Looking for a subtle performance sedan? Today’s not your day.
You probably haven’t heard of iDing Power, because odds are that if you’re reading this you don’t live in Japan. And even if you’re an afficiando of M3s, you’d probably dismiss this particular car as a M3 GTR replica for the street like I did. But this car is far more than that, and much more interesting.
The M3 GTR launched in 1994, and the United States did (technically) see it in the form of the Prototype Technology Group-run team in IMSA race series. The same year in Japan, iDing Power revealed the plans for their turned-up E36 M3. They had acquired an early production second generation model; production started for the E36 M3 in February, 1992 – and the particular example you see here was produced on February 3, 1993. iDing then added a plethora of unique touches, from upgraded suspension, wheels and brakes, special interior items, and some body modifications. By “some”, of course it’s hard to look past the W201 190E-Evo inspired rear wing and massive tacked-on flares. iDing also took the S50B30 European motor, rated at 286 horsepower stock, and modified it to a claimed 330 horsepower. iDing widebodies are pretty rare finds, but even among them this one is particularly special. With only 7,600 miles on the odometer, this example appears to be the original prototype and test car:
Edit 11/3/2017 – I looked at this Dinan modified M Roadster last August, but there was little information and it hung around for quite a while at $25,000. It has now moved on to a new seller who has taken some more photos and raised the price $4,000. After last month claiming it was an ISR3, the seller has confirmed what our comment from Eric indicated – it’s “just” a S3 Roadster. It has about 1,000 more miles since last year but still looks relatively reasonably priced if you like the color combination and gutsy Dinan modifications – Ed
The other day I was talking with my friend about Turner Motorsports. I first met Will Turner when he was a BMWCCA instructor, just trying to establish his business of selling parts on the side. He and his compatriots all sported E30 M3s; this was, after all, the days before the launch of the U.S. E36 M3. Turner managed to parlay early success in a local modification scene outside of Boston into a countrywide business, and after some time in the club race scene he moved into the major leagues. Success against better funded teams was sometimes difficult, but today Turner is still alive and very much kicking, having become one of the two defacto factory-backed teams running the M6 GT3. To get to that point of factory involvement is an arduous journey to say the least, and few who start out make it.
One other who did was Steve Dinan, who took a niche tuning business from the 1980s into a factory option today. You can walk down to your dealer and order up a fully backed, Dinan modified car. That took a tremendous amount of work and is a testament to the quality of the products on offer from Dinan.…
Though ultimately not as well known as Alpina, AC Schnitzer replaced the more famous brand a the defacto factory race team in the late 1970s and 1980s. To capitalize on their success at the race track (including the successful campaigns in the DTM), in 1987 AC Schnitzer launched their first brand-specific model based upon the new E32. That was followed by a more sporty E30-based model, dubbed the ACS3 Sport in 1989. It was available based upon either a normal 3-series, or those with a bunch of dough could opt to allow Schnitzer to modify their prized M3. And modify it did; subtle changes outside included revised mirrors, a light change to the rear end and a single-wiper conversion to really channel the DTM spirit. Wheels were either 17″ multi-piece Schnitzer design, or the ever-popular BBS RS model in 16″x8 or 9. As Alpina did, Schnitzer included their own steering wheel (4 options available), a numbered plaque, bespoke suspension 20mm lower than the standard ride height, and a unique rectangular-tipped exhaust. However, the real treat was the full 2.5 conversion, which really packed some extra power in the S14. Schnitzer brought the total displacement to 2,431 cc – just shy of the 2,467 BMW themselves would produce in the 1990 Sport Evolution. Coupled with a revised DME, the S3 Sport 2.5 produced an impressive 245 horsepower. They are exceedingly rare to come across, but our reader Daniel spotted this fully converted 1988 example for sale:
I think it’s safe to say that I don’t drive my car very much. We live in a city and walk most places, and even when I do drive it’s generally less than 15 miles away. Yet, despite my car sitting weeks at a time and the very short drives that I do take, I’ve managed to put about 3,500 miles a year onto the car since I’ve gotten it. To be honest, sometimes I can’t even figure out how I’ve even put that many miles on the car, but they sneak up on you. I really enjoy driving my Passat, too – so it’s not a case of “I hate driving this car” either. That’s why I find today’s M3 particularly puzzling – here’s a car I’d really, really love to drive and own, but it’s only accrued an average of 1,598 miles a year for ten years. How is that even possible?
