1989 BMW E30 M3 vs 2013 Scion FR-S vs 2013 Volkswagen GTI! [Head 2 Head Episode 31]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Mike Febbo & the 2013 Scion FR-S take on European Car’s Greg Emmerson & the 2013 Volkswagen GTI.
Joining the mix is a beloved classic, as the 1989 BMW E30 M3 makes an appearnce. Compared to the Scion & VW, the E30 carried a heftier price tag for it’s time but represented the definition of a fun, affordable sports car. And so, it serves as the benchmark for this episode’s Asian & European contenders.
Join Mike & Greg as they hash it out in their quest to see which is the “better” car.
BMW’s fabled M GmbH division dropped some photos of an M Roadster prototype of the Z3 series powered by a V12 engine. The company doesn’t provide any information other than that the study was built “years ago”.
Given that the Z3 series was sold from 1996 to 2002, it’s very likely that the V12 shoehorned under the hood of the roadster is based on BMW’s M73 5.4-liter engine used on the E38 750i/iL sedans and E38 850Ci coupe of the mid-1990s to early 2000s and which was rated at 322hp (326PS) and 490Nm (361 lb·ft).
At the time, the fastest Z3 model was the production M Roadster fitted with the E46 M3’s 3.2-liter naturally aspirated inline-six delivering 321hp (325PS) and 353 Nm (261 lb·ft) in EU specification (315hp in North American trim).
When AC Schnitzer says it wants to be a tuner of everything BMW it really means it; from cars to motorcycles and now even the Bavarian firm’s bicycles. And mind you, not any BMW bicycle but the ultra-light M Carbon Race developed by none other than the brand’s fabled M division.
The Aachen-based tuner was able to shave 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) off the bicycle that now tips the scales at 6.9kg (15.2 lbs), a 12.7 per cent improvement over the regular M bike.
AC Schnitzer says it achieved the weight savings by replacing select components with lighter parts including the new carbon wheels that were developed in collaboration with “Xentis”, the carbon saddle and carbon saddle support combined with a carbon crank.
The final touch came via an AC Schnitzer paint job and special livery.
The German tuner has not yet announced prices, but for the record, the regular M Carbon Race retails for $3,579 in the U.S.
2012 BMW 3-Series / 5-Series M Performance (American Version)
The M Performance Parts catalogue includes 20-inch forged alloy rims for the latest 3-Series and 5-Series models, which the company says are 1kg (2.4 pounds) lighter per wheel than the same size standard wheel.
To improve braking performance, there is a Brembo big-brake kit with painted calipers in red, yellow or orange, and sports brake discs measuring 370 x 30 mm on the front axle and 345 x 24 mm on the rear axle.
For the six-cylinder turbocharged 335i and 535i sedans, BMW offers a sports exhaust system complete with two chrome-plated 80 mm tailpipes.
On the outside, the M Performance Parts catalogue includes high-gloss black kidney grilles and carbon fiber mirror caps for both the 3- and 5-Series models, racing stripes for the 3-Series, and a carbon fiber rear deck lid spoiler for the 5 Series sedan.
There is a variety of interior goodies such as a flat-bottom, motorsports-inspired, Alcantara steering wheel for the 3-Series, a seven piece carbon fiber and Alcantara interior trim set for both sedans, and a carbon fiber gear shift knob and selector lever for vehicles with manual or automatic transmissions.
BMW notes that all parts come with a factory warranty.
The German company’s program includes both performance upgrades and styling modifications for the M version of the 1-Series Coupe.
The tweaking starts under the hood with a Hartge power kit and a sports exhaust system that improve upon the standard model’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six lifting output from 335hp (340PS) to 396hp (401PS) at 5,850 rpm and maximum torque from 450Nm to 530Nm (391 lb-ft) at 2,950 rpm.
Hartge quotes a 0 to 200km/h (124mph) sprint time of 11.34 seconds, which is a significant improvement over the stock model’s 13.52 second run. We don’t know how, but the tuner also claims that it’s modified 1 M Coupe consumes 0.5 liters less fuel per 100 kilometers than the regular version.
For the suspension, Hartge offers a 30mm lowering kit, while buyers can also fit their cars with a choice of alloy wheels.
Next up is the styling package, which includes boot lid and roof spoilers, new exhaust tips, Hartge emblems, aluminum pedals and bespoke floor mats.