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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Jul-28-2017, 08:50:17 PM   #51
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Funny video, pretty much agree with it 100%

1. E46 m3 vert = fail
2. E46 m3 vert + smg = double fail

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/DRIVE: The M3's evolution

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https://bringatrailer.com/2018/08/02...em-e46-bmw-m3/

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Why We Love Them: E46 BMW M3


Why We Love Them: E46 BMW M3

Typically, the most popular two M3’s at any given point in time are the original and whichever generation is currently in production. This is easy to understand, as the E30 model has long been recognized as one of the finest handling cars of any type ever built, not to mention its status as an iconic, limited production homologation special. Though turbocharging and ever-increasing weight and complexity means some of the purity of earlier cars has been lost, each successive M3 (or M4, as the case may now be) has been faster and more capable, offering cutting-edge performance and tech in a practical, relatively unassuming package as per the enduring template laid out by the ur.

For us, the sweet spot somewhere in between these two bookends lands squarely on the E46 M3. These third-gen cars marked, in BaT’s opinion, several peak-M3 characteristics, including final evolutions of BMW’s classic naturally-aspirated straight-six and traditionally functional, unadorned (read: German) styling themes. They’re just the right size too, offering a comfy cabin for two adults, a couple of kids, and a week’s worth of groceries or vacation luggage for all four inside a fairly compact package, and though electronic driver aids aren’t entirely absent from the spec sheet, the relative sparsity of buttons, screens and driving modes keep fussy distractions to a minimum. The E46 M3 is undoubtedly one of the all-time great M cars, and this is why we love them.



Introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in October 2000 as a 2001 model, the third-generation M3 first hit the streets about two years after standard E46 3-Series models. Timeless styling followed that seen on more run-of-the-mill coupes and convertibles closely, but with wider fenders (incorporating E9-style grilles in the front), unique side moldings with integrated markers, an aluminum hood with a raised power dome, wider kidney grilles, deeper front and rear valances, quad tailpipes, clear turn signal lenses, and aero side mirrors. The resulting car was clearly something special, but remained subtle enough to fly under the radar, especially when paired with standard 18″ wheels and an unassuming color like factory code A08 Silver Grey Metallic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJvN8zva4jg

Other OEM paint options included Alpine White III (code 300), Imola Red II (405), Jet Black (668), Laguna Seca Blue (448), Carbon Black Metallic (416), Black Sapphire metallic (475), Titanium Silver Metallic (354), Steel Grey Metallic (400), Topaz Blue Metallic (364), Mystic Blue Metallic (A07), Interlagos Blue Metallic (A30), Oxford Green II Metallic (430), and Phoenix Yellow Metallic (445). Check out this link for a detailed breakdown of color availability by spec and year.



Though the E46 M3 was only offered as a coupe or convertible, the Bavarians did seriously consider a wagon, or in traditional BMW nomenclature, a Touring. Likely conceived as a potential B5 Audi RS4 competitor, the company went so far as building a fully-finished concept, however it was never publicly displayed while the E46 was still in production.



Had it been given the green light, we’d probably say the Touring was the one to have, but today our preferences run towards 6-speed manual coupes with the ZCP or Competition Package (CS in the UK). Debuting in December 2004 and optionally available only on coupes, much of this sought-after package’s spec was derived from the limited-production, Euro-only CSL, including larger 13.7″ cross-drilled, two-piece front brake rotors and a faster steering rack ratio, reduced to 14.5:1 from 15.4:1.



Other changes included an M Track Mode for DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), which raised the system’s intervention threshold to allow more sideways shenanigans. Special 19″ cross-spoke wheels were also very similar to those seen on the CSL, albeit half an inch narrower in front at 8″–rears were essentially identical at 9.5″ wide. Trim differed slightly too, and Interlagos Blue was unique to ZCP-equipped cars.



Including UK-market M3 CS models (as seen above), total ZCP production peaked at 3,011, making them nearly as scarce as the Euro-only CSL, of which 1,383 production versions were built between June and December of 2003. In a nutshell, the CSL (for Coupe Sport Lightweight, harkening back to the legendary 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” of 1971) was true to its name, utilizing several unique composite body panels and thinner glass to shave roughly 10% from the standard car’s ~3,400 lb curb weight.





