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TMcars Wants to Turn Your BMW 3 Series E36 into a True Muscle Car

  The second generation BMW 3 Series is not a bad looking car by any means, but with ten years of production between 1990 and 2000, there are a lot of them out there on the streets.
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Naturally, that and the fact they're a favorite among young drivers make them prone to a visit at a tuning shop. But wider wheel arches, angel-eyes and big wings at the back are so predictable and can very often lead to tacky-looking cars when combined inappropriately.

That's why it's best to go for a complete body kit, one that leaves no doubt over the way the final product will look like. And when it comes to E36 BMWs, you can't do any better and more original that what the guys at TMcars are offering.

This body kit is still in the project phase, but it will become reality pretty soon. This is not the first time the Hungarians showed us something that instantly made us regret we didn't own the required BMW model. They previously launched a similarly daring conversion kit for the earlier 3 Series generation, the E30.

According to TMcars, the idea for this TM Concept36 came from one of their clients, a hillclimb racer, who contacted the company asking for a body kit for his E36.

"The goal was to create a modern looking racecar rather than a refreshed version of the original," explains TMcars. They also said the client "wanted to have as much aerodynamic efficiency as possible without major CFD simulations, thus pulling out the air from the wheel drums on the back side, having a front splitter, a rear wing and a diffuser for increased downforce."

As we've said and as the computer renderings show, this kit doesn't have a physical form yet, existing only on TMcars' computers. However, the production will start shortly and a pre-production model is expected to begin testing in early spring next year.

Since TMcars don't use carbon fiber for their projects, the price for the TM Concept36 isn't expected to be that high. Actually, TMcars said it should be in the region of their previous efforts, which means about 3,000 to 3,500 euros (that's $3,400 - $4,000).

That doesn't sound like much, but considering the car that's supposed to receive the kit can be bought for less than that, everything has to be put in perspective.

As for the kit itself, there's really nothing to be said against it. It isn't wild enough to make the car unrecognizable as a BMW, but it's complex enough to give it its own special personality. It gives the 3 Series a muscle car look, but we'd put that mainly on the front's resemblance with the Dodge Challenger. And maybe a bit of Camaro as well.

But there's plenty of BMW there to make the brand's fans go crazy over the purposeful/aggressive look of this conversion and we wouldn't be surprised if TMcars will get more orders than they can handle. Look at it: if you have an E36 BMW, there's no reason not to go for it.

 
 
 
 
 

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