BMW M3 CRT: Munich's Lightweight Saloon


This is the BMW M3 CRT, unveiled at a launch party at the Nurburgring last night. It's a lightweight low-volume special edition based, oddly, on the saloon version of the M3 rather than the coupe.

It's also the closest thing in this generation of M3 to a CSL that we're likely to see (though you might argue that the GTS was that). 'CRT'-style models are part of the future of the M division, however, say our spies at the 'Ring, and we can even expect to see something like this on an M version of the new 6-series.


But back to the M3 CRT. Those initials apparently stand for Carbon Racing Technology, and mean that buyers will get all sorts of trick stuff such as carbon-backed, seats, and various lightweight gubbins from the M3 GTS. In total, the weight saving over a standard M3 saloon is 50kg, meaning it pitches in at 1580kg.

The 450hp engine is also taken over from the M3 GTS, and provides what you might call a generous 180mph top speed.

Just 67 cars will be built (that's 65 for customers, and 2 'press' cars), with 20-25 expected to come with the steering wheel on the right-hand side. And they'll be built at a price. If you want one, you'll have to part with around £115k for the privilege.


If that price doesn't put you off, order books are open now, and you can put your name down at any BMW dealer...

Cheers to Tony Hetherington for the info, we're not so sure about the quality of his pics... (only joking, Tony...)

 

 





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  • Ramses 28 Jun 2011

    ZesPak said:
    El Guapo said:
    1. Thou shall not kill
    2. Thou shall not covet thy neighbour's wife
    3. An M3 shall have no more than 2 doors

    etc.
    nono
    An M3 in coupe is imho just a sporty coupé, but not that sporty looking. A lot of cars in this class and the M3 doesn't really stand out.

    An M3 in sedan or even better, 5-dr, well that's a completely different class. That's where the M3's have always been class leading.
    I disagree. The 2-doors have been the class leaders. Everyone does a 4-door, and Audi are (or were) kings of the performance estate.

    That said, I prefer my M's in 4-door guise.

  • Ramses 28 Jun 2011

    breadvan said:
    Now we're not getting them, I want one.

    But seriously, what's with the GTS here and the CRT there? If only BMW had a coherent ethos for its specials (ie Black Series), it could apply it to all M models as and when, thus giving an opportunity to have which ever your favoured M is breathed-on, not just the default M3 coupe, which believe it or not, isn't everyones favourite M.
    BMW(UK) are a different business to BMW AG.

    The UK importer takes the cars/models it wants. There are a lot we don't get.

    c50% of BMWs sold in the US are 4WD 328xi being one of the most popular, yet we dont' get any...or the '328'

  • ZesPak 28 Jun 2011

    El Guapo said:
    1. Thou shall not kill
    2. Thou shall not covet thy neighbour's wife
    3. An M3 shall have no more than 2 doors

    etc.
    nono
    An M3 in coupe is imho just a sporty coupé, but not that sporty looking. A lot of cars in this class and the M3 doesn't really stand out.

    An M3 in sedan or even better, 5-dr, well that's a completely different class. That's where the M3's have always been class leading.

  • breadvan 27 Jun 2011

    Now we're not getting them, I want one.

    But seriously, what's with the GTS here and the CRT there? If only BMW had a coherent ethos for its specials (ie Black Series), it could apply it to all M models as and when, thus giving an opportunity to have which ever your favoured M is breathed-on, not just the default M3 coupe, which believe it or not, isn't everyones favourite M.

  • Mermaid 27 Jun 2011

    d9lon said:
    The new BMW M3 Carbon Racing Technology (CRT).
    Please be advised that BMW AG have today announced the introduction of a new BMW M3. Please be aware that BMW UK will not be taking any allocation of the BMW M3 CRT.
    Smart fellows. smile

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