Checkmate: Andrew’s BMW 335i Coupe

Photography: Zac Carter | Words: Erik Langerak

Millions of people across the globe purchase cars every day. The vast majority simply hand over some form of compensation and drive away, with very little fuss or drama. Even true enthusiasts usually acquire their dream ride with minimal deviation. Occasionally some circumstance will move the needle, such as discovering a real barn find, or finally tracking down that rare color or option you wanted. What you are about to see is such a story – one that any genuine car fan can relate to, and yet one that seemingly could only happen in a dream.

Meet Andrew’s BMW E92 335i coupe. Shake hands and say hi, then settle down with a tasty beverage, because the tale leading up to today’s feature is nothing short of astounding.

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Andrew works at European Auto Garage in Knoxville, TN. One frosty morning in early 2012, this stark white 2-door popped up at an auction in Dallas with 40K miles on the clock, and Andrew placed a last-minute bid, winning almost instantly. Reeling at the suddenness of it all, he began to realize what had just happened. While only being able to look on via webcam, Andrew had struck gold, and this 6-speed with red interior suddenly became his on merely the second bid. The end. Would it end up as clean as it looked on the screen? Why had nobody else jumped on this mint BMW with an M-Tech front lip?

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The following week was the longest seven days ever. Not only could EAG not reach anyone in Dallas for the post purchase inspection, the shipment kept getting delayed – from Friday to Saturday at noon, then 2:30pm. The tension was palpable, and after much chewing of nails and anguish of soul, the transport truck arrived at about 2:45pm. It was instantly apparent that Andrew had just hit his personal jackpot with this sight-unseen purchase. The entire shop must have heard him yelling about the Volk wheels and Brembo GT big brake kit, interrupted only by further reports from the rear of the car (“quad tip exhaust!”) and back up to the front (“front mount intercooler!!”). More after the jump…

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After the new E92 was backed off the transport, further revelations appeared: full black alcantara headliner, dual intake setup, and a new set of catless downpipes sitting in the trunk. From there, everything simply became a blur. Pull new BMW onto lift. Discover Bilstein PSS9 coilovers and Procede ECU chip. Agree to sell chip for a Burger JB4 tune. Climb inside. Notice short throw shifter and ZHP shift knob. Knees go wobbly. Step out again, face to face with AC Schnitzer roof spoiler and black painted trim. Drool.

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A few items needed tidying up, as clearly the previous owner hadn’t intended to part ways with this car, but still, it was undoubtedly a resonating steal for Andrew. A mission to uncover the car’s history was undertaken, and it was traced back to California in 2008, including tuning work done by Supreme Power there. At some point the fenders were fully rolled, the liners cut and bump stops added to accommodate those mind-bendingly massive rear Volk TE37s with tires practically painted on them. The car, with mods, was offered shortly afterwards for TWICE the price that Andrew eventually paid for it!

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Today, in the vein of a true car enthusiast’s life, several items have been replaced and improved upon since that memorable date. An M Aero front lip, M3 side skirts, and OEM M-Tech rear bumper were sourced, as well as some black chrome Cyba 4″ tips – the quad tips are gone now. Some curb rash was repaired and new powder coat was applied to all four wheels, an ACT 4-puck clutch installed, as well as a BMW Performance alcantara shift boot to match the headliner and steering wheel trim. A BMW Performance e-brake handle and boot were also added, and M-Tech door sill plates round out the interior.

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A 335is oil cooler duct appeared, and fog lights were deleted. Then came the almighty Juicebox G5 board, followed by a dyno run that the 335i spun to a healthy 430whp and 475wtq. Try that in your V8 M3 without adding a blower! We suspect this is only the beginning of Andrew’s journey with his BMW, despite the storied history that accompanied it. Here’s to many more years of mods, and the tales to go with them!

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Andrew running at wannagofast last month, trapping 138.41 in the 1/2 mile.

Performance:
- Juicebox4 G5 ISO
- BMS Backend E85 Flash
- BMS Dual Cone Intakes
- Macht Schnell Downpipes
- RPi Intercooler
- RPi Intake Scoops
- Britalman Catback w/custom Magnaflow mufflers
- 4″ Cyba Black Chrome Exhaust Tips
- NGK One Step Colder plugs
- Forged Diverter Valves
- Motul 5W-40 Xcess Oil
- ACT 4-puck clutch



Handling/Brakes:
- Brembo GT 380MM 6pot Big Brake Kit (front)
- Brembo GT 345MM 4pot Big Brake Kit (rear)
- Carbotech 1521 Pads
- Bilstein PSS9 Coilovers
- H&R Front and Rear Sway Bars
- M3 Thrust Arms
- 5MM front spacer
-Falken Azenis FK 453 -245/35/19 & 275/30/19

Cosmetic Exterior/Interior:
- BMW Aero Front Lip
- M3 Sideskirts
- M Tech Rear bumper
- Vorsteiner CSL Trunk Spoiler
- Carbon Fiber Mirror Shells
- Volk Racing TE37 19×8.5 / 19×10.5
- Digital Elements Knoxville custom TE37SL Red Stickers
- Black Kidneys Grilles
- Smoked blinkers
- Custom Imola Red w/black stripes engine cover
- Alcantara headliner
- Alcantara steering wheel trim
- BMW Performance Shift Boot
- BMW ZHP Knob
- BMW Performance Ebrake boot/handle
- ///M Door Sills
- Aluminum Pedals

Accessories:
- BMS Cowless Cabin Filters
- BMS Oil Catch Can
- RB PCV Valve
- Ported Clutch Valve
- Arc White Angel Eye Bulbs
- LED Courtesy Lights
- LED License Plate Lights
- LED Trunk Light

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Check us out on Facebook for more pictures! Also thank you to Andrew for the chance to photograph the car! If you are local to the area you can see it at EAG’s car’s and coffee events and many others.

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