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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.
— Official description [1]

The 2005 BMW M3 - also known as BMW M3 E46 Coupe and abbreviated as BMW M3 '05 or BMW E46 M3 - is a RWD sports car by BMW featured in all Forza Motorsport titles since Forza Motorsport 2 as well as in Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Horizon 4.

It is available as a Horizon Life reward in Forza Horizon 4 for reaching level 8 in The Drift Run.

Synopsis

The E46 codenamed M3 is the third model generation of the BMW that replaced the E36 M3 for the 2000 model year. It was the last M3 to have a unified chassis code throughout all models, and was replaced by the E92 in 2007.

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.

Specifications

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]

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 Game ForzaMotorsport2 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) 4.6  
NA: missing data
EU: missing data
AS: Available for purchase from the beginning in the dealership
? CR
? CR
38,500 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 Game ForzaMotorsport3 Speed 6.4 
Handling 5.4 
Acceleration 5.4 
Launch 6.4 
Braking 5.2 
B 430
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer Price: 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 secs. 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.616 secs.
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 Game ForzaMotorsport4 Speed 6.8 
Handling 5.1 
Acceleration 7.0 
Launch 7.3 
Braking 5.0 
B 480
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer Price: 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 secs. 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.600 secs.
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 Game ForzaMotorsport5 Speed 6.6 
Handling 4.6 
Acceleration 7.5 
Launch 8.2 
Braking 4.6 
C 478
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer Price: 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 secs. 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.600 secs.
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 Game ForzaMotorsport6 Speed 6.6 
Handling 4.8 
Acceleration 7.4 
Braking 4.7 
 
B 507
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer Price: 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 secs. 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.600 secs.
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 Game ForzaMotorsport7 Speed 6.6 
Handling 4.8 
Acceleration 7.4 
Braking 4.7 
FM7 T2 B 507
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer Price: 92,000 CR
Collection Tier: 2 - Uncommon (+165)
Top Speed: 177.2 mph  (285.1 km/h) Division: Sport Touring Icons
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.683 secs. 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.600 secs.
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
1/4 Mile: missing data  
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3 Speed 6.6 
Handling 6.2 
Acceleration 7.4 
Launch 7.9 
Braking 6.3 
B 671
Unlock: Purchase from the Autoshow Price: 33,000 CR or ? T
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
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4 Speed 7.0 
Handling 6.1 
Acceleration 6.4 
Launch 8.0 
Braking 5.7 
B 700
Unlock:Reach level 8 in The Drift Run Value: 33,000 CR
Rarity: Common
Top Speed: 176.3 mph  (283.7 km/h) Championship: Retro Saloons
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.700 secs. 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 11.600 secs.
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 172.2 ft (52.5 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 403.8 ft (123.1 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.87 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.90 g


Conversions

Icon Engine Conversion - Engine
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport4 V8 - BMW E92 M3
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport5 5.7L V8
3.2L I6 (333 hp)
5.2L V10
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport6 2.6L I6 - TT
5.7L V8
5.2 V10
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport7 2.6L I6 - TT
6.2L V8 (510 hp)
5.2L V10
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3 6.2L V8 (510 hp)
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4 2.6L I6 - TT
4.0L V8
6.2L V8 (510 hp)
Icon Drivetrain Conversion - Drivetrain
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Icon Aspiration Conversion - Aspiration
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Icon Game ForzaMotorsport6 Single Turbo, Centrifugal Supercharger
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport7 Single Turbo, Centrifugal Supercharger
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3 Single Turbo, Centrifugal Supercharger
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4 Single Turbo, Centrifugal Supercharger
Icon Bodykit Conversion - Wide Bodykit
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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

Upgrades

Forzavista

References

  1. "Forza Horizon 3 - Cars". forzamotorsport.net. Retrieved 08-18-2018.
  2. "The BMW M3 E46 Coupe". stevecarter.com. Retrieved 05-28-2018.
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