BMW M3 GTR [E46]
Top Speed - Horsepower
|0/100 - PS|
|322 km/h (245 km/h Le Mans 2001)||0/100 - 3.2 Second (3.4 2001)|
|493 HP (444 HP Le Mans 2001)||500 PS|
An E46 GTR came to life in February 2001, powered by the P60B40 a 3,997 cc V8 producing 493 hp (368 kW; 500 PS). Unlike the straight-six powered M3 versions, which were outpaced by the Porsche 996 GT3, the racing version of the E46 M3 GTR 16 was very successful in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), entered by Schnitzer Motorsport.
The ALMS rules were altered for 2002 to state that 100 cars and 1,000 engines must be built for the car to qualify without penalties. Although BMW could have raced the V8 with the new weight and power penalties under these new regulations, they chose to pull out of the ALMS, effectively ending the short-lived M3 GTR's career.
Two Schnitzer Motorsport GTR cars saw a comeback in 2003 at the 24 Hours Nürburgring, winning 1–2 in 2004 and 2005, as well as entries in the 24 Hours Spa. Onboard coverage recorded in 2004 Hans-Joachim Stuck, Pedro Lamy, Jörg Müller and Dirk Müller on the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps.
The car is widely known to be portrayed as the main character's car with a distinctive blue and silver livery in Need for Speed: Most Wanted,Carbon and Most Wanted 2012. It is the most fabulous car in Need For Speed franchise.It is also appeared in 2008 racing game GTR Evolution with 500 hp.
BMW M3 GTR E46 [Street]
In 2001, ALMS regulations stated that cars must be for sale on two continents within twelve months of the rules being issued. To fulfill this rule, BMW put 10 road going GTRs on sale after the 2001 season, for 250,000 euros (then $218,000) each.
The 4.0L V8 engine, which is also available in the race edition of the M3 GTR, is very similar, except that it has been modified to meet standards for such as noise regulations and emissions.
The car appeared in Gran Turismo 4 video game, Need For Speed World and Need For Speed: Most Wanted as a special content in Black Edition version.