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2002 Hamann E46 M3

HAMANN doesn't only have the world's biggest tuning program for BMW cars but also creates spectacular high performance automobiles again and again. The latest custom car from HAMANN (Im Eppen 24, D-89185 Hüttisheim, Germany, Tel: +49 / (0) 73 05 / 9 60 80, Telefax: +49 / (0) 73 05 / 96 08 16, Internet: is the HAMANN LAS VEGAS WINGS. The coupe is powered by a 485 hp / 357 kW V8 four-valve engine and captivates with its sporty design with gullwing doors. The 315 km/h fast rocket costs 280,000 Euros.

The HAMANN LAS VEGAS WINGS is constructed on the base of a reinforced bodyshell of the current BMW M3. The V8 engine originally comes from the M5 but was extensively modified at the HAMANN engine department.

Among other things the HAMANN doping for the 5.0 litre engine with single-throttle injection contains modifications on the inlet and outlet side, a special air induction with ram air effect and a 4-pipe stainless steel high performance exhaust system including special manifolds and metal-bed catalysts. The entire exhaust system was specially designed for this car. All new components get perfectly coordinated with a special mapping for the ECÚ.

To install the big V8 engine into the relatively small engine compartment of the BMW M3 many parts like the engine brackets, the oil-pan and the bonnet with the integrated window had to be especially handcrafted.

The engine of the HAMANN LAS VEGAS WINGS powers 485 hp / 357 kW at 6,950 rpm and delivers a maximum torque of 555 Nm at 4,100 revs.

The power transmission to the rear wheels is made via a sport clutch and a six-speed manual gearbox with HAMANN SPORT SHIFT gearshift travel shortage and a special rear axle differential with 40 per cent locking rate.

As a result the HAMANN LAS VEGAS WINGS establishes itself among the world's fastest sports cars: From standstill the coupe catapults in 4.0 seconds only to 100 km/h. After 12.9 seconds the car is already 200 km/h fast. Maximum speed is 315 km/h.

But the HAMANN LAS VEGAS WINGS isn't one of the world's most exciting cars because of its extremely high road performances. The innovative HAMANN gullwing design, which stands out against conventional constructions, makes the coupe a true eyecatcher. The doors swing up towards the top on an outboard stainless steel hinge fixed above the outside mirrors and stay in position supported by special gas dampers. The HAMANN gullwing design is that proven that the doors can be closed as easily, exactly and imperviously as on the standard car.

In addition HAMANN modifies the bodywork with sporty bodystyling components from the HAMANN tuning range for the current M3. The front of the LAS VEGAS WINGS is made more spectacular by fitting the HAMANN COMPETITION front spoiler edge, the HAMANN masks for the standard fog-lights and the HAMANN headlight covers.

The sides of the coupe are upgraded with HAMANN side skirts. To reach an optimal aerodynamic balance HAMANN furnishes the coupe with the HAMANN roof spoiler, the HAMANN COMPETITION rear wing with adjustable center-piece and the HAMANN diffuser for the rear apron.

The sporty look is additionally marked by the special liquid-silver metallic paint, which changes its color depending on the incidence of light, the roof in clear-coated Carbon and the multi-piece HAMANN PG3 light alloy wheels. On the HAMANN LAS VEGAS WINGS these wheels are fitted in the dimensions 8.5Jx19 front and 10Jx19 rear. For the tires they chose the sizes 245/35 ZR 19 front and 275/30 ZR 19 on the rear axle.

To be able to safely control the extreme road performances of the HAMANN LAS VEGAS WINGS, the customizer updates the gullwing car with a high performance brake system with grooved brake discs and aluminium fixed calipers front and rear. In addition they developed a height-adjustable sport suspension set up for the higher weight of the V8 engine on the front axle.

The cockpit of the HAMANN LAS VEGAS WINGS has an exclusive equipment: The handmade HAMANN full leather interior is made with love down to the smallest detail. Its turquoise and black colors set a tasteful contrast to the silver color of the bodywork. HAMANN genuine Carbon applications and aluminium parts such as the pedals, the gearshift lever, the handbrake lever and the footrest give the interior a genuine racing touch.

Source - Hamann

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