The engine has been removed and replaced with a cross-plane crank V8, but it still sounds sensational.
The E9x generation M3 bucked the straight-six M3 tradition and displeased many upon release, however it didn’t take long for reviewers to rebuke their initial statements. The 4.0L S64 V8 engine was a thing of beauty, and I’m not sure what prompted these guys to take it out – but anyway, what they have done is made it quite interesting. It’s unique and it’s different.
Yes that’s right. Under the hood of this E93 M3 houses a Ferrari F136 engine from a Maserati Coupe.
A project car that’s been under wraps for three years, the M3 has also been fitted with a Pandem wide-body kit and painted Nardo grey, resulting in a very unique looking car. The 19-inch aftermarket wheels and large boot-lid spoiler also add more flavour.
The car is currently a work-in-progress, so the engine aims to produce only 335hp (250kW) with a tune – however the owner plans to boost the V8 with twin-turbochargers in the future, which should work a treat. If i’m completely honest, i’m not quite sure what the plan was, taking a powerful flat-plane BMW V8 to an older Maserati cross-plane but i’ll reserve my comments – at least until the turbos are fitted. Anyhow, if you’re going for a unique build, this is it.
The interior has been fitted with a steering wheel inspired by the M3 CSL and Sparco sports seats for a race-car feel; and the manual gearbox would work a treat with the Ferrari-built V8 up in front.
The sound that this M3 makes is still quite phenomenal – and it has an extremely unique one-off factor to it, so feel free to check out the build in greater detail for yourself below.