BMW M3 vs BMW M3

Picture of BMW M3 (E46)
Picture of BMW M3 (E92)
Category BMW M3 (E46)BMW M3 (E92)
Engine layout 3.2 l R64.0 l V8
Max power (ps / bhp) 343 / 338420 / 414
Max torque (Nm / lb-ft) 365 / 269400 / 295
Curb weight (kg / lb) 1573 / 34681580 / 3483
Power / tonne (ps / bhp) 218 / 215266 / 262

Performance

Category BMW M3 (E46)BMW M3 (E92)
0 - 100 kph 4.8 s4.3 s
0 - 200 kph 16.8 s15.2 s
1000 m 24.6 s23.5 s @ 230.0 kph
Est. 100 - 200 kph 12.0 s10.9 s
0 - 60 mph 4.5 s3.9 s
0 - 100 mph 11.2 s9.4 s
0 - 150 mph 32.7 s23.9 s
Est. 1/8 mile 9.1 s @ 93.8 mph8.7 s @ 96.9 mph
1/4 mile 13.1 s @ 107.5 mph12.4 s @ 114.3 mph
Top speed 250 kph (155 mph)280 kph (174 mph)
Est. max acceleration 0.64 g (6 m/s²)0.72 g (7 m/s²)

Summary

Category BMW M3 (E46)BMW M3 (E92)
Track Performance 10831196
Straight line speed 7851100
Total 18682296

Verdict

M3 is the fastest by a small margin.

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i6 rules but V8 is king  7y ago

The torque curve for the V8 is muchflatter and can pull from any gear harder than th i6... beleive me I have had owned all the M3`s.
I do miss the mpg of the i6 tho.


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ky  11y ago

How much lighter is the 6 engine than the v8, this must effect the handling. I agree with your views, the 6 is a great engine


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Inline 6 rules  11y ago

In my opinion the E46's inline 6 engine (S54B32) is better than the E92's V8 engine (S65B40). The E46's inline 6 engine (3246 ccm) produces 343 PS at 7900 rpm and 365 Nm at 4900 rpm. The E92's V8 engine (3999 ccm) produces 420 PS at 8300 rpm and 400 Nm at 3900 rpm.
S54B32: 343/3.246=105.67 PS/liter at 7900 rpm and 365/3.246=112.45 Nm/liter.
S65B40: 420/3.999=105 PS/liter at 8300 rpm and 400/3.999=100 Nm/liter.
The S54B32 inline 6 is older, but it has better power and torque/displacement ratio than the S65B40 V8.