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2016 BMW M3 (F80) sedan (2017-11-18)
Manufacturer BMW M
Production 1985–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive Sports sedan
Layout FR layout
The BMW M3 is a high-performance version of the BMW 3 Series, developed by BMW's in-house motorsport division, BMW M GmbH. M3 models have been derived from the E30, E36, E46, E90/E92/E93 and F80.
The initial model was a coupe body style. At times the M3 has also been available in saloon and convertible body styles. Due to the 4 Series coupe and convertible models no longer being part of the 3 Series range from 2015,[1][2] the F82/F83 coupe and convertible models are now called the M4. The M3 name remains in use solely for the saloon version.
Upgrades over the "standard" 3 Series automobiles include more powerful and responsive engines, improved handling/suspension/braking systems, aerodynamic body enhancements, lightweight components, and interior/exterior accents with the tri-colour "M" (Motorsport) M3[edit]
E46 M3
BMW M3 E46 - Flickr - Alexandre Prévot (4) (cropped).jpg
Production 2000–2006
85,744 built[23]
Assembly Regensburg, Germany
Designer Ulf Weidhase (exterior: 1998)[24]
Martina Bachmann (interior: 1998)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Related BMW 3 Series
Engine S54B32 I6
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
6 Speed SMG-II Drivelogic
Wheelbase 107.5 in (2,730 mm)
Length 2001–02: 176.8 in (4,491 mm)
2003–06: 176.9 in (4,493 mm)
Width 70.1 in (1,781 mm)
Height 2001-02 Coupe: 54.0 in (1,372 mm)
2001–02 Convertible: 53.7 in (1,364 mm)
2003–06 Coupe: 53.9 in (1,369 mm)
2003–06 Convertible: 53.9 in (1,369 mm)
Curb weight Coupe: 3,415 lb (1,549 kg)


The E46 M3, first introduced in October 2000, appeared worldwide with the new 3.2 L S54 M-tuned engine. It was only available in coupe and convertible bodies as the saloon version had been dropped.
The E46 M3 was offered with a standard 6-speed Getrag transmission, but optionally came with a SMG drivelogic transmission (also known as the SMG II). This is the standard 6-speed Getrag transmission with an electrohydraulically actuated clutch (no clutch pedal). Shifts are made via the SMG gear knob or the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The engine had a redline of 8,000 rpm. As with most M engines, the S54 again had 6 independent throttle bodies and this time electronically operated throttles (drive-by-wire throttle with no cable).
In the U.S., the E46 M3 came with similar engine output as the European version, unlike in the E36, whose engine was derived from the M50/52 series engine. Power was now at 333 bhp (248 kW; 338 PS) due to close-coupled catalytic converters closer to the engine exhaust ports. In 2009, Road and Track magazine announced the 2006 M3 with the SMG transmission as its favourite sports car of all time.
E46 performance[edit]
The M3s S54 naturally aspirated straight-six engine produces 343 PS (252 kW; 338 hp).
EU Models
343 PS (252 kW; 338 hp) @ 7900 rpm[25]
Torque: 365 N·m (269 lb·ft) @ 4900 rpm[25]
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) – 5.1 s for manual and SMG, 5.5 s for cabriolet[25][26]
Top Speed: 155 mph (250 km/h)(electronically limited)[26]
Skid Pad: g[27]
United States Models
333 hp (248 kW; 338 PS)
Torque: 262 lb·ft (355 N·m)
0-60 mph (97 km/h) – 4.8 s for manual and SMG, 5.6 s for cabriolet[28]
0–60 mph – 5.1 s for cabriolet as measured by Car and Driver magazine[29]
1/4 mile – Coupé: 13.0 s @ 104 mph (167 km/h),[30] Convertible: 13.7 s @ 104 mph (167 km/h)[29]
Top speed – Coupé: 155 mph (250 km/h) (electronically limited),[31] 170 mph (270 km/h) (delimited)[30]
Skid pad – Coupé: g,[27] Convertible: g[29]
E46 special models[edit]
There were various models of E46 M3s being produced, including Model M3 (Sport, Winter, Competition), the M3 Silverstone Edition (50 cars produced for the UK Market), the M3 CSL, the M3 GTR V8 (limited production) and the M3 ZCP, (in the US and mainland Europe), which is known as the M3 CS (Coupe Sport) in the UK.
M3 Touring (2000)[edit]
The M3 Touring is a prototype demonstrating the possibility of integrating an M3 Touring into the ongoing production of the standard BMW 3 Series Touring with very little difficulty, including reworking rear doors to adapt them to the rear wheel arches without the need for new and expensive tools.[9][10]
M3 GTR[edit]
Racing Version[edit]