Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Random Car Wednesday: BMW M3 E46

The BMW M3 E46. Once a premium performance coupe, the German sports machine seems to be very plentiful nowadays. Not that that's a bad thing, just look at it's credentials. The E46 generation was produced from 2001 to 2006, and could be had as a coupe or a convertible. BMW's inline-6 powerplant boasted a reasonable 333 horsepower, which isn't too shabby in a car that only weighs about 3,400 pounds. It was electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph, but without the limiter the claimed top speed was about 170 mph. Not bad at all. Furthermore, the sporting credentials were coupled with a well-upholstered interior that one would expect from a BMW. In summation, the E46 was a good car. The issue is that they've become much more common lately, and they all look the same. 90% of the M3's you see are painted a factory color, probably a shade of silver or black, and are either bone stock or are wearing custom rims. It's a very basic formula, and it works to a degree, but it would be nice to see something a bit more...unique. Thankfully, today's RCW is just that. It's an M3 convertible, which is slightly less common than the coupe. Also, it has snow camo. Why camouflage of this type would be useful in Texas I simply don't know, but I'm certainly not complaining. It's different and it stands out from the crowd. Again, kind of the opposite of what camouflage is usually intended for, but not a problem. I feel like this is the kind of car that people either love or hate. The diehard BMW purists will probably disapprove, but those who enjoy the creativity and individuality that this car offers will think it's great. Personally, I like it. Besides, if we do ever get some real snow here in Texas, you'll never see this thing coming.

BMW M3 E46 Convertible

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