The BMW stealth fighter, dubbed as the Frozen Black M3 Edition, was put on sale just days ago but already, it has sold out. BMW Blog said that the entire 20-unit run was sold in only 22 minutes. This is a stunning achievement since this edition is priced about $21,000 higher than the regular M3 Coupe.
The 2011 BMW Frozen Black M3 Coupe costs $79,650 (excluding a $875 destination charge). Actually, one of the 20 units will be kept by BMW of North America but may be sold at a later date.
On the other hand, the 19 units will be delivered this month. Each unit features a 4.0-liter, 414hp M V8 engine that’s equipped with BMW’s M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT). As a result, the car will be able to accelerate from a standstill to 60mph in 4.5 seconds, faster than the regular M3’s acceleration time of 4.5 seconds. The cars will be given an extraordinary BMW Individual matte paintwork and a unique metallic luster.
BMW achieved this effect by applying a silk matte clear coat (which BMW developed) over the Black Metallic base coat. Other highlights in this car include a set of 19-inch GTS wheels that are finished in gloss black.
The kidney grilles, fender vents and exhaust tips are in this paint color as well. At night and when the lights are turned off, this car will be virtually invisible. For this package, BMW is adding red-colored brake calipers, carbon fiber accents, and black leather interior that has contrasting red stitching. In addition, its suspension was lowered by 10 mm.
The current version of the BMW M3 is the fourth generation model, which was released as a 2008 model year vehicle in three versions: a Convertible, Coupe, and Sedan. Powering this newest M3 is the 4.0-liter 8-cylinder V8 engine that can deliver 414 horsepower with its redline at 8,400 rpm. Due to this excellent performance, the Coupe version of the M3 served as the base model for the M3 GT2 race car.
This is the same race car that had completed endurance races even against some of the world’s most exotic cars during the American Le Mans Series. In fact for this weekend during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, BMW is preparing two M3 GT2 vehicles for the race. The brand’s team will be led by driver Joey Hand who hopes to add a win in this race to his previous successes early this year during the Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Daytona 24 Hours.
History-wise, the first generation of the M3 was created in 1986 mainly for racing purposes. This model was the road-going homologation version of the brand’s 3 Series and was created in order to meet the requirements of the German Touring Car Championship and to participate in it as well. Due to the strong demand from consumers and its increasing popularity, BMW continued to develop the M3. In conjunction with its most popular vehicle, the 3 Series, the M3 progressed to a point that it became a road car that was more inviting and that boasted a better performance.
It was in 1988 that the M3 was released to the North American market and with its inline-4 2.3-liter high-revving engine that could offer output at 192-hp, it went on to become a legend.
By the 1995 model year, the second generation of the M3 was released with the first version having the inline-6 3.0-liter powerplant with power at 240 hp. Later versions would be equipped with a 3.2-liter unit. It started a new chapter in the racing history of the M3 that would last for as long as 10 years on the racing circuits not just in North America but in Europe as well. It was in 1997 that the BMW released the M3 Sedan.
Sometime later, the M3 Convertible came. Finally, the third-generation was offered as a convertible and coupe and became available between the years 2001 and 2006. This time it was powered with the 3.2-liter 6-cylinder power with output at 333 hp. Starting with the 2002 model year though, the M3 became the first vehicle from the brand to have the Sequential Manual Gearbox for the U.S. market.