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ESS Tuning Supercharger Kit for 1999-2006 BMW M3 [E46]


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Sku # : ESS-E46-M3-Supercharger-ER10
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Looking for the ultimate performance modification? This ESS tuning supercharger kit will turn your small 3.2L inline 6 cylinder into a horsepower freak, with the pull of a blown V8.  This ESS S54 VT1-445-550 supercharger system uses the infamous Vortech V3Si supercharger unit capable of 775HP.

With an extremely efficient design and perfectly tuned software the ESS S54 M3 VT Series supercharger system delivers supercar performance along with the quality and reliability ESS customers have come to expect. This kit is designed as a 100% bolt on package with no irreversible custom fabrication to the vehicle.

This supercharger kit is a real kit and includes everything to safely increase your power!  It includes 20mm Certal aluminum main bracket for superior rigidity, custom molded high temperature compressor inlet housing, cast aluminum intake manifold with integrated high capacity bypass valve system, and custom tuned ESS ECU software with removed dyno limiter and top speed governor. Fueling is provided by new, larger direct replacement Bosch Motorsport fuel injectors.

All ESS supercharger kits are tried and tested up to 50,000 miles on the street and track, on multiple cars, throughout the world.  This guarantees you are getting a kit that will hold together for the life of your vehicle.  ESS even goes a step further with more tests like 60+ hours on ESS load dyno, full load top speed endurance testing on the German Autobahn, and final certification laps on the Nurburgring.

  • HUGE power increases!!
  • Horsepower gains from 109 - 200
  • Torque gains from 45 - 90
  • 2yr./unlimited mileage warranty.
  • 100% maintenance free operation.
  • Installation time : 6-8 hours
  • Detailed and illustrated installation manual.


  • 2001-2006 E46 M3
System components:
  • Vortech V3Si internally lubricated supercharger unit.
  • High capacity, direct replacement Bosch fuel injectors.
  • One belt driven w/self tension system.
  • CNC machined, hard anodized brackets.
  • CNC hard anodized pulleys.
  • Long life serpentine drive belt.
  • True OBDII, perfectly optimized MSS54/MSS54HP ECU software with removed top speed governor.
  • Powder-coated mandrel bent tubing.
  • 5 layer super strength silicone hose throughout system.
  • K&N cold air intake located inside front bumper.
  • High capacity bypass-valve system.
  • Oil breather assembly designed for boost.


Types of Kits:

VT1-445 specs:
Boost pressure: 5 PSI
Horsepower: 439 SAE/445 DIN (31.8% increase over stock)
Torque: 305 lb-ft

  • The VT1-455 requires the use of 93AKI/98RON and above, Euro spec headers are also required.

VT1-455 specs:
Boost pressure: 5.5 PSI
Horsepower: 448 SAE/455 DIN (34.5% gain over stock)
Torque: 320 lb-ft

VT2-500 specs:
Boost pressure: 7 PSI
Horsepower: 500 SAE/507 DIN (50% increase over stock)
Torque: 335 lb-ft

VT2-550 specs:
Boost pressure: 9 PSI
Horsepower: 550 SAE/507 DIN (65% increase over stock)
Torque: 350 lb-ft

Correction factor for drivetrain loss is 15% above RWHP as seen in dynograph (RWHP/0.85)

Legal in California only for racing vehicles, which may never be used upon a highway.

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