Sacrilege or genius? A Widebody BMW E30 powered by a supercharged Lexus V8

This may anger some BMW purists, but will please some car lovers too

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The BMW E30 3-Series is an often hallowed model in the German brand's history because it is the starting point for so many car projects, and more importantly, the E30 M3.

But if you're someone who isn't bothered by its history or standard drivetrain, maybe you'd fit it with, let's say, a supercharged Lexus V8?

This South Africa-based Beemer has paid a visit to a company called Ace Customs where it underwent a serious transformation.

Not only does it have a new engine, but it has also been given a beefy looking widebody kit, a sleek ducktail spoiler, side-exiting tailpipes, a bespoke bonnet, a set of Japan Racing wheels, and a new lick of paint that is not too dissimilar to Audi’s Nardo Grey.

The inside has been completely stripped out too and now features a pair of racing seats, an aftermarket shifter and steering wheel, a digital gauge cluster, some switches, and not much else.

So, the engine sat in the front of this E30 3-Series is a 1UZ Lexus V8 with a supercharger strapped to it. Ace Customs says that the engine produces roughly 230 hp which is sent straight to the rear wheels – which may not sound like a lot but it is very light now that it's been stripped out.

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Comments (21)

  • this is pants

      1 month ago
  • Sounds fabulous. The 1UZ is a 90s 4.0 V8 producing at least 256bhp according to wikipedia. And this is supercharged and has nitrous. So that 230hp figure makes no sense to me...

      1 month ago
    • he's definitely lying about the numbers,most probably due to legality i assume,haha.

        1 month ago
    • If you watch the video it actually looks like it makes 23hp......All form, no function.

        1 month ago
  • this is pants

      1 month ago
  • I must admit, i do REALLY like when people do stuff like this. I also admire classic restoration projects, and originals, equally as much as a contemporary/resto-mod.

    But I just love it when folk go against the grain, purely because they have a sick idea and want to create it. I say good on him!! Looks abaolutely Beast.

    If i made one concession to the resto-modded bavarian, it would've been to fit a NA B58 (from 340i/X5) into the engine bay. Im very certain though that the 1UZ moves it along in a sufficiently exuberant manner. Id just have preferred the sound (and authenticity) from the B58 V8, thats my personal preference and its not my build... so old mate can definitely do as he pleases without any criticism from me. Although wide bidy kits can be a bit old hat these days, they still have their place. In this instance, it actually complements the shape of the car, whilst lending to the low muscular, aggressive vibe of this build. The grey has a enough blue in it to be a noticeable difference from Nardo, but the nardo-esque colour does lend itself to that tough but elegant/sleek vibe. Are there things I'd have done differently? Perhaps. Is this Beemer sick af..? Hell yes ✌🏼

    Awesome article mate!! 🍻💯

      1 month ago
  • so cool

      1 month ago