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 |  Nov 07 2011, 4:45 PM

5. LS3-Powered BMW E30 M3

It was one of the first cars we stumbled across at the SEMA Show and its remained a favorite ever since. The E30 BMW M3 is a purists car if there ever was one. Plus, it looks absolutely incredible, with a simple, yet athletic coupe design. Sure the factory 2.3-liter 4-cylinder is an impressive motor, but you also can’t argue with the power generated by a Corvette LS3. With that in mind, builder Kevin Byrd added the big V8 plus a few modifications to deliver around 500-hp. (Note: our inclusion of this car in the Top 10 Best of SEMA list is based on the assumption that the factory M3 engine was somehow destroyed. If it was in fact in perfect running order and was swapped out, we now nominate the LS3-powered M3 for our Top 10 Worst Cars of SEMA List).

GALLERY: LS3- Powered BMW M3

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  • Stacy C.

    Agreed about this one (and only this one). Hilarious SEMA pic of this little mighty micro here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150898298380533&set=a.10150898283585533.764929.66352015532&type=3&theater

  • Jeremy

    Really? You didn’t even include Christian Rado’s twin turbo tundra v8 2500hp STREET TRIM full-metal widebody Supra???? Really??? You must have missed it at the show

  • steve

    This is INSULTING!!!!…this is AMERICA and out of 10 cars 2 are made here in the states…the rest werent even custumized…they were STOCK!!..we had over 300 man hours and over half a million dollars in upgrades on “iron revenge”…EVER SINGLE PART WAS MANUFACTURED HERE IN THE U.S.A……and it never made it in the top 10?…really?…funny, we landed 5 magazine shoots and a movie deal!!! …BUT NOT TOP 10?…WEAK!!!