Bmw unveils Frozen Silver 2012 M3 Competition Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 6, 2011

Bmw unveiled today the 2012 M3 Competition Edition featuring Frozen Silver exterior paint, a car that celebrates 40 years since the founding of BMW M in 1972. This car will be available only in the United States and Bmw will offer only 40 identically-equipped cars, based on the M3 coupe.

Each car will feature the BMW Individual Frozen Silver Metallic exterior paint with a deep metallic luster, black hood intakes, dark chrome exterior trim, including the kidney grills, the M side gills and the exhaust tips. Moreover, we find the black M3 GTS wheels.

The interior comes with black Extended Novillo Leather with unique palladium silver accents and palladium silver-contrast stitching, and with an Alcantara-covered multi-function M steering wheel with M3 Checkered Flag logo inlay.

The door sill finishers feature the M3 Checkered Flag logo while the handbrake lever sports an embroidered M Power logo. The design is completed by the Carbon Fiber trims the dash and center console. Regarding the price, the 2012 M3 Competition Edition Frozen Silver will cost $81,060 including destination and handling.

Unlike previous M3 Edition models, one each of the 40 2012 M3 Competition Edition models has been allocated to the first 40 US authorized BMW centers to become M Certified Centers. As expected, the cars will use the same 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower M V8 engine mated to the M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT). The 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint is made in 4.5 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

The GT class of BMW has experienced at least a decade of success when it comes to racing circuits around North America. It was back in 1995 when BMW first started its M3 racing program. Since then, the M3 has given racing fans the chance to test their skills from the Laguna Seca Raceway, which is just north of Monterey Bay in California up to Lime Rock Park in Western Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills.

BMW has utilized two generations of the M3, particularly the E36 and the E46, and with drivers in the likes of Boris Said, Bill Auberlen, and even the celebrated Hans Stuck, it has managed to dominate many of the races of the GT class going to the new millennium. In terms of figures, the M3 has managed to win 53 out of a total of 118 races it joined. Back in 1997, the M3 became one of the brands to achieve a win in its class under the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona, both in the same year. While that feat is truly remarkable, BMW managed to do it again in 1998.

Fifteen years since it started participating in the racing circuits, the M3 is still at the lead of the American Le Mans Series despite having strong GT competitors. Back in 2010 and 2011, the BMW Team RLL, which was led by U.S. racing icon Bobby Rahal, managed to achieve victory in the ALMS GT Manufacturer and Team championships.

This year both Dirk Miller and Joey Hand managed to claim the Driver’s title thus sweeping all of the GT class championships. As a way of honoring all of these achievements, BMW made sure that the M3 Competition Edition would have checkered flags on both the steering wheel and the door sills. Helping put in a rather unique metallic luster to this model is the one-of-a-kind BMW Individual matte paintwork.

The use of Frozen Silver paint and its sculpture-like qualities underscore the M3’s sporty curves not unlike the usual exterior colors even with its gloss finish. In order to make this possible, BMW developed its own unique silk matte clear coat which is then applied on its Silver Metallic base coat.

As such, the Individual’s Frozen paints do not only meet the requirements of the brand when it comes to longevity and durability, it even exceeds them. It even comes with a full factory warranty. To ensure that the finish is prevented from being glossy, special care guidelines are given not only to BMW’s authorized centers but the customers as well.

Press Release

2012 BMW M3 Competition Edition Featuring Frozen Silver Exterior Celebrating BMW's long history of racing success in North America and 40 years of BMW M

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 4, 2011... BMW of North America today announced the 2012 M3 Competition Edition featuring Frozen Silver exterior paint and other enhancements. To honor the 40 years since the founding of BMW M in 1972, production for the United States of these very special M3 Coupes will be limited to 40 identically-equipped cars. Each features BMW Individual Frozen Silver Metallic exterior paint with a deep metallic luster to accentuate the athletic lines of the legendary M3. The unique exterior treatment also includes black hood intakes and dark chrome exterior trim, including the kidney grills, the M side gills and the exhaust tips. Black M3 GTS wheels complete the striking exterior. The interior features black Extended Novillo Leather with unique palladium silver accents and palladium silver-contrast stitching on front seats, headrests, door trim panels / handles, center console, and center armrest. The interior is further distinguished with an Alcantara-covered multi-function M steering wheel with M3 Checkered Flag logo inlay. The door sill finishers also feature the M3 Checkered Flag logo while the handbrake lever sports an embroidered M Power logo. As a final touch, genuineCarbon Fiber trims the dash and center console. The 2012 BMW M3 Competition Edition will be offered for an MSRP of $81,060 including destination and handling.

Unlike previous M3 Edition models, one each of the 40 2012 M3 Competition Edition models has been allocated to the first 40 US authorized BMW centers to become M Certified Centers.

Each 2012 M3 Competition Edition will be powered by the award-winning 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower M V8 engine, equipped with BMW's M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) which lowers the 0-60mph acceleration time of the M3 to 4.5 seconds from 4.7. Redline is a breathtaking 8,400 rpm.

