Tuner Tuesday: 2008 BMW M3 Dinan/Hartge

In the wonderful world of tuning, there’s taking it to the edge, and then there’s stepping over the edge. For every tasteful example of a tuner-modified car, it seems that there are several that take it one (or many) steps too far, creating a bit of a monstrosity in the process. While modifying cars is and will always be a form of individual expression, tuning firms always attempt to produce what will sell, not necessarily what is in the best taste. In the spirit of this, today I want to look at a car which I feel was taken a few steps too far; a 2008 Dinan and Hartge modified M3:

Year: 2008
Model: M3
Engine: 4.6 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed DCT automatic
Mileage: 25,959 mi
Price: $67,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 BMW M3 on eBay

Please call or text BART @ 724-630-1170 or NICK @ 770-899-0962 to ask any questions regarding this vehicle.

BART @ 724-630-1170

NICK @ 770-899-0962

ONE OF A KIND BMW M3! ALL THE GOOD STUFF AND MORE! DINAN 4.6L STROKER MOTOR, FULL BMW PERFORMANCE INTERIOR, AND TONS OF FACTORY EQUIPMENT TO BOOT! YOU’LL NOT FIND ANOTHER ONE LIKE IT ANYWHERE! OVER $100K SPENT IN MAKING THIS THE MOST RADICAL AND WICKED M3 AROUND!

THIS ISN’T YOU’RE ORDINARY M3 SO IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT DEFINES THE WORD SPECIAL AND ARE LOOKING FOR A FANTASTIC VALUE, THIS IS THE ONE!

NEW FRONT TIRES! DCT TRANSMISSION, TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE, PARK DISTANCE CONTROL, IPOD AND USB ADAPTER, BMW ASSIST, HD RADIO, ENHANCED PREMIUM SOUND! TWO KEYS, ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER, OWNERS MANUAL SET IN BMW LEATHER BINDER!

Aftermarket Upgrades:
Motor:
– Dinan 4.6L Stroker with the Under drive Pullies – Clamed 527 HP
– Grouppe M Carbon Fiber Intake
– Custom Painted Hartge Engine Cover

Exhaust:
– Active Autowerke Catless X-Pipe
– Active Autowerke Rear Mufflers

DCT Tranny/ Differential:
– DCT Flash (No lag in-between shifts)
– Dinan 3.62 Limited Slip Differential

Wheels/Tires:
– Front – Hartge 20×9 Conti Sport 3 Tires
– Rear – Hartge 20×10 Conti Sport 3 Tires

Brakes:
– Front – Brembo 380mm 6 Piston Painted Silver with Black
Hartge Logo
– Rear – Brembo 380mm 4 Piston Painted Silver with Black Hartge Logo

Suspension:
– RD Sport Springs
– RD Sport Front Sway Bar

Body:
– OEM Front Bumper with Hartge Molded Front Lip and Carbon Fiber Tabs
– OEM Rear Bumper with Hartge Molded Diffuser
– Hartge Side Sills
– Hartge Carbon Roof Spoiler
– Vorstiener E92 Double sided Carbon Truck
– Hartge Front and Rear Emblems
– Hartge Ghost Graphic on doors that matches the Interlagos Blue
– Flat Black Front Grills
– Carbon Fiber Kidney Grills
– Top half of mirror is Carbon Fiber low half is Interlagos Blue
– Carbon Fiber Hood Vents

Interior:
– BMW Performance Seats
– BMW Performance V1 Steering wheel
– Hartge Sliver Carbon Fiber interior
– Hartge E-brake Lever and I-Drive wheel
– Hartge Pedal Set
– Custom Suede Matched rear BMW Performance seats
– Custom Suede Matched Door Panels Front and Rear.

V8 Week Tuner Tuesday: 2003 BMW Alpina V8 Roadster

I still remember hearing the news that Alpina was going to be tuning a Z8 around 2002. “Awesome”, I thought, “this thing is going to eat Porsches for breakfast!” Imagine my shock when I found out it was going to be an automatic; I was confused and felt lost. Then, I found out they yanked the 4.9 S62 M5 powerplant out in exchange for something less powerful. It was as if Alpina had broken into my mind and destroyed my dreams – I didn’t get it. Then I saw one, and I thought “Wow, they actually made it look a little bit better”. Yes, it was only wheels, but somehow those wheels and Alpina badges were still magical and understated but hinted there was more to this car than just less horsepower and more money. Fast forward a few years and the Alpina Z8s are commanding more money than the original they were based upon. What had I missed?

