My Orange Stripper.
2012 E92 M3 ZCP
The last naturally aspirated M car
Where it all started.

The E9X M3 is where my love for BMW M started for me, and where EuroConnex took roots.

This is my 2nd E92 M3 and I intend to hold onto this one forever.

In this space, I chat about products I curate, experiences & stores I've had with this car, and technical articles on maintenance & modifications.

Welcome to my build journal.

- Matt / @m3_epoustouflant

Hear it.


My E92 M3 is a MY2012 produced for the Canadian market. It is finished in the signature Fire Orange paint M3 GTS via the Individual Program and was optioned with the carbon fiber roof.

The car was otherwise lightly optioned: the Competition Package (ZCP) is the primary option.

The interior is a "stripper" specification: Speed Cloth Seats, no iDrive, no extended leather, no MDrive and basic powered seats without bolster adjustments. It does have Comfort Access (!).

While often mistaken for a Lime Rock Park edition, it's a spec combination that was exclusively available in Canada.



I take you through experiences with E92 M3: a reminder of why we purchased these M cars.

Product Chats

My first impressions, technical and driving reviews of products I curate for the E9X M3.

Tech Chats

Getting my hands dirty (sometime) and chatting about the regular maintenance & installation of aftermarket products.


My latest entries

In 2021, a few S65 engine failures were reported and the culprit was diagnosed to the plastic VANOS gear covers. 

Short answer: yes. 

Long answer: it is the best driving experience modification on the M3 E9X.

I will stand by that - here's why. 

Get behind the scenes.