it is really strong and handles nicely. Unlike the E36 which tends to bite mid corner, this one is more like our E30M3 but with 343 hp! great sound too since the car I drove had the hamann exhaust,plus looks good with 19inch wheels, and suspension. But I still believe that our car is still fun to drive considering the cost difference all we need is a little more power. Hence my plan to get the MAF 2nd generation kit and E2 intake cam to improve my 2.5 engine after of course paying for my brake kit. BTW I'm just waiting for the delivery of my TMS Brembo race front brake kit:) I think BMW has done a great job on the E46 M3. Just curious is it normal that the BMW front logo on the E46 is black and white instead of the traditional blue and white scheme? Might be a new part we can also consider using.