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)

0-60mph

M3 (E46) Coupe
5.1 s

Top speed

M3 (E46) Coupe
155 mph

0-100mph

M3 (E46) Coupe
11.7 s
Nissan 350Z
13.8 s
760Li
10.4 s

1/4 mile

M3 (E46) Coupe
13.5 s

Data points Key details of the BMW M3 (E46)

Price

M3 (E46) Coupe
$46k
760Li
$139k

Horsepower

M3 (E46) Coupe
343 HP
760Li
544 HP

In The News From around the web

10
Dec

BMW M3 Cabriolet

www.supercars.net
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.
10
Dec

BMW M3 GTR

www.supercars.net
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.
10
Dec

BMW M3 GTR Straßenversion

www.supercars.net
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.
10
Dec

BMW M3 Competition Package

www.supercars.net
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

general

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

design

Body style Coupe

transmission

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

engine

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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