Shortly after the turn of the millennium, the BMW M3 E46 burst onto the big stage of the automobile world. What followed was the continuation of an unprecedented success story, which began in 1986 with the purist M3 E30 and manifested itself in 1992 with the M3 E36, which was even more refined and understated. The E46 was the fourth generation of the BMW 3 Series, but only the third edition that BMW crowned with an M3 marque. Series forefather, the BMW E21, had to make do without a sportier model with motorsport genes.
RESPECTING THE PAST; EMBRACING THE FUTURE.
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.
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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.