Minerva - The Perfect Daily Driver S54-powered E28
By Tigger Kindel
- Built May 2, 1985 – Euro 528i, Automatic, Arcticblau on Pacific vinyl
- Purchased as a rolling shell May 20, 2015
- Completely dismantled April 30, 2018
- Painted August 2018
- Every part is either new or restored to like new condition
- Build completed Jun 19, 2020
- Color: Porsche Arrow Blue which is the same tint as Porsche Minerva Blue but without metallic.
- Painted euro bumpers & mirrors.
- Shadowline trim.
- M5 front spoiler. Black.
- No rear spoiler.
- OE bronze glass all around.
- OE BMW Glass moon-roof.
- Entire chassis (including under-carriage) stripped bare and re-finished.
Engine & Drivetrain
- Steve Dinan built S54 3.3L motor
- Blueprinted and Balanced at Carbahn Autoworks
- Bore increased 1mm to 3300cc
- CP forged pistons, Carrillo forged connecting rods
- 12:1 compression ratio (from 11.5:1)
- MSL racing head gasket
- E46 M3 CSL ECU (MSS54HP) – Steve Dinan tune
- Z3M wiring harness adapted using Andrew Harvey’s swap kit
- 375 hp / 278.4 ft-lbs.
- TRE-340 255 LPH in-tank fuel pump
- SuperSprint exhaust with E46 M3 headers
- E46 Getrag 420G 6-speed with 3.25 LSD via 528e diff mount
Wheels & Brakes
- 740iL calipers, ATE rotors, 740iL master, Akebono ceramic pads, all stainless-steel brake lines, 528e booster, ABS
- BBS RZ 394 16 x 8.5 ET13 w/ Continental Extreme Contact DW 225/50-R16
- H&R Coil-overs
- K-MAC Stage 1 street front adjustable camber kit
- Ireland Engineering adjustable rear toe/camber kits
- E32 740/750 rear trailing arms with E34 M5 “Rotary Arm bushings”
- Powerflex rear sub-frame bushings
- Moosehead Upper Control Arms
- Lemforder Aluminum Lower Control Arms
- Dinan 19mm/25mm sway bar
- E28 M5 steering box
Interior, & Other
- Recaro Expert M Seat - Leather Black Bolster, Houndstooth. Matching custom rear seat and door cards
- Blaupunkt SQR 46 head unit, AudioControl D-6.1200 amplifier, Infinity Kappa 64 CFX 4x6” front, Infinity Kappa 60CSX 6 1/2" rear, and Infinity Kappa 800W subwoofer.
- Hard-wired Valentine 1 radar detector
- Hard-wired front/rear dash cam
- Lighted ///M shift knob
- Custom M-Tech 1 steering wheel