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

Unlock in Forza Horizon 4

It is primarily unlockable as a Horizon Life reward 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.

Drivetrain

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.

Variants

HOR XB1 BMW M3 02

M3-GTR

Main article: BMW M3-GTR

The 2002 M3-GTR is a track-oriented variant featured in all Xbox 360 Forza titles except Forza Horizon 2. It also appears in Forza Horizon 4 since Update 7.

Statistics

Icon ForzaMotorsport2 Wide
Speed 5.7
Acceleration 4.5
Braking 4.1
Handling 4.2
Base Rarity 4.6
B 578
Unlock Requirements
North America:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Europe:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Asia:
Available for purchase from the beginning in the dealership for 38,500 CR.
Rarity: 4.6
Performance & Body Style
Body Style:
Coupé
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
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 Gs:
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
Braking 5.2
B 430
Unlock Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 31,000 CR
Performance & Body Style
Body Style:
Coupé
Speed:
Top Speed: 174.1 mph  (280.1 km/h)
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 Gs:
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 Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 30,000 CR
Performance & Body Style
Body Style:
Sports Car
Speed:
Top Speed: 174.3 mph  (280.4 km/h)
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 Gs:
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 Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 33,000 CR
Performance & Body Family
Body Family:
Iconic Sports
Speed:
Top Speed: 174.5 mph  (280.8 km/h)
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 Gs:
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 Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 33,000 CR
Performance & Division
Division:
Modern Sport Legends
Speed:
Top Speed: 177.2 mph  (285.1 km/h)
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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.10 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.09 g
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Speed 6.6
Handling 4.8
Acceleration 7.4
Braking 4.7
Uncommon FM7 T2
B 507
Unlock Requirements
Unlock:
Purchase from the car dealer
Performance & Division
Division:
Sport Touring Icons
Collection Tier:
Tier 2 - Uncommon (+165)
Speed:
Top Speed: 177.2 mph  (285.1 km/h)
1/4 Mile: missing data
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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 1.10 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.09 g
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide
Speed 6.6
Handling 6.2
Acceleration 7.4
Launch 7.9
Braking 6.3
B 671
Unlock Requirements
Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for 33,000 CR
Performance & Championship
Championship:
Super Saloons
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
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 Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
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Speed 7.0
Handling 6.1
Acceleration 6.4
Launch 8.0
Braking 5.7
B 700
Unlock Requirements
Horizon Life:
Reach Tier 8 in Horizon Life: The Drift Run
Performance & Car Type
Car Type:
Retro Saloons
Value: 33,000 CR
Rarity:
Common
Speed:
Top Speed: 176.3 mph  (283.7 km/h)
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 Gs:
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
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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)
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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
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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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