URBAN LIFE 'N STYLE NOVEMBER 2016 | TAKE ME BACK - Page 134

sport BMW South Africa introduced the 2.7 litre 325iS to succeed the standard production 2-door, 2.5 litre 325i ‘Shadowline’ which produced 126kW of power, the 325iS was specifically created to compete in the then local production car series, Group N against the likes of another iconic production vehicle, the Opel Kadett 2-litre 16V. Launched in 1990 the 325iS came with aluminium doors, fenders and bonnet and was fitted with the 5-stud race-tuned suspension from the European BMW E30 M3. It was also fitted with the crisp Alpina fettled, 2.7 litre fourcylinder 2.7 litre straight six engine, which produced 145kW of power at 5800rpm and produced 265Nm of torque at 4000rpm this propelled the vehicle from 0-100 in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 230km/h. Also known as an Evo 1 off the race track, the 325iS also came with an M Technik aero kit which was one of the significant differences. A year later, BMW South Africa introduced a second and final version of the 325iS, popularly known as the Evo 2, produced an extra 10kW notching the power up to 155kW’s at 5200rpm and the torque output remaining the same at 265Nm of torque at 4040rpm. 134 urbanlifenstyle.com Modifications done included changes to the Alpina cylinder head which included an increase in compression ratio from 9,8:1 to 10,4:1. Bits were taken off the E28 535i which included an intake manifold plenum chamber, airflow meter and throttle butterfly incorporated into a Motronic system to enhance airflow. The panels which were aluminum were reverted back to steel which were the doors, fender and bonnet. Ride height was lowered by 10mm, stiffer shorter springs, a limited slip-differential and thicker anti-roll bars were installed to keep the playful rear in its place. video here This in turn assisted BMW in winning the Group N Class A Championship but most importantly, made the 325iS the legendary vehicle it is today. A very rare vehicle to find in its o