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2009-06-05 08:30
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer BMW
Model M3 Tornado
Engine 4l supercharged V8
Power 362kW
Torque 480Nm
Top Speed 320km/h
Zoran Zeneke’s company currently turns out the fastest V10 BMWs in the world. What can G-Power do with a V8 M3 though?

Autenzell’s latest creation is a hardly the 360km/h top speed madness we’ve come to expect from G-Power, as it chased down speed record after speed record with M5- and M6 Hurricanes since late last year.

BMW purists hardly love G-Power. The company's penchant for plumbing force-induction onto M-division products, is seen as tantamount to heresy in the eyes of many. Well, it was - until BMW announced their own turbocharged X5- and X6 Ms in April.

Single, instead of dual-charged

G-Power’s M3 Tornado features only a single T1-518 ASA centrifugal supercharger, instead of company’s characteristic dual ASA T1-313 blowers. The eight pistons remain stock too, instead of Mahle competition versions, which drive G-Power’s V10 tuned BMWs.

Temperature management is different from G-Power’s V10 dual-supercharger conversions too, with an air-to-air intercooler instead of water-to-air routing.

With a new aluminium air-box partnering the supercharger, which in turn boosts to only 0.3 bar, the increase in engine power and rotational force is hardly outlandish.

Peak power increases from 309- to 362kW, whilst maximum rotational force on the Tornado is 80Nm up from a standard M3's 400Nm.

What do these increases in output do for performance? Well, 0-200km/h is reached in 13.5 seconds (2.3 seconds quicker than a naturally aspirated M3) and in derestricted Tornado trim, top speed runs true at 320km/h.

Signature orange G-Power airbox takes pride of place next to ASA's T1-518 blower. With ALPINA's B6 GT3 running a similar supercharger at the recent Nurburgring 24hr race - for 3 500km - reliability should not be an issue.

Titanium exhaust?

Keeping the M3 Tornado tidy at speed is a coil-over suspension set-up at each wheel corner, featuring nine bound and rebound settings, which hold 20-inch Silverstone alloy wheels in place. Rolling on the new wheels is premium Michelin Pilot Sport rubber, sized 255/30 on the front axle and 295/25 at the rear.

Beyond the wheels, exterior styling embellishments are noticeable by their absence. Only the new stainless steel quad exhaust system, jutting out from under the rear diffuser, gives a clue to this Tornado’s intent.

Metallurgical fetishists can option a titanium exhaust too, which is 15kg lighter.


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