This, then, might be the car American purists were dreaming of, EAS's version of the 135i.
GIAC Stage 2 software pushes boost to a max potential of 17 psi (stock is 7). To keep the engine running cool under such duress, the intake tract has been fitted with a Macht Schnell Dual Cone Intake, or DCI, fed by Macht Schnell intake scoops similar to those on the EAS M3. The augmented intake charge is expedited by a Macht Schnell intake charge pipe (providing a purported 50-percent flow increase over the cramped and kinked stock unit). Excess boost is expelled into the atmosphere using heavy duty Forge diverter valves, while the induction system is chilled further using a Snow Performance Stage 2 methanol injection kit with a progressive controller that ups the cooling effect as boost increases. Spray begins at 4 psi and moves quickly to maximum output at 7. An Evolution Racewerks Competition Series front-mount intercooler core is placed up front and low in the bumper to complete the forced induction efficiency mods.
On the engine's far side, Macht Schnell stainless downpipes evacuate the spent combustion gases. These units currently lack catalysts and are for the time being recommended for off-road (track) use only, although EAS says that pipes fitted with high-flow cats are currently being considered for development.
The exterior and interior are as understated as those of the M3. The former features BlackOut kidneys in front and smoked LED side markers. KW V3 coilovers drop the body over VMR VB3s, pretty much identical to the rollers on the E92. And as on the M3, these too are wrapped with Yokohama Advan AD08 rubber.
On the inside, the 135 is also fitted with a BMW sport wheel, Recaro Pole Position bucket seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara and attached to the floorboard with Macht Schnell floor mounts. The seatbelt interface is also fitted with a Macht Schnell Occupancy Sensor Emulator (as does the M3) to delete the annoying "please buckle your seatbelt" alerts. The back seat has been deleted entirely to save more weight and for future race harness provisions.
Electronics mods include the aforementioned Mods4Cars remoteKEY module, Macht Schnell TPMS emulator, mObridge iPod integration, and the MS battery enclosure/Braille battery sunk in the bottom of the trunk.
2008 BMW 135i
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive
3.0-liter I6, dohc, 24-valve, turbocharged and intercooled. Macht Schnell intake scoops, Macht Schnell Dual Cone Intake, Snow Performance Stage 2 methanol injection kit, Evolution Racewerks Competition Series front-mount intercooler, Macht Schnell Intake Charge Pipe with Forge diverter valves, Macht Schnell stainless steel downpipes
KW Variant 3 coilovers
Wheels and Tires
VMR VB3, 8.5x18 (f), 9.5x18 (r)
Yokohama Advan AD08, 225/45 (f), 245/40 (r)
BlackOut kidney grilles, smoked LED side markers
BMW Performance steering wheel, Recaro Pole Position sport seats, Macht Schnell floormount brackets, Macht Schnell battery enclosure with Braille B2317 "No Weight" battery (r)
Peak Power: 432 hp
Peak Torque: 453 lb-ft
*GIAC data, measured at wheels