Any BMW enthusiast and not only can tell you that the only generation fitted with a V8 was the E9X. The naturally aspirated lump was limited to the Sedan, Coupe, and Convertible versions of the series, which were known as the E90, E92, and E93, respectively. The 4.0-liter engine was good for 414 hp (420 ps/309 kW) and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) of torque. It came with rear-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed DCT.
As for the sharpest BMW M3 part of the E9X generation, it was the GTS. One of the biggest selling points was the engine, whose displacement was increased to 4.4 liters. This and other upgrades allowed it to produce 444 hp (450 ps/kW) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm). The only gearbox available for it was the dual-clutch automatic. With only 150 of them made, all of which were sold in no time, the M3 GTS is a true automotive unicorn. And it’s valued accordingly. Last year, we spotted one for sale that was well over $260,000.
Visible bolts usually mean one famous Japanese tuner was behind the project: Liberty Walk. Their body kit has made this M3 Coupe (E92) stand out even more. It comprises the fender add-ons at the front and rear, and quite surprisingly, no side skirts mounted over the OEM ones. The stock bumpers soldier on, though they do feature an adjustable apron at the front and a pair of attachments at the rear. There is a ducktail spoiler worth mentioning and a carbon fiber roof providing some contrast to the white body and lowering the center of gravity for quicker cornering.
Featuring a bit too much negative camber at the rear for our taste, the wheels also came from the aftermarket world. Significantly larger than stock, they have a Y-spoke design and a black finish. The cross-drilled brake discs visible behind them have a lime finish, which was replicated on the mirror caps, front fender trim, and M3 logo that decorates the trunk lid. Rounding off the project on the outside are the rear privacy windows.
A right-hand drive car equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, this V8-powered two-door M3 is for sale. Our Japanese is a little rusty, but we can tell you that it costs 5,980,000 yen. That equals $40,600 at the current exchange rates, which is not bad at all for something that bears the signature of Liberty Walk, as we all know their projects that hit the used car market usually tend to cost a lot more than that.
And if you don't fancy the body kit, you could always remove it and restore the sports coupe to its original condition. That's what I'd do, and I'd sell it, as it would bring in some good money. The same goes for the adjustable air suspension and the wheels, as I think any Bimmer looks miles better on a set of Alpinas.