Well, I missed that Alpina hadn’t just slapped some wheels onto a Z8; Alpina had completely reworked the E52 to be their own car. Yes, the tuned V8 borrowed from the B10 had a few less horsepower than the S52, but critically it had more torque, and that torque was available lower in the rev range. Alpina had also softened the suspension, which improved ride quality despite the massive 20″ wheels. Indeed, by softening the character of the Z8 slightly, Alpina had made the V8 Roadster a more enjoyable and more relaxing car. One thing they didn’t change was that bite-the-back-of-your-hand good looks. Today’s example looks stunning in black, a nice change from the very popular silver that most seemed to be painted:

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Year: 2003
Model: V8 Roadster
Engine: 4.8 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 10,866 mi
Price: $178,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Alpina V8 Roadster on eBay

We have just added to our extensive exotic car inventory a beautiful 2003 BMW Z8 Alpina in black with black leather interior.

Tuner Tuesday: 1997 911 Andial Twin Plug Twin Turbo

I find it extraordinarily sad that this year saw the nearly unnoticed passing of one of the great Porsche tuning firms, ANDIAL. If you’re newer to the scene, ANDIAL probably doesn’t mean much to you, but if you grew up in the 1980s or were a fan of motorsports then they were one of the top tuning firms pushing out some of the fastest Porsches in the world – they were really the U.S. equivalent of Ruf. They backed that performance up with race-winning efforts – ANDIAL became the defacto 962 race engine supplier in the United States, and racked up an impressive string of both prototype and GT racing wins and championships. Though they were very well respected, ANDIAL downsized as the trio of owners aged and then passed away, culminating in the retirement this past February of the last remaining founder, Dieter Inzenhofer, Porsche Motorsports North America bought the name, but with undisclosed plans to use it, we’ll just have to wait and see. Coming across an ANDIAL tuned car is something of a rare treat, and for the 993 they cooked up a twin-plug, twin turbo 3.8 motor that was just a monster. Today’s example is one of the best prepared in the world:

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Year: 1997
Model: 911 Twin Turbo Andial Twin Plug
Engine: 3.8 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 37543 mi
Price: $169,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 911 Andial Twin Plug Twin Turbo on Rennlist.com

Year: 1997
Make: Porsche
Model: 911
Porsche Model: 993 Turbo
Mileage (numbers only please): 37543
Options (Please check ALL which apply): Airbags, Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Antilock Brakes, Cruise Control, Foglamps, Intermittent Wipers, Leather Seats, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Sunroof, Traction Control
Color: Arctic Silver
VIN: WPOAC299XVS375740
Price (no $ sign please): $169500
Private or Dealer Listing: Private Listing
Location (Region): SoCAl
Body Style: Coupe
Transmission Type: Manual – 6 speed
2 or 4 Wheel Drive?: 4 Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Turbo
Stereo System: AM-FM CD
One of Ninteen Certified Andial 3.8 Liter Twin Plug Conversions.

Tuner Tuesday – 1997 Ruf CTR2 Sport

Most Rufs need little introduction. They can be summed up in one word: fast. As such, let me tell you about my encounter with this particular Ruf. The year was 2001 and I was at Road America for a PCA race with Mustante Motorsports. On the first day that we were there, it was a combined test day and Viper race. This car was racing a pack of 25-30 Vipers, all well set up. The green flag flew, and so did the Ruf – so much so, that it had a solid 5-6 second lead at the end of the first lap. That kind of lead is something Vettel would give his left arm for. I remember thinking it was such an unfair race, but at the same time sooooo cool. What was particularly memorable about it, though, was that you could see the car, but unlike the bellowing Vipers, the Ruf made almost no noise. It was both fascinating and surreal – the only other object I’ve ever seen moving that fast and not making sound was a supersonic jet fighter – a fitting comparison, I think. Fast forward a few years and now you can own the “ludicrous speed” of what is probably the best known Ruf in the United States – the prototype CTR2 Sport built for the Beddors:

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Year: 1997
Model: CTR2 Sport
Engine: 3.6 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,007 mi
Price: $229,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Ruf CTR2 Sport at Ruf Autocenter

RUF Auto Centre is pleased to present you with the very rare piece of RUF history: The 1997 CTR2 Sport built for Steve Beddor. This car served as the Production Prototype for all future CTR2 Sport’s built by RUF Germany.

