BMW E46 M3 Cabriolet
- Mileage: 41,850
- Year: 2003
- MOT Expiry: 12 Months
- Exterior Colour: Titanium Silver Metallic
- Interior Colour: Black Nappa Leather
- Top speed: 155
- 0-60mph: 5.5
- BHP: 338
- Transmission: 6-Speed SMG II
- Engine Capacity: 3246cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
First introduced in October 2000 the E46 M3 featured an all-new 3.2-litre M-tuned engine, the S54. The engine had the highest specific naturally aspirated output ever made by BMW at the time producing 338bhp. Praised by press, the S54 engine redlines at a high 8000rpm and breaths its oxygen through six independent throttle bodies electronically operated resulting in immediate responsive from the high revving power unit.
Available as a coupe or convertible the E46 was offered with a six-speed manual Getrag gearbox or an optional SMG Drivelogic gearbox, which was a standard six-speed gearbox with an electro-hydraulically actuated clutch pedal. This example is a post-2003 facelift version, benefiting from LED rear lights and the SMG II gearbox amongst other minor cosmetic improvements.
6 month comprehensive warranty /// Second-generation Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG II) with Drivelogic, Electric folding soft-top in black, Removable hardtop in Titanium Silver, Electrically adjustable and heated front Sports seats with memory, Front armrest, Harman/Kardon HiFi sound system, Satellite navigation, Park Distance Control (PDC), Automatic air conditioning, Self-dimming rear-view mirror, Multifunction M Sports steering wheel, Automatic Xenon lights, Rain-sensitive wipers, Headlight cleaning system, Front strut brace, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Alarm system, LED adaptive rear lights, White front indicator lights, Front fog lights, Warning triangle, First aid kit, BMW toolkit, BMW carpet mats, Spare key.
This stunning facelift M3 has clearly led a pampered life since new. The paintwork is in excellent condition with a smooth finish and a deep glossy shine. There are just a few light stone chips to the front end and both sides of the car remain arrow-straight. None of the trim or rubber seals are showing any wear and all the lights are nice and clear. This example also boasts the rare hardtop option, which can easily be fitted/removed as desired. The black fabric soft-top is still looking pristine and can be operated either from within the cabin or remotely using the key.
The supple black Nappa leather seats show almost no wear to the bolsters and remain feeling very soft to the touch. The dash and door cards are also in excellent condition and the steering wheel retains a nice texture to the leather. In the footwells the carpets are perfectly clean and protected by a set of BMW overmats. The boot area is also free from any unsightly marks or scratches where larger items have been loaded. The car’s excellent specification includes heated and electrically adjustable front seats, Harman/Kardon sound system with CD changer, widescreen satnav, rear parking sensors, and a multifunction steering wheel with cruise control.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The S54 is an iconic six-cylinder power plant revving to 8,000rpm with an intoxicating ‘rasp’ at higher revs. This M3 is equipped with BMW’s Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG II) that ensures an ultra-fast shift through all six gears, providing a direct and consistent flow of power at all engine speeds. The mechanical condition of this E46 is excellent; the last service was an all-important Inspection II at 39k miles. The car will be sold freshly serviced with a six month comprehensive warranty for the new keeper’s piece of mind.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This M3 sits on its factory M Double-Spoke II cast-alloy wheels with the correct Satin Chrome finish. Measuring 8x18-inches at the front and 9x18-inches at the rear, the wheels are shod in a matching set of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres with ample tread remaining. On test the brakes feel strong, stopping the car in a straight line quickly. The discs, pads and brake fluid were replaced little over 2k miles ago.
This E46 M3 was first registered in March 2003. All handbooks are present in the original leather document pack and a spare remote key is included. The last Inspection II was carried out at 39k miles, at which point the brakes discs and pads were replaced. The car will receive a fresh service prior to sale and will be supplied with a comprehensive six month warranty.
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