BMW 150i with a V10 engine for 507 horsepower

1-series, Tuning | November 2nd, 2015 by 5
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A V10 engine transplant into a small hatchback is a monumental challenge, but the folks over at Smith Performance decided to try the impossible. Using …

A V10 engine transplant into a small hatchback is a monumental challenge, but the folks over at Smith Performance decided to try the impossible. Using the E87 1 Series hatch as the base platform, the tuning shop takes BMW’s legendary 5.0 liter V10 engine – along with the SMG gearbox – and gives the small hatch 507 horsepower and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft), and unmatched engine sound for a car in this segment.

The discretely marked BMW 150 uses also aero parts from the BMW 1 Series M Coupe – starting with the aggressive front and rear bumper, and flared fenders.

As with previous V10 transplants, the SMG transmission was imported over into the new car and notorious-brutal gear changes are likely a much better fit in the eyes of many customers.

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The suspension technology comes also from the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and to a large extent from the E92 M3 generation. The braking system has been -naturally – adapted to the new power source. The extremely front-heavy weight distribution has shifted the perfect BMW balance : 52 percent of the weight rests on the front axle.

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5 responses to “BMW 150i with a V10 engine for 507 horsepower”

  1. PF says:

    Those white angel eyes look awesome! Does anyone know where can i buy then to put in my 130i? Like ebay or something.. And what power should i buy. (Sorry for my english :/)

  2. Senne says:

    This must be a monster! :D Do you have any idea on the 0-62 time?

  3. TheBingoBalls says:

    That’s pretty awesome, though I would imagine this totally messed up the weight distribution on this chassis.

  4. jason bourne says:

    Overkill.

  5. […] Fitting a V10 engine in a BMW 1 Series hatchback is a monumental task, but once accomplished, the little hot hatch takes its performance to a whole new level. This BMW E87 1 Series hatchback received a 5.0 liter V10 engine which in standard form outputs 507 horsepower and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft). The engine is matted to an SMG transmission. […]

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