2011 Bmw Frozen Gray M3 Coupe already sold out

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

As you may know already, Bmw unveiled last week the 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe, a new limited edition of the popular sports car which celebrates the 25th birthday of the M3 model.

If you were planning to buy one of the 30 units of this limited edition we have bad news: in just fifteen minutes after the hotline opened, all the cars have been reserved for sale.

For those who don't know the 2011 Frozen Gray M3 model carries the Competition Package which reduces vehicle ride height by 10mm and includes unique 19-inch wheels with wider offset for enhanced stability, standard Electronic Damping Control with enhanced programming, and higher-threshold programming for the M Dynamic Mode.

Also, we find the M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) which lowers the 0-60mph acceleration time of the M3 to 4.5 seconds from 4.7 (6-speed manual). This means that the limited edition model will be the most dynamic and exclusive M3 ever to come to the United States.

Under the hood we find the same 4.0-liter V8 engine capable to deliver 414 hp. As its name says it, the limited edition model features a special Bmw individual matte paintwork which adds a rare metallic luster to the vehicle.

In order for BMW’s 3 Series to be qualified to participate in the German Touring Car Championship, the brand had to create a certified road version.

As such, when the M3 was created in 1986, it was mainly for racing purposes. However, as consumer demand increased as well as that of its popularity, it was clear that the brand had to continue its development. The result was that the 3 Series did not only become a road car with better performance, it also evolved to become the brand’s most well-liked product.

It was in 1988 that the consumers from North America first encountered the M3. With the inline-4 2.3-liter engine that could deliver 192 hp, its status rose. The M3’s next generation would later arrive as a 1995 model year and this time it had the inline-6 3.0-liter engine capable of 240 hp, though this would be later replaced with a 3.2-liter upgrade.

This model started what would be a decade of M3 Racing history for both in North America and Europe. BMW then released the M3 Sedan by 1997 and later followed it with the M3 Convertible. For the third-generation version, the M3 was offered as either a convertible or a coupe from 2001 to 2006.

While it still had a 6-cylinder 3.2-liter engine, the power was now at 333 hp. Starting with the 2002 model year, the M3 for the U.S. market now came with the Sequential Manual Gearbox. The latest version of the M3, its fourth-generation, was launched during the 2008 model year as a Convertible, Coupe, and Sedan.

Powering this latest incarnation was its latest 4.0-liter V8 engine that could deliver 414 hp, had 8 different throttle bodies, and an 8,400 rpm redline. The M3 Coupe in particular became the foundation of what would be the M3 GT2 race car. This same race car had successfully participated in a number of endurance races against different exotic cars, especially during the American Le Mans Series.

Press Release

Bmw Frozen Gray M3 Coupe

Nearing the 25th anniversary of the original BMW M3, BMW of North America today announced a production run of thirty identically-equipped 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupes for the United States. The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe features a special matte-gray paint with a deep metallic luster to further accentuate the athletic lines of the legendary M3.

Unique Fox Red / Black bi-color Novillo leather interior is also specified. This is the first and only opportunity to obtain Frozen Gray Metallic exterior paint on the M3 for the 2011 model year in the United States.

BMW M enthusiasts will be able to reserve a 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe by dialing 1-800-245-4269 no earlier than 11:30AM Eastern Time (8:30AM Pacific) on Monday, June 21, 2010. The first 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupes will become available for delivery in late June 2010 through Authorized BMW Centers, and the production run will be completed by the end of July 2010.

A complete equipment list is provided at the end of this press release. MSRP will be $77,600 Including $875 Destination & Handling and excluding $1,300 federal gas guzzler tax.

Each 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe will be powered by the now famous 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower M V8 and equipped with BMW's M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT). Also specified is the new M3 Competition Package, which adds an exclusive set of 19-inch wheels and other upgrades. Additionally, each purchase of the 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe will include a one-day enrollment at the BMW Performance Driving School in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe continues the tradition of innovation and passion for driving by incorporating key changes to the M3's dynamic qualities. The equipped Competition Package reduces vehicle ride height by 10mm and includes unique 19″ wheels with wider offset for enhanced stability, standard Electronic Damping Control with enhanced programming, and higher-threshold programming for the M Dynamic Mode. The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe is also equipped with the M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) which lowers the 0-60mph acceleration time of the M3 to 4.5 seconds from 4.7 (6-speed manual).

Introducing Frozen Gray Metallic Paint.
The special BMW Individual matte paintwork on the Frozen Gray M3 adds a rare metallic luster to the vehicle. Compared to conventional exterior colors with gloss finish, the sculpture-like character of Frozen Gray paint highlights the athletic contours of the M3. To achieve this luster, a special BMW ColorSystem silk matte clear coat is applied over the Space Gray Metallic base coat.

25 Years and Four Generations of BMW M3.
Racing provided the reason for the original M3's 1986 creation. BMW produced the M3 as a road-going homologation version of its 3 Series to gain eligibility to compete in the German Touring Car Championship. Popularity and strong consumer demand substantiated the case to continue developing the M3, making it both a better performer and more inviting road car as it evolved along with the underlying 3 Series, the company's most popular vehicle. In 1988, North Americans met the BMW M3 for the first time, and its high-revving 2.3-liter inline-4 with 192-hp became a legend on this side of the Atlantic.
The next generation M3 arrived in the 1995 model year with a 3.0-liter (and later, 3.2-liter) 240-hp inline-6 powerplant. That car began the next chapter of M3 Racing history which lasted a decade on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1997 the first M3 Sedan joined the family and the M3 Convertible followed shortly thereafter.

The third-generation M3, available from 2001-2006 as a coupe and convertible, again was offered with six-cylinder power, this time providing a remarkable 333 hp from 3.2 liters. From the 2002 model year, this M3 marked BMW's first offering of the Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) for the United States.
The fourth and current generation M3 was introduced for the 2008 model year as a Coupe, Sedan, and Convertible, featuring an all-new 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower V8 engine with eight individual throttle bodies and an 8,400-rpm redline. Showcasing its remarkable performance envelope, the newest M3 Coupe serves as the basis for the M3 GT2 race car, which successfully competes in endurance races against the most exotic cars from around the world in the American Le Mans Series.

Equipment List: 2011 BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe
BMW Individual Frozen Gray Metallic exterior paint.
BMW Individual bi-color (Fox Red with Black) Novillo Leather interior.
M DCT Transmission
Competition Package
Electronic Damping Control, 19″ light-alloy wheels, lowered suspension, sport mapping for EDC and DSC.
Premium Package – Power folding mirrors, universal garage door opener, digital compass mirror, BMW Assist with Bluetooth, Novillo Leather, Carbon Leather trim.
Technology Package – M Drive system, Comfort Access system, Navigation system, Voice Command system, Real Time Traffic Information system.
Heated Front Seats
Rear Park Distance Control
Enhanced Premium Sound System
Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription
iPod and USB Adaptor

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