• Feb 17, 2010
Active Autowerke BMW M3 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The BMW M3 is already one of Germany's best Autobahn burners, but U.S.-based tuning company Active Autowerke has taken BMW's pride-and-joy M car to the next level.

Active Autowerke has made a few minor tweaks to the engine by way of a performance software upgrade. We're told that the M3 is now producing around 470 horsepower versus the stock car's 414 (which still isn't anything to raise your nose at). Autowerke's Signature Series Performance Package also includes things like a modified rear exhaust, short shift kit, and performance brake pads. Additionally, the folks at KW have fitted an upgraded coilover system for better suspension dynamics, meaning the coupe should be a bit more lively than the stock car we're used to.

Visually, Autowerke has partnered with Vorsteiner to add a new carbon fiber front bumper, upgraded rear diffuser, and a carbon fiber boot lid, giving the custom M3 a much more aggressive road presence. The wheels, made by ADV.1 and distributed by Avus Performance, can be built to many different size specifications, as well as being offered in either matte bronze and matte gunmetal. We'll take those hot 14-spokes, please.

*UPDATE: While the original information about this hotted-up M3 was sent to us by a spokesperson for Avus Performance, we have now learned that the car was, in fact, tuned by U.S.-based Active Autowerke using additional parts from the Vorsteiner and KW companies. Avus Performance is simply the distributor of the ADV.1 wheels pictured on the M3.



[Source: Active Autowerke, GT Spirit]


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      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are there tires on those wheels?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's a pretty solid look for the car. Not super fond of the diffuser in the front, and I've honestly never been a huge fan of the CSL trunk, but overall, it's a decent change. Probably wouldn't invest my money in it, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was hoping someone at AutoBlog would catch this sooner.. but they haven't.

      That press release AVUS sent out was a fraud.

      http://www.gtspirit.com/2010/02/17/avus-m3-turns-out-to-be-an-active-autowerke-m3/

      They stole the photos from the owner of Active Autowerke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's an Autobahn near me?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know, but there is one by me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those exhaust tips look like bazookas in that one pic, jeez.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate cleaning multispoke wheels. Someone bring back moons. 5 spokes is plenty and give me room to get an effing brush in there.

      Time to go to carbon/carbon brakes and get brakes good for the life of the car and get rid of brake dust for the life of the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call me a ricer, but that car looks amazing. Interlagos Blue Metallic, with the 14 spokes please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The star fish wheels look Hot,they would look great on a Tesla Model-s OR Mercedes CLS
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an e46 M3 in the States, tuned to about 370 hp, and a 10-yo 400 hp e39 M5. Then, we keep a 2-yo e60 535d for the times when we stay in Germany. As much as I enjoy BMWs, I have to say that an M3 tuned to 470 hp with these huge wheels is absolutely the wrong car for American roads. Potholes wherywhere, mostly straight flat roads, and a 70 mph speed limit. Sure, I am part guilty myself, because our 6-year old M3 would be much more fun on the Autobahn than on the Interstate, or in an Alpine pass than on some country road. However, the typical American who will get this car, but has never been out of the country, will never know what he is driving. It will be just a chick magnet and a wealth symbol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't hit any potholes...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Other than the huge CSL-ish trunk, it's pretty subtle. I'd prefer a lower rise on the midsection of the tail (a la Vorsteiner) painted of course and not bare CF.

      The one thing that I really think could do with come cosmetics is the gaping maw, it just sticks out too far and is too rounded on the bottom. It looks worse on the sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Photo #6 widescreen wallpaper... NOW!
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