BMW E30 Hillclimber Has E46 M3 Engine Revving To 9,600 RPM

When you combine a BMW E30 with a tuned E46 M3 engine revving to 9,600 rpm, the results are truly phenomenal, as this video proves.

This E30 competes in the Lebanese Hillclimb Championship and absolutely dominates the rear-wheel drive class. It’s not hard to see why.

Sitting beneath the featherweight bodywork of the 3-Series is the S54 straight-six engine out of the E46 M3. However, this powertrain has been heavily upgraded, destroked, delivers 440 hp and now revs to a mesmerizing 9,600 rpm. It is also one of the best sounding six-cylinders we’ve ever heard.

Filmed here at a couple of stages during this year’s championship, the car looks like the perfect package to fire up twisting roads with pin-point precision. The driver, Naoum Oneissy, is also able to extract the most out of the car by expertly reaching the limits of its grip and staying there.

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  • Vassilis

    One of the best sounding engines ever. That rough, razor-sharp noise, truly special.

    • Bash

      I could not have described that sound in a better way than you did. :D:D

  • Honda NSX-R

    THIS is an Ultimate Driving Machine.

  • Fred G. Sanford

    The 1989 M3 is the last beautiful car BMW made.

  • SteersUright

    High RPM’s are always so stunningly suited to sports car. They almost sound alive! I hope this turbo gimmick ends soon. They end up taking more gas and sounding and feeling like crap in the real world outside of a few exceptions.

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