We’ve been waiting for something special like this to come along. In our Euro Flavor section, we’ve featured everything from slammed VWs to old school Porsches, but we haven’t found a modern day Bimmer to showcase until now…
Darren Yoo’s BMW 335i has been through countless transformations since he picked up the car in ’08 but this final look makes the boldest statement. We’ll even go to the lengths of saying that this BMW is the sickest modified current-gen 3-Series in North America! Here’s why:
Under the hood is BMW’s twin-turbo N54 motor. With bolt-ons and software tuning, this 3.0-liter is capable of breaking the 400hp mark and beat out its big brother M3. Darren originally went this route but took his car to the next level after hooking up with FFTEC who supplied the hardware for a single-turbo conversion. As one of the first 335i’s with this conversion, Vishnu Performance System’s tuned Darren’s car to a neck-breaking 597whp.
With the power to keep up with supercars, Darren worked on the chassis and body next. And what better way to get more traction and an aggressive look than a widebody, but not just any widebody. We’re talking about an authentic BMW Motorsport carbon-fiber kit from Germany used in the World Touring Car Championship. It’d be almost like the equivalent of a JGTC widebody on a GT-R. Dope, right?
The new body allowed the sedan to run massive CCW wheels and Toyo R888 tires for maximum grip, while KW Clubsport coilovers and newer M3 suspension pieces ensured the handling of this 3-Series would be a star on the track.
Darren finished up the project with a Porsche grey paint job, BMW Performance interior, rollcage and StopTech brakes. While it can easily be mistaken for a show car, you’d be surprised how often this sexy beast gets driven on the regular. It’s Darren’s only car and he tells us the odometer is close to 80,000 miles. With a motorsport-themed exterior, stout chassis and 600hp single-turbocharged motor, do you now get why this daily-driven E90 3-Series is one of the baddest around?
2009 BMW 335i
Owner Darren Yoo
Hometown Los Angeles, CA
Occupation pro-am golfer
Power 597whp, 550 lb-ft of torque
Engine 3.0 liter six-cylinder 24v N54 with Vishnu/FFTEC single-turbo conversion using a 58mm Precision turbo; Vishnu PWM methanol injection kit and charge pipe; Forge Motorsport diverter valves; Active Autowerke intercooler; Evolution Racewerks Competition dual oil coolers; VRSF single 3.5" exhaust; carbon engine cover
Drivetrain Factory steptronic automotive with Quaife limited-slip differential
Engine Management Vishnu PROcede V5 tune
Footwork & Chassis KW Clubsport coilovers; OE M3 front strut brace, front and rear sway bars front, tension strut replacement, front and rear wishbone replacements, bushings and regulating rod; HPA adjustable end-links
Brakes 365mm front, 345mm rear StopTech Trophy big brakes with six- and four-piston calipers
Wheels & Tires 18x11.5" +6 front, 18x12.5" +19 rear CCW Classic wheels shotpeened anodized blue with brushed blue barrels; 295/30R18 front and 335/30R18 rear Toyo Proxes R888 tires; 90mm stud kit
Exterior OE BMW Motorsport WTCC carbon-fiber widebody kit; BavX LS3 headlights; IND carbon-fiber roof; Voltex 1S rear wing; LTMW custom LCI hood; matte black kidney grilles; OE Porsche GT3 RS grey paint
Interior OE BMW Performance seats, steering wheel and e-brake handle with alcantara boot; OE BMW M5 DCT shift knob and paddle shifters; OE BMW M3 gauge cluster and headliner; custom rear seats; AutoPower rollbar; Schroth harnesses; Stack gauges with IND gauge pod; painted interior trim; LED lighting