Steve's "Evil Bimmer"
S54 Z3 M-Coupe
Steve was looking for a BMW specialist that could handle the task of delivering a S54 engine capable of delivering Supercar crushing Horsepower, as well as withstanding track use.
Owning a lovingly customized Z3 M-Coupe, the rare factory fitted production that shipped from BMW with the S54B32, he wanted a no-compromises build for one of BMWs rarest sports cars.
This red-hot project looks fast just sitting still! With a shape like a Nike running shoe and monster R-compound Nitto tires over the polished HRE wheels; this car leaves no stone unturned.
After Steve shipped us the engine, about 6 weeks later his super-S54 was completed with all the goodies one could dream for. But not content with what the west coast tuners could offer, Steve decided the right choice for him would be to send the coupe to VAC for a total transformation.
Steve's S54 Stage 3 Cylinderhead before install.
Several weeks later, the car arrived. Work commenced on an all out build to make as much Horsepower as possible on the factory ECU. We can tell you this wasn't meant just to look good, this car had to haul ass! After all, Steve is an enthusiast, and owner of several other supercars. He requested nothing less than stellar performance from his coupe.
Z3-M sans its S54 engine, we already had his outrageous S54 completed.
However, complications arise as the confusing nature of this Z3-M baffles suppliers: E30 rear suspension, E36 chassis, E46 M3 engine...?
Example: Our outstanding Tilton Triple Disc VAC custom clutch package is prepared to be installed, but the clutch pack is delivered with the wrong spline! This car has an S54, but the transmission end is that of an S52us.
Tilton Carbon/Carbon Triple-Disc Clutch Pack
VAC Hydraulic clutch release, typical relegated just for the lucky few with race cars. This is real race technology that's street friendly.
VAC Oil Filter Housing Lid, and A/N lines for custom Fuel system.
-VAC built S54 ‘Supercharged Series’ engine; installed and tuned from stock at VAC: All options including: VAC Stage 3 Cylinder head w/ VAC valvetrain, VAC ported throttle bodies, VAC Custom ground S54 cams, Arrow Connecting Rods, VAC spec CP Pistons w/ HD pins, VAC HP-Coated Rod and Main Bearings, VAC Competition High Volume Oil Pump, Custom dual-pump Fuel system with Bosch Motorsports Pumps, A/N lines, VAC 60lbs injectors, VAC Custom Fuel Rail, VAC Oil Filter Housing Lid, VAC Underdrive Pulleys, Custom order Zionsville oversized Radiator/oil cooler combo, VAC Custom dyno tuning. Aftermarket Carbon fiber Valve Cover. VAC Sleeved engine block.
- VF Engineering Stage 2 Supercharger kit – upgraded to VAC custom VAC710 kit, with overdrive crank pulley and Vortech V3 series centrifugal compressor @ 19PSI, standard VF-Engineering S54 Air/Water intercooler-manifold.
-Custom VAC Tune on BMW MS54 ECU, no piggyback: max power on Dynopack was 710+ BHP (with 100 octane / or Pump + meth injection) (Dynopack is calibrated for accurate readouts, we did not adjust to match Dynojet figures that read higher)
VAC Ultimate Triple-plate clutch + flywheel assembly w/ Titlton carbon-carbon clutchpack, TC-Designs Transmission cross-member, VAC upgraded Diff bushings , Dinan Differential
- Complete repaint of exterior and engine bay
- Paint and body work done by Amato’s Auto body of San Diego:
BMW ‘Imola Rot II’, Vented Hartge Hood, Hamann Front Lip, Shaved OEM antenna, High and Low beam HID headlamps retrofitted, HID driving lights added to front bumper, Blacked-out Grills, Hamann Rear wing & lower diffuser, reverse camera flush mounted behind license plate, Clear bra film.
-Meisterschaft GT rear exhaust, HJS High-flow Cats, SuperSprint headers
KW Variant 3 2-way Adj. Coilovers, Powergrid Sway bar end links, VAC Suspension Bushings, Upgraded Anti-roll bars, TCK Spherical RSMs, Dinan rear subframe/diff support, VAC Weld-in Chassis reinforcements.
-Brembo GT Big Brake Kit front & rear.
-HRE 595 Wheels - 19“ Fully Polished
-Toyo R-Compound 235/35-ZR19 Front, 295/30-ZR19 Rear Tires
-By Lajolla Audio
Audio System - Alpine INA-W910BT (dash modification to double din ac panel + guage relocation) Alpine PXA-H701 Processor, DVD Navigation NVE-N872A, XM Satellite Radio iPod Audio Video