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The Ultimate ’Bahnstormer It’s not often that we sample the same car twice in one year, but we just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to sample the UK’s only 650hp E92 M3! Words: Bob Harper Photography: Craig Pusey

ver the years we’ve often bemoaned the fact that the choice of colours on BMW test cars are somewhat limiting – dark grey, light grey, mid grey, slate grey… not the most inspiring hues for dramatic pictures. Every now and then we’ll get a red one, but in general they’re universally subdued. However, when it comes to M cars we’re strangely drawn to the subtler colours and had we had the cash a few years ago we’d have opted for a debadged E46 M3 in Steel grey with 18-inch rims – when you’re carrying a big stick you don’t really have to shout about it unless you’re a bit of an extrovert.

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Thus the E92 M3 you can see in the photos is almost our ideal spec, although we’d have gone for the subtle and less showy 18-inch wheels for the super stealthy look. And there’s no doubt about it, this particular carries a very big stick indeed. Somewhere between a telegraph pole and a caber perhaps. Externally there are very few indications that it’s endowed with enough horsepower to rip holes in the space/time continuum. From the rear the eagle-eyed might spot that the quad exhausts aren’t standard; from the side there are bright red Brembo front brake callipers, and if you catch the front at the right angle, you might even spot what appears to be some

orange plastic nestling either side of the radiator behind the kidney grilles. It’s a bit of a sweeping generalisation but M3 owners often like to personalise their cars a little so a different exhaust and some meaty stoppers aren’t really out of the ordinary, but those who are fully versed in the BMW tuning world these days should be aware that flashes of orange under the bonnet means just one thing – G-Power. Since G-Power amalgamated with supercharging wizard ASA, there seems to have been no stopping the company, and its earned itself a reputation for producing quality supercharger kits that really produce

The Ultimate ’Bahnstormer  

It’s not often that we sample the same car twice in one year, but we just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to sample the UK’s only 650hp E...

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