Shortly after the turn of the millennium, a third generation BMW M3 entered the automotive world: the BMW M3 E46. What followed was the continuation of an unprecedented success story that started in 1986 with the purist M3 E30 and was reinforced in 1992 by the progressive M3 E36. M3 enthusiasts associate three characteristics with the E46 factory code: pure driving pleasure, beguiling sound and a legendary special model.
THE BMW M3 E46.
TIMELESS DESIGN, POWERFUL PROPORTIONS.
An M automobile never lacks for clear distinguishing features. As with the iconic M3 E30, the M3 E46 is immediately recognisable as the premium model in its series thanks to numerous details. In particular, aesthetic changes such as widened fenders, special side skirts and the modified front apron catch the eye of every observer. These changes also serve an important purpose, mostly in terms of aerodynamics. This also applies to the so-called Gurney flap at the rear: the small spoiler lip noticeably reduces lift and thus improves to traction – crucial in faster corners.
NO EXCUSES. MOVE FORWARDS. ALWAYS.
Buyers of the third generation M3 were able to choose between the 6-speed manual transmission and the 6-speed SMG (sequential manual transmission). The latter is an automated manual transmission, which the driver can operate using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel or the gear lever in the centre console. In contrast to the manual version, gear changes are always sequential and individual gears cannot be skipped.