Bmw M3 Coupe Frozen Silver Edition introduced in UK

Article by Christian A., on April 23, 2012

The new BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Silver Edition will go on sale in the UK on June 1, 2012. It is powered by a class-leading 420hp V8 engine with power sent to the road through the standard seven-speed M DCT transmission and variable M differential. The car has a 10mm lowered suspension that comes with a three-stage Electronic Damper Control, a set of 19-inch light alloy wheels, and a revised DSC+ system.

However, the car is made highly distinctive because of features not seen before on any BMW like its bespoke combination of Frozen Silver metallic paint, matt black alloy wheels, Dark Chrome exhaust, side gills and kidney surrounds, and Jet Black bonnet intakes. Its exterior is enhanced with a high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim.

The interior gets Black Novillo leather with contrast stitching and Palladium leather armrests and inserts. Alcantara is used to cover the steering wheel and it also gets an M3 chequered flag motif, while the door sills have a similar logo. The interior uses carbon fibre generously to emphasize the sporting credentials. M Power is stitched onto the handbrake and it also comes with a plaque to indicate that it is a limited edition model.

When taken individually, the equipment added to a standard M3 amounts to almost £9,000 but the price tag of the BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Silver Edition is only £4,000 higher. The UK continues to be a major market for BMW M products. In 2011, the economic conditions were difficult in the UK but despite that, BMW UK sold 789 M3 Coupés, about 10% higher than the prior year. The starting price for the Bmw M3 Coupe Frozen Silver Edition is £58,720.

With regards to the M model range from BMW, the M3 has been at the top of that list as it is the model that has managed to live up to its full motorsport tradition. This was seen not only when the first generation of the M3 was released in 1986 but also in the next two generations after that. Once again, the M3 reveals why it continues to reign supreme with the release of the 2007 version.

Using the 3-Series Coupé platform, the high-performance 2007 M3 is different from the usual coupé when it comes to technical features and appearance. As expected, this model does have a distinct design with both the suspension and drivetrain technology developed at the very beginning to deliver excellent performance. However, what made the 2007 M3 different is the availability of the lightweight technology which was helpful especially for the BWM M engineers.

To prove that this objective involving lightweight engineering was indeed met, the new M3 has a power-to-weight ratio of 8.4 pounds (3.8 kilograms) for every horsepower. One of the most significant factors that ensured the M3 would have a low eight is that the roof is composed of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. This is considered as a first for a production model in its class.

Majority of the M3 Coupe is new when it comes to the design and engineering. Indeed, all the other parts were made specifically made for this new offering. There are features however that are similar to the 3 Series Coupé like the vehicle’s load-bearing structure, windows, rear lights, headlights, bootlid, and two of the doors.

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