The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3

Join Adrian Trevino on his exhilarating journey with the BMW M3, from the streets of Alice, TX, to car meets and shows. What drove him to create a ride that turns heads.

The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3
The Ultimate Driving Machine: The 2016 BMW M3

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Adrian Trevino

2016 BMW M3

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Meet Adrian Trevino, a 43-year-old oilfield worker from Alice, TX, and a devoted single dad to his 15-year-old daughter, Sophia. Their shared passion for cars and car shows has led them on an exciting journey in the automotive world. Sophia's dream car? A pink VW Beetle Turbo.

2016 BMW M3 Speeding down the highway

A Love Affair With Cars

Adrian's love affair with cars dates back to his teenage years in the '90s, an era dominated by the lowrider craze. His first car, a 1968 Impala, set the stage for a lifelong fascination with various rides, from lowriders and trucks to imports. Despite having a dub style Tahoe featured in Street Scene Magazine, like many enthusiasts, it eventually became a project that stole away the joy of driving.

Fate Led To A BMW M3

Fast forward to the present, and Adrian finds himself behind the wheel of a 2016 BMW M3 in mineral grey. Originally eyeing a Mercedes CLS 63 AMG, fate led him to this M3 with only 25k original miles. A deal too good to pass up, and in March 2023, he made it his own.

A Rally Driver at Heart

Frequenting Texas Stock Rally cars and coffee events and car meets, Adrian wasted no time getting his hands dirty with modifications. The goal for his M3 was clear – a ride that could turn heads at shows yet remain enjoyable for daily drives.

Rear shot of a 2016 BMW M3

Setting New Standards

What sets the M3 apart for Adrian is its user-friendly platform for modifications. Most of the enhancements were done right in his garage, showcasing the DIY spirit of a true car enthusiast. While Meils's Automotive in Odessa, TX, handled the downpipes and exhaust, the rest was a labor of love by Adrian himself.

What is Hiding under the Hood

Take a peek under the hood, and you'll find a meticulously detailed engine bay with carefully coordinated colors. The strategic use of blue and carbon fibre breaks up the monotony, giving the M3 a clean yet show-worthy aesthetic. The timeless look of the car earns compliments everywhere it goes, with many surprised to learn it's nearly a decade old.

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The engine bay of a 2016 BMW M3

Build List

Engine:

  • Project Gamma- front mount intakes & jet coated down pipes
  • Active Autowerke- mid pipe
  • Mishimoto- color-matched charge pipes & intercooler
  • Evolution racewerks- Polished J pipe
  • Dinan- engine cover, coil packs, exhaust
  • Mosselman- polished oil thermostat
  • Mashimarho- carbon fiber radiator support & carbon fiber cowl corners
  • Downstar- blue titanium bolt dress up
  • Golden wrench- blackline cap covers all
  • Pro Tuning Freaks- Bootmod3 stage 2 OTS

Suspension:

  • H&R- Lowering springs

Exterior:

  • Kies Motorsports- carbon fibre side skirts
  • Turner Motorsports- carbon fibre diffuser
  • Mashimarho- PSM style lip (m performance lip in the pic changed after the shoot)
  • Carbon fibre kidney grilles and eyebrows
  • 6-speed wraps(Odessa TX)- tinted tail lights, side markers, reflectors, color-matched badges, windshield 35% tint
  • The Suds (Midland TX)- sponsored detailing & ceramic coating of car & wheels
  • Govee- accent lighting

Modified Alloys on a 2016 BMW M3

Wheels & Tires

  • Yokohama wheels- Advan GT Beyond staggered 20x9.5 20x11
  • Michelin- pilot sports

Future Plans

Adrian's future plans for his M3 are as ambitious as his journey so far. A trunk build and audio upgrade from Modern Car Audio in Corpus Christi, TX, air suspension, a custom interior, a wrap or paint job, a full E85 tune, and upgraded turbos are all on the horizon.

The Car Community

The car community has been more than just a hobby for Adrian – it's a source of friendship and global connections. Through social media and attending car meets, he has built a network that continues to grow.

A Car To Dream About

As for his dream car, Adrian envisions an R33 or R34 Skyline and dreams of embarking on a full build with his daughter, Sophia. It's not just about the cars; it's about the shared experiences and connections that make the automotive community truly special.

Front shot of a 2016 BMW M3

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