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The E46 realized a nearly 100-hp boost over the previous model, thanks to a new stronger iron block capable of a higher RPM redline. Well over 300 ponies reside under the hood and the iconic straight-six can rocket to a ceiling of 8,000 RPM. This is the first M3 that will really wag its tail given a heavy foot when exiting a turn. That can be a good thing, and it by no means means the car’s cornering ability is diminished; it just means there is a lot of juice lurking under that bulging hood. Taking a look around the E46 you will notice the wider flared fenders that nod to the E30 and accommodates the wider stance of the M3 compared to the 3-series. Sure it’s the largest M3 to date – which may have some questioning the philosophy of its build. Take a seat and put your foot down, however, and it will all become clear that the E46 is nothing but pure M.
— forzamotorsport.net [1]

The 2005 BMW M3 (also known as BMW M3 E46 Coupe) is a front-engined sports car by BMW that is featured in all Forza Motorsport titles since Forza Motorsport 2.

It is also featured in Forza Horizon 3.

Synopsis

The E46 codenamed M3 is the third model generation of the BMW that replaced the E36 M3 for the 2000 model year.

Unlike the E36 M3 it was not available as a saloon, with body style choices being limited to coupé and convertible.

To address criticism regarding the E36 M3's strong design similarity to regular 3 Series models, it was designed with many unique styling elements such as flared fenders, side vents, a domed aluminium hood, and two double exhaust pipes.

The E46 received a 3.2 litre straight-six engine with a more linear powerband than its predecessor that redlines at 8000 rpm. Other major technical additions include a special limited-slip differential capable of sending 100% of torque to one wheel and floating brake calipers.[2]

The E46 was the last M3 to have a unified chassis code throughout all models, and was replaced by the E92 in 2007.

Performance

The E46 M3 features strong acceleration off-the-line as seen from its 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 4,7 seconds. Its top speed is 174 mph (280 km/h).

In terms of handling it is equally impressive due to a stock 50/50 weight distribution, although it will be affected by its high weight under hard cornering.

Statistics

Icon ForzaMotorsport2 Wide Speed 5.7 
Acceleration 4.5 
Braking 4.1 
Handling 4.2 
Base Rarity 4.6 
B 578
Rarity (North America) ?  
Rarity (Europe) ?  
Rarity (Asia) ?  
NA: missing data
EU: missing data
AS: missing data
? CR
? CR
? CR
Top Speed: missing data Body Style: Coupé
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): missing data 120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
Icon ForzaMotorsport3 Wide Speed 6.4 
Handling 5.4 
Acceleration 5.4 
Launch 6.4 
Handling 5.2 
B 430
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 31,000 CR
Top Speed: 174.1 mph  (280.1 km/h) Body Style: Coupé
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.700 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.616 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 130.5 ft (39.8 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 342.3 ft (104.3 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.00 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.99 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide Speed 6.8 
Handling 5.1 
Acceleration 7.0 
Launch 7.3 
Braking 5.0 
B 480
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 30,000 CR
Top Speed: 174.3 mph  (280.4 km/h) Body Style: Sports Car
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.700 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.600 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 126.9 ft (38.7 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 341.5 ft (104.1 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.89 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.88 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide Speed 6.6 
Handling 4.6 
Acceleration 7.5 
Launch 8.2 
Braking 4.6 
C 478
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 33,000 CR
Top Speed: 174.5 mph  (280.8 km/h) Body Family: Iconic Sports
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.684 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.600 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 114.2 ft (34.8 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 285.6 ft (87.1 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.11 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.10 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide Speed 6.6 
Handling 4.8 
Acceleration 7.4 
Braking 4.7 
 
B 507
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 33,000 CR
Top Speed: 177.2 mph  (285.1 km/h) Division: Modern Sport Legends
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.700 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.600 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 136.3 ft (41.5 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 324.3 ft (98.8 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.10 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.09 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide Speed 6.6 
Handling 4.8 
Acceleration 7.4 
Braking 4.7 
FM7 T2 
B 507
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 92,000 CR
Top Speed: 177.2 mph  (285.1 km/h) Division: Sport Touring Icons
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.683 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.600 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 140.4 ft (42.8 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 345.6 ft (105.3 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.10 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.09 g
Collection Tier: 2 - Uncommon (+165)
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Speed 6.6 
Handling 6.2 
Acceleration 7.4 
Launch 7.9 
Braking 6.3 
B 671
Unlock: Purchase from the Autoshow 33,000 CR
Top Speed: missing data Championship: Super Saloons
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): missing data 120 mph (193 km/h): missing data

Conversions

Icon Engine Conversion - Engine
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide 4.0 L V8 (E92 M3)
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide 5.7L V8
3.2L I6
5.2L V10 478 503
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide 2.6L I6 - TT
5.7L V8
5.2 V10 507 537
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide 2.6L I6 - TT
6.2L V8
5.2L V10
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide 6.2L V8 (Mercedes)
Icon Drivetrain Conversion - Drivetrain
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide AWD
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide AWD
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide AWD
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide AWD
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide AWD
Icon Aspiration Conversion - Aspiration
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide Single Turbocharger
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide Single Turbo, Centrifugal Supercharger
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide Single Turbo, Centrifugal Supercharger
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide Single Turbo, Centrifugal Supercharger
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Single Turbo, Centrifugal Supercharger
Icon Bodykit Conversion - Wide Bodykit
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide Widebody Kit
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Rocket Bunny

Trivia

  • It can be fitted with the bumpers from the BMW M3-GTR.
  • Its 3.2L I6 engine can be swapped onto various vehicles in Forza Motorsport 5 and all subsequent Motorsport titles.

Gallery

Variants

References

  1. "Forza Horizon - Cars". forzamotorsport.net. Retrieved 05/28/2018.
  2. "The BMW M3 E46 Coupe". stevecarter.com. Retrieved 05/28/2018.