The first-generation BMW M Coupe is a legendary car. Its design features, performance and quirky looks provided plenty of excitement for BMW owners. Dubbed the ‘Clown Shoe’, the M Coupe was a love it or hate it type of car. The car was also called “the Turnschuh” (running shoe in German) and “the Breadvan.”
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The compact coupe was intended to be a BMW Z3 Coupe with increased torsional and structural rigidity. The car was developed under the leadership of engineer Burkhard Göschel and it almost never saw production. The development team had a hard time convincing the Board of Directors to approve the BMW M Coupe, but it eventually received the green light. Due to sharing numerous components with the BMW Z3 Coupe, it remained cost-effective to produce. Only two generations of the M Coupe have been manufactured, the original E36/8 Z3 Coupe and the second generation E86 Z4 Coupe.
Despite its quirkiness, the M Coupe delivered impressive performance. Powered by a 3.2-litre S54B32 engine from the E46 M3, it produces 325 PS (239 kW; 321 hp) at 7,400 rpm and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) at 4,900rpm in European specification and 319 PS (235 kW; 315 hp) at 7400 rpm and 251 lb-ft (340 Nm) in North American specification.
It is worth noting that M Coupes retain their value more than any other BMWs since the E30 M3. The M Coupe production numbers were significantly lower than most of the BMWs ever produced.
HRE Performance Wheels decided to revive an M Coupe and added their custom forged wheels to the car. You can check out the car in all its glory in the photo gallery below.
The photoshoot was done by Courtney Cutchen.