Higher Output Achieved with Compression and Tuning by Speedtech
The unforgeable E92 generation M3 holds the unique distinction of being the only model to ever use a V8 engine. Nevertheless, one creative owner decided that taking it a step further was necessary; subsequently, they have transplanted the ten-cylinder S85 powerplant from the E60 era M5 into the M3. It is not the first time an M3 has been given the V10 conversion, but it certainly is a novel approach consideringthe remarkable alteration in cylinder capacity.
Captain Gaskrank boasts an impressive M3, powered by a V10 engine that unleashes 570 horsepower – 70 more than the original capabilities due to a higher compression ratio and Speedtech tuning. Not only this, but the rev limiter has even been raised to 8,700rpm, and the gearbox is still the reliable six-speed manual that any purist would love.
The bigger engine incurred an approximate load of 66-88 lbs; however, several modifications were made to the vehicle to counterbalance that weight, such as a carbon fibre drive shaft, a lightweight flywheel, and BBS FI-R wheels – each having a measly tonnage of 17.6 lbs. To maximize power-to-weight ratio, the rear seats were taken out while the front passengers had access to Recaro bucket seats.
The potent engine of the BMW M3 of lesser weight should, if anything, result in far more intoxicating drives than the classic powertrain. Despite the enhancements on offer for performance, Captain Gaskrank is merely looking to use it as a daily driver, and doesn’t have any plans of taking it onto the track.
A range of modifications has been made to the car, including a changed rear wing, a KW V3 Clubsport suspension setup, and an Akrapovic exhaust. As for brakes, they remain in their stock form; although, the proprietor intends to mount BMW M4 ceramic brakes eventually.
The alluring power of the S85 V10 motor makes it an irresistible option for many vehicle owners. No doubt, Captain Gaskrank is savoring his daily rides in his M3 thanks to the engine’s sheer potential. As attested by the correspondent, the automobile felt like a factory-straight creation regardless of the different modifications substituted in the motor.