The BMW S54 engine is right up there in a long line of wonderful inline sixes from BMW, marking a large step forward from its predecessor, the S52. While the S52 provided great sound and smoothness, it lacked the brute force that other great BMW engines have shared. The S54 brought an extra 75 (!!!) horsepower to table, an increase of over 30%, for the last two years of the E36/7 and E36/8’s lives. This one comes claims to come with an extra 30, matching the power of the E46 M3 – not bad when you’re carrying several hundred fewer pounds. The clownshoe may be the funkier of the pair, but the M Coupe keeps all the drop-top fun of the Z3 while losing most of the hit to the self-esteem via some swollen fenders, quad pipes, and serious power. Like an 18 year-old jumping the border to drink, you can hop to Canada for some cheap thrills with this classic silver example, coming with fewer miles and priced a good $5k less than the nicest US examples. And according to the ad, it’s the ONLY example sold in Canada with headlight washers! That’s gotta do something for the rarity-resale value down the road, right?!
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My somewhat dour post regarding yesterday’s S8 had me feeling a bit downtrodden, and this listing was just what I needed to feel a little better. Not every current S8 owner is less than careful, and there are many who have grabbed one of these spectacular super-sedans because of the same enthusiasm I have for them. In the case of today’s example, it’s a first-year run S8 from 2001. However, the owner has upgraded the often-maligned 5-speed Tiptronic to an 01E 6-speed manual. The dream of many though few have been completed, the 6-speed swap is often mentioned as an alternative to add a little sport and long-term reliability to the mix. But it’s no small undertaking, and finding one that’s done correctly offers the potential buyer a turn-key package without the headaches of heavy lifting:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi S8 on Craigslist
It might not have seemed so at the time, but if there was ever a car produced with the enthusiast squarely in mind, it was the BMW M Coupe. This lithe sports car only got better with age, with BMW dropping the newly developed S54 inline-6 that would see duty in the E46 M3. Just over 1,100 M Coupes with this engine were produced for 2001 and 2002, making them one of the most highly sought after BMWs of recent memory. This 2001 M Coupe for sale in California is a minter, with less than 40,000 miles on the odometer. This car was sold in 2011 by that famous purveyor of some of the finest Bavarian machinery, Enthusiast Auto Group.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW M Coupe on eBay
Since its conception, the Audi S4 has always been a more sensible alternative to the BMW M3. Along with the M3 and AMG C class, the S4 is part of the triptych of ultimate German sport saloons. Having sensibility as its dominant characteristic over the other two models doesn’t make it any less visceral or exciting; just a bit less comic. After all, if the Germans do anything well, it’s sensibility. This particular example is perhaps one of the nicest B5 generation S4s available on the market today, and has some very desirable performance modifications.
The car is actually owned by a good friend of mine. I’m not sure if that’s a testament to it’s quality or a disclaimer. Perhaps both. I know that it’s a third car, doesn’t get a lot of use, and that he maintains it as an enthusiast; as evidenced by all of the money that he’s thrown at it. Enthusiasts chronically disregard logic when it comes to maintaining their cars, at least monetarily. Anyhow, on to the mods. There are a lot of them. Apropos the original ad, these include modifications to the engine, exhaust, suspension, exterior, and interior.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi S4 on Craigslist Raleigh
Even though it was a large car for its day and offered supreme levels of luxury, the BMW E38 7 series stayed true to its roots of “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” You could instantly recognize that this car was derived from sport sedans of yore, with it’s double kidney grille and four headlamp profile. In markets outside the US, this was to be the last 7 series available with a manual gearbox. In addition, BMW offered a Sport Package on the E38, as we see here with what is possibly one of the lowest mileage examples left in existence.