BMW M3 With Ferrari V8 And Manual Gearbox Is A Unique Enthusiast Car
Although some special project cars are getting 15 deserved fame, originality seems to be becoming increasingly rare in the aftermarket automotive scene. Every now and then we see jaw-dropping performance like Rob Dahm’s four-wheel-drive Mazda RX-7. However, a new competitor has arisen, such as Ciro De Siena from Cars.co.za was invited to drive a BMW M3 equipped with a Ferrari engine and a manual gearbox.
Before we start a war in the comments section, we know that it’s not necessarily a first instance of throwing a Ferrari engine into another car. Regular readers are likely to cite Formula Drift star Ryan Tuerck’s GT4586 project car, where he installed the engine of a 458 in his Toyota GT86 chassis. Either way, the BMW featured above has undergone a much more popular origin story.
The M3’s V8 blew up and the owner was faced with a very difficult decision. Rather than give the German automaker money for a replacement engine, he decided to make a statement and went for a Ferrari transplant. In addition to the engine, they welded the convertible roof, fitted a body kit from Japan and borrowed some paint from Porsche. In addition to the nose-up power under the hood, the vehicle receives a manual gearbox.
Among the many modifications needed to bring the Italian powertrain into the Bimmer, one of the big jobs was to redesign the exhaust manifold to fit the factory steering column. The owners also gave the engine a transverse plane crank, rather than the original flat plane. Purists might have a tiff on the noise change, but we bet it just adds drama to the already exciting automobile.
As far as we know, it’s the only M3 with a Ferrari engine under the hood, but we’d love to see what else there is.