The builds from SEMA 2021 keep on coming. Not all of them catch our eye for the right reasons—click these blue words for more of those—but every now and again, something crops up that really makes an impression.
Today it’s this: a modified 1985 BMW 318i built by Faruk Kugay, pro drifter and owner of DevSpeed Motorsports.
The obvious changes are the Pandem widebody kit, the fantastic 17-inch Rotiform IGS wheels, and the E30 M3 rear wing with its DTM-style carbon addendum. There’s a less obvious choice under the hood, though—the F20C 2.0-liter engine from the Honda S2000. Rogue, but we like it.
Kugay hasn’t gone for max power, either. The lightweight naturally aspirated unit is making 240hp with a California-legal air intake and Borla Performance stainless-steel exhaust. It’s connected to the Honda’s original six-speed manual gearbox, too, and there’s a BMW limited-slip diff.
The suspension is an adjustable setup from KW, and the brakes are sourced from an E36 M3. Oh, and there’s a carbon-fiber roof panel for proper modern M3 vibes. Inside, Kugay has fitted a load of Momo bits and a proper motorsport-inspired bare dash.
What do you think?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.