Suspension
KW Variant 3 coilovers

Brakes
Brembo GT assemblies, six-piston calipers (f), four-piston calipers (r)

Wheels and Tires
Vorsteiner V-306, 9.5x20 (f), 10.5x20 (r); driver side
Vorsteiner V-305, 9.5x20 (f), 10.5x20 (r); passenger side
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2, 245/30 (f), 295/25 (r)

Exterior
Vorsteiner GTS3 carbon bumper with one-piece race spoiler, Vorsteiner VRS LCI carbon boot lid, Vorsteiner VRS Type II rear diffuser

Interior
BMW Performance steering wheel and carbon trim, Vorsteiner floor and trunk mats

Performance
Peak Power: 600 hp @ 5300 rpm
Peak Torque: 400 lb-ft @ 2300 rpm
0-62 mph: 4.0 sec.
Top Speed: 180 mph

The Coupe
Flanking Larry Castor's stunning BMW M3 was yet another, this one an E92. Although lacking the supercharged development of its four-door sibling, it was nonetheless another striking example of tuner art. Its body panels have been augmented with Vorsteiner's new line of ultra-lightweight aerodynamics, including the front and rear bumpers, hood and trunk lid, and lower front spoiler and rear diffuser.

A few years ago Vorsteiner was pretty good at the aerodynamic styling game. Today they seem hell-bent on getting better, a lot better. Many of these parts are of genuine autoclave manufacture, rendering them impossibly light, yet very strong. So good is the quality, in fact, that Vorsteiner has been working directly with BMW dealers who install the components much like factory pieces. For decades, European dealers have been doing the same thing with select tuners.

Vorsteiner has recently introduced several new wheel designs, including the V-102 forged monoblocks present on this car. Although the jury was split on their aesthetics, the V-102s looked sensational at speed, like the multi-blade prop of a WWII warbird.

Vorsteiner had also equipped this M3 with GIAC software and a VTS titanium exhaust. The VTS system actually "grows" as it heats up, extending a good inch from its original length. The rich baritone it produces tells the world of its V8 intentions.

KW V3 coilovers lower the chassis about 0.75-inches and provide a substantially firmer ride than the stock. Sizable Stoptech binders inhabit each corner and provide both an improved pedal feel and terrific modulation.

Although the new V8-powered M3 has been referred to as a "baby M5," we don't quite see it that way. The car is very light on its feet and will carve canyons like a champ. The greatest difference with this car is the high degree of refinement, a fact not too difficult to accept.

2009 BMW M3
Layout
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive

Engine
4.0-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve. GIAC software flash, Vorsteiner titanium exhaust

Transmission
Six-speed manual

Suspension
KW Variant 3 coilovers

Brakes
StopTech assemblies

Wheels And Tires
Vorsteiner V-102, 19-inch
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2, 245/35 (f), 285/30 (r)

Exterior
Vorsteiner GTS3 carbon bumper with one-piece race spoiler, Vorsteiner GTS3 carbon diffuser, Vorsteiner GTS3 carbon hood with RPI air scoops, Vorsteiner VRS carbon boot lid, BMW Performance kidney grilles

Interior
Vorsteiner floor and trunk mats

Performance
Peak Power: 446 hp @ 8000 rpm
Peak Torque: 305 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
0-62 mph: 4.5 sec.
Top Speed: 155 mph (limited)

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