Just last week, we mentioned that Proton Satrias were up against yaya papaya Civics and 3 Series. This week, we introduce you to BMW’s E46 M3 – one that disposes of the yaya papaya image and is legit proper. If you are a child from the 1980s, then there’s a good chance that you had a poster of this car up on your bedroom wall.
BMW’s E46 model represented the fourth-generation of the 3 Series, produced between 1997 and 2006. It was offered for sale in several body styles – sedan, coupé, convertible, Touring and an odd compact variant. The E46 M3 was produced from late 2000 and was powered by a 3.2-litre in-line six, S54 M-tuned block which made 344 PS and 365 Nm, dispatching the century sprint in 5.1 seconds and towards an electronically limited top speed of 249 km/h. E46 M3s sold in the US were delivered with the same engine, but with marginally less power.
The E46 M3 was offered in either a six-speed Getrag manual or SMG II automatic transmission. This was back in the day where potential buyers had the option to row their own gears, unlike (many) modern day performance vehicles.
We’re happy to report that the BMW E46 M3 in our video this week keeps true to the ///M spirit and hasn’t had too much done. It sports a Super Circuit exhaust, Ohlins suspension and an AP Racing brake kit. Kudos to the owner as well for sourcing a six-speed stick.
Although we’ve heard claims that this car isn’t very loud, we can safely share that the in-cabin and out-of-cabin experience are very different affairs. We hope you enjoy the sounds from that straight-six.