Eleven years ago, when the first BMW M3 E92 rolled off the assembly line with 420PS (414hp) and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque delivered by its naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8, it was something truly magnificent.
Nowadays, though, that’s about the same as a mega hatch, which delivers a similar output from half the engine size. So, as cool as it might be to own the only V8-powered M3 ever, it certainly can’t keep up with newer sports car.
G-Power, for one, will bump the output of your M3 E9X to 501 PS (493hp / 368kW) with a supercharger system. The upgrade, which is part of a ’35 Years Edition’ anniversary series, is said to improve the response of the engine, and it’s not insanely expensive either, as it costs €2,999 (equal to $3,700).
This isn’t the tuner’s first foray into the M3 E90/E92/E93 (Sedan, Coupe, Convertible) family, as they previously took the V8 to incredible heights. The most impressive upgrade turns the car into a supercar slayer, with a mind-blowing 720PS (710hp / 530kW) and 650Nm (479lb-ft) of torque, but the modification costs almost the same as a new BMW 4-Series Coupe in Germany at €39,950 ($49,302).
For a much more reasonable €8,999 ($11,106), G-Power will turn your BMW M3 into a 630PS (621hp / 463kW) and 590Nm (435lb-ft) of torque, beast. And with the extra cash, you could buy a new 2-Series Coupe, which can be had from as low as €30,300 ($37,393) in its home market.