The Car:

RUF Manufactured ( RUF VIN ) CTR2 Sport
One of only 16 wide body “Sport” versions built by RUF, this being the first one
Registered and licensed in the USA as a RUF

The Body:

In addition to the standard RUF intergrated cage, this car has enhanced door bars and cross bracing to meet FIA and Pikes Peak requirements.

Tuner Tuesday – 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP 935

In the world of tuners of the 1980s, there were bonkers cars like the Treser Quattro Roadster we featured last week, and then there were the seriously bonkers cars. What separated them was a level of taste, power and money. Design Performance Motorsport, better known as DP Motorsport, was one of the home of some of the most outrageous street cars available in the 1980s. Starting with their racing connections at Kremer and Porsche, they helped to develop the bodywork for the 935 silhouette cars with their radical slant noses – an interpretation of the rules that took advantage of a lack of specification for where the headlights needed to be located. This resulted in not only a more aerodynamic nose on the car, but one that was capable of generating downforce – something that the 935 took full advantage of.

DP saw the opportunity to bring this loophole to the public roads, and did so with the DP935. Not only looking the part, the modified motors pumped out a then astonishing 400 horsepower and the ridiculously wide rubber helped transfer that to the road. The ridiculous looks were accompanied by some ridiculous pricing, and as a result not many were made. However, a few did make it to the U.S. and somehow escaped all of the government seizures of drug-cartel car collections. Today’s example is one of the DP935 Series 2, intended for the U.S. and missing the signature 935 front bumper with integrated headlights, instead adopting a more factory slantnose look:

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Year: 1986
Model: DP935
Engine: 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 27,500 mi
Price: $109,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo DP935 at RPM Sports Cars

Black/black, 27,500 mi, very rare US version 935 DP stage II street model based on a 1986 US model 911 Turbo, twin plug 412 HP Deman Motorsport engine with dyno sheet, K29 turbo, rare 5-speed, brand new Zuffenhaus 17-inch “Fuchs” wheels powder coated black, Bilstein coilover suspension with Brembo GTP brakes, fuel cell, DP intercooler, oil cooler and race exhaust, DP seats, white gauges and piping, RUF steering wheel, special center console, fresh major service with engine and transmission reseal by Rennsport/Mike Callas, immaculate condition, $109,500

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An interesting counterpoint to the understated Rufs, the DP 935s don’t seem to hold the same value.…

Tuner Tuesday – 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster

Not satisfied with the already exotic Audi Quattro he had helped to create, Walter Treser went on a mission to take the Quattro to the next step. His cars featured bespoke TRX wheels (the largest available to the mass market at the time), upgraded 250 horsepower engines (more boost – that could never go wrong!), and perhaps the largest chin spoiler fitted to any road car ever. Seriously, this is the Jay Leno of cars. Treser also revised the interior, rear spoiler and rear bumper cover, and for the exclusivity of one of these gems, he upgraded the price tag substantially. For some, even the Treser Quattro wasn’t enough, and for 39 lucky and wealthy individuals who just had to take it to the next level, Walter cooked up one of the stranger conversions ever done to an Audi at that point; he chopped the top and made a folding hardtop. The Treser Roadster marketed for the equivalent of around $125,000 in 1986. Rare doesn’t begin to describe these cars, but every once in a while one pops up for sale, like today’s Pearlesant White Treser in Germany :

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Year: 1986
Model: Treser Quattro Roadster
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 112,000 km (69,593 mi)
Price: €34,999 Buy It Now ($46,666 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Audi Quattro Treser Roadster on Ebay.de

Treser Roadster
Build date 12/86
112,000KM
Timing belt replaced 300km ago.
Air conditioning disinfected, renewed dryer, and filled with CFC – free refrigerant 300km ago.
Extras:
– Hydraulic top (which is currently not fuctioning due to burst line) will be repaired for the Buy It Now amount!
– 250 hp Motor
– Electric windows
– Treser Front spoiler
– Treser Rear spoiler
– TRX wheels with 250 tires (Super Rare!)
– Treser widened fenders
– Black leather ( Treser heated seats, Treser dashboard and door cards )
– CD player and Radio with equalizer, multiple amps and speakers as originally delivered !!