6 Speed smg
6 Cyl 3.2L
The BMW E46 M3 took the hearts of sports car fans by storm when it launched in 2000. Engineers focused on lowering weight to create one of BMW's most balanced sports cars. The high-rev concept of its inline 6-cylinder engine, for many embodied a return to the virtues of the iconic BMW E30 M3. 85,000 BMW M3 E46s sold during its production run from 2000 to 2006 – making it the most successful BMW M model to date. Outstanding performance is provided by the the 3.2-litre S54B32 engine built on the legacy of its predecessor. Nevertheless, it was an almost entirely new development capable of revving to 8,000 rpm.
With the E46 came the introduction of the SMG tranmission, or Sequential Manual Gearbox and was touted as “Formula 1 inspired” – a paddle shifted manual transmission that replaces a clutch pedal with an electro-hydraulic pump that does the legwork for you.
From a side profile, the E46 M3‘s chrome-plated gills in the upper part of the front fender are a standout feature. These were originally designed as an air duct for cooling the engine. During testing, however, it turned out that the ducts were not necessary. Nevertheless, they remained – and became such an iconic highlight that their appeal extended beyond just fans of BMW M. Not to be missed are the special side mirrors, which are aerodynamically-shaped to cut through the air. The so-called powerdome, the clearly recognizable curvature of the bonnet, created space for the engine’s powerful intake system.
This is a single owner E46 M3 in absolutely pristine condition, with just over 17,000 miles on the clock and all service records and documentation accounted for. This is one of the best examples of this car we’ve seen in a long time. Tying all the classic lines together are a set of BBS LM wheels. The car sits on Turner Motorsports coil overs but original suspension components and factory wheels are being offered with the vehicle.
The third gen M3 was introduced in October 2000 at the Geneva Motor Show. For the 2001 season, regulations for the GT class of the American Le Mans Series required manufacturers to have a freely available and fully road-legal counterpart. BMW M followed suit and produced a small series of ten BMW M3 GTR street cars. This extremely limited production version was almost as ferocious as its track-going sibling. A4.0-litre V8 replaced the inline 6 cylinder engine and made 350 horsepower for the road and 450 hp in race configuration.
For the 2004 model year the BMW M3 CSL (Coupe Sport Leichtbau, meaning 'Coupé Sport Lightweight') was introduced as a limited edition version of the M3 with a total production run of 1,383 cars. Thinner glass windows and use of carbon fiber in the roof and body panels reduced weight by 243 pounds. Sharper profile camshafts, a bigger air intake and refinement of the exhaust manifold added 17 horsepower, making the CLS lighter and faster than a standard M3.
The interior shows as new. There are no blemishes on the seats, dash or carpet. Overall, it’s in excellent condition.
The exterior is in great condition, no scratches or dents. Wheels are all perfect and show now curb rash.
The vehicle has a clean CARFAX and all maintenance records on file. Vehicle feels responsive and snappy. Car fires up with no issues and is a joy to drive. A check engine light is present and is related to Vanos (invoices are available from BimmerHaus showing Vanos is in good working order).
This car was a joy to shoot, stunning from every angle and not a single flaw on the exterior of this extremely well kept M3. The only issue I noticed was a check engine light.