Offered exclusively with a tuned version of the SMG II roboticized 6-speed and fitted with a CSL-exclusive carbon airbox and low-restriction air flow metering, power jumped from the standard E46 M3’s 338 HP (ROW, North American spec cars delivered 333) to 360, the additional horses bringing with them one of the greatest induction roars ever heard in a standard production car. A host of additional changes included different camshafts, exhaust valves, a lightweight, thin-walled exhaust system, extensively revised suspension tuning, a largely stripped interior and much more.



The above chart tracks BaT Auctions sales results for E46 BMW M3 coupes and convertibles, as found on our BaT Model Page here.





While sub-350 HP may not be terribly impressive by 2018 standards, it’s really more than enough in an E46 M3, which in a well-driven 6-speed manual car should be good for high four-second range 0-60 MPH runs. Perhaps even more importantly, output is always ample to get the tail out on demand, thanks in no small part to BMW’s brilliant M Differential. Standard on all E46 M3’s, this fully mechanical, locking type unit is activated when a rotational speed difference is detected between the rear wheels, pressurizing a viscous, silicon-based fluid which in turn operates a multi-disc clutch to direct power towards the wheel with the greatest traction.



High-revving, smooth, surprisingly torquey and super-responsive, BMW’s 3.2 liter S54 twin-cam straight-six is central to the E46 M3’s character. Arguably the highest evolution of the company’s classic, formerly brand-defining straight-six, the S54 will scream to 8000 RPM, honking through six individual throttle bodies and blaring out a quartet of pipes at the opposite end. It’s one of our very favorite sixes of any configuration, right up there with air-cooled Porsche and Alfa Busso units.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVAGdpQlfa0

Handling was classic M3, with accurate, tactile steering, quick turn-in, and grippy, largely neutral chassis balance readily tipped into predictable, easily-modulated oversteer. Body roll was reduced in comparison with the previous gen (E36) M3, though generally speaking most cars built from 2000-on tend to corner much more flatly than their 20th century counterparts. We can’t describe handling as viceless, as any powerful, rear-wheel drive car has the potential to catch novices off-guard, but suffice it to say the E46 M3’s dynamics are very close to ideal for a fast, versatile sports GT.

https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-con...3h-620x465.jpg

Cabrios, though heavier (~3,700 lbs) and less structurally stiff, make fantastic summertime cruisers, and though slightly slower and a bit less sharp handling than coupes, can still be great fun to hustle down a tight, twisty road, especially with the top down and the S54 singing at full tilt.





Total production for all markets and versions reached 85,766 units, excluding the V8 ALMS homologation M3 GTR, of which just six were built–read more about them here. Of that headline figure, 40,095, or about 47%, were SMG II-equipped examples.



Standing for Sequential Manual Gearbox, this second-generation semi-automated manual utilized the same 6-speed gearbox as three-pedal cars, including gear ratios, but with an electro-hydraulically activated clutch facilitating paddle or lever-operated gear changes. Though fast in more aggressive control modes and quite good in a 10/10ths track environment, accelerated clutch wear, the potential for expensive hydraulic pump failure, and jerky automatic mode operation mean that many prefer the standard row-your-own gearbox.







Fortunately, as the SMG II utilizes what’s in essence the very same transmission as found in fully manual cars, swapping in a stickshift and third pedal isn’t out of the question, and in fact a small industry of shops has popped up to accommodate those disinterested in the DIY route.





Regardless of transmission configuration, body style or other spec details, any well-kept third-gen M3 will deliver the goods in spades. Comfortable, safe, practical and relatively discreet for the day-to-day, or, when the conditions are right, fast and thrilling like few other machines at its price point, the E46 M3 is a modern classic whose status–and value–will only increase in the years to come.

Helpful links:

M3forum.net — active, E46-focused message board

bimmerforums.com — as above

Turner Motorsports — OEM & aftermarket performance parts

FCP — as above

Pelican — parts

Bavarian Auto — more parts

Helpful buyer’s guide — from M3forum.net

Images: BMW, BaT Auctions
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Speaking of why people love E46Ms more than others...

https://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsp...il&date=101718

...it was back when BMW Motorsport were serious about winning races. Now their engineers leave for Kia.

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