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E46 M3 Coupe - One Gorgeous Machine
By E46M3Fan on
2006 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
This is a car that is so good looking, I walk away from it backwards so I can keep looking at it. I've put 7,000 miles on it, and continue to look forward to the next drive! What a balanced package; taut, yet supple, suspension, quickness, and turns are fun again! The last of BMWs great inline NA 6 cylinder engines has won Ward's International Engine of the Year award in its 3.2 liter class for at least five consecutive years. One drive, and I know why. The SMGII tranny is a blast to operate. It's a 6 speed manual tranny, and you modulate the gas pedal just like you would on a stick shift. I can shift aggressively, for fun and speed; or smoothly, for passengers. It's all about timing.
Overall vehicle balance, cornering stability and control, engine/tranny responsiveness and naturally aspirated feel with the 6 individual throttle bodies, awesome brakes, and the looks; oh man, the looks. The last of the driver-oriented, asymmetric interior/dash layouts from BMW. Nappa leather-soft!
I'm not a fan of the rasp, but this is solved by some straightforward exhaust components. Stock strut/shock damping is somewhat inadequate for handling a series of closely spaced bumps. Resolved with a specific aftermarket strut/shock setup.