Thursday, July 25, 2013

2001 M3 Dinan S2 Laguna Seca Blue

My friend's awesome factory-Dinan S2 M3 in the ever-elusive Laguna Seca "Bleu".  This shot taken the day I met Mitch and his fresh road machine, with less than 66k miles.  He had the car for barely a month, but of course, got hooked right away.

It had been suggested to me that I let my wife drive me down to Bimmerfest, so that I could shoot photos of all the cars in our E46 "brigade".  Weighing the option was not tough; I simply drove and shot out the window the best I could. 

MSRP: $70,293
Engine: 3.2L I-6 DOHC 24V
Horsepower: 361hp@7900RPM
Torque: 282lb-ft@4700RPM

Transmission: 6-speed manual
Curb weight: 3480lbs
0-60MPH: 4.6s
1/4 Mile: 13.2s @ 107mph
Skidpad: 0.96g

"It's hard to imagine anyone even trying to improve on the M3, but Dinan says his $17,798 package of engine and suspension mods does indeed do just that."  - Car and Driver - 2003

First Post, 2004 330Ci Japanrot

The E46; a chassis with many different faces and customizations. Also, it marks the last run of the naturally aspirated 3-series.  
Back when a 328 was powered by a 2.8L and a 330 housed a 3.0L six. Tried and true.

Photo shot from my friend's 2001 Laguna Blue Dinan S2 M3, driving through NJ on I-195, coming back from Bimmerfest 2013 in Maryland. 

Photo of me driving on the Tail of The Dragon, US-129, in Tennessee. Wicked curves, drove over 300 of them, twice.

The curves on that eleven-mile mountainous strip are scary.  There were many times that the upcoming change in elevation was so radical that i thought my car might dive right into the pavement.