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BMW e46 M3

BMW e46 M3


There are few cars as loved by enthusiasts as the BMW M3. The early e36 models have a keen following but they are somewhat fragile now (see our videos with CarThrottle for proof!) – the clever money is now in that car’s successor – the e46 M3. Using a 3.2-litre straight-six engine, with a lightweight crankshaft and graphite coated aluminium pistons it revved to 8000rpm and put out 338bhp. Performance was brisk thanks to the 1450kg kerb weight, with 0-62mph taking just 5.1 seconds. But the raw numbers only tell part of the story with the e46 M3 – the engine sings and screams its way through the rev range, there’s a delicious howl from the exhausts and the steering and handling are just sublime. Add in the fact that there are four very usable seats, a bit boot and (relatively) understated looks and you can see why the e46 M3 has such a huge following… 

The winner can choose an E46 M3 up to the value of £20,000.


Engine / Cylsi6 Power338bhp
Displacement3.2ltr Torque365 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed155mph
DrivetrainRWD CO2na g/km
MPG22 mpg Retail Price£20,000
0-62mph5.1secs Cash Alternative£16,000

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