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Favorite European Car Feature Builds of 2014 – Staff Picks

Our top tuner car picks featured in 2014 print issues

Sean Russell
Dec 18, 2014

At the core of european car magazine are the owners and builders of tuned platforms. With the end of the year knocking at our door we thought it time to reflect back on those select euro builds presented in print during 2014.

Below you will find, in no particular order, personal staff favorites, ranging from full-out supercar builds to people movers and upgraded retros. As you will see the european car staff has diverse tastes – which are your favorites?

Here: Favorite Super Street Feature Cars of 2014

Name: Michael Febbo

Position: Editor-in-Chief

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Choice 1: Sean Myers’ 1988 BMW e30 M3

Issue: April 2014

Reason: “If I had the time and money, I would be building something like this as we speak. I grew up trying to catch every glimpse of 90s DTM I could find. At the time, the internet was barely existent and YouTube or torrents weren't even a glimmer in a nerd's eye; DTM was as exotic as it got to a American car fanatic. This M3 brings all those feelings rushing back. While I think e30s are getting to that point where you really have to weigh a factory correct restoration next to a performance build, I'm glad Sean went the way of the latter.”

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Choice 2: John Mendoza’s 2011 Porsche GT3 RS

Issue: May 2013

Reason: “This is close to how I would build a GT3 if I had the funds. I had a 911SC in white, with a full cage and racing seats, so this would feel like home to me. I like the clean simple approach to tuning, the admission that the factory does things really well and sometimes you need to leave things alone. There are certainly faster 911s out there, but that doesn't make them better.”

Name: Bob Hernandez

Position: Content Director

2008 mercedes benz CLK63 AMG black series vorsteiner DTM front spoiler 03 Photo 10/41   |   Favorite European Car Feature Builds of 2014 – Staff Picks

Choice 1: Joseph Galante's 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series

Issue: Sept. 2014

Reason: “Kudos to Galante for taking something super rare and fearlessly pushing it to race car extremes. Stunning good looks, 670 ponies at the rears, and killer customization (Clear trunk floor! Blown diffuser!) - what’s not to love?”

2014 BMW 328i xDrive 2007 BMW 328i 12 Photo 14/41   |   2014 BMW 328I Xdrive 2007 BMW 328I 12

Choice 2: Stan Chen’s 2014 BMW 328i Xdrive + James Camarador 2007 BMW 328i

Issue: Dec. 2014

Reason: “We’re not too proud to admit we love wagons, and these two are as fresh as they come. It’s a bit of a cheat to pick one story about two cars, but if we had to choose between them it’d be Camarador’s M3-aping E91 – so baller, he has two different sets of E88s for his grocery getter.”

Name: Michael Sabounchi

Position: Social Media Manager

2013 audi s4 OEM audi RS4 front bumper 07 Photo 18/41   |   Favorite European Car Feature Builds of 2014 – Staff Picks

Choice 1: Dennis Tang’s 2013 Audi S4

Issue: May 2014

Reason: “This is another one of those shoots that I had the chance to be a part of. Alex Bernstein and I hopped in this RS4 Converted S4 at 7am and drove out to the middle of nowhere for this epic photo shoot. We drove this beast over 400 miles in one day and it gave us ZERO problems. You gotta love a car that’s built that well.”

2008 BMW 135i OEM 1M widebody fenders 18 Photo 22/41   |   2008 BMW 135I OEM 1M Widebody Fenders 18

Choice 2: Marco Svizzero’s 2008 BMW 135i

Issue: Oct. 2014

Reason: “I love this car for two very simple reasons: 1) Big things DO come in small packages and 2) Euro’s always get extra points in my book when swapped correctly. This little 135i was transplanted with a heart of a lion. Instead of trying to extract the most amount of power from the 3.5 Turbo engine, the owner decided to raise the badass level and put in a 4.0L M3 V8! An ASA supercharger then bumped power to 600hp. Add to that a killer cage, and some epic Recaro’s and you have my dream Euro build. On top of that, everything works: A/C, radio, TC, etc. Hurry up and take my money.”

Name: Willie Yee

Position: Associate GM

EAS 2011 BMW M3 2008 BMW Z4 m coupe 01 Photo 26/41   |   Favorite European Car Feature Builds of 2014 – Staff Picks

Choice 1: EAS 2011 BMW M3 & 2008 BMW Z4 M

Issue: Apr. 2014

Reason: “Twin Alpine White M Cars + ESS Superchargers Kits + JDM Wheels + RECARO Seats = The Ultimate Cleanly-Modded driving machines that I would rock on the street and at the track.”

2014 audi q5 TDI s line caractere widebody kit 03 Photo 30/41   |   Favorite European Car Feature Builds of 2014 – Staff Picks

Choice 2: Warren Goodman’s 2014 Audi Q5 TDI S-Line

Issue: Oct. 2014

Reason: “This Q5 is a testament to having your cake and eating it too. It’s a cleanly modded Euro that I would proud to cruise and roll-up in, plus giving me the utility for all the outdoors and family activities….I’m Sold!”

Name: Sean Russell

Position: Digital Content Manager

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Choice 1: Vorsteiner Lamborghini Aventador

Issue: Apr. 2014

Reason: “I’ve always wanted to go to space and the Aventador looks like it can take you there. I love Lambo: from white Countach to SV Diablo. This year I had a chance to track one of these $400k hypercars, under instruction, and it blew me away. Add in Vorsteiner carbon aero and forged wheels and this car can’t be ignored. Ballin’.”

2011 audi r8 TSM classic livery front bumper 24 Photo 38/41   |   2011 Audi R8 TSM Classic Livery Front Bumper 24

Choice 2: TopSpeed Motorsports’ 2011 Audi R8

Issue: Nov. 2014

Reason: “Driving a racecar on the street is fun…but at some point after logging the miles creature comforts take larger priority. This wild R8 looks as fast as it is but also retains an upgraded stereo, backup camera and AC. It strikes a tuner-centric balance between white-knuckle excitement and date night cruiser.

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