Someone wants to turn the BMW M4 into the ultimate drag racer.
The brand-new BMW M3 and M4 have finally debuted, and while the new design direction may be divisive, there's no disputing these car's performance and handling prowess. But there will always be some owners who want to take BMW's M cars to new extremes with some unusual engine swaps. Earlier this month, we were introduced to the world's first Ferrari-powered BMW M3. This owner, on the other hand, is turning their F82-generation BMW M4 into a wankel-powered drag monster.
The bonkers project is currently being built by the New Jersey-based specialist Rowdy's Garage, which has shared some work-in-progress shots of the M4 undergoing its engine transplant.
Originally, the F82 BMW M4 was powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine pumping out 444 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, but the inline-six unit has been replaced with a billet version of Mazda's 20B three-rotor Wankel engine with Comp Turbo turbocharger that will increase the power output to four-digit figures on the drag strip. Rowdy's Garage calls its rotary-powered BMW M4 the "Rowdy Rotary."
While this is still a work-in-progress project, digital artist Khyzyl Saleem has visualized what the car will look like in a series of design renders.
The aim is to fit the M4 with OEM+ upgrades to avoid spoiling the design, but the modifications are hard to hide, from the carbon-fiber body panels and massive air intakes on the front apron to the parachute fitted at the rear.
It also boasts drag-racing slicks, wider fenders, and a significantly lower ride height that gives the car a sportier stance. "Yes, those are drag slicks, yes it's stanced to hell and back. But, don't worry, when Cody McManus [the leader of the said velocity crew] goes racing, he will have the skinny setup, but for the streets, he gotta' roll like a boss," the artist wrote on Instagram.
If the final project looks anything like these renders, this is going to be one of the craziest BMW M cars ever built.