“Obioban”, a member of M3Forum managed to get his E46 BMW M3 on the front page of Jalopnik. Some may wonder why…apparently, this is one of the best-sounding M3s ever, so we decided to have a look it.
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From the get-go, the E46 M3 brings back the memories of the naturally aspirated straight-six engine. Codenamed S54B32, the 3.2 liter straight six cylinder engine “died” when the last E85 Z4 rolled out of the production lane in 2008. The S54B32 also powers one of the most popular M cars in the BMW’s history: the E46 M3.
The S54B32 evolved from the S52B32 engine which powered the E36 M3 in the 90’s. It outputs 343 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque at 4,900 rpm. The engine was shared among the Z3 and Z4 M Roadsters and Coupe and it was one of the most admired engines by the BMW fans.
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Most likely the M3 seen above has had some work done around the mufflers and probably a chip under the hood, but regardless if it’s the best-sounding M3 ever, the car does indeed sound quite impressive.