I present you with one of the most special, sought after, pure late-model Bimmers to be produced in this era: The M Coupe. The M Coupe was born from the brainstorm of BMW engineers soon after the Z3 coupe hit the streets. It’s a car built by the enthusiast for enthusiasts. This 2002 example is one of the last of the breed and features the all-important S54 engine. The first couple of years of the M Coupe came with the same S52 variant that my old 95 M3 had. The last of them, like this one, had the later e46 M3 engine boasting over 300hp! Having driven both variants I can tell you with 100% certainty the later model engine is a huge leap forward with incredible throttle response from individual throttle bodies, double VANOS, and and drive by wire technologies. The engine is represents the highest level of engineering on the base M50 motor and has won numerous awards.
Alvin’s car is listed on BayBimmerz.net (registration required). Here are some selected images and a complete excerpt of the listing:
excerpts from BayBimmerz.net:
Here is a rare opportunity to own one of the rarest M coupes in the world. If you do your research this is one of the best cars made by BMW similar to the world known E30 M3 very sought after and highly collectible . There where 690 S54 Z3 M coupes made between 2001 and 2002. What makes this car even more rare and desirable is its a factory S54 315hp and Laguna Seca Blue color same color and motor used for the E46 M3 and is a BMW motorsport color only . Only 41 S54 M coupes worldwide came with this color and less than 6 had no moonroof . I am a BMW collector and enthusiast. This car was never been abused or tracked. It never missed any service and has new Factory clutch and Motorsport brakes. It has 75k miles and it drives even better than new. It has a lot of tasteful upgrades and is California smog legal. Motor has always been bone stock except for a Turner chip which is 100% reversable. Never been in an accident and has a clean Carfax. All upgrades where installed less than 5k miles ago and everything was bought brand new from authorized dealers. Ill be glad to do a Pre Purchase inspection at any BMW dealerships at buyers expense. Upgrades alone cost over 20k (all authentic).
2002 BMW M coupe (final and best year)
S54 motor (315hp stock and 330hp with Turner software)
Laguna Seca Blue (LSB)
2 tone leather interior (blue / black)
No moonroof (most soughtafter rare feature)
5 speed manual
Limited Slip (LSD)
Traction Control (DSP)
Power window (1 touch)
Power heated seats and side mirrors
Auto dim rear view mirror
New Factory ///M floor mats (1 month old)
Here are a list of what has been done less than 2k miles.
Major service performed (Service B including new coils)
New factory clutch , preasure plate and flywheel
New rear main seal (replaced together w/ clutch job)
New BMW Motorsport rotor and brakes (Excellent upgrade)
New braided steel brake lines
Cooling system flushed
AC recharged and blows cold
List of after market parts that was added less than 5k miles. All parts are purchased new from Authorize Dealers.
Exterior / Interior :
AC Schnitzer cat back exhaust
AC Schnitzer front lip spolier
AC Schnitzer rear roof spoiler
AC Schnitzer pedals, e brake and ****er
H&R coilovers suspension (not too stiff and not too soft perfect for daily driving)
Front markers deleted
Projector headlamps with HID and LED angel eyes
Center armrest console with cup holders
Upgraded to LED (white) interior lights
H&R sway bars (front and rear)
Ground control sway links
Ground control rear shock mounts
IE rear sub frame bushings (a must to all coupes)
New Michelin Pilot sport tires
Jim Comforti Shark Injector Software upgrade (reversable) improves hp to 330hp, engine torque , airflow and great gas mileage 25mpg freeway.
Audio System: All cutom installed to maximize trunk space.
JVC single din AM/FM/MP3/CD w/ Navigation and iPOD controler (top of the line)
JL Audio 900w HD High Def amplifier (latest tecnology)
Boston Accoustics Pro Series Component speakers (top of the line )
JL Audio 10″ sub
Auto page alarm system ( Key fob pages up to 1 mile radius)
Hardwired for V1 (radar detector not included)
Priced to sell $29,000
This is a very special enthusiast car with very hard to get aftermarket parts. Even when these parts can be sourced, they are very expensive and will make the casual observer’s eyes water for sure. While this car won’t be for everyone, when the right buyer sees this ad, it will surely find it’s new home in short order. Good luck with the sale Alvin!
Sidebar: Alvin has patiently been waiting for me to post his gorgeous M Coupe for a while now. As most readers can tell, I’ve been very behind in my listings and have been heavily relying on Evan to pick up the slack. I sincerely apologize Alvin and am taking steps to get things back in gear around here.