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Old 24th May 2004, 17:49   #1
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Craig and his brothers run Street Effectz, an East Coast-based company that specializes in mobile-electronics installs.

As you can see from the trunk of the 328Ci, Craig and his brothers don't mess around when it comes to installs. As if the 15-inch custom-mounted television screen along with three others in the back wasn't enough, there's a 6.5-inch widescreen custom-mounted in the fan shroud, presumably so the mechanic can watch Tool Time or how-to videos. All in all there are 14 screens all from Icon-TV. Xbox games can be played on the amalgam of screens, as can DVDs. The sounds can be heard throughout the neighborhood via the two Focal subs and Focal Utopia mids and tweets. The stereo setup is nothing short of over the top. Don't take our word for it though, just take a look at the accompanying spec and that 240-man-hour trunk.

While the sounds from the cabin and the trunk are impressive, so is the timbre that emanates from the motor. Start this bahn stormer up and not only are ears enticed with the cacophony from the UUC TSE2 custom dual-exit exhaust, they're also treated to a Siren's song from the supercharger. The polished Vortech unit is run in collaboration with ESS software and Bosch 36 lb/hr injectors. The ESS unit entirely replaces the ECU while the new injectors compensate for the pittance of petrol previously provided by the stock injectors. On top of the motor mods, the 328Ci has had Dinan transmission software installed, which improves shift points when it overrides the stock tranny ECU.

With horsepower boosted from 193 to 267 at the wheels, a slew of accompanying performance upgrades were called for. First, the ride height needed to be taken south. This was accomplished with the KW Variant 2 coilover system. Ride height is now around 2.5 inches lower, possibly more in back thanks to the stereo. The 19-inch rollers that the newly adjusted arches ensconce hail from HRE. The 8.5-inches-wide 542R's have been powdercoated charcoal for a touch that chain smokers will love. These rims are in turn wrapped by 235/35-19 Nitto NT-555's. With a sticky footprint such as this, the stoppers could be improved with a set of Brembos. While most feel the need to take care of only one set of brakes, Craig and crew replaced the fronts with 14-inch Brembo BBK rotors and six-piston calipers while the rears received 12.6-inch rotors of the same make. The result? A Bimmer that runs faster than an 11-year-old out of Neverland and stops quicker than Michael Jackson in front of a junior-high school.

With its Viagra-like performance, the E46 needed some aerodynamic and aesthetic improvements. The goodies chosen for this chore are not of the cheap variety. Hamann parts abound all around; everything from the GTR front and rear bumper to the side skirts to the carbon-fiber spoilers to the roof spoiler to the eyelids hails from the coveted marquee. The Hamann shadow grille has been painted Topaz Blue to match the rest of the exterior while the front bumper has had a few of the gaps filled with mesh. A 35 percent metallic tint covers the windows including the windshield. Too bad our friend the cop didn't notice this "obstruction."

Aesthetic upgrades continue with an array of OEM upgrades. The M3 mirrors as well as the BMW clears all around add that touch of class as does the BMW blank drivers-door handle.

If there's one area of upgrading that the owner/driver of the car appreciates, it is the interior. While you could drive all day and never see your reflection, a trick interior can make you feel like Fangio even if you drive like Fabio. The custom blue, Alcantara suede covering the seats and door panels looks race-tastic, especially with the accompanying array of Hamann accouterments such as the pedals and shift knob. The list of Hamann parts goes on as do the items that the cop could have written Dave up for. A couple other sweet touches are the center-console-mounted starter button from a Z8 and the Valentine One display concealed in the rearview mirror.

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WICKED though I would prefer a few less spoilers on the rear though.
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Very very very nice. Clean and mean...just my kinda combination.

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Lean mean going machine. Riding low too
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The modern outlook of the good ol' batmobile....

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Sooveeet!
And yea Rtech, as u said the Spoilers Spoil it a little. Even though I love Spoilers in car, but on this one, it kinda spoils it, specially the upper one.
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hey where are the screens???
can anyone point them out please
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there's a 6.5-inch widescreen custom-mounted in the fan shroud, presumably so the mechanic can watch Tool Time or how-to videos.




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Would you play Xbox in this car? when you can have a thrilling ride urself! Even if ur not driving!
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