There resides a BMW E92 M3 Convertible in South Africa which there is no other on earth. Not only does it has a host of exterior and interior modifications, but it is no longer powered by the standard S65 V8 engine.
Instead, this M3 is powered by the F136, commonly known as the Ferrari-Maserati engine and used by a plethora of Maserati and Ferrari models throughout the 2000s and 2010s.
This naturally-aspirated engine has powered vehicles from the Maserati Coupe and Maserati Spyder of the early 2000s right through to the likes of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and Ferrari 458 Speciale. In Ferrari form, it featured a cross-plane crankshaft but this example is the Maserati-spec engine that means it has a cross-plane crankshaft, rather than the original flat-plane.
The engine appears to fit quite nicely into the engine bay of the BMW E92 M3. When Cars.co.za tested out the car, it was only producing about 300 hp at the rear wheels, significantly less than what it is capable of. However, the owner still needs to properly tune the engine and hopes to lift it up to around 335 hp at the wheels. From there, the engine could be equipped with independent throttle bodies and further down the road, might even be fitted with a pair of turbochargers for even more grunt.
Among the many modifications required to coax the Italian powerplant into the Bimmer, one of the big jobs was redesigning the exhaust manifold to fit around the factory steering column. Purists might have a tiff over the noise change, but we’d wager that it simply adds drama to the already exciting automobile.
This is the only M3 with a Ferrari engine under the hood, but we’d love to see what MPH this car will be able to deliver.