Cars - BMW M3 (E46) 2005 - Inaccurate car model

This issue has persisted since Forza Motorsport 2. Identical issues are found on the 2002 M3 GTR Strassenversione. The E46 M3 was probably supposed to first appear in the original Forza Motorsport considering its body deformation. Every single dimension and shape is wrong.

The entire body line is disproportional and shapeless at times. The car is too rounded on the body ends. The wheels aren’t centered in the wheelarches, and the rims are one size too big and poorly modeled as well. The side skirts are too small.


The entire front is too small, too short, too narrow and too round. Lights and grille take up less space than they should, causing the deformed and too short front bumper to appear too big. Once again, the wheels are disproportionately big compared to the body, and here the front end looks much smaller because of that.


The rear end is too big and too round, especially the rear bumper. The rear lights lack any kind of detail.
Rear wheels are not concave at all, which they should be.


When I keep looking at this BMW’s model while playing FH5, I could easily detect that something doesn’t look right with its model. Good work with highlighting all of its model inaccuracy details, making sure the details are clear.

So, two games got the M3 E46 in an accurate model:

  1. Gran Turismo 7. It’s in a perfect model accuracy since GT Sport, yet they even nailed the wheels too, as the rear wheels are concave in reality.

  1. Need For Speed (2015, Payback, Heat, & Unbound). Its model looks good, but its wheels are in a different set

Both GT and NFS had their own old models of the M3 E46, but it’s a good thing they weren’t recycled or reused anymore. At least both of them took matters immediately in their own different ways:

  1. Polyphony remodeled the M3 E46 from scratch in GT Sport, as they reused the PS2 GT4 model in the PS3 games.
  2. The old NFS games were made by Black Box, so Ghost Games modeled all their cars for the new NFS titles from scratch instead of reusing Black Box’s models. With that, they all look up-to-date by today’s standards.

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