1997 BMW 540i Sport

This week I ran across this early production 540i Sport package car. It’s interesting for a few reasons. First, I’ve always really liked the clean look of the early sport package cars with either the turbine Style 32 wheels or the multi-piece BBS Style 19s as shown on this example. Something really worked for me about this wheel on this body style. An early 540i Sport, it’s missing some of the later additions I covered on later 540s, but still carries the aforementioned 17″ wheels and M-Sport suspension. However, this car is a bit different than the usual one that you’ll come across.

Having covered only 61,500 miles in its life, it’s almost completely original. It sounds strange to trumpet that, but most of the 540i Sports seem to be modified – even slightly. This one just looks like it’s got tint. And everything is there – it’s a California car with all original literature. It also doesn’t have the standard sport seats that would have accompanied the sport package. It was ordered in Arctic Silver Metallic with black leather comfort seats, but it’s got the all-important 6-speed manual transmission. Here, the pre-facelift orange directionals and less fussy taillight design work in harmony with the lack of body kit and beautiful exterior hue. Is it a winning combination?

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2000 BMW 540i Sport Touring Dinan Supercharged

Update 10/18/19: This super supercharged 540iT sold for $11,100. Deal!

BMW’s continual refusal to bring the most powerful form of its its Touring/Sports Wagon historical lineup has been, as a 5-door enthusiast, pretty frustrating. That’s left Audi in the 2000s and Mercedes-Benz more recently to thoroughly dominate fast 5-doors, with the brief Cadillac interloper. But just because you couldn’t get an M5 Touring over here didn’t mean you couldn’t at least get M performance.

For that, though, you had to turn to fabled California tuner Dinan. No stranger on these pages, Dinan’s well-thought mods and clean execution earned his company a place in the revered showrooms of new BMWs. Cheap? Certainly not. Just the supercharger alone on this particular 540i was $16,000. But you get what you pay for, and the result when Dinan blew on the M62 was a claimed 400 horsepower. So this 540iT has the chops to back up its M5 looks:

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2000 BMW Racing Dynamics R50 Sedan

This selection comes our way from an email sent by Nick. I apologize as I didn’t get to his email until tonight and the auction ends in just 20 hours. That said, it’s an intriguing listing considering where the bidding is currently ($14k +) and how close we are to e39 M5 territory.

This e39 started life as a more garden variety BMW 540i. However that really is selling the car short as the 540i, especially with the sport package and 6 speed gearbox, really do make for a powerful and fun sport sedan. But with a reported $60k in aftermarket upgrades parts, the performance of this car is elevated to very similar numbers as the M5 of the same generation.

Racing Dynamics has always been familiar to me from their ads in magazines like European Car and VW & Porsche before it. They have been making aftermarket parts for a few European marques for over two decades, but BMW in particular has always seemed to carry a deeper product line.

2000 BMW Racing Dynamics R50 For Sale on eBay

quote from the seller’s website:

This is a Racing Dynamics custom E39 BMW 540i with $60K invested. Modifications Include but are not limited to: -R50 engine rebuild, bored and stroked to 4.93 liter displacement, 11.3:1 compression, high performance cams, tubular headers with custom exhaust, Horse Power – 407, Max RPM – 6,200, Torque – 423, Max Torque RPM – 4,350, Axle Ratio – 3.46 limited slip differential, RDSport RD2 cast off-set front & rear wheels – 19″ x 9.0″ front, 19″ x 10.5″ rear Tires – Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires Tire size – fronts 245/35 rears 275/30 – RDSport (Brembo F40 OEM) 4-piston caliper, NEW 355mmx32mm slotted rotor front brakes -RDSport chassis kit & stabilizer bars -RDSport E39 Body Trim – The 2000 BMW 540i comes with factory options: leather interior, heated front seats, parking sensors, premium sound with DSP and six-speed manual transmission. Much more information is available to purchase inquiries, we have files full of mechanical records and more upgrade information here at DC Motors.

I really love those wheels! The appearance kit is also a nice upgrade without upsetting the understated lines of the e39. And I have no doubt the motor is a wonderful piece of work to put through the paces. My only criticisms would be the terribly out of date clear rear lenses, and the very stock looking interior. The pedal kit and shift knob/e-brake combo just don’t feel like they upgrade the interior enough to compliment the enhancements on the rest of the car. Especially since the M5 does…

Thanks for the forward Nick!

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