Aah…the E46 BMW M3…we know it from our childhood, ant still, it continues to surprise us. Like this item, for example. The owner wasn’t satisfied by its power, deciding to replace the engine with a bigger one. And what’s bigger than am M3 engine? Obviously, an M5 one!
So, what was wrong with the original powertrain? Maybe the 4 missing cylinders, the inline architecture, the 157 hp less…we don’t know. What we know for sure is that the S54 naturally aspirated, 3.2 liter engine was already damn fast. It made possible the 0-100 km/h acceleration in 5.1 seconds and that says a lot.
However, the new unit is even quicker. Placed under the E60 M5’s hood, it catapults the big sedan to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, thanks to its huge power. The 507 horses and the 520 Nm of the S85 V10 engine raise this particular E46 M3 to a whole new level of refinement and dynamic performance. However, it also adds weight, destabilizing the perfect balance. So, do you like the idea of a big engine in a small car? If so, find out that this 2004 E46 BMW M3 is for sale!
Yes, it’s a right hand drive car, so, if you live outside UK, it’s going to be a problem. And yes, the original transmission couldn’t handle that torque. Therefore, the owner replaced it by himself with a more resistant one, taken from a E92 M3 V8. And now, the price: this monster’s asking price is somewhere around 37.000 euros. But with this Brexit decision…who knows the exact parity between GBP and euro?