Tagged and Bagged – Carlos’ e46

25th March 2016 — by Fueltopia



Tagged and Bagged – Carlos’ e46

25th March 2016 — by Fueltopia


Words & Pictures: Dave Cox

Purists, it’s time to send your children to bed, close the blinds and prepare to hide behind that pillow, you’re not going to like this…

I want to talk to you about BMW’s. As a child of the ’80s the e30 M3 has always had a special place in my heart. My appreciation of the e36 with the right wheels and a drop has also grown.

To me the 3 series always struck a cord with me but I do feel that after the e46, they sort of lost their identity. Modern variants seem to be a costume of their former selves. Sure they are faster, safer, more fuel efficient but there is something missing.

Last year I visited LA and happened upon an e46 where Carlos (the owner) had clearly thought the same as me. The e46 M3 is an old car now and can be picked up relatively cheaply but it order to bring it up par with today’s trends, what do you do?

Carlos took three simple steps, kit, air and V8. Throw in some Rotiform wheels and you’re onto a make over which transforms the way the car looks. The subtle German lines and chrome faced wheels look positively pedestrian and ordinary by comparison.

The kit adds presence, the air lift provides attitude, the supercharged LSX V8 announces its arrival and the wheels set it all off. Oh and you can’t miss it, it’s bright green!

Built for SEMA, there is clear evidence or workmanship everywhere you look. The interior has remained largely stock with the addition of some cobra seats and Tuerck gear shifter. Sadly I didn’t get to hear this thing running as is the case with many show cars, the engine was still work in progress.

Once done, I am sure you’ll agree that this will surely snap necks. Purest may wretch at the thought of putting the beloved e46 M3 under so much surgery but personally I feel there’s more to that. The Internet is awash with modern super cars and high end coupes all getting modified, it’s nice to see that the old girl can still stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of them.


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