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Someone’s put an E36 M3 engine into an E30 BMW M3

Tuning house Vilner goes all Singer to create a unique Beemer

Published: 11 Dec 2018
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“The philosophy here was the same one followed by Singer Vehicle Design,” explains Atanas Vilner, boss of tuning house Vilner Garage. A philosophy that marries the more powerful straight-six lump of a later BMW M3 to the classic E30’s bones. Merry Christmas, everyone.

Yup, this unique build is straight out of Singer’s playbook: take a much beloved bodyshell, modify with choice components, sit back, hold for applause. Choice component number 1: the S50B32 from the E36 M3.

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So, out goes the old E30’s four-pot, in comes a 321bhp/258lb ft straight-six that revs to 9,000rpm. This is matched to a five-speed manual and of course, rear-wheel-drive. And while no 0-62mph time is quoted, the regular, heavier E36 M3 recorded somewhere in the region of mid-fives. This Vilner E30 is only 1,200kg, so therefore faster. Probably.

There’s KW suspension components, which sit underneath a bodyshell painted in Imola Red, and 18in BBS lightweight alloys. Tinted Hella lights with little wipers and special taillights complete the external mods.

Inside, there’s a set of Sparco seats wrapped in chequered textile fabric with leather edges. That same fabric is laid over the doors, gear lever boot, ceiling and parcel shelf too. We’re told it’s been used everywhere because “it’s very robust and comfortable”. Ah yes, comfortable. Hence the metal floor panels which read ‘Race Shoes Only’. And the roll cage. And race harnesses for the seats.

“Christmas miracles do exist and the E30 M3 Evo by Vilner is a very bright example,” says Vilner. You decide.

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