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    Dinan S2 Z8 Registry (Dinan Signature 2 Series BMW Z8 )

    According to Dinan, they produced a handful of cars (under 20) that had their "Signature Two" or S2 package.

    I thought it might be time to create a registry of sorts for these cars. Here's the plaque for one such Z8.

    Hopefully other owners will add their cars to this list and we can get a total history on these cars.

    According to Dinan, this may be the last S2 Z8 produced. So far the S2 serial number appears the last one I've found thus far. Also seemingly the only Silver/Red Dinan S2 Z8.

    This Silver over red leather S2 included carbon fiber airboxes, specially tuned intake runners, larger throttle bodies Stage 5 computer tuning, and custom headers. I may be forgetting a thing or two. This was just a power system upgrade, said to boost the horsepower from 394 to 470, a 76 horsepower increase according to Dinan. Torque went from 369 pounds/foot to 419, an increase of 50 pounds

    It did not include the aluminum flywheel upgrade, sway bars, LSD, shift-kit, Brembo brakes, etc. Those were apparently extra-cost items.

    Reported performance figures for the S2 are truly stunning for that era:

    0-60 3.5 sec
    0-100 8.9 sec
    0-130 15.3 sec
    0-150 22.0 sec
    Standing mile 11.0sec 127 mph
    Dinan Engineering estimated top speed - 6th gear redline 170 mph
    Skidpad-Lateral Grip .93G

    Car & Driver did a test of the S2 package as fit to the M5 which features the same engine and gearbox as the Z8: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...pecialty-file/
     

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    Silver/Black Dinan S2 Z8

    I came across this one here on the forum. An early S2 Z8
     

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    Dinan Velocity Stack and Throttle Body Comparison to Stock.

    Here is a comparison between the stock velocity stack and the Dinan stack. Also, the Dinan throttle body upgrade. Note how much larger and also smoother the Dinan intake trumpet is as part of the Signature 2 Series Z8
           

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    That's very cool to see, thanks for sharing!
    Andrew Macpherson

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    Quote Originally Posted by macfly View Post
    That's very cool to see, thanks for sharing!
    My pleasure! Its really quite an interesting set up under that plenum. It's a nice touch how Dinan engraved their work.
     

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    Dinan Z8 S2 Pedals

    Not sure if these are part of the S2 package or not, but just realized the aluminum pedals are Dinan as well.
       

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    Dinan Z8 S2 Black/Black WBAEJ13491AH60463

    One of the earlier S2 Z8. Note the different plaque compared to later S2 Z8s. VIN # WBAEJ13491AH60463
         

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    2000 Z2 Dinan S2 Silver / Black

    Not sure the vin number on this one as I can't read the plaque clearly. Still, here is another early example. Owner stated it was one of 7 (at the time).

    The owner states in his listing:

    Extremely Rare Collector SUPERCAR Number 1 of 7 Dinan Engineering S2 Z8 Conversions
    Normally aspirated 470HP 5.0 Liter BMW M5 E39 engine
    ULTIMATE CONVERTIBLE MUSCLE CAR 0
    Z8 Dinan D2 Performance
    0-60 3.5 sec
    0-100 8.9 sec
    0-130 15.3 sec
    0-150 22.0 sec
    Standing mile 11.0sec 127 mph
    Dinan Engineering estimated top speed - 6th gear redline 170 mph
    Skidpad-Lateral Grip .93G
    *Dinan S2 Performance Package* Boosts Stock HP from 394HP to 470HP + Boosts Torque from 368 to 419 pound-feet Normally Aspirated Engine - No Turbo or Supercharger lag Instant *Massive* Acceleration
    High Flow Intake System & Throttle Bodies
    Dinan Custom Exhaust Headers
    Dinan Easy Flow Exhaust System (reduces weight by 29lbs over stock)
    Dinan Stage 5 Engine Software enables use of Cold Air Intake + Header System + High Flow Air Mass Meters + High Flow Throttle Bodies (Engine Redline raised to 7300 RPM over stock 7000 RPM limit + BMW Electronic 155 mph speed limitation removed)
    Low Mass Racing Flywheel 7lb mass reduction over stock
    (dramatically improves acceleration)
    Lower Differential Gearing 3.90:1 VS 2.81:1 (dramatically improves acceleration)
    Custom Dinan Engineering 18 Aluminum wheels (48lbs of rotating mass reduction - dramatically improves acceleration, braking and ride quality)
    Massive 285/35-18 Rear & 275/35-18 Front Continental Extreme ZR Tires
    Dinan Stage 2 Upgraded Suspension
    Passed Washington State emissions test 11/2013

           

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    Car & Driver Review of the Dinan S2 E39 V8 (same as Z8)

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    Dinan S2-M5
    One of our favorite rides goes under the wrench and-surprise!-emerges a better car.
    LARRY WEBSTER
    Nov 1, 2002

    Here's a shocker: We don't know a single automotive tuner who spends his leisure time under a shady tree reading William Shakespeare. So it's a good bet that tuner Steve Dinan will be reading the following warning from King Lear for the first time: "Striving to better, oft we mar what's well."

