2020 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
2002 BMW E46 M3 'Manual' Coupe
|Engine||In-line DOHC 6-cylinder, 3246cc|
|Trim||Cloth & Alcantara|
|Brakes||Discs with ABS|
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Released in 2000, BMW’s third generation M3 became the last of the series powered by the classic in-line naturally aspirated six, the 3.2-litre unit offering the highest specific output of any naturally-aspirated car on the market at that time. With individual throttle-bodies, VANOS variable valve-timing, forged steel conrods and crankshaft plus graphite-coated cast aluminium pistons, the S54 motor gave almost instant response and revved all the way to the 8200rpm cut-out, developing a peak 252kW at 7900rpm. Power was delivered to the rear wheels through a Getrag six-speed manual gearbox or BMW’s SMG sequential six-speed transmission with launch control. The M3 was a fabulous blend of practicality and performance, adding wider wheel arches, intakes, chunkier bumpers and a discreet rear spoiler to add a street fighter stance to the elegant E46 coupe. Under the skin, the BMW retained the basic suspension layout common to all E46 models, namely MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear set-up but wider track, forged alloy front lower control arms, stiffer anti roll-bars and coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers were just some of the changes setting the M-cars apart. Special wheels, bigger brakes and a bespoke interior further enhanced the M3’s appeal, while bi-xenon headlamps, a 6.5 inch sat nav screen, front strut brace and LED taillights were just some of the updates made over the E46 M3’s six-year lifespan.