JUSSI KONTUSALMI'S1993 BMW 325Touring

Jussi Kontusalmi's 1993 BMW 325 Touring
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JUSSI KONTUSALMI'S

1993 BMW 325

Touring

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Specs
Horsepower170 HP
Torque165 LB-FT
Drivetrain3.73 viscous LSD
Engine Size2.5 L
Transmission TypeGetrag 250

The Story

1993 BMW E30 Touring which started life as a 316i, but as was bound to happen, the original M40 engine failed catastrophically, leaving me stranded good 400 km from home. So the hunt was on for a new engine, something more substantial and modern, a twin cam straight six, in other words. I was immediately drawn by the idea of the dual vanos, aluminium block M52TU because of it's light weight and torque, though the extra 25 horsepower of the 2.8 l version would have been a nice thing to have, those engines cost about twice as much as the 2.5, so I settled for that. For the next year and a half the car sat in a warm, dry garage getting new suspension, driveline, engine and electrics, and as of writing, the swap is essentially complete, all that is left to do is to tweak the ECU in order to have an emissions compliant vehicle. As it stands, the car is loud, torquey, harsh and uncompromising, or in other words, everything I want it to be. The colour is Daytonaviolett metallic, and the car is a 'Design edition' touring, making it somewhat rare, certainly I've never seen another Daytona touring with an M52TU, and considering the rarity of this particular engine swap, largely due to it's relative complication compared to earlier similar engines, I'd think it's fair to say this is the only one of it's kind in the world.

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