About BMW E46 M3
Many gearheads regard the BMW E46 M3 as the last real M3 because BMW soon began burdening the venerable M3 line with heavy engines and electronic systems. However, before the M3 became a sports car wannabe, the E46 righted the wrongs of the E36 that preceded it by bringing the American version up to speed with the European model. The BMW E46 M3 engine is a 3.2-liter six-cylinder block matched to a nifty six-speed transmission. When it first came out in 2000, it was second only to the engine in the McLaren F1 among the naturally aspirated engines produced by BMW. The American model produces 333 horsepower and 262 lbs. per foot of torque. This kind of automotive power is sufficient to drive the BMW E46 M3 to a top speed of 155 mph and a zero to 60 MPH time of 4.8 seconds. Despite its speed and performance, the regular E46 looks nothing as racy as special editions such as the M3 GTR, M3 CS, and the M3 CSL. Fortunately, you can right that injustice by picking up a sporty BMW E46 M3 body kit from the large inventory of BMW parts on eBay.