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With so many years having passed since the end of production of the E46 M3, much of the media, reviews, video footage, and commercial ads contemporary to the time period have been lost or faded into obscurity.

Although the spirit and enthusiasm for E46 M3 is very much still alive in the BMW community, much of the era specific content has since been removed from the web or has become hard to find.
The multitude of private websites & blogs have given way to social media & large corporations, slowly erasing early content that was shared and eroding the memory of this old friend that is the E46 M3.

A similar thread exists for the E9x M3 for similar reasons, and the goal of these threads is to create a sort-of time capsule with the community's memory of the cars.
And with the creation of this new E46 M3 BIMMERPOST community, it's only fitting to have a thread dedicated to capturing content contemporary to the E46 M3 era (circa 2000-2006).
Content will be from various sources ranging from Official BMW sources, as well as content from well-known/established media outlets.
The use of 'amateur' and aftermarket content is discouraged except where in certain instances, they truly contribute to our collective memory of the third-generation M3.

This post is currently non-exhaustive & will continue to be updated as more content is dug-up and rediscovered.

Members are encouraged to contribute valued content, be it from their own repository or deep in the caches of the old internet in the ashes of the dot-com bubble.

Official BMW: Factory Footage & Promotional Material:

Official BMW M3 E46 Promotional Footage Pt. 1

Official BMW M3 E46 Promotional Footage Pt. 2

Official BMW E46 M3 SMG II Drivelogic Demo

Official S54B32 3.2 Litre 6-cylinder Engine Production

Official BMW M3 CSL Prototype Footage

Official BMW M3 CSL Promotional Footage

Press: Initial Debut

E46 M3 Coupe First Appearance at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show (M3 content Begins 5:16)

Men and Motors - Richard Hammond Checks Out The BMW M3 - 3rd Generation at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show

Advertising & other promotional material:

Official Ad - BMW M3 CSL Windtunnel

Official BMW M Power Showroom Film

Official- "The BMW M3 (E46) film. Everything about the third generation BMW M3."

Official - BMW M3 CSL 10 Year Reunion at the BMW Welt

Reviews & Track/Performance Tests:

Old Top Gear - M3 Review by Tiff Needel

Fifth Gear - M3 vs M3 CSL

(E46 Shootout) BMW M3 vs. Alpina B3 3.3 vs. Hartge 5.5

E46 M3 & E39 M5 Featured in Williams F1 Documentary

Men & Motors - BMW M3 Review (2001)

Men & Motors - Review: BMW M3 (2001)

Motorvision BMW M3 CSL Test (German)

BMW M3 v BMW 135i v BMW 335i | BMW Battle |

Comparisons vs. non-BMWs:

Fifth Gear - BMW E46 M3 vs. Audi B7 RS4

Motorvision BMW M3 vs Audi B6 RS4 (German)

Men and Motors - Mitsubishi Evo 8 vs Subaru Impreza STi vs BMW M3 - Review & Comparison

Professional Motorsports/Racing:

Official onboard footage - BMW M3 GTR driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck at the 24h Race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife


2000-2006 International Engine of the Year - M3 [S54B32] engine's 6th consecutive win (3.0L-4.0L category), Official BMW Press Release.

Car & Driver - 2005 10Best Cars - 2005 BMW 3-series / M3

Car & Driver - 2004 10Best Cars - 2004 BMW 3-series / M3

Car & Driver - 2003 10Best Cars - 2003 BMW 3-series / M3

Car & Driver - 2002 10Best Cars - 2002 BMW 3-series / M3

Official BMW Print Ads:

"We'll Never Forget Where We Came From" - M3 CSL

"Street legal. Pretty much." - M3 Coupe w/ Competition Pkg

"Introduce Your Heart to Your Throat" -M3 Coupe

"Der BMW M3 GTR holt den Team-, Marken- und Fahreertitel der ALMS 2001." - M3 GTR (English Translation: "The BMW M3 GTR wins the team, manufacturer, and driver's title at ALMS 2001."

"2001: We rewrite the history books. 2002: They rewrite the rule book." -M3 GTR

Official Factory Photos, Wallpapers:

M3 Coupe Wallpapers:


S54B32 Engine / Drivetrain Wallpapers/Photos:

BMW M3 CSL Wallpapers:



M3 GTR Wallpapers:

Written Reviews:

First Drives/Short Road Tests:

Car & Driver - 2001 BMW M3 - The more-powerful Euro version finally arrives here. Bring more cash, too.

Motortrend - Road Test: 2001 BMW M3 - The world's best sport sedan...again

Motortrend - First Test: 2005 BMW M3 Competition Package - Ghost In The Machine: The last in a line of BMW high-performance coupes awakens spirits of the legendary CSL

MWerks - Quick Spin: 2006 M3 Competition Package

Long Term Road Tests:

Car & Driver - 2001 BMW M3 - A practical, four-adult tool for the committed driving enthusiast.

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