A Christmas miracle - BMW E30 M3 with a E36 engine

Is this the Singer for BMW?

2y ago

Vilner Garage have created an absolute beauty. This is a BMW E30 M3 but with a twist. This one has been fitted with a straight six E36 M3 engine.

The new engine puts out 321bhp and 258 lb ft of torque and revs up to a beautiful 9,000 rpm. This has all been mated with a five-speed manual gearbox. All this in a rear-wheel-drive BMW...

There are no 0-62mph times as of yet but the regular, heavier E36 M3 recorded somewhere in the region of 5 seconds. This Vilner E30 is only 1,200kg, so therefore is likely to be quicker, and what a sound that must make!

The car has been fitted with KW suspension and the body has been painted in Imola Red. The E30 sits on 18 inch BBS lightweight alloys. As well as this, you can see tinted Hella lights with little wipers and lovely taillights.

Inside, there’s a set of Sparco bucket seats wrapped in chequered textile fabric with leather edges, which I think looks incredible and very similar to old 911s. The fabric can be seen on the doors, gear lever boot, ceiling and parcel shelf. A solid spec.

With this being an epic car it is only right it has metal floor panels which read ‘Race Shoes Only’, a roll cage and race harnesses for the seats.

Could this be the ultimate BMW E30 ever?

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Comments (17)

  • Alpina did a version of the E30 M3 ( www.mintclassics.de/2016/10/18/alpina-b6-3-5s/ ) with a straight six when new. At the time people thought this was a retrograde step as the heavier engine upset the handling balance. Be interesting to see if this solved that problem?

      2 years ago
    • The Alpina B6 35s was only fitted with an M30b35 with no more power than the S14. The M30 is also alot heavier than an S50 from an E36 M3.

      Hartge did a H35s24 however though using the M1 M88 engine which was a proper M engine and over 300bhp. This...

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        2 years ago
  • I always felt that the 4 cylinder engine was the perfect match for the E30. It revved to forever, it made enough power to drive as sideways as you wanted plus it made a lovely noise. I’ve driven an E36 EVO with the 321bhp engine and it was one hell of a machine but I’m not sure it would have teamed up as well in an E30 body.

    Maybe if I’d had a 6-cyl E30, I might think differently but that said, I’ve driven a couple of 320 and 325 E30’s and I’d still say the 4-cyl was more willing and more raucous.

      2 years ago
  • Did one myself ages ago, wish I still had it!

      2 years ago
  • The comparison with Singer is interesting. I was just about to write a piece on this car, but seems like it's covered everywhere.

    I have always asked myself, and collectors - is there a BMW model that takes well on modifications (like a 964 or 356 Porsches) - widebody, modern drivetrains, tartan interiors etc. To me the E10 2002 might be a solid candidate, but with certain limitations. The E30 could really only look good either in stock shape, or M3 wide fenders/rearwindshield deflector etc. I am thinking RWB here for BMW.

    The interior choices here are to taste. Not for everybody.

    The powerplant is spot on. As an S14 expert, I would say this probably makes the car very lively for daily use (6 cyl vs 4 cyl). I have the same engine in my E34 touring (swapped from E36 M3), and the balance is just right. However, guaranteed that this vs a stock S14, on a windy road cannot out run it.

    Makes me proud to see a Bulgarian tuner, get so much visibility!

      2 years ago
    • I agree with you, I would love to see this on an E21! That would be insane!

        2 years ago
  • That’s the first time for many years that I’ve liked a BMW

      2 years ago