This BMW M3 E46 combines some BMW’s finest {hardware} and is a real Autobahn missile

by Dim Angelov, on

On this planet of modified vehicles, engine swaps are fairly a standard observe. And whereas sure engines are the go-to powertrains for that, there are these which are extra unconventional. This YouTube video from AutoTopNL give a very good instance as a result of it incorporates a BMW E46 M3 with an S85 engine from a BMW E60 M5. However that’s not all it has.

About The Automotive

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Whereas the BMW E46 M3 continues to be thought-about, by some, to be one of many biggest driver’s vehicles ever made. Usually, it might include an S54, 3.2-liter, normally-aspirated inline-six that makes 343 horsepower at 7,900 RPM and 269 pound-feet (365 Nm) at 4,900 RPM. This propels the three,296-pound (1,495 kg) German coupe to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.

Apparently, somebody thought that the inline-six doesn’t have a powerful sufficient punch and changed it with a 5.0-liter normally-aspirated V-10 from a BMW E60 M5. That one makes 507 horsepower at 7,750 RPM and 383.5 pound-feet (520 Nm) at 6,100 RPM.

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However don’t suppose for a second that the V-10’s efficiency is hindered by the horrible SMG, automated guide, most E60 M5s got here with. This E46 M3 has obtained the seven-speed DCT unit from a BMW E92 M3. In actual fact. It’s presently the one E46 M3 on the earth to function such a setup.

The automobile is an actual sleeper and solely the tall E92 M3 GTS rear wing suggests one thing is off. The tires are Nankang AR-1 all-around and are “principally slicks”, with solely minimal grooving to make them (barely) street-legal. The automobile incorporates a sq. stance, with each axles that includes 265mm width tires. Behind the 18-inch E46 M3 wheels disguise new AP racing brakes that do a very good job at stopping the automobile as quick because it accelerates. The M3 additionally incorporates a light-weight flywheel, which makes the V-10 even happier to rev.

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The automobile incorporates a dry-sump system with an oil tank situated within the trunk. Regardless of the brand new engine, gearbox, and different modifications, the automobile solely weighs 3,329 kilos (1.510 kg) – simply 33 kilos (15 kg) greater than the inventory automobile. The E46 M3 even retains the unique sub-frame, whereas the V-10 sits decrease and additional again, in comparison with the inventory S54 engine.

The Autobahn Run

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All this appears like a win-win scenario and it reveals within the acceleration figures. This time, we don’t have a variety of numbers, as they solely measured the 100 to 200 km/h (62-124 mph) time, which was 6.90 seconds. Based on the driving force, the automobile has performed a time of round 6.60 seconds for a similar self-discipline. To place issues in perspective, AutoTopNL examined a inventory BMW E46 M3 Competitors and managed to place down a 14.13-second time for the 100 to 200 km/h (62-124 mph) self-discipline. We even see the Beemer touching 186 mph (300 km/h) on the speedometer, with out a lot effort.

What Was Sacrificed?

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The automobile successfully turned greater than twice as fast as inventory, however at what price? None, really. The motive force praises the E46 M3 for feeling simply as refined and as stable as the traditional automobile, regardless of the heavy modifications.

Automobiles with engine swaps can generally be sketchy, relying on how effectively the construct has been executed, which is why the driving force and host had expressed some considerations previous to the overview. “It may very well be fairly an intimidating automobile to drive”, “it would really feel bizarre”, it would really feel far more hardcore than this”, is what the driving force was pondering. Fortunately for him, the automobile is well-sorted and that’s the actual artwork in the case of modifying vehicles, particularly when they’re as coveted as a BMW E46 M3. Watch the video under to see the automobile in motion and luxuriate in some epic V-10 “singing”.


Dim Angelov

Dim Angelov

Born in 1992, I come from a household of motoring fans. My ardour for vehicles was awoken on the age of six, after I noticed a Lamborghini Diablo SV in {a magazine}. After highschool I earned a grasp’s diploma in advertising and marketing and a Grasp of Arts in Media and Communications. Through the years, I’ve practiced and turn into expert in precision driving and to this point have take a look at pushed greater than 250 vehicles throughout the globe. Through the years, I’ve picked up primary mechanical data and have even taken half within the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Sort and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Dash. Currently, I’ve taken a elaborate to automotive pictures, and whereas trendy vehicles are my major ardour, I even have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, warfare historical past, craft beer, historic weapons, and automobile restoration. In time, I plan my very own basic automobile restoration and hope to earn my racing certificates, after which I count on to ascertain my very own racing group.  Learn full bio

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