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Mischief Quickie: Mark's S54 M Coupe

Words by: Collin Smith
Photography: Tony Lopez (MeatyFlush)
Video: Mark Scire

BMW Z3 M Coupes have always been, since their inception, a strange beast. First built in secret, almost entirely out of leftovers, the final years of the M Coupe had 3 generations of 3-series parts. The front suspension was from an E36, the rear from an E30, and in the last 2 years of production the motor was pulled from an E46. Given these strange origins, it is not a surprise that it is such a polarizing car. Many a coupe owner has proudly looked upon a stranger examining their car, only to be told that it is the ugliest thing they have ever seen.

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Mark Scire’s 2002 M Coupe is undeniably beautiful, even if you are not a big fan of the M Coupe. His car perfectly embodies his OEM Plus ideal of modifying cars, with just the right bits changed out or improved. He started his journey with the purchase of an S54 coupe, not an easy task as the S54 cars account for only 678 of the 2,858 M Coupes sold in North America. The Titanium Silver paint never fails to look spectacular as the sunlight helps it to accentuate the slippery contours of the E36/8. Unusual for a modern car, many M Coupes received a two tone interior, and Mark’s M Coupe is one such case, sporting a Dark Gray and Black Nappa interior. These gray panels on the seats, center stack, and dashboard set off the gray gauges unique to the S54 coupes.

 

Rowing through the gears of the five speed gearbox is done with a ZHP style shift knob, its weight giving a satisfying mechanical feel to the action. Shifting occurs very often, thanks to the switch from the stock 3.15 ratio differential to a very short 3.73 unit. Mark has also made the cockpit a much nicer place to be with the replacement of the US-spec dashboard underpanels with their European equivalents. These eschew the crash bracing required by US standards, and offer a much sleeker look, not to mention much more room for your knees. This, combined with the Thayer Motorsports seat tilt kit, actually make the driver’s seat of this M Coupe a nice place to be on long drives.

 

Not as nice on the long drives is the custom exhaust fabricated by Piper Motorsports, consisting of dual Magnaflow cans, but it is wonderful while whipping around town or down choice backroads. The stock-looking quad tips emit the classic S54 rasp, loved by some, hated by others, which suits this car perfectly. Further improving the performance of this M Coupe is a set of Ground Control coilovers paired with Vorschlag camber plates. This setup rides very well on the street or at an autocross, and also allows Mark to create a beautiful, yet functional stance. The wheels are BBS RS211 centers, stepped up to an 18 inch diameter courtesy of Rotiform bubble lips. The wheels are built to an 11 inch width in the rear and 9 inch width up front, offering plenty of grip with the Hankook summer tires Mark has selected. The only modification made to the body of this M Coupe is the addition of AC Schnitzer Front Flippers, mounted to the front bumper. These splitters accentuate the already aggressive looking front end of the M Coupe, and actually add a bit of downforce at high speeds.

 

The M Coupe has been enjoying quite a bit of popularity and nostalgia in the press recently. It has been lauded as a future classic, and a true driver’s car. Many still criticize the awkward styling, and in the same breath praise the car’s driving dynamics. Love it or hate it from the outside, the experience from the driver’s seat is fantastic. All it takes is one drive…

WHERE'S "MISCHIEF 8: GUILY BY ASSOCIATION"?

So where's "Mischief 8"? Where's the "Washington Post/Augusta County vs Mischief" documentary? The questions are frustrating to answer but I don't mind getting them. There are things behind the scenes that you're not seeing. Here's an example; the Wash Post cover story about our "reckless driving" in Augusta County police was back in 2012. This case didn't wrap up until a few weeks ago. I was never charged with anything (how could I lead a 20 mile police chase while sitting in the passenger seat lol). Protecting myself and my drivers is more important than badmouthing a police dept.

"MISCHIEF 8" SCREEN SHOTS

Part of our documentary will explain that stuff you say on social media could affect the outcome of your case. I use Facebook for marketing myself and for marketing Mischief so my posts can been seen by anyone. So guess who was reading my FB posts for the last 2.5 yrs? Yep, the Augusta police (hi guys!). They couldn’t wait to tell us after our last court case

 

Things are different now. Again, public shaming on social media continues to be the rage. It’s the new norm. Being careful is why we are still around, and why there’s still nothing like Mischief out right now. I’m not going to give you any sort of time frame when “M8” or our documentary will be finished. However, we’re still covering events, we’re still filming, and I’m working on the 3rd episode of our web series “Mischief Road Trip”.

 

So where’s Dado? He’s still around and is expecting his 3rd bundle of joy :)

 

Dustin Worles

dustin@mischief.tv

MPACT 2015 Photos by Cuong Phan

We posted our first set of photos from yesterday's MPACT Motorsport & Car Show event that took place at Pocono Raceway. Photos by Cuong Phan.

MPACT 2015

MPACT 2015 Motorsports Festival and Car Show Saturday July 11th, 2015 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond PA www.MPACTEAST.com

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MPACT 2015
MPACT 2015

Mischief TV will be covering the MPACT Festival @ Pocono Raceway 7/11

  The Mischief Crew will be covering the MPACT Motorsports Festival and Car Show  on Saturday, July 11th, at Pocono Raceway in PA. One of our favorite events of the year! We'll have our BMW project cars on display.

MPACT 2015 Motorsports Festival and Car Show Saturday July 11th, 2015 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond PA

ALL BMW, Euro, Exotic, and Performance based vehicles encouraged to attend and participate.

$25.00 per person / Collected at front gate upon entry.

You can register for driving events at the main MPACT tent inside the event.

GATES OPEN @ 11am for main event (7am for drivers and crew for "on track" events)

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About the Event...

MPACT was created by an enthusiast for the enthusiast. The ultimate goal was to bring an event to the east coast that would offer more than the standard "car show" that we have grown accustomed to. MPACT offers an assortment of activities to entice the senses and keep your heart rate up all day long. (don't worry we do still have a judged car show w/ awards) We have a taste of everything for everyone. The BEST PART is: You can choose to Spectate or Participate in the event.

VENDORS: Bimmerzone Corp. IDEAS Machine Group Champion Auto Sports Performance and Custom Creations LLC AUTOcouture Motoring NASA NorthEast Redline Speed Worx, LLP IAP Racing LLC Fabspeed Motorsport Maximum PSI TuningTech FS FjDrone Official Thompson BMW AWE Tuning BMW Car Club of America

Judged Car Show: Classes will be determined based on pre registrations of each model and will be announced at a later date.

Roll Racing (w/ MPH readout) on the front straight of the Tri-Oval of Pocono Raceway presented by MOTIV Motorsports

Trap Speed Competition

"Beast of the East" Award (someone will take home the bragging rights for 2015 and will be awarded a free entry to next years event to defend championship)

High Performance Drive Education (HPDE) Track Day on the South East Road Course presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) North East Region.

Sarli Motorsports Drift Taxi (take the ride of your life in this 4 seat drift car)

Burnout Contest (Please respect the event and everyone attending.....save your tires for the burnout comp and not the parking lot)

DYNO / Horsepower Shootout

Vendor "on track" sessions (see your favorite vendors cars on the track)

Vendor ride along (win a chance to ride in one of our vendors race cars)

Official MPACT Models

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MPACT 2014

MPACT 2014