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Two M3's & M4 wrapped by Inshane Designs

Photography by Dan Wagener @dan_wagener

For those who don't know me personally, I started a new job in September this year. I am now working as a graphic designer and photographer for Inshane Designs @inshanedesigns, a vinyl/graphic business located in Lemoyne, PA. Although we predominantly deal with American vehicles, we do get euro's in as well. Since we had some BMW's in the shop recently, I wanted to share our work with the Ultimate Klasse crowd.

The first E92 M3 was originally Space Grey and the owner @kkkkkkkz_ decided to go with Avery's Satin Black.

The second E92 M3, owned by @_alexwu was originally Jerez Black and went with Avery's Gloss Dark Grey.

An Austin Yellow F82 M4 owned by @zzyppi also received Avery's Gloss Dark Grey.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and check out our YouTube channel. We offer services such as custom decals, solid color wraps, custom printed wraps, detailing, paint protection, and ceramic coating. Email me dan@inshanedesigns.com if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

Features

Jim Herrold's S54 E46 Touring

Photography by Dan Wagener @dan_wagener

I met Jim through a mutual friend and as soon as we talked I knew instantly that we'd get along. He's a die-hard BMW enthusiast and has an impressive collection of cars, most of which are bimmers. His company Kassel Performance (@kasselperformance) specializes in BMW DME ECU modifications. Jim tuned my E46 M3 and is my first go-to for all engine-related questions. My car was having a strange idle issue off and on all through 2017 with much confusion and frustration I asked Jim to take a thorough look at it.

Since we live about 45 minutes away from each other he let me borrow his wagon to make the vehicle drop-off more convenient. It's an Orientblau pre-facelift 323i touring with a little surprise under the hood. An S54 motor from the E46 M3 now powers this unsuspicious grocery getter. It also has the M3 6-speed manual transmission and diff to make it a proper swap. The work was done with the help of Bimmer Buddies.

A Rogue Engineering rasp pipe and an E36 Active Autowerke Gen3 muffler was modified to fit. Although it's a little on the quiet side, the exhaust note sounds great and has almost zero rasp that the S54 is notoriously known for.

Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks provide a nice drop that improves aesthetics while keeping it practical enough for daily duties. Out of Jim's car collection the wagon is used more as a "truck" for hauling larger items.

The exterior received OEM-plus upgrades like M-tech II "ZHP" front/rear bumpers and side skirts. Jim also changed the indicator lights to euro clears including the third brake light. The latest exterior mod that completed the look was a set of BMW Style 135 wheels from the E46 330i ZHP.

The car was a blast to drive around when I borrowed it. The handling was nice and the power delivery was spot on for an S54. The one thing that I really liked that my car doesn't have (yet!) was the Rogue OCTANE short shifter. Shifts felt more solid, precise, and smoother over the factory shifter.

I think everyone can agree that we all wished BMW would've made a real production E46 M3 touring... or at least a sedan. Oh well, at least there's people out there like Jim making them anyway.

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Felix's i3

Photography by Matt Petrie @crosshair_nightmare

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The i3 is BMW's answer to the affordable, electricity wave.  Designed for city commuting with spatial awareness in its compact size and efficiency, the i3 is great at what it does, but it’s not unanimously loved in terms of its styling.  Since the i3 styling cues veered from the mold of the common BMW or any car for that matter, Felix knew he had to give the i3 a little more attitude when he bought his.

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A couple of years back, Felix's i3 was the first that I had driven.  While I was a bit skeptical, it turned out to be a blast buzzing around town in.  Anyone who has been behind the wheel of one will tell you that the brake re-gen feeling in the accelerator pedal does take quite a bit of getting used to, however, you can minimize your overall braking if driven correctly.  My enjoyment behind the wheel of his, led me to driving it to Bimmerfest to unveil it in the Autocouture Motoring booth.  

Los Angeles to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California is approximately 140 miles round trip.  While this is not a significant distance, now may be a good time to emphasize an important statistic - BMW's claim for the RE version i3 is 150 miles.  Remembering one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes when Kramer tested the range limits of the car down past "E", I accepted the challenge and attempted to go for it on one charge.  

The morning of Bimmerfest I met Felix at his house.  I hopped in the i3 and he in his Signal Green F80.  While the torque of its electric motor impressively could hang with sports cars of that caliber from a dig, I had to resist the temptation of driving like a goon in battery conservation efforts.  These were both equally head turning cars cruising down the street, but while others were watching us, I of course watched the dashboard information.  My range plummeted more rapidly than the distance I was covering and it was quickly evident that this was going to become more challenging than I thought by the end of the day. 

Since it was one of the first i3's to be modified, it drew plenty of attention at the show with positive feedback. With only a few modifications on the market, his choices were limited, but it was executed cleanly.  The Cobra lowering springs sit it down nicely over the tires without sacrificing ride quality.  3D Design front and rear aero as well as gloss black kidney grills emphasize the gloss black areas.  Tint was effectively used to break up the white sides of the car and sharpen the body lines.   

