2012 Bmw M3 Coupe Competition Edition goes to Singapore

Article by Christian A., on February 23, 2012

BMW Asia revealed that Singapore will get eight BMW M3 Coupe Competition Editions from only 450 units that will be produced throughout the world. BMW had made the announcement of this car’s presence in November 2011. The M3 Competition Edition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the M division.

BMW Asia has released several photos of this limited edition vehicle in the past. The automaker said that the limited-edition BMW M3 Coupe will only be offered in Frozen Silver Metallic exterior paint with a deep metallic finish. Its exterior accents include black hood intakes and dark chrome kidney grill trim, M side gills and the exhaust pipe tips.

It also has the same 19-inch rims from the BMW M3 GTS. The competition Edition features black Novillo leather with palladium silver accents and stitching on the front seats, headrests, door trim panels, center console, and center armrest. It also gets an Alcantara-covered steering wheel and a BMW M3 Checkered Flag logo inlay that’s featured on the door sills. Additional interior upgrades include the carbon trim on the dashboard and center console – which will be accomplished with interior upgrades.

When it comes to performance, the MW M3 Coupe Competition Edition was lowered by 10mm. The M3 GTS 19-inch wheels provide a wider offset to make the vehicle more stable. This is a modified Electronic Damper Control, and a higher-threshold programming for the M Dynamic Mode. Powering the M3 Coupe Competition Edition is a 4.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 420 PS (309 kW / 414 hp) and is coupled to an M DCT double clutch transmission which enables car to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) 4.6 seconds.

While BMW M GmbH has released a large number of models, the M3 will remain to be one of its most special models, considering that it continues to follow the brand’s motorsport tradition. This was initially observed in the M3’s first generation, the one that was unveiled in 1986. It was later seen in the next two generations. With the 2007 BMW M3, this supremacy is once again on display. Though the M3 is clearly inspired by the 3-Series Coupé, there are still differences between this latest offering and the standard coupe especially in terms of technical features and style.

While it does have a design that makes it distinct from the other models, it is with the suspension and drivetrain that it truly makes a mark. This is because it was developed to ensure excellent performance. In addition, the engineering team made sure to include lightweight technology.

Indeed, proof that this objective of implementing intelligent lightweight engineering was achieved is its power-to-weight ratio at 8.4 lb. (3.8 kg) for every horsepower. One factor that helped in lowering the weight is that this is the first ever production car to come from the brand that is fitted with a roof composed of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. With the exception of some parts, almost everything in the M3 Coupe is new.

Aside from the engineering aspect, what’s new as well is the design concept which shows why the brand has remained to be a success. In terms of components, the ones that are clearly from the 3 Series Coupé include both the headlights and the lights in the rear. Then there are the windows, bootlid, two doors, and the vehicle’s load-bearing structure. All of the other parts were created especially for the new M3.

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