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Performance BMW - February 2020

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Performance BMW

February 2020

The recipe for our cover car this month is simple: what you do is you take an E30 shell, add as little as possible to the interior, swap in an S54 and then you add a supercharger for good measure. The end result is an unhinged machine that is the physical embodiment of the owner’s boyhood track car dreams and it is BMW wish fulfilment in the best way possible. From mental E30 we move onto one of the most extreme M4s we’ve ever featured, and this carbon-clad track warrior is an awesome machine that just so happens to be sitting on a set of carbon wheels – it’s a no-expense-spared build and it’s spectacular. We’ve also got a supercharged S62-swapped E39 M5 Touring, the result of one man’s mission to build himself the M5 wagon he’s always wanted and it’s awesome. Elsewhere we bring you an incredible turbo E9 CSL Group 4 recreation, built from an abandoned shell rescued from an old factory and transformed into a carbon-bodied 1000hp masterpiece. We’ve also got a 630hp supercharged E90 M3 from Down Under, a seriously slick air-ride E36 328i and a lush E34 540i Touring, plus we’ve got show reports, an engine guide to the M30, buying and tuning guide to the E39 540i, and we’ve also got a sneak peek at some of the feature cars you can look forward to seeing in PBMW in 2020.