Pics and Review: Supercharged BMW M3 E46

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It’s a muggy, damp afternoon in Cochin and the sky is sweating bullets. Black moisture-laden clouds hang low, there’s a constant drizzle and the tarmac is a slimy mix of oil and water. Not the best conditions to unleash a 450bhp-plus rear-wheel-drive M car with only decade-old technology. Still, one afternoon’s all we have to play with, so there’s nothing to do but go for it.

First impressions aren’t great. I yank the door open and am confronted by a weathered and partially sun-bleached cabin. A slightly musty odour emanates, and then I see the odo – it reads 70,000-plus kilometres. This 2004 car is no spring chicken.


The engine bay is much more interesting. Opening the thermocol-light carbon-fibre bonnet is like looking into the weapons bay of an F22 Raptor – this car’s seriously packing it. There’s no pansy-looking plastic cover to spoil the view. And then spotting the long, canted-over – and frankly massive – straight-six gets me grinning like a gibbon. BMW’s garden-bench-sized S54 straight-six is so tall, the engineers had to push it over just to fit it under the hood. A large strut brace spans the suspension towers, and catching a glimpse of the twin fuel rails and individual throttle butterflies – one for each cylinder – gets me thoroughly excited. This was one of the first engines in the world to breach the 100bhp per litre mark, and this 3,246cc motor (in an unmodified state of tune) put out an eye-popping naturally aspirated 343bhp; a big deal at the time.

The S54 that sits deeply nestled in the engine bay however isn’t stock or naturally-aspirated; far from it. Sitting on the right is an evil Vortech V3 supercharger, which, when perfectly tweaked or tuned, has the potential to spin 480bhp out to the rear wheels. Designed by VF Engineering, this system runs at a boost pressure of 5.5-6.0 pounds per square inch and uses an air/water intercooler for a compact construction. “This car needs a lot more work and fine tuning, but you can get a feel of just how quick it is,” says Pistol Pete, better known as Peter Chacko of Pete’s Automotive products, the company that carried out this modification in Cochin.

Read the whole story here http://www.autocarin...ark-knight.aspx


  • VF Engineering Stage 2 Supercharger kit tuned to around 480hp*
  • Powerflex bushes
  • Tarox front 12-pot kit
  • Brembo rear-brake kit
  • KW Sport suspension package
  • Vosteiner carbon fibre bonnet, rear valance and rear spoiler
  • Tyres 245mm(f), 285mm®


And here are the pictures


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Couple of years back i often spotted this very M3 in my locality i.e. in Mulund ( Mumbai )

If i am not wrong this NFS MW inspired wacky mod & paint job is done by Mkraft (Mulund, Mumbai)

Also saw the review of this ' Supercharged ' M3 in the latest ACI edition, for me the highlight was the M/T. Im sure driving this car would be no less than an event thumbs%20up.gif

But disappointing were the numbers pointed out i.e. 0-100 in 7 secs

I know 0-100 is not the only thing but hey , this baby is a supercharged M3 , right ?

What do you think guys ? IMO the car has a potential of under 5 secs easily.

Hope ACI guys can clarify on the performance figures quoted :huh:

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Traction is what kills the time, stock has last power but can put it all on the road. as the power goes up you just spinning in one spot before u go. Its good for show not for timing specialy 0-100 but0-200 she will be gone before u can wipe the smile off your face.

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