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!
â€˜G-Powerâ€™ 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 â€˜standardâ€™ brand new M3, G-Power opted for one of the hotter versions of the last model, the M3 CSL (Coupe â€“ 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 worldâ€™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 â€˜demoâ€™ 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 V10â€™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 BrunsbÃ¼ttel 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 21â€ rear wheels will need some serious electronic assistance to keep them gripping the bitumen with that kit fitted.
[Source: World Car fans]