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    • Too much or just right? An Australian E46 M3 with an LSX V8 swap and twin screw blower redefines what big boost really is

      Subtle, isn't it? Here is an E46 that showed up to the Summernats show in Australia and made a bit of a splash. The car is a BMW E46 M3 but the heart is all American. The motor is an aluminum based LS block taken to 427 cubic inches. The owner claims it is about 50 pounds lighter than the iron block S54 it replaced although with the monster blower on top it's doubtful it is any lighter as it sits. Regardless, an aluminum LS motor is lighter than the S54 the E46 M3 comes with and one of the reasons this type of swap is becoming increasingly popular.


      BimmerBoost was not able to locate a dyno of the car to substantiate the claims of 600 horsepower at the tire but there is little reason to doubt a blown 7.0 liter LSX V8 putting out that kind of power. It is fed through a T-56 manual transmission to the factory rear differential. The blower appears to be a unit from The Blower Shop in Simi, California.

      Some will say this is no longer a BMW and that much more power can be made with the stock S54 six-cylinder than 600 wheel. Some will say this is what boost is all about. There is no denying it is different. There definitely is some red blooded American appeal to a huge blower sticking through the hood letting the world know you mean business.











      This article was originally published in forum thread: Too much or just right? An Australian E46 M3 with an LSX V8 swap and twin screw blower redefines what big boost really is started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 17 Comments
      1. lulz_m3's Avatar
        lulz_m3 -
        I love the idea of a supercharged LSX in an E46 chassis, but that just looks $#@!ing retarded. At least keep some sense of class to the car.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by lulz_m3 Click here to enlarge
        I love the idea of a supercharged LSX in an E46 chassis, but that just looks $#@!ing retarded. At least keep some sense of class to the car.
        I think the idea was to go over the top.
      1. lulz_m3's Avatar
        lulz_m3 -
        I guess. It just looks insanely ridiculous, and not in a good way. I mean, having Miley Cyrus twerking as a hood ornament would be more discreet.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I have nothing against this:

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      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        sounds great but looks fvcking retarded
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        i think it's just a lazy way of screaming "LOOK HOW BOGAN I AM, I'M SO BOGAN I ENJOY $#@!ING UP EVERYTHING GOOD ABOUT A EUROPEAN SPORTS CAR"

        I don't mind if this is the only one ever ruined like this, just as long as no one copies it.. there's only so many of these cars left -_-

        If it doesn't fit with the hood closed, or at most a reasonable bulge/cut... don't put it in.
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        looks like a 12 year old lesbian chinese boy Click here to enlarge

        i used to like miley.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Flinchy Click here to enlarge
        looks like a 12 year old lesbian chinese boy
        Not to me:

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Flinchy Click here to enlarge
        i think it's just a lazy way of screaming "LOOK HOW BOGAN I AM, I'M SO BOGAN I ENJOY $#@!ING UP EVERYTHING GOOD ABOUT A EUROPEAN SPORTS CAR"

        I don't mind if this is the only one ever ruined like this, just as long as no one copies it.. there's only so many of these cars left -_-

        If it doesn't fit with the hood closed, or at most a reasonable bulge/cut... don't put it in.
        Bogan is some type of Aussie slang?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Here we are:

        The term bogan is Australian and New Zealand slang, usually pejorative or self-deprecating, for an individual who is recognised to be from an unsophisticated background or someone whose speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour exemplifies a lack of manners and education. Whilst bogan is widely recognised, localised names exist that describe the same or very similar groups of people
      1. rt turbo's Avatar
        rt turbo -
        Only 600whp? 427 lsx's practially do that all motor.
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        cherry picking and photoshop i say!

        If she grows her hair back out, and ACTUALLY has stopped the licking...

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Bogan is some type of Aussie slang?
        https://www.google.com.au/search?q=d...sm=93&ie=UTF-8

        yeah it's like a redneck kinda... Except not neccessarily country (country culture is WAY different to city/urban obviously), More like the UK chav in terms of 'dickheadery'.. Often above average levels of racism.. I guess a combo of white trash and redneck to varying degrees.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogan

        Bogan by itself may not be bad, any reasonable australian is a little bit Bogan, me included of course, gotta fit in... but '$#@!ing bogan' is obviously not a good thing haha.

        even in the local BMW club, you chat to most of the members and it's '$#@!in this' and '$#@! that' lol... with a good wine in hand Click here to enlarge.. Anyone who actively tries not to be is usually a pretentious wanker lol... just the 'classy bogans' know when it's appropriate, the standard ones are full bogan full time, V8 commodore "yeahhhh carnt, $#@!in' burnoouuttt in me SS commy (or clubby -clubsport HSV-, if they're cashed up a bit Click here to enlarge)" with a beer (XXXX or VB) in hand.. Or worse "yeah mate DOCS took me kids (department of children services), haven't seen 'em in a year"

        And there's (as in the wiki article) regional variants.. You can't compare a Westie (western sydney) dweller to someone who lives in deep south Brisbane (much more generic, blue collar or lower socio economic background). - Westies are a lot more classically trashy.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Flinchy Click here to enlarge
        cherry picking and photoshop i say!

        If she grows her hair back out, and ACTUALLY has stopped the licking...
        Growing the hair back would help.

        She obviously is just doing this look for now and soon will change it up. She'll probably add breasts this next time. Who knows, whatever. I'd still hit it though.
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        Putting one of the best engines, in one of the best handling/looking car. Why the $#@! not? Castro did it with the LS7, I really wonder how that car feels with 500hp on tap.
      1. Dirty Dog's Avatar
        Dirty Dog -
        Gotta love the way us Aussie's do it.

        Yeah we have lots of bogans here but 85% of American's are bogan's in some way or another. Click here to enlarge
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        the owner piped up on facebook

        he's from south australia

        apparently he had a supercharged S54 on nos, then turbo built with 'everything done to it ' (if that were true, the V8 swap would be a waste of time, to get less power...)

        and the blower is removable in 30 mins, .. makes 600whp~ N/A on E85 apparently, and has a vorsteiner CF hood.

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        So.... blower just for looks?