Hold on to your cranskys readers, as we cross the globe to the land of the Black Forest, good beer and ridiculous automobile tuning shops. Not a bad repertoire for a country that is smaller then the state of Victoria!
?G-Power? is a tuning shop that has been making Beemers better for the past thirty years, and is widely regarded as one of the best in the business.
Rather then use the ?standard? brand new M3, G-Power opted for one of the hotter versions of the last model, the M3 CSL (Coupe ? Sport - Lightweight) for their base build up. Weighing in at just over 1300kgs thanks to a carbon-fibre roof, no air con, no radio, and a boot floor that you could probably see through on a sunny day, this car used to make a healthy 270kw (360hp) from the naturally aspirated straight six (one of the the world?s best motors if you ask me).
Not a bad car right? Just not good enough for the G-Power guys who decided shoe-horning the 5.0-litre V10 from the latest M5 between the front strut towers of this ?demo? car was the way to go. The G boys actually like the V10 so much, they are now providing a service to retro fit this engine to practically any current model BMW 3-series Z4, X5 or the even the new M3 - someone is bound to want a V10 3-series wagon...
After waving the magic wand over the M5 V10?s heads, intake and ECU it now produces 410Kw (550hp) allowing this BMW bitsa to accelerate to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds, 200km/h in 11.6 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 335km/h (208 mph). Much of the technological wizardry has been carried over from the M5 and a custom suspension kit has been fitted to handle the extra weight and power.
There must be something in the water in Brunsb?ttel as there is word that G-Power are in the middle of designing a twin supercharger kit to suit the V10. Power is estimated to be a lazy 560Kw (750hp). Those 21? rear wheels will need some serious electronic assistance to keep them gripping the bitumen with that kit fitted.
[Source: World Car fans]