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2009 BMW M3 - River Monster

Checking Out An Aquatic BMW M3.

Greg Emmerson
Dec 13, 2010
Photographer: John Zhang

I think it's fair to say we're all big fans of the E9X M3. Germany's finest musclecar combines the perfect combination of high-tech, high-revving power with subtle yet menacing looks that are unrivaled in the automotive sphere.

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With prices starting at $55k for the E90 four-door, those who can have embraced the latest M3 with open arms. One such owner is Charles Ng from Arcadia, CA.

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The 18 year-old listed a couple of Toyotas and a Mercedes CLK500 as former rides, explaining that he chose the '09 M3 because of its V8 powerplant and legendary balance.

Like all teenagers, he can't leave anything alone, so worked with AutoTeknic in Arcadia to source a host of additions. These included the company's carbon fiber CSL-style trunk spoiler, mirror covers and steering wheel trim. He also bought their matte-black front and side grille pieces and trunk emblem, LED signals and painted reflectors.

The parts were delivered to Renn Spec in La Puente, CA for installation, with the exception of a Vorsteiner front lip fitted by Long Tran.

The E92 Coupe was then lowered on H&R springs, before 20x9.5'' front and 20x10.5'' rear DPE LS5 wheels were mounted with Michelin PS2 rubber. With an Active Autowerk filter and Eisenmann Race exhaust ensuring the V8 could breathe, Charles contacted John Zhang about photographing his pride and joy.

The snapper suggested a trip to the Los Angeles River, the scene of countless movies and music videos, but also somewhere that's difficult to access without prior knowledge. Having caught these wonderful images before the river dried up in mid-summer, John contacted us to see if we'd publish them.

And so here we are, looking at Charlie's Coupe wading through water you probably wouldn't want to drink, captured for eternity as a great tribute to the incredible BMW M3.

By Greg Emmerson
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