BMW M3 E30 gets a Corvette engine

BMW M3 | January 16th, 2009 by 24
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How many times have I said that BMW owners are just simply “crazy”? Yes, many times I said that, and this fella from Gig Harbor, …

How many times have I said that BMW owners are just simply “crazy”? Yes, many times I said that, and this fella from Gig Harbor, WA. proved again my theory. His 1988 E30 BMW M3 went up for sale on eBay for a starting price of $30,000. 

The original U.S. E30 M3 model by a 2.3 liter engine producing 192 horsepower and a top speed of 146 mph. The eBay M3 has under the hood a Corvette LS1 engine from 2002 which was dissembled and built back to LS6 specifications. The engine is connected to a new 6-speed manual transmission from a Camaro. It also has an M-Roadster front and rear suspensions and brakes, GC coil-overs and fully adjustable Konis shock absorbers. 

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The modified E30 M3 has about 50 hp more than the LS6 engine, which brings the “M3 Corvette” to 450 hp and  450 lb-ft of torque. The bigger V8 engine adds about 50 lbs to the overall weight of the car. The owner decided to sell the classic M3 since “it has been boringly reliable”.

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He believes that the modified E30 M3 would cost you $50,000 if you would go ahead and build the car yourself, or somewhere around 75k if done by someone else. 

I wish the owner good luck with the sale, but as far as myself, I wouldn’t paid $30,000 for it, even if it came with a second Porsche engine in the trunk.

Thanks for the tip Sjoerd!




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24 responses to “BMW M3 E30 gets a Corvette engine”

  1. Tom says:

    So wrong!

  2. Matski says:

    So so wrong.

  3. Josh B says:

    no longer an M3

  4. pimp says:

    bleah .. BMW with corvette engine …

  5. The Lee says:

    As much as I may come off as a BMW “purist” most of the time, I would drive the HELL out of that car. I have a TON of respect for the LS6 powerplant.

    405hp LS6 v8 > I4. Doesn’t matter who makes the I4.

  6. E92-TORONTO says:


  7. musam says:

    it will burn the wheels only :D

  8. kodey says:

    What a disgrace to the Legend.

  9. Mat says:

    It was actually started at $25k not 30 and built to the LS7 Specs. Its still a beautiful car and all the haters above are just jealous they cant afford it and didnt think of it first. I would also like to add that it sounds like a fun car to drive and with the added weight in the front end it would probably handle even better.

    • Loz says:

      Are you thick or something! How is making it more nose heavy going to make it handle better! The m3 has a near perfect 52/48 weight distribution, which is most of the reason why it handles so well! It is now probably 60/40, if not worse!
      I am going to put a sewing machine engine in my 911 I think, just to ruin it as much as this guy has his m3!

      • Considering that he states it added 50 pounds to the weight of the car its not going to take it from 52/48 to 60/40….. . If you go based off of one website specs which states a 2,866 pound curb weight and a 48/52 weight split and add 50 pounds to the front of this car then you get a 49/51 weight split.

        Regardless of what the weight and weight split is, if you were really concerned you could always take 50 pounds out of the front end through other means besides swapping the engine back.

        This is an awesome car……

  10. RebornS14 says:

    is the car still for sale? im very interested.

  11. E30bimmerdriver says:

    wow u just ruined a great car u should sell it to a real e30 driver so he can take out the vette engine sell it and with the money he made put in a s52 in it wow im sry but all the work u put in that car was a waste go on r3vlimited and show that car off and ur gunna be messed with

  12. baha says:

    How you put this engine in E30 , mail me PLZ

  13. kent says:

    S52? What are you retarded? Lets be more realistic. Look at the engine and cost that went into producing this and you come up with a “should a S52’d it”? How about an M3 V8 or even better, M5 V10 power plant. Youtube it. You’ll see what I”m talking about.

  14. dave says:

    please send me that word doc you are talking about. I’d love to read the specs on your car, it seems very interesting to me. Nice conversion!

  15. Jim Rando says:

    Planning on an LS7 swap into a regular 325i e30. What did you do for the brakes? Looks great and I’m sure it’s a blast to drive.

  16. Andy says:

    Whoever did this does not love BMW’s, and it only adds 50 lbs to the car?!.. I think it probably adds a little more; so much for a beautifully balanced ride.

  17. E30_STL says:

    That guy’s awesome! What a crazy bastard. I like it.

  18. john says:

    thats fucking stupid because its a bimmer but it doesnt fucking matter he had to pay like 20 30k for the car alone personally i wouldnt buy it but some should because its a one of its kind

  19. stoooose says:

    everyone calm down. still a bmw e30 m3. yes the power is from gm. all good

  20. I am very interested in everything about BMW engines. Hope I could read something really interesting every time.

  21. vince says:

    i know its abit late but can you plz send word doc, as im doing ls1 stroked to 408ci, in e30 m3 too,would come in very handy,
    plus i think your m3 was 10 out of 10,

  22. daniel says:

    hey I have an 86 325 es and I would love to do that swap would love to have info on how you did it

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