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 |  Nov 01 2011, 12:10 PM


Is it a crime or just a really good idea? One thing is for sure, this SEMA Show car is an excellently executed project.

On display at the Heatshield Products booth and built by Kevin Byrd, this E30 BMW M3 has its hood off for a reason. Rather than the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder that it came with from the factory, filling up ever inch of the engine bay is a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 from General Motors. With custom headers and a Magnaflow exhaust it delivers a claimed dyno number of 480-hp.

As a complete project the car features a 2-inch widebody and plenty of added bracing. And let’s not forget a lowered suspension and some perfectly suitable 18-inch BBS CH wheels. The total curb weight is pegged at 2900 lbs.

GALLERY: LS3 Powered BMW E30 M3


See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show coverage here.

  • Joel

    Makes me wish that I had taken my LS3-powered e30 to SEMA as well: http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=211983

    Always a shame to see an original M3 get modifed so much, that’s why i started with a 318iS.

  • Adam

    Great to see those Formula SAE skills at work. Keep up the great work Kevin! Go Gators!