2JZ-Powered E92 BMW M3 Is Here to Drift, But Will also Offend

We have a feeling that, even if the E92 BMW M3 in the video below would come with a huge "I come drift in peace" sticker, it still wouldn't be able to avoid the purist-offending side effects of its engine swap.
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Then again, when you gift an M3 with a Supra heart, you expect such reactions from those who prefer the traditional way. The coupe lost its Bavarian V8 in favor of a turbocharged 2JZ-GTE and the explanation is simple: whereas the infamous 2JZ engine offers a beaten tuning path that leads to absurdly cool power levels, modifying the 4.0-liter V8 wouldn't require tons of extra work.

This mechanical mashup is the mobile office of drifter Rene Alexander, with the piece of footage at the bottom of the page seeing the man putting the car to slip angle work.

The swap has obviously led to a dramatic change in the aural department, and while the 2JZ can't match the elegant soundtrack of the original motor, its growl is considerably louder.

With the arrival of the F82 M4/F83 M3 in 2014, the E9x M3s have now reached that sweet spot where they're fresh enough to deliver top-tier performance, but can be acquired for less than a fortune.

Speaking of which, Rene Alexander didn't want to wait for the financial phase mentioned inthe paragraph above, so the action you'll see in the piece of footage below comes from the 2014 King of Europe Drift Pro Series (the tire-smoking hostilities took place at Castelletto di Branduzzo, Italy).

In fact, you should expect to see more and more previous-generation M3s receiving the kind of drift car treatment. Nevertheless, some drifters like to take things further than others, so don't expect the E93 M3 Convertible to sit on the side and watch the fixed-roof model get all the glory. So here's an E93 M3 drift car for you.

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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