BMW M3 (E46) 

  • $46k built in Germany
  • 2001-2007
  • 343 HP 3.2L
  • 155 mph
The result is an engine that's remarkably strong everywhere in the rev range and pulls like mad right up to its 8000-rpm redline.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2000)
BMW says the individual throttle valves, which are positioned much closer to the intake ports than in a conventional single throttle body, improve throttle response.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2000)

Road Tests Real world tests of the BMW M3 (E46)


M3 (E46) Coupe
5.1 s

Top speed

M3 (E46) Coupe
155 mph


M3 (E46) Coupe
11.7 s
Focus RS
13 s

1/4 mile

M3 (E46) Coupe
13.5 s
Focus RS
14.2 s

Data points Key details of the BMW M3 (E46)


M3 (E46) Coupe
Dinan M3


M3 (E46) Coupe
343 HP

In The News From around the web


BMW M3 Cabriolet
Drivers who mean to enjoy this engine to the limit may operate itfrequently in these upper reaches of rotational speed.
As mentioned earlier, the engine's rev limit is 8000 rpm; its maximum power occurs just below this limit at 7900 rpm.

After decimating the competition in the GT class, Porsche complained the BMW car was streching the rules too far.
This engine is very different from the V8 found in the M5 and has yet to been seen in any E46 road car.

BMW M3 GTR Straßenversion
The powerplant is also pushed very low within the engine bay to offer a low center of gravity.
The new 4 litre compact V8 fits well within the E46 engine bay.

BMW M3 Competition Package
The Alcantara steering wheel and handbrake grip feel good to the touch.
The Competition Package is available with all M3 Coupe interior and exterior color combinations.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand BMW
Price $46,000
Year 2001-2007
Highway mileage 24 MPG


Body style Coupe


Drivetrain Rear wheel drive
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 4.23:1
  2. 2: 2.53:1
  3. 3: 1.67:1
  4. 4: 1.23:1
  5. 5: 1:1
  6. 6: 0.83:1
Axle ratio 3.62:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203
Rear wheels 457/? 229

road tests

Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile 13.5 s
0-60mph 5.1 s
0-100mph 11.7 s
0-200kph 19.5 s
Lateral acceleration 0.9 g

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 10.09 lb/hp
Maximum hp 343 HP @ 7,900 RPM
Maximum torque 269 ft-lb @ 4,900 RPM
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 3,246 cc
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.43 in / 3.58 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,461 lb
Width 70.1 in
Height 54 in
Length 176.9 in
Front track width 59.4 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in
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