Its melody is exotic, refined, and brings nothing but joy to the ears. This is complimented by a performance-enhancing BPM tune leaving this car not just something to look at, but to listen out for as well.
Be sure to stay tuned for the planned upgrades this car is sure to have, and of course, check it out at all our events this coming year!
Photo’s Nick Ali (Copyright 2015)
Car & Driver Profile
Owner: Sam Farid
Location: Auckland, NZ
Car: 2011 E92 M3
Country of origin, UK.
4.0L Naturally aspirated V8
414 hp stock
Competition Pack with ZCP 19” Rims
Electronic damper setting – EDC (COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT or SPORT+)
DCT twin clutch transmission
Nappa leather with white stitching – custom made and only one in NZ!
Full NZ Nav System
Radar detector and car safety camera
CF Performance Splitter
CF Performance Spoiler
CF Performance Mirrors
Full Akrapovice Exhaust System, cat-less.
Plasti-dipped in back wheels, M3 badge, grill and side light indicators.
Performance Steering Wheel
Maybe a ESS Supercharger to give 650 hp!!
What I love about it
Quality build and super quick and that V8 sound…especially after adding the full Akrapovic system. Car also handles amazingly.
After doing the BPM Tune, the car feels much more refined and easy to handle, I think I have nearly 450 hp post exhaust and tune.
Hate about it
Gas use but it’s a v8 so what the hell! Currently getting 390 – 410km per tank!