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.