If earlier’s Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 911 Turbo didn’t quench your lust for all things purple, I’m happy to offer another Barney-colored treat for you. However, unlike the friendly and more than somewhat irritating children’s star, the object of interest here is the very popular and quickly become a classic E36 M3 sedan. Offering practicality, a stiff chassis with lighter weight than the coupes, this car has turned into one of the more sought after BMWs in recent history. This is especially poignant considering the current state of the rest of the 1980s M market; if you don’t jump on the bandwagon now, you’re likely to miss out. Further heightening the appeal of this sedan is the more rare shade of Techno Violet; a polarizing but popular color, and of course the full spectrum of Dinan S3 upgrades. Take a look at this purple people eater:
The E36 M3 was lauded as one of the greatest handling cars of all time, but those of us in the US were always a little disappointed that the M3 made due with 240hp here throughout its lifespan, while the Euros ended up with a 321hp beast that makes the E46 seem like a lot less of a leap than it was here. There were many ways to go about fixing the lack of power, but few are more reputable and holistic than Dinan’s packages. With just an intake, chip, and exhaust, the first M3 I drove had a healthy dose of aggression. Today’s comes with the full meal deal, earning the Dinan badge and a Euro-shaming 340hp out of the supercharged 3.0l. That’ll be plenty for me, and it carries the bigger stick without raising its voice, just some Dinan blocks at each corner. This example is cherry in color and condition, having covered just 38k miles. With BMW’s endorsement of Dinan, examples like this may well become the most sought-after, especially when they are this well cared for.
When I wrote up yesterday’s 2002 Dinan S3-R M3, I wanted to find an equivalent model to it for sale for value comparison. Naturally, I think the best counterpoint would be a lower mile late build E46 M3 equipped with the ZHP competition package, the hardest-edged M3 available without modification in the U.S.. To my surprise, I found an even better comparison; a ZCP equipped M3 with enough modifications to get a Dinan registration, but without the supercharger and suspension rework of the S3-R. Today’s example looks ready to race in Imola Red:
Year: 2005 Model: Dinan S M3 Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6 Transmission: 6-speed SMG semi-automatic Mileage: 39,003 miles Price: $35,991 Buy It Now
2005 BMW M3 Coupe w/ $20K in DINAN upgrades!
1 Owner! – Low Miles! – Never Raced! – Creme Puff!
Call Laurel BMW Sales – 630.537.0311
Over $20,000 in DINAN upgrades include:
— Performance Exhaust
— Air Package
— Throttle Bodies
— 3.9 Rear End
— Additional Oil Cooler
— Water and Oil Guages
— Stainless Stainless Steel Brake Lines
— Stiffener Braces front and rear
— Cam Shaft
Chassis Number: PN62120
Line Make: 01 – BMW
Model Year: 2005
AG Model Code/Desc: BL93 – M3
NA Model Code/Desc: 0537 – M3
Exterior Color Code: 405 (Imola Red)
Interior Trim Code: N5SW (Black Leather)
Vehicle Production Date: 2005/02
Motor Type: S54
Platform/Engineering Series: E46
0ZCP Competition Package
01CA CO2 relevant vehicles
0459 Power front seats
0473 Center armrest
0494 Heated front seats
0508 Park Distance Control
0521 Rain sensor and auto headlight
0522 Xenon headlights
0640 Phone preparation
0650 In-dash CD player
0676 Hi-fi sound system
0692 CD changer preparation
0793 SMG-Sequential Manual Gearbox
The ZCP Competition Package on the M3 added some nice details, but in my eye the best of those is by far the wheels.…
Tuner cars can be the stuff of dreams when they’re done right, and the subject of nightmares when gone wrong. Many tuners bolt of ton of parts onto a car, slap some stickers on it, and to be damned with what happens in 10,000 miles – they’ll be onto the next photo shoot. Some select tuners, though, are so good at their craft that the German factories recognize their work as up to their standards. Most of these tuners reside in Germany, but a few have popped up in the United States. Dinan is one such company, good enough at their craft to be recognized by the factory and have the modifications available directly from the dealerships. To be that good requires massive trial and development which comes at a serious cost – fully spec out a Dinan S3-R, and you more than doubled the original list price. The results were as impressive as the list price – 460 horsepower pumping out of the 3.2 M3 inline-6 put the M3 into 911 Turbo speed territory. Today you can pick up one of these rare rockets for about a third of the original asking price – such as today’s Topaz Blue 2002 model:
