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 |  Aug 04 2014, 9:02 AM

10. E46 BMW 3 Series

E46 M3

If you had a 1999 to 2006 BMW 3 Series, you had one that was known as the E46. The E46 is considered by many to be the best interpretation of BMW’s “The Ultimate Driving Machine” tagline. It was sporty yet refined, while its no-frills design philosophy helped showcase its focused approach to driving.

The E46 peaked with a brilliant car, the BMW M3 (seen above). Available as a coupe or convertible, the E46 generation M3 used a 3.2-liter straight-six engine that sent 333 hp to the rear wheels. Depending on the transmission used, the E46 could manage a 0-60 time under five seconds. Pair that straight-line speed with the M3′s handling prowess and the car became a legend among BMW fans.

 

  • augie

    this is a fun, car-geeky list. i owned an e46 3-series, but strangely feel the e30 m3 is still bmw’s most iconic car. i think the audi b5 a4 was a great classic design and perhaps their first real mass market success.

    and am i the only person who thinks the car companies could be a little more creative in picking chassis codes that aren’t so close to the model names themselves, so as to not utterly confuse us all? how about porsche’s new 2023 911, chassis code: chameleon?

  • http://dbcooper.livejournal.com P.F. Bruns

    There’s also the P71 Panther Police Interceptor package for the Ford Crown Victoria, a mainstay of police forces (and of course, reconditioned as a mainstay of taxi and limo fleets) throughout most of the U.S.

  • sawyer

    It’s a little hard to read this list and not see the term “E30″ pop up.

  • Jamal

    Agreed. E30 is THE BMW chassis code. Forget E46.

  • Killa

    I’ve always been an R32 GT-R fan.

  • Rickers

    Really? That car is an overrated POS.

  • Goldo1802

    Where is the MkIV Supra? -_-