BMW M3 E46: the best selling

E46 generation M3 is for many the best in its history. It was renewed in all aspects, he presented a unique aesthetic with gills, four outputs exhaust and an engine that generated an approved power of 343 hp.

We arrived at 2000 in the history of BMW M3. Halfway to give life to the generation that many still defend as the best ever. With internal code E46, this BMW M3 not only enjoyed an unprecedented commercial success (over 80,000 units), but today, enthusiasts around the world looking to make a unity of myth.

BMW M3 E46 (2000)

The redesign and twist were complete. For the first time, a BMW M3 included features that today we have all internalized and used to distinguish a BMW M3 of a BMW 3 Series, and even a BMW 3 Series 'tuning' that tries to resemble its sportier counterpart.

The first M3 to equip a limited slip differential

Among these traits, side gills with the anagram model or four tailpipes were included in this generation have been used thereafter in the subsequent renewals model.

Aluminum hood was 40% lighter than conventional steel made. And of course, besides the aggressive look, the new engine would become a legend.

A propeller 3,246 cc six-cylinder that developed 343 hp It may not seem the most shocking figure today. However, this power is reached at 7,900 rpm, and this, in the automotive world, is too big. Especially because at 8,000rpm the six pistons managed exceed the speed of 20 meters per second, which means similar to a decade ago Formula 1 and half rate; quite impressive.

The BMW M3 E46 in the Jarama circuit

The maximum torque was 365 Nm at 4900 rpm and thanks to the 'diet' to which they subjected the model, the car weighs homologaba 1,570 kg. As a result, it is quickening of 0-100 km / h in just 5.2 seconds. BMW E46 engine six times received the award for 'Engine of the Year' between 2001 and 2006. He became a whole estandarte.Pero were not the only news.

It has an output of 343 hp to move its 1,570 kg

The driver, increasingly individualized demands protagonist and could choose the character of the car (not to the standard BMW M3 offers today, but the beginning set the trend of the future).

Two driving modes to change the behavior of the car to suit the driver. In addition, among the technical improvements over BMW M3 E36 a was included for the first time, a variable differential autoblocante M.

Differential old had a fixed setting of 25%, but this time the blockade could be between 0-100% depending on the needs. Standard DSC (dynamic stability control) was included for safety and their big brakes could stop 100km / h to standstill in just 35 meters. In addition, it opened the automatic transmission SMG II six operating programs. The fastest way transitions are made in 80 milliseconds.

So inside the BMW M3 E46

In 2001, also in convertible version

But of course, a BMW M3 at this point should have a Cabrio version and this time was in 2001. The roof was made of canvas and automatic folding and structural reinforcements had logically the Coupé does not need. His weight was 1,655 kilos what keeps you in 85 Coupé's figure. He quickens in 5.5 seconds 0-100 km / h and it stopped at maximum speed 250 km / h by the electronic court.

And finally culminating a generation that will be remembered forever as the BMW M3 continues to exist, there was a special version called CSL (2003) and focused for circuits. It was more powerful (363 hp at 7,900 rpm) and lighter (-110 kg). In fact, their stands for 'Coupé', 'Sport' and 'Light'. They are highly prized.

E46BMW M3 E46 BMW M3 E46 CSL M3 CabrioBMW
Power343 hp343 hp363 CV
0-100 km / h5.2 seconds5.5 seconds4'9 seconds
maximum torque365 Nm365 Nm370 Nm
V.máxima250 km / h250 km / h250 km / h
Weight1,570 kg

1,655 kg1,382 kg

E46 M3 engine generates 343 hp

Furthermore was the precursor the use of reinforced plastic with carbon fiber (CFRP) that today is used in the BMW i8 and other BMW models. This car broke the barrier acceleration 5 seconds and marked a record of 4.9 in the 'Total sprint'.En, this generation sold 85,139 units and 29,633 were convertibles.