NycM3ryder of Suffolk, N.Y. drives a 2011 BMW E90 M3. This black beauty houses a 4.0-liter V-8 (a first for the BMW M3) that sends power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. 414 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque propel this sedan from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 4.5 seconds. It has provided driving bliss to its owner for 47,000 miles and counting.
Aftermarket modifications for this BMW M3 include blacked out grills, fender turn signals, and badging. NycM3ryder also added the following: high-flow air intake, air scoops, 15 mm rear wheel spacers, 15 percent tint all around, navigation reprogramming, automated fold-in and open-out side mirrors, Alpine HID Angel Eye headlight upgrades, carbon fiber rear spoiler, carbon fiber front splitters, carbon fiber “M” pedals, and hard-wired Valentine One radar detector.
NycM3ryder’s BMW M3 story
“The history with me and this car began a few years before I developed the courage to get it. I was working for a construction company and finally making some decent money. I have been into good-looking fast cars since I was very young. So I treated myself with a BMW 335xi, my first European sports sedan. I loved the car’s torquey twin-turbo motor. It never caught my eye quite like the M3 did, however.
“When you look at the BMW M3 you see beauty, passion, speed, and most of all heritage. In its day the M3 was the benchmark for performance touring cars. It had power, looks, and was very capable. Although it was just as powerful as competitors such as the Mercedes-AMG C63 and Audi RS4, it still came out on top. BMW did a great job putting together a car that was agile, fast, and responsive on the road and track. The sound alone gives me chills of excitement.”
How the BMW M3 drove its way into my heart
“I was sitting in the waiting room at the dealership one day while my 335xi was being serviced. I saw a brand new BMW M3 pull into the parking lot and I just had to ask for a test drive. After 15 mins behind the wheel I was in love. I hurried up to the salesperson and asked, ‘What do I need to do to trade in my car for an M3 today?!’
“What do I need to do to trade in my car for an M3 today?!”
“My adventure started two months later when my new M3 arrived fresh from Germany. It’s an all-around great car that I could drive in normal conditions, with performance just waiting to be unleashed. The ability to change it from a calm sedan to a track-oriented beast with a push of the “M” mode button is a wonderful feeling. To this day I consider it the best purchase I have ever made.”
“The first car I took possession of was a 1989 Ford Probe. I then bought a 2004 Nissan 350Z Touring edition. The 335xi came next, followed by my 2011 BMW M3. I use a 2003 Jeep Liberty Limited as a daily driver. My wife owns a 2009 Pontiac G6 GXP and we’re leasing a 2018 Leep grand Cherokee Limited. I plan on purchasing a Ram 1500 Limited in the future.”
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