Immaculate history, one former keeper
There are many contenders for the Best M Car crown, but few would dispute the E46 M3s place at the top table. For many true enthusiasts, the E46 incarnation of this legendary car represents both the pinnacle and the end of an era. After the E46, BMW would move from their classic straight six configuration, leaving behind both an impressive list of achievements, and an impressive set of sales figures. Famously, the 3.2 litre S54 power plant set the world record for horsepower to displacement ratio – forcing 343 horses from 3200cc and thus exceeding the 10:1 marker. You may think that this type of thoroughbred performance would bring with it unreliability – but in fact the S54 has turned out to be one of the most robust performance engines ever made. Free revving, and giving immediate performance even at low revs (the E46 M3 will pull the car from under 20mph in 6th gear) – and of course pulling harder and harder right up to the red line in classic naturally aspirated M-style – the S54 is a sweet, addictive, and impressive motoring masterpiece.
But the secret to the E46 M3 is more than just an engine. A sublimely balanced car – achieving that holy grail of 50:50 weight distribution – with a wonderfully supple and communicative chassis, controlled by excellent hydraulic steering that seems to read your thoughts, a solid and crisp gear box with perfect ratios, all brilliantly presented to the driver in a light, classically appointed cockpit with an excellent seating position, comfortable and simple. Put all that together and you have the making of a true classic.
And if you’ve been looking for a decent E46 M3 for any period, you’ll know how rare this is; a one former keeper, immaculately maintained gem. Every service is there, including the running in at the exact correct mileage, and every subsequent stamp – exactly the right service types at exactly the right time and mileage intervals, right upto date. Having been purchase by the second – current – owner as an Approved Used Car from BMW, and warrantied for most of its life, this classy machine has been meticulously curated and cared for – you simply will not find a better condition, better looked after manual M3 on the market. Our technical team have carried out a full inspection – covering all the usual suspects for the E46 M3 – and are mighty impressed with the result. What a car!
For more information or to book a viewing – by appointment only please – contact our showroom team on 01825 740456 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You won’t be disappointed…