Bmw revealed today the M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology), its latest addition to the M lineup based on the M3 Saloon. With a weight-to-power ratio of 3.5 kg/hp and a total output of 331 kW/450 hp and 440 Nm of torque, the V8 engine can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds (just like the 2012 Bmw M5) and has a top speed of 290 km/h.
The Bmw M3 CRT will be produced in a limited edition of just 67 units and each customer will receive by bespoke lightweight design components such as bucket seats for the driver and front passenger made from a cellular carbon honeycomb (same body components for the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models).
Moreover, the M3 CRT comes with a bonnet made from two CFRP mouldings encasing an aramid honeycomb structure, which means a 50 percent weight saving over the aluminium bonnet of the standard BMW M3 Saloon. The same CFRP is also used to make both the rear spoiler and the air-channelling element integrated into its front apron.
As expected, the Bmw M3 CRT comes as standard with: “are the M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, Navigation system Professional, BMW Individual High End audio system, a light, exterior mirror and luggage area package, an alarm system and Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear of the car.”
The M3 CRT has a total weight of 1,580 kg, which means it is with 45 kg lighter, comparing it to the standard M3 Saloon. Furthermore, the car is offered in an exclusive Frozen Polar Silver metallic exterior paint shade in combination with Melbourne Red metallic applications and special treatment for the BMW kidney grille. Inside, the M3 CRT features exclusive door sill strips, door panels and trim strips in aluminium grain structure.
The chassis technology of the BMW M3 CRT also benefits from the group’s experience and expertise in motorsports. Both the front and rear axle construction of BMW M3 Saloon has been further augmented by a rigid rear axle subframe and coilover suspension with individually adjustable dampers. Taking care of stopping power are the BMW M3 CRT’s six-piston, fixed-caliper high-performance brakes made from a low-weight compound. The braking system for the new BMW M3 CRT employs vented brake discs with sizes of 378 mm x 32 mm at the front axle and 380 mm x 28 mm at the rear.
This system also employs Stahlflex brake lines and model-specific comfort brake pads. The new BMW M3 CRT is provided with a specially tuned Dynamic Stability Control system (DSC) that includes ABS and M Dynamic Mode (MDM). DSC is designed to respond accordingly to the dynamic potential of the BMW M3 CRT and its optimized axle load distribution. Moreover, the new BMW M3 CRT rides on 19-inch M light-alloy wheels -- with Y-spoke design – wrapped in 245/35 R 19 front tires and 265/35 R 19 rear tires.
Top speed of the new BMW M3 CRT is limited by its electronic engine management at 290 km/h. Helping distinguish the new BMW M3 CRT from a typical M3 is the exclusive Frozen Polar Silver metallic exterior paint with Melbourne Red metallic applications.
Further distinguishing the BMW M3 CRT is the special treatment for the BMW kidney grille. Meanwhile, the interior of the BMW M3 CRT has a number of distinguishing elements like exclusive door panels, door sill strips, and trim strips in aluminum grain structure. The driver is treated to an Alcantara-covered M steering wheel that features an M Drive button. A special set of Sakhir Orange and Black bi-color covers is provided for the Saloon’s front and individual rear seats.
These two individual rear seats feature the same lateral support-enhancing contours of the front seats. The new BMW M3 CRT boasts of low-weight construction as augmented by especially configured sound-proofing as well as a sports exhaust system that comes with a lightweight titanium muffler.
Featured as standard on the BMW M3 CRT are a number of high-performance components and features like the M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, BMW Individual High End audio system and Navigation system Professional.
Also included are a light, exterior mirror and a luggage area package as well as an alarm system and Park Distance Control with front and rear sensors. While the new BMW M3 CRT is generously equipped, its DIN unladen weight – at 1,580 kg – is around 45 kg lighter than the standard BMW M3 Saloon. Once the equipment on board is taken into account, the BMW M3 CRT is around 70 kg lighter than the standard BMW M3 Saloon. Moreover, the clever load and layout of the new BMW M3 CRT result to an agility-leaning front-to-rear weight ratio of 48.4 percent.