Arguably BMW's ultimate M car, the BMW E46 M3 is one of the purest BMW performance vehicles every to leave bararia. BMW's M division work around the clock to emply the latest in performance car technology with every new model they release.
On paper, these latest vehicles offer blistering performance figures in stock form, right out of the box. Additionally to this these cars are very easy to live with and daily drive.
With modern turbocharged engine configurations, its not too challenging for BMW M power to dial up the numbers to the extreme. But with forced induction comes a big debate.
Have BMW M cars lost the raw edge that made them so special in the first place? Many enthusiasts have looked back through BMW's M car back catalogue and one model stands out at the kingpin of all M cars. Thats the M3.
The M3 offers the ideal balance between size, weight and power. Making it a car perfect for track work, but still large enough to take the kids to school.
The latest F80 BMW M3 clings on to its roots with its traditional BMW straight six engine, but with a turbo feeding it additional air to meet the modern requirements for performance and emissions.
BMW E46 M3
This makes the E46 M3 a more enjoyable car to drive around on occasions, but less fun to drive daily compared to the modern day equivalent.
So selecting the right M3 for you depends very much on what you want to use it for.