Happy 40th birthday to BMW's M Division
Don your party hat, grab a kazoo and revel in the history of M cars
Posted: 18 May 2012
BMW M3 (E46)
Introduced in October 2000, the E46 got a super-fast 3.2-litre S54 M-tuned engine. At the time, it was BMW's most powerful normally aspirated engine (save the one it built for the McLaren F1) and produced 343bhp and 269lb ft of torque. You could only buy one as a coupe and convertible. Which is nice.
Also nice is the CSL version, pictured above. Hardened Top Gear fans - and by that, we means hardened fans of daytime Dave - will no doubt recall it sent Jeremy into a bit of a tizz. And by that, we mean he liked it muchly.