This Ultra Badass M3 V8-Powered BMW 1 Series Is Brain-Meltingly Perfect

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What is it about putting a big V8 into a tiny car that makes a grown man giddy like a school girl? It's the unexpected noise. The thrill. Whatever it is, the awesomesaucity of this BMW 135i with an M3 V8 is off the chain.

The beautiful genius behind this car has done something rather simple, really. Remove puny six cylinder engine from 135i. Insert manly bastion as power M3 V8 and DCT gearbox. Then ruin everyone's perceptions of what speed actually means.

While the video doesn't show the car flying at warp speed, you get the idea that it is quite fast. It's probably not filmed at full throttle just because it's simply too fast to be caught on camera.

Correction: We originally said this was a 1M, it was actually a 135i.

Hat Tip to @timwepunkt!

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jimmythemonkey
MazdaMonkey

Very cool. I worry this would ruin the balance of the car, though. The 1M was a perfect lightweight (relatively) handling car. I worry that adding in a ton of power and a lot of extra weight up front would ruin the feel of the car. Just like everyone making monster V8 Miatas. Sure, they sound wonderful and have tons and tons of power, but the chassis wasn't designed to be a muscle car. When I hopped behind the wheel of one, I felt something big was missing from the driving experience despite the insane amount of additional acceleration.