Essen Show hosted the return of the Brabham Racing BMW M3 , a tuned up M3 that we figuratively drooled over. The 494-horsepower, 2010 Brabham M3 is based on the stunning regular M3 Coupe and it is one of the best tuned up BMWs I have seen in a long time. Of course, the unique look and brand, costs quite some money, an amount that some might find outrageous: $310,000.
The fellows at Edmunds had the opportunity to test drive the 2010 Brabham Racing BT92 and the least we can do, is to report their findings. Maybe we’ll get lucky soon and drive this amazing car.
The BT92’s M3 engine has been upgraded to racing specification in almost every respect. The dimensions of the cylinders are now 93.3mm-by-80.2mm against the original 4.0-liter V8’s 92.0mm-by-75.2mm, yielding a displacement of 4.4 liters. A forged crankshaft has been carefully balanced and the camshaft profiles are new, while the cylinder heads have been machined for bigger valves and the pistons have been given a low-friction coating. Naturally, the all-new intake and exhaust systems have been optimized for more power, some 494 hp at 8,300 rpm and 354 pound-feet of torque at 5,700 rpm.
Better Than an M3?
For all that money and paint and fury and emotion, is the BT92 really better than an M3? Yes, it is. It freakin’ well better be. Fifty buyers total (that’s the production run for this limited edition) are bound to find this out, too.