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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Mar-26-2015, 05:20:59 PM   #1
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Default 550WHP 1995 BMW M3 V8 Engine Swap runs 11.0@130mph

This is going against all the BMW purists but still a nice build.



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One of the nicest e36 v8 conversions around , well developed, essentially no expense spared!
Built in 2010 and then updated in 2011 with better suspension/fender flares/brake upgrades
The car has done some track days at Thunderhill and Sears Point before the engine rebuild. Has run high 11.0's@130mph on Nitto 255/35/17 NT01 tire before the front facing intake upgrade
11.0@130mph

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Default Re: 550WHP 1995 BMW M3 V8 Engine Swap runs 11.0@130mph

Done neatly. I may be one of the few that don't care for LS conversions.
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I saw that posted for sale a while back. Insane car and great work as it really looks very clean.
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Old Thu, Mar-26-2015, 08:10:16 PM   #4
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Car is listed for sale locally. I'm also one to not care for this swap but admire the cleanliness and quality of work.
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That's pretty sick


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What's the price ?
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$35k..
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Default Re: 550WHP 1995 BMW M3 V8 Engine Swap runs 11.0@130mph

Those might be the best/most OEM looking fender flares I've seen on an E36!

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Done neatly. I may be one of the few that don't care for LS conversions.
I'm all for LS swaps on cars that really need them, like FD RX-7. With that said, the E36 M3 doesn't "need" the swap, but at least this guy did it right.

The biggest reason I'm not a huge fan of LS swaps in E36 is the technological clash. This may be strictly personal but this is the way I see it:

BMW = German engineering marvel (not really the E36 M3, but I digress)
LS engine = Brash old-fashioned American HP/TQ

Swapping an LS engine into an M3 feels the same as putting a carbureted drivetrain in a car that was originally fuel injected. 1 step forward, 2 steps back? With all this said, I'm sure that car is a complete blast to hoon in and the owner did a magnificent job with the swap. I've just got my personal reasons why I wouldn't do the same.
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I'm all for LS swaps on cars that really need them, like FD RX-7. With that said, the E36 M3 doesn't "need" the swap, but at least this guy did it right.

The biggest reason I'm not a huge fan of LS swaps in E36 is the technological clash. This may be strictly personal but this is the way I see it:

BMW = German engineering marvel (not really the E36 M3, but I digress)
LS engine = Brash old-fashioned American HP/TQ

Swapping an LS engine into an M3 feels the same as putting a carbureted drivetrain in a car that was originally fuel injected. 1 step forward, 2 steps back? With all this said, I'm sure that car is a complete blast to hoon in and the owner did a magnificent job with the swap. I've just got my personal reasons why I wouldn't do the same.
The LS engine is every bit as sophisticated as the US S50. Much moreso really. It just isn't in the way you are thinking about it. People think pushrod and instantly think low-tech. The technology is there. They are extremely efficient and so small and light for their potential, and stock, power. That is the main advantage of ohv heads, is they are tiny compared to ohc heads. If you can get the power and efficiency from the engine, why give up the packaging advantages?

The part I disagree with is the torque delivery doesn't suit the original character of the car. I think the e36m chassis would be more 'fun' with the s54. But it wouldn't be nearly as fast.
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Default Re: 550WHP 1995 BMW M3 V8 Engine Swap runs 11.0@130mph

The LSx is a great engine and is a fine addition to most every application whom it defiles in a pragmatic foriegn-domestic automotive fusion. Expressing boredom about LSx swaps on the internet is one of the worst examples of car-enthusiast pedantry.

That said, this car has been for sale for quite some time, even though the swap is well done, which signifies that the seller is that delusional about his or her asking price.
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