BMW owners tend to be some of the most devoted, passionate and engaging folks you’ll ever meet. By far. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one such BMW enthusiast and showcase his ride in our special Owners Spotlight piece.
I first met Robby Chopra through a mutual friend (Andy Kim and his monster M3) and from the moment we sat down to talk about his car, it was clear that he was a BMW M fanatic, through and through. The amount of attention and care he has accorded his 2016 BMW DINAN M4 is the stuff of legend. For instance, the fact that he always wears BMW M leather gloves when he drives, in order to protect the alcantara on the M Performance electronic steering wheel is a clear and obvious sign that he’s devoted to keeping his ride in as mint of a condition as possible. Sweat and alcantara do not mix well, and Robby knows it.
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But that’s just scratching the surface. In the 10 months that Robby has owned his M4, he’s been very busy turning it into the Santorini Blue Beast that it is today. Still, I wanted to know the story behind what made him choose the M life, so I asked him. His response: “I’ve had many cars in the past, but I always wondered about owning my own M car. I would always get excited every time I’d hear about M cars, and when I saw my first M4 I knew then that there was no way I’d choose anything else over it. I fell in love the moment I saw it.”
So, it’s obvious that it was love at first sight for Robby, but it’s also obvious that his M4 has had some “work” done to it. For starters, the car was originally Alpine White from the factory. Robby decided he wanted to make it Santorini Blue instead, so he reached out to Vital Energy Motorsports and got it wrapped. Then, he went to town with the carbon fiber aero. Vorsteiner front lip and rear diffusor. Check. Dinmann carbon side skirts. Check. M Performance rear lip. Check. The man likes his carbon fiber!
Next up, Robby focused on the car’s stance, so he swapped his stock coilovers with a set of V3’s from KW. Then, upgraded his factory wheels with a set of Vorsteiner Flow Forged VFF 106’s. On to the interior – iND red seatbelts, floor mats and interior trim, plus the aforementioned alcantara M Performance electronic steering wheel.
But Robby’s biggest focus, it would appear, is on performance. That’s why there’s a DINAN badge on the rear of his M4, and that badge is significant for many reasons. More on that later.
First, for the uninitiated, DINAN was founded in 1979 by Steve Dinan. It’s a North American aftermarket performance parts company that designs, tests, and manufactures their own hardware and software. Specializing in BMW’s, their performance parts are sold through BMW dealerships as well as high-end independent auto shops, and is in fact the only high performance aftermarket upgrade authorized and even supported by BMW itself. This means you can upgrade your BMW’s already impressive performance with confidence, knowing that your factory warranty still remains in full effect.
Back to that DINAN badge – you can’t buy one. That’s because DINAN send you one once your BMW (or MINI) has hit the magical 10-point mark. Basically, each performance upgrade you make from DINAN, be it intake, exhaust, software, supercharger, wheels, etc. helps you to accrue points. Different upgrades are worth different point values. Get the DINAN engine software upgrade, intake, exhaust and some rear shock tower brakes, boom, you’ve upgraded your BMW enough to merit that DINAN badge. So drivers beware – you see a DINAN BMW on the roads, you’d better think twice before challenging it to a friendly sprint!
Speaking of all this performance, here’s a full breakdown of what Robby’s M4 has equipped:
- Stage 3 Tune
- Carbon Fiber Intake
- Santorini Blue Full Wrap by Vital Energy Motorsports
- Vorsteiner Flow Forged VFF 106 wheels
- Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Front Race Lip
- Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
- Dinmann Carbon Fiber Side Skirts
- M Performance Carbon Fiber Trunk Lip
- M Performance Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps
- M Performance Carbon Kidney Grill
- KW V3 Coilovers
- M Performance Electronic Steering Wheel
- M Performance Alcantara Brake Handle
- iND Red Trim
- iND M4 Custom Red Floor Mats
- iND Red Seatbelts
Needless to say, Robby’s DINAN M4 attracts a lot of attention. Its power output is well beyond the 500 horsepower club, and he’s putting down enough torque to smoke his Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires for days. I ask Robby if he’s been on any interesting adventures with his Blue Beast, to which he replies with— “The M4 basically takes you on an adventure every time you step inside and drive it! Still, I take it out often to Leavenworth, car meet cruises across the state, as well as trips through Seattle.”
With the extensive modifications done to his car, I can’t help myself but wonder what Robby loves the most about his M4, and, if it’s even possible, anything he’d want to change still? – “The power and torque on this M are the best to date. I’d also have to say that this is the best handling car I’ve ever driven, plus it’s equipped with the iconic straight six-cylinder engine. I wouldn’t change a thing on my car!”
And with all of the time, sweat, and work put into a build like this, I’m sure everyone’s wondering how much it would cost to construct such a brawny Bavarian. So I asked Robby – “The costs associated with building a car with passion, that essentially represents you and who you are, very quickly get lost in the excitement of it all. I never stopped. Each day I’d have a new idea, one I’d want to try out on my M4. So far however I’ve invested around $30,000 on my M4. The largest investment out of that $30,000 was put into the DINAN upgrade, but then again, it’s also made the biggest difference. It’s taken an already perfect car and transformed it into something extraordinary.”
And there you have it! A masterfully upgraded DINAN M4 owned by a proper M enthusiast. Catch Robby on Instagram @seattlem4 and of course be sure to check out the photo gallery below. Follow me on Instagram as well @jamesbachici and of course @bmwblog for additional content. Leave us your questions in the comments section and we’ll catch you next time!