The E46 generation BMW M3 needs little introduction to the modern day gearhead, but if you haven’t been up close and personal with the 8,000 rpm brute, let me share a few key statistics. 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds, 1/4 mile in 13 sec at 104 mph and a top speed of 170 mph if you remove the stock 155 mph speed limiter. But the best part isn’t the forward thrust, but what happens when you turn the steering wheel. Find this 2002 BMW M3 offered for $15,500 on m3post.com — seller submission from Tucker.
The E46 M3 was introduced for the 2001 model year and it changed everything people thought they knew about sports cars. A sports car didn’t have room for two full sized humans in the back seat — nope, the M3 had plenty of room. A sports car should be difficult to drive — nope, the M3 was just as comfortable in traffic as it was in the corkscrew at Laguna Seca. A sports car should be best on track with a manual gearbox — nope, the M3 had a sequential manual gearbox (SMG) that was sublime when the car was at a boil (albeit sometimes balky when cruising around town).
In the previous generation of M3 (the E36), the US market was given a detuned dog, but not this time. This time, we got the full strength weisswurst, marinated in Weihenstephaner and smothered in spicy mustard. Right off the BBQ the 3.2 liter S54 inline-6 puts out 333 horsepower and 262 ft-lbs of torque into a 6-speed automated manual gearbox. The sound it makes as the engine climbs to a nearly 8,000 rpm redline is a glorious symphony of combustion reverberating through tuned metal pipes.
The seller is the second owner of this steel grey example and has a record of all maintenance since new. It has a few performance parts including — aFe intake, AA exhaust, AA tune, PSS10 – installed 7k miles ago, TMS swaybars, TMS camber kit, TMS shock mounts, D-Force wheels 18×9/18×9.5, Dunlop Direzza tires, ZCP front brakes, and an AC Schnitzer strut bar.
Also included from the seller is a list of maintenance and upgrades performed since 2002.
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