2001 E46 M3: Dwayne Mosley
2001 BMW E46 M3 #JR10670
3.2-liter S54 inline six-cylinder, 333 hp/262 lb-ft
March 1, 2001
Dwayne Mosley (since 2014)
The success of the E36 M3 in the US turned this country into the world’s largest market for M cars. It also created demand among US customers for a car with a “real” M engine—one with high revs and high output, just like the Europeans got.
As the E36 M3 made way for the E46, BMW M equipped its high-performance coupe with the 3.2-liter S54 six-cylinder, engineered to meet the latest emissions requirements in the US and worldwide. Finally, we’d get the same M3 coupe that the rest of the world enjoyed, powered by an engine with 11.5:1 compression and an 8,000-rpm redline. Output was rated at 333 hp and 262 lb-ft, delivered to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission or a Sequential M Gearbox II.
The E46 M3 was a revelation, and not only because of its high-revving engine and F1-style gearbox. The car wasn’t especially light at 3,415 lbs., but it was feelsome and agile, with a just-right balance that made it a joy to drive on the street or track.
The car you see here, #JR10670, is a 2001 E46 M3 ordered by George Friedel in Alpine White over Cinnamon leather, with a conventional manual transmission, M multifunction steering wheel, clear turn signal lenses, a power sunroof and seats, Xenon headlights, rear spoiler delete, and an Anthracite headliner. In 2014, Friedel sold it to Dwayne Mosley, currently the BMW CCA’s South Atlantic Region VP.
Mosley drove mostly Volkswagens while starting an electronic cash register business and raising a family, then “suffered through several miserable years of extremely poor Mercedes-Benz repair service” before buying an E38 740i in 1997.
An former president of the BMW CCA Sandlapper Chapter and the CCA’s South Atlantic Region VP, Mosley has owned 34 BMWs since that first 7 Series. He developed an affection for the E46 M3 through of the Performance Center’s driving schools, which he’s attended as far afield as the Nürburgring.
In 2012, he approached Friedel about buying #JR10670.
“George kept it constantly detailed, and it only had 60,000 miles,” Mosley says. “I’ve replaced the taillights with the LED versions, installed a newer leather steering wheel, and added the OEM trunk spoiler and CSL wheels.”
Even in a garage full of newer, faster cars, Mosley says the E46 M3 stands out as special. “The E46/E39 era was a pinnacle of engineering for BMW. These cars feel very natural, without the electric power steering and all of the electronic ‘nannies’ BMW has added for less enthusiastic and capable drivers.”