BMW M Fans Rejoice: The E46 M3 Digital Concept!

Rostislav Prokop Revamps BMW M3, Omits Massive Grilles.

In 1986, BMW brought out a conformance type of their 3-Series to meet the guidelines of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft race series event. Intended at first to be a restrained-production high-performance car, it became hugely famed and therein started the BMW M3 tale.

This model has been essentially omnipresent ever since. While certain beautiful renditions have been generated through the years, there’s one particular unit that has drawn the most devoted customer base. The E46 gave the M3 to a completely novel degree of popularity over its term of six years.

Production of the iconic BMW M3 E46 ended in 2006, however, Rostislav Prokop, a highly-skilled digital artist, has come to address fans of the model yearning for a modern update. With its subsequent M models becoming bigger and arguably less aesthetically pleasing, Prokop decided to give BMW enthusiasts what they had hoped for. He faithfully maintained the original M3’s essence in his own set of sophisticated digital renderings, while at the same time, providing an updated version for the modern era.

Prokop leveraged the renowned features of the classic car to build a stunning render series. Upon inspection of the frontage, one can discern the recognizable kidney grille, the silhouette of the headlights, and the hood form. As an update, the grille is markedly sporty while the headlights boast an incredibly contemporary LED technology, and the hood bulge is subtly incorporated.

The vents on the low-slung front bumper are more plentiful and boast a much sharper aesthetic than what had been previously offered. Notably, this BMW M3 has a considerably wider body that lends it an unmistakably bolder persona.

The craftsman has retained a great deal of the E46 contour along its silhouette, however, sharply emphasized its molded form with wider fenders, further accentuated sideskirts and contemporary side mirrors. At the stern, the flared boot seamlessly amalgamates into the backside of the motorcar, while the rear bumper is appointed styling similar to the front. The conclusion is an automobile that is certain to be welcomed by practically all BMW devotees, particularly taking into consideration the contentious kidney-grilled aesthetic of the modern-day M3 and M4.

Originally, the BMW E46 came equipped with the S54 3.2-litre engine, producing 333 bhp and 262 lb-ft of torque in North America. For the few who opted for more, the ultra-rare M3 GTR homologation special carried a powerful P60 4.0-litre V8 that produced 382 bhp and had a maximum speed of 183 mph.

The idea of the M3 digitally rendered would necessitate an exceptional engine and the BMW S63B4483 is certainly a contender. This 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8, initially incepted from the BMW M5 F90, could grant this E46 M3 an intimidating 617 horsepower. In the event of BMW rolling out a now-adays version of the E46 M3, identical to our render, it would undeniably provoke an uproar in the market of sports cars.

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