We reached out to HRE to get a set of their Classic 501 three-piece wheels built. The traditional combination of brushed faces and polished lips were countered with an unconventional, colorful twist.  The hardware was finished to match BMW's factory blue accents on the car.  The odd combination of diameter and width left us with zero options for tire upgrades.  No barrel was narrow enough for the i3.  In order to fit the wheels back into the factory tires, HRE had to use two outer lips as the outer lip and inner barrel. 

When the show concluded, the range read 71 miles to a 68-mile trip home.  Luckily, I wasn’t alone heading back.  I had my friend and Ultimate Klasse regular, Alex Gaudio, with his Estoril M Coupe alongside as the support vehicle.  By the time I was on the traffic infested 101, my range was 10 miles and closing quickly.  I was close, but my confidence was thinning.  Pulling into Felix’s neighborhood, there was less than a mile to go - I had made it.  Into the driveway it went, plugged in for a much-needed charge.  Even coordinating trips with charging stations, the convenience of the physical charge time itself is not conducive for the average person, especially when comparing it to gas station fill ups.  Despite its size, the deceivingly spacious interior proves to be a perfect, comfortable commuter for local commuting. 

 

BMW News

The new BMW M3 CS

BMW M GmbH is presenting another exclusive, limited-run special-edition model in the shape of the new BMW M3 CS (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 194 g/km*). With its accentuated sporting presence, the new M3 CS continues the decades-long tradition of successful M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution. At the same time, the four-door high-performance sedan serves up a perfect blend of dynamism and everyday practicality.

The 3.0-litre high-performance engine exceeds the output of the M3 with Competition Package by 10 horsepower, raising it to 460 hp. State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology propels the M3 CS from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the new special edition, which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is electronically limited to 280 km/h (174 mph). With its two mono-scroll turbochargers, charge air cooler, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing, the six-cylinder in-line engine takes a clear and consistent aim at the higher echelons of performance, but is equally committed to developing significant torque from low engine speeds and achieving high levels of efficiency (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 194 g/km*). Pushing the new red start/stop button fires up the engine, and the distinctive sound produced by the specially tuned sports exhaust system of the new BMW M3 CS – with its quartet of tailpipes – proceeds to lay on a feast for the ears.

The new BMW M3 CS is equipped as standard with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This cutting-edge transmission has a separate oil cooler and enables both automated gear changes and manual interventions using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. It changes gears in fractions of a second with no interruption in the flow of power, but employs a long seventh gear to keep revs low and minimise fuel consumption over longer motorway journeys.

The suspension of the new BMW M3 CS largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package. The links and wheel carriers at both the front and rear axles are made from forged aluminium and are therefore extremely light. That keeps the unsprung masses low and benefits driving dynamics. The M3 CS is fitted as standard with Adaptive M suspension, whose geometry has been tuned to deliver optimised performance on both the road and track. Ensuring the best possible grip in all driving conditions are the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system – which includes M Dynamic Mode – and the Active M Differential. The control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified to suit the dynamic requirements of the BMW M3 CS, as has the set-up of the electromechanical steering. The driver has the option of adjusting the steering and suspension settings to their personal preferences or the demands of the route at hand. The special edition’s light-alloy wheels (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20) are very much at home on the race track, fitted as they are (as standard) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20). These semi-slick cup tyres, which are also road-legal, provide unbeatable grip and supreme lateral stability at high track speeds. The M3 CS can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tyres.

Moving inside the new BMW M3 CS, the generous use of two-tone full leather in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara creates a compelling and well-resolved ambience brimming with sporting allure and undeniable class. No M3 CS driver will need to compromise on the nicer things in life. Indeed, among the standard features on board are automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional. True to form, the BMW M GmbH designers have given the new M3 CS looks that reflect the car’s sporting intent. The signature feature of its prominent front end, complete with cutting-edge twin LED headlights, is the front apron with large, three-section air intakes. The Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid has been newly designed specifically for the new M3 CS, and teams up with the front splitter and the rear diffuser to help minimise dynamic lift. These components are made from the lightweight and extremely rigid high-tech material carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the bonnet and roof of the new BMW M3 CS.

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Jan Magnus' S54 E30

Photography by Ole Kristian Stensrud @snapshine

1988 BMW 320i

Engine/Drivetrain

  • S54B32 with custom Arc Asylum exhaust manifold and Kohler catback exhaust
  • E46 M3 6-speed transmission
  • Z3m diff cover
  • upgraded oil cooler
  • 2x 10¨mishimoto electric radiatorfans
  • ESS Alpha-N tune
  • VAC style carbon airbox
  • Mishimoto alu radiator

Exterior

  • Full Mtech 2
  • Hella headlights
  • MHW taillights
  • BMW Sophistogrey exterior color

Interior

  • Mtech 2 steering wheel
  • Front/rear seats, and door cards reupholstered

Suspension/Wheels

  • KW coilovers Variant 3
  • Adjustable camber plates
  • 17¨BBS RS with turbofans (Front: 8.5”/ Rear: 10”)