The BMW E46 M3 is a car that’s reached legendary status for a whole plethora of reasons, one of which is it’s very popular 3.2L straight six with it’s smooth yet potent power delivery. With that said, it did leave us wanting for more in the torque department. For most diehard BMW and M enthusiasts, that motor is sacred and therefore when the subject of swapping motors comes up you’re bound to hear some angry BMW fanboys shouting, myself included. However, as with most things, there’s always an exception and in this case it’s the S85 V10 from the E60 M5/M6.
Australian Luke Fink has taken the iconic E46 M3 and S85 V10 and married the two together to create what I feel to be the best damn sounding M3 on the planet. It sounds so fantastic that I determined if I was a blind man, and I heard that thing come screaming by, I’d think it was a Formula 1 car. Fink has been developing the car to compete at the King of Nations and King of Desert drift championships, and strictly based on the sound it makes, he did a fantastic job of it.
Fink kept the V10 naturally aspirated and it’s said to have “over 555hp”, which isn’t much in regards to some of the top level drift cars out there like Mad Mike’s RADBUL or Ken Block’s Hoonicorn. Yet the sound coming from Fink’s E46 V10 deserves its own spot on the Billboard Top 100, just like the RADBUL and Hoonicorn. For me to compare it to the exhaust note porn that comes from those two cars, it should really tell you how good it really is.
As an avid BMW enthusiast myself, I thought the best engine swap project was the 135i with the V8 from the E92 M3 shoehorned under the hood. However, it only took about 10 seconds of hearing Fink’s car bouncing off the rev-limiter before I fell head over heels in love with this thing. I wonder how long it’ll take you. You’ll want to turn it up as loud as possible, and maybe even get some quality headphones for this one.