Today I was greeted by an email from a blog reader in Portugal named Helder. Helder wanted to share with us an incredible video. This video shows a BMW E30 M3 crushing the Nurburgring with a blistering 7:37 lap time. Watch as the E30 M3 just kills the ring and all cars in his way (including some nice modified Porsche 911’s)
I love E30s.
Thanks Helder for the email and for sharing with us all!
Sometime back in 1998, Toyota stopped bringing Supra’s into the US. Then, in 2002, they stopped making them altogether. The car has experienced huge surge in popularity after production ceased which can be seen by the strong resale values the car enjoys. Clearly the combination of a turbocharged inline-6 and RWD wrapped in a sports-coupe skin is an attractive one. However, Toyota no longer makes such a car and doesn’t seem to be changing that fact anytime soon.
Interestingly, the Z4 Coupe makes a compelling case to take on the Supra’s legacy. Its layout is extremely similar, and power, weight and length are within 10% of each other. However, one of the things that contributed most to the Supra’s enduring legacy was the ease with which power could be added. BMW’s new motor certainly stacks up with many of the new turbo sixes performing extremely well in Redline Time Attack events.
Unsurprisingly the car has done extremely well in Japan. Garage Studie, Sunbeam and others have embraced BMW’s new line and provided wonderful support for the car. Even in Japan’s domestic-dominated SuperGT series, the Motorsport Z4 has found a home. And just like the JZA80’s of yesterday, the Z4 takes extremely well to outrageous widebodies and crazy color schemes.
JFactory has also shown that the car can be done well even with relatively tame modifications like the Varis hood and splitter. Even the cars Ben posted a while back from Studie show the potential of the car.
Could Toyota have made a business case to keep the Supra alive? BMW did and has reaped the rewards while Toyota chose to develop the SC430 that was a production failure.
Studie in Japan has this ultra clean Z4 for sale for 5,780,000 Japanese Yen. For how expensive BMWs are in Japan its a pretty reasonable deal. I love how clean Studie’s cars are. Although this Z4 cant stack up to the green monster mentioned yesterday, this is still great execution and a classy job.
And a bonus shot of a really clean AC Schnitzer Z4 to follow…
I’m really glad to see a nice looking Schnitzer BMW again. They have (IMO) been coming out with mostly trash for years now…which is really a shame since the Schnitzer of the mid 1990s was simply amazing to me and I used to dream of that widebody green E36 demo car of theirs back around 1995 when I was 16.
Pictures today and yesterday are from Gawa’s blog (the man has few blog posts but he does have incredible taste in cars when he’s touring Japan)
This is by far the best Gran Turismo game rig ever. Actually it was already one of my favorite E30 M3 BMWs before I even saw the front of it and realized that it is being used to play video games in! Garage Studie is responsible for this masterpiece. I have a feeling I’m going to need to stop by there during an upcoming trip to Japan…
Thanks to Gawa’s blog for stealing my post recently…if it wasnt for that I wouldnt have found your blog and been able to return the favor by stealing your content! Great blog you have over there my friend!
See the full Studie shop tour post Here:
Over the 10 years we’ve been in business, we’ve had an astounding amount of rare and awesome JDM products roll through our warehouse. However, it seems like some have made themselves a home on our shelves and we’ve accumulated a pretty eclectic mix of rare products. Below is just a taste of what you’ll find. Among other things, check out the Ersteklasse Z4 kit and the Top Secret Longnose kit for the 350Z:
Clearly there’s a huge variety of items you won’t see anywhere else. We have a nice list of what’s in stockÂ right here.Â You’ll find everything from First Molding canards to Top Secret Fusion Oil!
As a special offer for our loyal readers, if you’re interested in any of these items, give us a call at 213.745.6954 or drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you a great price. These parts would look much better on your car then on our shelves! Who knows, we might soon be blogging about your project instead of parts just sitting around.