The $200,000 2011 BMW M3
By Zack Klapman
This is a 2011 BMW M3, tuned by Brabham. It has the V10 out of the last M5, lots of carbon fiber panels, and more leather inside than the Blue Oyster Bar. Is that worth $200,000 to you? Jump for a few more pics and info, and then lest us know. We’re curious to see how many people would spend that much an ultra-M3.
This is the ad:
Carbon this, suspension that. I’m not trying to sound dismissive, it’s just we’ve seen this level of modding enough now that we don’t have to shoot off fireworks when someone puts on a CF hood.
The real work is in the engine swap, and the interior.
This is, according to the ad, 100% Rolls Royce leather. I didn’t know we could harpoon wandering Rolls for their pelts, but I am going to start. The color isn’t for me, but they’ll probably make it any color you want. Have to wonder what it would look like in black, and without doing whatever was done to that steering wheel. Open the door right now and it’s a little too “LEATHER!!!” for me; I’d prefer it more like “leatherrrr…”. How about in a different color, would you want it?
Ah, don’t forget, it’s a limited edition. Awww yeah son. One of one! It will surely appreciate in value!
Hm, don’t jump up too fast. Unless you hang onto this car for 50 years and it becomes the next Yenko Camaro, it won’t. A Brabus Rocket, which cost almost $600,000 new, is now 1/3rd the price of this M3. And unlike a Veyron Super Sport, you can find other shops to re-create this car. Google can find someone that can swap a V10 into an M3 as easily as it can find boobs.
But as easily as someone could build this, this one is already done. No waiting, no thinking, just write a check. I’d argue the most common complaint of the E92M3 engine today is about it’s power. Cheaper cars now make the same (or more) horsepower. A well driven Mustang GT can scare the guy in a $75k Track Pack-ed M3.
But with this V10, which makes 610hp, that all disappears. This has more power than a 458, GT3 RS, CTV-V, MP4, or current M car. It will be very fast because it’s carrying 2-less doors than an M5, and it weighs less than an M6, and because 610hp. It will be fun. It will power slide, and do massive burnouts. It will be loud, announcing its presence with a scream that will shatter glass miles away.
And it will do that while cosseting you in a veal bath robe. So I want to know, which of you would buy it? Give two answers: if you had to spend the money on only 1 car, and if you were going to buy a few. What conditions would have to exist for you to buy this car?
Post your answers below, or join the discussion in the forum.
Source: duPont Registry