About this Vehicle
This 2002 BMW M3 is a full Dinan S3-R E46 in Topaz Blue with over $68,000 in Dinan upgrades on top of the original $56,195 MSRP. The S3-R package adds to the famed S54 inline-6 an intercooled supercharger, high-flow throttle bodies, cold air intake and free-flow exhaust, pumping out 462hp and 328lb-ft of twist. In addition to the engine upgrades, this E46 also has a Dinan Stage 3 suspension (JRZ remote adjustable damping, lowering springs, camber plates, 27mm front anti-roll bar) and is set off by gorgeous, lightweight 19-inch forged Dinan wheels backed by a Dinan/Brembo brake kit and 3.91 differential.
We’ve seen how the market treats previous generation factory Dinan M5s well, here is a chance for a more recent take. You’ve seen it all before, someone selling a “Dinan” BMW, when really all the car has is maybe a couple bolt on bits the owner slapped on in their driveway along with a Dinan badge. This however is what happens when the work is done by professionals paid for by someone with deep pockets.
This E60 has Dinan’s S3 stroker kit under the hood. Which takes the 5.0 liter V-10 up to 5.7 liters and 628 hp and 482 lb-ft of torque. This upgrade will set you back a cool $40,000. This particular M5 also has another $30,000 put into Dinan intake, suspension, and exhaust work. So what you have here is an owner who wanted an ultimate 4 door sedan and was comfortable dropping around $200k to get there.
The car does look good in its Indianapolis red paint scheme (and I’m not a fan of red cars), the body color matched red line wheels are a nice touch.
Built in radar detection is clearly a must. What really set this car into the drivers category is that the owner decided to go with the 6 speed manual instead of sticking with the more popular SMG transmission. True enthusiasts will really find this a plus. I can’t help, but think that with all that extra power the SMG might make life a lot easier if this was to be a daily driver as opposed to weekend escape car.
The dealership selling the car, Chicago Motor Cars has all the receipts for the work done which should help the sale. With a buy it now price of $89,800 a new owner can take home this under 20,000 mile car and basically get almost $100,000 of top notch custom parts and labor for free.…
Car is a late model 2001 Audi S3. The late model S3’s had major upgrades over the earlier S3’s, such as the revised front end with better Xenon Headlights, Full Factory Recaro interior, revised climate control systems, better airbags, etc.
Includes the 210 BHP engine, Haldex based Quatrro System, basically this car has a R32 drive train except for the engine.
When I check the ETKA Audi VW Parts system it has the same brakes (down to the same part number), shocks, etc.. I am pointing this out because getting service parts for this car will not be an issue, its as simple as knowing the right Audi (TT 225) or VW (R32) to cross reference too.
When I bought this car I put about $10k into it. That’s right about $10k. I literally rebuilt the car to new car specs.
New Instrument cluster in MPH. I did this for two reasons, one I wanted a speedo in MPH, makes it easier to know how fast you are going, second, anyone who has owned a newer Audi knows the FIS of the Audi clusters eventually die, since I knew I would be installing a factory Audi DVD Navigation system, I wanted a perfect cluster for it to work with , the Nav info shows on the center instrument cluster also, so having one without dead pixels is very important
At $25k, you’ll have to be a hardcore Audi enthusiast to make the leap — but if you are, the exclusivity is bar none with this car.…
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