To the untrained eye this is nothing but 10% of a car. To the petrolhead eye, however, it’s a glint of power bulge beneath which lurks something magnificent.
“The CSL is magnificent. Like the Isle of Man, it’s a thorn in the side of the nanny state. […] It’s BMW at its absolute best.”
Unable to resist the lure of ever-increasing cylinder counts, BMW stuck a V8 in its current M3. The act marked the beginning of the end for their greatest straight six ever: the S54B32.
It’s time to say goodbye to one of the smoothest, most driver-friendly engines of all time: the E46 M3’s 3.2-liter straight-six. We’re paying our respects Jalopnik-style with a mega-gallery of straight-sex.