Everyone has a list of vehicles that they want to drive before they die, for me, today's RR of the Day is a vehicle that I've vowed to own. The first time I saw an M coupé in person at a strip mall in my hometown, I waited 20 minutes for the owner to come out, interrogated him for a half an hour and then talked him in to giving me a ride. Unlike today's example, his black 2000 model housed a 240 HP, S52 engine that provided ample motivation for the three-door oddity. CT57's, however, is equipped with an S54, the same 330 HP mill found within the E46 M3 that we know and love.
The rest of the details are after the jump, along with instructions on how to get your own ride featured here.
The Air Jordan on wheels was a rogue engineering exercise by a small, dedicated group of BMW's propeller heads that were obsessed with creating a true driver's car. After convincing BMW's suits that it could be manufactured in a cost effective manner, utilizing as many parts from its drop-top sibling, the Z3, as possible, they got the green light. When it comes to the styling, you either get it, or you don't. There doesn't seem to be anything in between.
Autoblog reader and Flickr member, CT57, has owned this 2001 model since late 2005 and it's one of 690, S54-equipped models produced. He's kept the modifications to a minimum, not risking the possibility of messing with perfection, by only adding a strut tower brace and tinting the windows.
For tons more pics of CT57's ride and a brief history of the original M coupé, click here.
How to submit to RR of the Day:
Create a Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!