Before we start a war in the comments section, we know that this is not necessarily the industry-first example of putting a Ferrari engine into another car. Keen readers will refer to Formula Drift star Ryan Turk’s GT4586 project car, where he fitted the engine from the 458 to his Toyota GT86 chassis. Regardless, BMW is a much more grounded original story depicted above.
The V3 of the M3 went bang, and the owner was faced with a very difficult decision. Instead of extorting money to a German automaker for a replacement motor, he decided to make a statement and opted for a Ferrari implant. With the engine, they locked the convertible roof, fitted a body kit from Japan, and borrowed a little paint from Porsche. Along with increasing the horsepower under the hood, the vehicle gets a manual gearbox.
Among the many modifications needed to encapsulate the Italian powerplant in the Bimmer, a major task was to redesign the exhaust manifold to fit around the factory steering column. The owners crank the engine cross-plane instead of the original flat-plane. Purists may be bent on noise change, but we would say that it adds drama to an already exciting automobile.
As far as we know, this is the only M3 with a Ferrari engine under the hood, but we would love to see what else is out there.