With what was it 5 mighty generations intertwined with even more special limited editions, commemorative editions, ultra lightweight models, ultra mega rare ones, ultra mega super duper cool ones, inasmuch as the subtle variations in between all of them, when all is said and all has been perfunctorily done away with, when some wannabe hotshot rattled his mouth off soon as he got not only beaten but more appropriately totally outclassed in every aspect (and the low key soft spoken fella behind the wheel of the outright winning car struggled trying to hide a wry smile), when all of the above have ran their unimpeded course, the automobile is, forever more , the subliminal M3.
That alphanumeric designation, apart from being the coolest car, I mean fast car name there is and ever will be, might also be the quickest and shortest argumentative point as per the issue. After BMW took the funky initiative to offer a purpose built factory works performance car concept’ back then in the E30 M3, something rather important as per the true factory-initiated performance endorsements, or something. The thing was cars such as the M3, as well as all the other factory-prepared specials whether theirs were homologated or whatever, aren’t just about going bonkers and showing everyone else whose bad or the man or what have you, these special automobiles were also a platform to showcase each manufacturer’s DNA slash life force; what their fine machines can do without anything holding them back. Or maybe, maybe those guys were just bored.
Be that as it may, boredom perpetrated all manner of innovations, illegal downloads, rendering some supposed impregnable government’s firewall obsolete, maybe boredom was the catalyst for the second discovery of America by that glorified discoverer, who knows yeah? Then again somehow for BMW to bring the M3 into full fledge production and for said examples to be made available pretty much everywhere including here and all, bringing benchmark ‘pure unadulterated fun on 4 wheels’ to the masses and what not, something divine was at work there and then. I mean ask any pure blooded M3 owners slash fans slash enthusiasts slash regular fella (just about right), why they think the M3 (and this covers all the M3s) are just about perfect, then surely you’d concur with the educated assumption I’ve proposed earlier, about the presence of some divine mystical presence at work whispering helpful hints and bumping the BMW design people to the right direction.
In any case, a sure fire tangible proof of success for any car lies in the eventual descendants therein; and this I got from ‘this guy’ I use to know. Consider the 5 subsequent successors spanning its glorious 30 Jahre history. Now let us for a moment put the long list of editions and partake in each statuesque evolution – it is as if you’re beholding the perfectly engineered evolution of a machine with its own living breathing mechanical soul. As though each detailed designs or adaptations were essentially a natural extension to its growing presence – both physical and emotional. As though the engineers had to discuss and convince the car itself of what aspects would matter within the grand scheme of things.
Getting all retrospective in thought here and this coming from a fella who is forever more an observer as well as admirer of the iconic M3. Never mind what other M Cars are on the offering from Munich, forget about the fact that the M5 is just as cool and quite bit faster and all the other extra credentials; although the mega limited M5 30 Jahre could just tilt the balance in the 5’s favor for some, the benchmark M Car have always been and shall always be the M3. And this is nothing of the free advertising or marketing or what business related jibe. Even among the non-BMW fans the M3 has always been special. And if it is that special for them spend like maybe thirty seconds and ponder how bone-chillingly special it must surely be for the man who has his name writ large on the car’s ownership papers, although seeing as he might also have like an entire underground garage of fast cars at his beckoning, the word ‘special’ might just have less of an effect for his sort ennit?
And seeing as it is not my job to investigate any matter under the ‘private’ heading, it’d be prudent for me to get this last para and a half or so sorted out promptly with the acquired mods the owner went with for his E46 edition.
Or tell you what, seeing as the mods list covers more on performance and style refinements instead of balls to the walls power increment, I think let’s just gaze upon the more rewarding aspects of the E46 M3 – its sublime presence, and the telltale potential that arrives on the owner’s well timed cue therein – which as a natural born speed merchant + purveyor + fast driver par excellence, surely be frequent.
And getting his speed fix with his ultra cool E46 M3, Yuza the owner went with an FF Performance House tuned S54 engine rated at 375 bhp & 400 Nm relayed on to an SMG transmission. As per its looks, the hugely popular E46 exterior remained as handsome as ever in its original form, and the CSL carbon fiber goodies (for the tail mostly) plus the hood made of more of the stuff, subtly refine instead of ‘radicalize’ the confirmed classic the E46 M3 or any M3 for that matter, are predestined to be.
Perhaps concerning the short & highly select extras that went into this Bimmer, they’re there where they at for the owner’s preference for the right kind of mods.
So you keep the entire concept in your hyperactive minds while you’re perusing the Hyperfacts below alright?
BMW E46 M3
S54 Inline 6 tuned by FF Performance House, Gruppe M Titanium Exhaust, Supersprint Section 2 pipe
375 bhp at 7900 rpm
400 nm at 4900 rpm
SMG 6 Speed
HKS RS Coilovers, M Power sway bars
Brembo GTR 4 pot with Brembo GT 380 mm (front)
Brembo GT 4 pot with Brembo GT 380 mm (rear)
HEL braided line (front and rear)
Wheels & Tires:
Michelin Pilot Super Sport on BBS CHR
Autoteknic Carbon Fiber Handbrake
Autoteknic Carbon Fiber shifter
Autoteknic interior panels
Seibon Carbon Fiber hood
M3 CSL carbon fiber rear trunk
M3 CSL carbon fiber rear diffuser