Originally Posted by sayemthree
I just cant wait for the vs. 135i threads. "all you have to do is chip it and it will beat an M3!" LOL
WOOOOHOOOOO! 2000th post.
If I was to mod a 3- or 1-series, I wouldn't start with a brand new 135i (that's a waste of money to me). Buy a used 128i/328i, pull the engine; sell it; buy a used LS2; heads/cam upgrades would easily put it over 500+ hp OR leave it stock (400 hp is not shabby at all in my book). The money saved from buying a M3 could be used for chassis/brake upgrades. Now you have a car that is faster and lighter than the M3, for $25K-30K less.
That's essentially what the Vorshlag team is doing over there in the Bimmerforums in their engine conversion thread
They even sell kits to help with the engine conversion. The guy that's heading up the conversion is currently looking for a trashed E92 Coupe for his next LSX swap (he runs a BMW shop, so body repair is not really an issue).