    Not a problem, apparently, because with Dinan's latest work of art, he has not only fixed a car that wasn't broken but also sought to perfect a car that everyone considers to be as close to perfection as is humanly possible: the BMW M5. Then he casually sent the result to us for review. He didn't even chaperone the thing - he simply dropped it off and told us to keep it as long as we needed.

    Conversation around the Lake Erie Spring Water cooler here at Hogback Road was skeptical. Dinan told us that his S2-M5 package - it costs $35,848 - upped the M5's horsepower from 394 to 470 and torque from 368 to 419 pound-feet, and did so without resorting to a turbo or supercharger. A 76-hp gain on a naturally aspirated engine would be an impressive feat on an unstressed, undeveloped engine, but the M5's mill is anything but unstressed.

    The M5 V-8 is one of the most impressive motors ever built for the street. It is packed with four cams with infinitely variable valve timing, 32 valves, an aluminum block, eight electronically controlled throttle bodies - one for each cylinder - and an 11.0:1 compression ratio, and it's assembled with a care that results in 394 horsepower from 4.9 liters. It freely revs to 7000 rpm and never feels flat-footed, no matter how low the rev counter.

    BMW coupled the engine to a six-speed manual transmission and a buttoned-down, lively chassis. We've never met an M5 we didn't love. It's won every comparison test it's been entered in, and if its $73,624 base price could be trimmed to get below our mid-$60,000 threshold for the 10Best Cars competition, it'd be a shoe-in for an award.

    So we figured anyone trying to outdo BMW's engineers would, well, screw up. Maybe the result would be faster, but the M5's overall package could well be spoiled in the quest for more speed.

    Dinan approached the task differently when he started on the M5 project two years ago. First, he set out to increase the engine's breathing characteristics. He ditched the stock airboxes and airflow meters for larger, better-flowing units and installed shorter, larger-diameter velocity stacks. Next he bored out each of the throttle bodies.

    On the exhaust side, he installed a set of Dinan-made headers that resemble a pile of cooked spaghetti but flow well enough to create another 28 horsepower. In addition, he added a new exhaust system that sounds slightly raspier and weighs 29 pounds less than the stock system. Finally, Dinan lightened the flywheel by seven pounds.

    These hardware changes are only a small part of the engine modifications. The real challenge was to reprogram the engine computer to take full advantage of the improved breathing. The M5's computer controls a myriad of engine functions, including the throttles, the timing of all four camshafts, and the usual bits such as the pulse-width and timing of the fuel injection. Each of these functions relies on the other, so change one - timing, for example - and then you likely also have to change everything else.

    Writing the optimal program was a long, arduous, and iterative process that Dinan says took the bulk of the two years his company spent developing this package. But hard work paid off with the added 76 horses at peak power and a fatter torque curve that offers more torque at every rpm.

    Coupled to the more powerful engine is a shorter final drive (3.45:1 versus 2.81:1). There are also slightly stiffer springs and shocks, special forged aluminum wheels, wider tires, and cooling ducts that direct air to the stock front brakes.

    We found the benefits of these changes after our first run on the test track. Dinan's car is a rocket. It rips to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, to 100 in 10 seconds flat, and through the quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds at 113 mph. The last M5 we tested needed 4.7 seconds to reach 60 mph and turned the quarter in 13.2 seconds at 109 mph. The S2-M5's top-gear acceleration from 50 to 70 mph improved 0.2 second, to 6.2. Dinan says that in addition to raising the stock 7000-rpm rev limit to 7300 rpm, he also removed the 156-mph top-speed governor. We didn't test for top speed, but Dinan suggests the S2-M5 can reach redline in sixth gear, which would be a hair-raising 191 mph. Skidpad grip climbed from the stocker's 0.83 g figure to 0.87.

    And we did not find a downside, or any quirky behavior, with the increased performance. The exhaust system delightfully burbles at idle and emits a satisfying rasp at full throttle, but it settles into a subdued hum when cruising. The engine's throttle response is big-block instant. Thanks to the wide gear spacing of the M5's transmission, the shorter final drive does not make for frenzied highway cruising. At 80 mph in sixth gear, the engine revs at about 3000 rpm. Similarly, the suspension changes didn't ruin the M5's balance. Although we didn't have a stock M5 around for direct comparison, Dinan's S2-M5 had the same impressive combination of resilient ride and well-controlled body motions, but with even more grip.

    It's a thoughtfully engineered package that feels as though it could have come from the factory. There are even side benefits we didn't expect, such as easier clutch engagement. We never realized how tricky it is to get a stock M5 rolling smoothly until we got in the Dinan car. Dinan says the lightened flywheel gets the credit.

    Should you too have to fear of Shakespeare's warning, you may have the S2-M5 system installed on your M5 at any one of the 100 Dinan-licensed BMW dealers. Dinan will match the remainder of BMW's four-year/50,000-mile warranty and will also match that warranty if the package is installed on a new car.

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    Black / Cream Dinan S2 VIN #WBAEJ13402AH61390

    Black /Cream WBAEJ13402AH61390 Z8 with Aplina BMW wheels.
           

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    This made for compelling reading while on the stair master. Thank you for the S2 Z8 tour!!
    C.A. Cardenas (AKA Dan)
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