The 2012 Competition Edition M3 continues the tradition of innovation and passion for driving by incorporating key changes to the M3's dynamic qualities. The included Competition Package reduces vehicle ride height by 10mm and includes M3 GTS 19-inch wheels (in black for this Edition) with wider offset for enhanced stability, standard Electronic Damping Control with enhanced programming, and higher-threshold programming for the M Dynamic Mode.
A complete list of equipment may be found at the end of this release.

Competition Edition celebrates the M3's rich racing history in the US.

The checkered flags emblazoned on the door sills and steering wheel of the M3 Competition Edition pay tribute to more than a decade of BMW GT class success on the racing circuits of North America.

From Lime Rock Park in the Litchfield Hills of Western Connecticut to Laguna Seca Raceway just north of California's Monterey Bay, the BMW M3 has given sports car racing fans across North America reason to cheer since the first BMW of North America M3 racing program began in 1995.

With drivers such as Bill Auberlen, Boris Said and the legendary Hans Stuck, the BMW M3 dominated the GT classes of sports car racing in the States into the new millennium with two generations of BMW M3 (E36 and E46), winning 53 of 118 races entered. In 1997 the BMW M3 became one of the few Marques ever to win itsclass at both the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring in the same year. As remarkable as that was, the feat was repeated the very next year.

A decade and a half later the BMW M3 continues to top the American Le Mans Series podiums against a tough field of GT competitors. Led by American racing icon Bobby Rahal, BMW Team RLL won the ALMS GT Manufacturer and Team championships in both 2010 and 2011, with Joey Hand and Dirk MÏ?ller adding the Driver's title this year for a clean sweep of all GT class championships.

Major M3 Racing Championships in North America:

1996 BMW M3 (E36) IMSA GTS-2 Manufacturer

1997 BMW M3 (E36) SportsCar GTS-3 Manufacturer, Team, Driver (Bill Auberlen)

1998 BMW M3 (E36) SportsCar GT3 Manufacturer, Team, Driver (Mark Simo)

1998 BMW M3 (E36) USRRC GT3 Manufacturer, Team, Driver (Ross Bentley)

1999 BMW M3 (E46) ALMS Team

2001 BMW M3 GTR ALMS Manufacturer, Team, Driver (Jorg Muller)

2004 BMW M3 (E46) Rolex GT Manufacturer, Team, Driver (Bill Auberlen)

2010 BMW M3 GT ALMS Manufacturer, Team

2011 BMW M3 GT ALMS Manufacturer, Team, Driver (Joey Hand, Dirk Muller)

About BMW Individual Frozen Paint Colors.

The special BMW Individual matte paintwork on the M3 Competition Edition adds a rare metallic luster to the vehicle. Compared to conventional exterior colors with gloss finish, the sculpture-like character of the Frozen Silver paint highlights the athletic contours of the M3. To achieve this luster, a special BMW-developed silk matte clear coat is applied over the Silver Metallic base coat. BMW Individual's Frozen paints meet or exceed all BMW standards for durability and longevity, and feature a full factory warranty. Special care guidelines are provided to customers and authorized BMW centers to prevent the finish from becoming glossy.

About M Certified BMW Centers

M Certified BMW Centers are authorized BMW centers which have taken extra measures to specialize in BMW M vehicles. These centers have client advisors who have been specially trained at the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina. Additionally, these centers have created a specific atmosphere to showcase the high-performance BMW M vehicles and accessories.

A list of M Certified BMW Centers may be found at www.bmwusa.com.

2012 BMW M3 Competition Edition features and Highlights

Exterior

• Frozen Silver exterior paint
• Black hood intakes
• Dark Chrome exterior trim
o Kidney Grills
o M side gill elements
o Exhaust tips
• Black M3 GTS 19-inch wheels

Interior

• Extended Black Novillo leather upholstery with Palladium Silver accents
• Palladium Silver stitching on front seats, headrests, door trim panels / handles, center console, and center armrest
• Alcantara multi-function M steering wheel with M3 Checkered Flag logo inlay
• Carbon Fiber interior trim, including dashboard and center console.
• Door sill finishers with M3 Checkered Flag logo.
• Handbrake lever with embroidered M Power logo.

Packages

• Competition Package
o Dynamic Damper Control
o M3 GTS 19-inch light alloy Y-spoke wheels (black)
o Competition package suspension with 10mm lower ride height
o Modified programming for the M Dynamic Mode
• Cold Weather Package
o Ski-bag
o Heated front seats
o Retractable headlight washers
• Premium Package
o Power folding auto-dimming mirrors
o Universal garage-door opener
o Comfort Access keyless entry
o Power rear sunshade
o Power front seats with driver seat memory
o Interior rearview mirror with compass
o Rear Park Distance Control

Options

• M Dual-Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic
• Navigation System with Real-time Traffic Info.
• Bluetooth connectivity
• iPod and USB Adapter
• BMW Apps iPhone integration

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