The Envious Valentina

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Featuring ‘The Envious Valentina’.

Name: Niishal Kumar

Age: 25

Occupation: Classic Car Restoration & Motorsport Developer

Make: BMW

Model: E36/328i

Year: 1997

Price/Current Value (Optional): Market value is relative, anywhere from RM 10k to RM25k.

Technical Description: 142 kW (190 hp)@ 5300 rpm, 280 nm (210 ft-lb)@ 3950 rpm,  2,793 cc (170 cu in) with Vanos Variable Valve system, ZF 4 speed gearbox with sports mode, stock 3.91 rear open differential, redline 6500 rpm.

Exterior: AC Schnitzer Type 2 17 inch monoblock rims, FRP M3 front bumper and side skirts, rear M3 look diffuser PU material, DTM look rear double deck FRP bootlid spoiler, finished off with stock Boston Green Metallic 275 paint.

Interior: Completely stock standard unmolested interior other than the addition of an ALPINE USB head unit.

Modification/Engine Upgrades: Transplanted to slightly newer 1998 BMW E39 528i engine, drivetrain is stock with the exception of a Sebring back box so the 6-Cylinder growl can be enjoyed, HWL adjustable coilovers.

Maintenance (Cost): Regular maintenance is relatively affordable. The only thing that’s pricey is the roadtax which will set you back around RM1600.

What you love in your car: The heaps of torque, the responsiveness of the engine, the clean look achieved with a simple build/restoration, and of course the ability to slide and do donuts all day even though she’s automatic with an open differential. A good balance of reliability, great exhaust sound, decent power/torque, and sporty handling, also adding gorgeous looks into the mix helps.

Fond memories of your car: Smoking newer and completely unsuspecting cars; some in the straights and some in the corners.

What do you recommend: For anyone new to the hobby and would like to learn drifting in an European car, and also for anyone who would like to own a slight restomod car at decent prices. Go for her!


The Roaring Godzilla

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Featuring ‘The Roaring Godzilla’.

Name: Arvind Darshaan

Age: 31

Occupation: Programmer

Make: BMW

Model: E28/525i

Year: 1983

Price/Current Value: Not sure

Technical Description: Guess the bhp yourselves!

Exterior: Full custom bodykit (one of a kind), pearlescent paint, 18″ HRE wheels and Mtech spoiler.

Interior: Mtech Steering wheel, Mtech seats, Omori vacuum/water temp gauge and HKS boost gauge.

Modification/Upgrades: Full swap RB25DET (Skyline R33), TD04 single turbine, custom stainless steel radiator/Oil catch tank/Intercooler, Skyline brakes front and back, Full lock LSD differential, Ogura triple plate racing clutch, MoTeC ECU, Bilstein adjustables HiLo/SoftHard, Samco silicon hoses, Full Sony Xplod In Car Entertainment (1 component set, 1 head unit, 6×9 3way speakers, 2×12″ Xplod subwoofers).

Maintenance (Cost): Lost track of build cost.

What you love in your car: The classic look and the beastly roar of Godzilla.

Fond memories of your car: Late night cruising and instant power when pedal to the metal.

The Pride Ride

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Featuring ‘The Pride Ride’.

Name: Nishant

Age: 31

Occupation: Engineer

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Golf GTI MKII

Year: 1987

Price/Current Value: Priceless!

Technical Description: 1800 cc, 8v engine.

Exterior: Boxy shape with lowered suspension.

Interior: Original dash cluster and factory spec tartan seats.

Upgrades: None.

Maintenance: RM500 monthly with fuel.

What you love in your car: Beautiful driving experience with amazing roads.

Fond memories of your car: Too many to list.

The Pocket Rocket

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Featuring ‘The Pocket Rocket’.

Name: Sreether

Age:  51

Occupation: Lawyer

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Golf GTI

Year: 1985

Price/Value: Unknown

Exterior: Stock with original Atlas Grey colour except 5-lugs BBS rims, tinted rear lamps and darkened crosshair front lamps.

Interior: Votex centre console and Recaro seats from a ’96 MKIII Glf GTI.

Upgrades:  She’s a classic hothatch upgraded with all the mechanicals from the MKIII Golf GTI 16v with 150bhp engine, cable operated gearbox, 288mm brakes, and wider track axles.

Modifications:  K&N open port and fully adjustable Titan custom coilovers.

Note from the owner:  An appreciating classic with bullet proof mechanicals, handles like its on rails, compact and practical, and slingshot acceleration stimulating engine.  This beauty has earned herself the nickname “The Pocket Rocket” in the UK.