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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 10-15-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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Thumbs Up ==- Impressive -== BMW e46 Sedan M3 S54 ALL WHEEL DRIVE

Another custom project from Impressive Auto Center

A vehicle BMW did not make.

Members have been asking for the longest for this swap and we are proud to present you with this swap.

We have been supporting the community and e46fanatics for a long time. We are here for ALL of your custom needs.

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Old 10-15-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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Looks great. I would think a m3 bumper would b more fitting than an mtech ?
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:03 AM   #3
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Looks great. I would think a m3 bumper would b more fitting than an mtech ?
all that work and the skimp on bumper, suspension and wheels?
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #4
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Is this up for sale? Ha

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Old 10-16-2011, 02:13 AM   #5
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Looks great. Good job.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:20 AM   #6
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:37 PM   #7
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Curious how the Xi drivetrain handles all that additional power...
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:54 PM   #8
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i wonder how this will drive....if it doesnt have front and rear active differentials, the rwd would be a better drive
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:20 PM   #9
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Swap was not easy at all, yes it is 6 speed & ill post more pics and videos as time progresses. As far as the transfer case it has been modified, so are the axles all around. Which was the first question raised if the XI can hold the power of the M3 & I'm proud to say that there were 3 BMW CERTIFIED master Tech's were working on my swap. If anyone wants further info on this swap contact impressive auto center and they will be more than happy to help you out if interested in this swap.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:16 PM   #10
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AMAZING WORK. You have a friends e46 m3 at the moment can't wait to see it back to health!
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:38 PM   #11
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Do you know if HPF's kit will interfere with the additional drivetrain components, ie: turbo placement? Also, any plans on creating an M3 Xi coupe?
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:04 AM   #12
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Do you know if HPF's kit will interfere with the additional drivetrain components, ie: turbo placement? Also, any plans on creating an M3 Xi coupe?
I am sure its possible if you have the money to spend! that will be nuts though.. 800 awhp
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:52 AM   #13
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amazing, please keep us posted...

all wheel burnout possible?

what differential are you running front and rear?
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:10 AM   #14
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If the Xi AWD can handle it this would be amazing for a HPF turbo kit as those cars just can't put their power down properly.
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:14 PM   #15
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That's pretty cool. The bad part is that the AWD drivetrain puts less power to the ground. Not sure about what the factor is for this car, but the STI I had put out 305 BHP. Stock, to the wheels, it sat at about 240 WHP (more or less a 21% drivetrain loss).

Not so bad in low HP numbers, it sucks when you get bigger numbers.. more lost power to the wheels.

333 BHP = 273 RWHP (18% drivetrain loss)
333 BHP = 263 AWHP (21% drivetrain loss)

More power...
975 BHP = 800 RWHP (18% drivetrain loss)
1012 BHP = 800 AWHP (21% drivetrain loss)

Now, the drivetrains are different (M3 Xi vs STI), but regardless, there is more moving. Therefore there is more power lost.
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:18 PM   #16
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So did you use the Xi M54 oil pan and pump with the s54 block? Did you have an issues with the oil baffle?
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:27 PM   #17
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Another custom project from Impressive Auto Center

A vehicle BMW did not make.

Members have been asking for the longest for this swap and we are proud to present you with this swap.

We have been supporting the community and e46fanatics for a long time. We are here for ALL of your custom needs.

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These are some pictures of the vehicle that did the swap and a quick video clip.












Could this be done with an 2000 323i sedan, rwd?
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:30 PM   #18
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Could this be done with an 2000 323i sedan, rwd?
I bet it could.

You will at least need the AWD drivetrain, M3 engine, trans...
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:42 PM   #20
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