Originally Posted by flightz71
Besides a V8 what made the E92 such as special M3? Everything the e46 M3 defined had carried over, EDC/E-Diff and Enhanced Sound were the only really big ones that stood out to me (e46 M3 didn't get electronic suspension and kept the same sound system as the regular e46 cars)
I will argue the difference from E36 to E46 was MUCH more substantial and paved the road for all future M3's, especially US model.
+ Got the proper high output motor
+ Quad exhaust was introduced
+ M3 side gills were introduced
+ M3 power dome hood was introduced
+ M3 Steering Wheel introduced
Talking E36-E46 M3, I'd say the widened track, which also required unique sheet metal, was a little more significant in shaping the future of the M3 than the steering wheel or side gills.