If you are longing to get the carbon-fiber limited edition of the BMW M3 sedan – the BMW M3 CRT (E90) –chances that you would be able to get your hand on one would be very slim. This is primarily because less than 100 examples (67 units to be exact) were only built, and all of them were sold out even before the German premium carmaker released the BMW M3 CRT to the market.
Now, one of those 67 rare examples of the BMW M3 CRT E90 (Carbon Racing Technology) is being sold, and it is fairly new. Built for the 2013 model year, the odometer of this BMW M3 CRT E90 has recorded only 382 km (237 miles), which means that it hasn’t been driven that much for around four years. Moreover, this example of the M3 CRT E90 hasn’t been registered, making it the only M3 CRT that is unregistered.
Being sold at duPont Registry, this M3 CRT E90 is one of the only two examples in the United States. Although it wasn’t sold in North America, car has been federalized for Show & Display use, which means it could be driven legally in 49 states for up to 2,500 miles a year. To be driven in California, this car needs to be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
A plate on the dashboard shows that this 2013 BMW M3 CRT E90 is the 24th of the 67 limited edition models crafted by the German premium carmaker. As a practically brand new unit, this BMW M3 CRT E90 is an unadulterated and high performance sedan that hasn’t gone any modification. Just all other M3 CRTs, this example features a Frozen Polar Silver finish with Melbourne Red accents.
Derived from the BMW M3 Sedan and built at the BMW M GmbH factory, the BMW M3 CRT was presented in 2011 and was blessed with exclusively manufactured lightweight components and modified chassis technology. Its bonnet hood was made from two CFRP moldings that encase an aramid honeycomb structure. Its bucket seats also feature two CFRP layers wrapped around a recycled-paper honeycomb.
Visible areas are layered with carbon layer employing conventional production technology. The front apron feature an integrated rear spoiler and an air-channeling element – both made from CFRP. As a result, the BMW M3 CRT is around 45 kg lighter than a regular BMW M3 Sedan. It is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 engine that could deliver up to 450 hp (331 kW) of output and up to 440 Nm of torque, allowing the M3 CRT to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph).
The BMW M3 CRT listed at duPont Registry is a rear-wheel drive unit with Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of WSPK91060E810823. Anyone could acquire it as long as he or she could afford its $299,950 price.