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LeMansX5 06-14-2010 10:35 PM

BMW to release limited edition M3 in US
 
Special announcement coming this Thursday.
If there's one thing the auto world loves, it's a good tease. BMW has been happy to oblige this afternoon by dropping three photos of a new model fit just for U.S. consumption. Details are fittingly scarce, though the company does say that it will drop full details on the world come Thursday. Since we've been left to our own devices, how about a little rampant speculation to get the ball rolling? Judging from the front fascia, we're guessing the new car is gussied up M3. The smattering of M logos throughout the cabin leads us to believe that the new kid on the block will likely boast a more sporting pedigree than its brethren, and since the America-only 335is is already down the pike, another pepped up 3 Series wouldn't make much sense.

From the looks of things, there's definitely a dual-clutch cog box at play, though it's unclear if that will be the only option. Now the only question is whether the company will tweak the V8 found in the M3 or whether it will leave it alone and instead make other upgrades, and there's also the question of which bodystyle(s) the car will be available with, as the M3 is currently available in coupe, sedan, and convertible form. Keep your ears pinned back for more information later in the week. Until then, let your imagination run wild.

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SANguru 06-17-2010 07:44 PM

just frozen gray...;)

nom3rcy 06-17-2010 09:24 PM

I want a 20" version of that wheel for the X5 :)

LeMansX5 06-17-2010 09:46 PM

The 2011 BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe

* 17.06.2010
* Press Release

Woodcliff Lake, NJ June 17, 2010 Nearing the 25th anniversary of the original BMW M3, BMW of North America today announced a production run of thirty identically-equipped 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupes for the United States. The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe features a special matte-gray paint with a deep metallic luster to further accentuate the athletic lines of the legendary M3. Unique Fox Red / Black bi-color Novillo leather interior is also specified. This is the first and only opportunity to obtain Frozen Gray Metallic exterior paint on the M3 for the 2011 model year in the United States.

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BMW M enthusiasts will be able to reserve a 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe by dialing 1-800-245-4269 no earlier than 11:30AM Eastern Time (8:30AM Pacific) on Monday, June 21, 2010. The first 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupes will become available for delivery in late June 2010 through Authorized BMW Centers, and the production run will be completed by the end of July 2010. A complete equipment list is provided at the end of this press release. MSRP will be $77,600[1].

Each 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe will be powered by the now famous 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower M V8 and equipped with BMWs M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT). Also specified is the new M3 Competition Package, which adds an exclusive set of 19-inch wheels and other upgrades. Additionally, each purchase of the 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe will include a one-day enrollment at the BMW Performance Driving School in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe continues the tradition of innovation and passion for driving by incorporating key changes to the M3s dynamic qualities. The equipped Competition Package reduces vehicle ride height by 10mm and includes unique 19 wheels with wider offset for enhanced stability, standard Electronic Damping Control with enhanced programming, and higher-threshold programming for the M Dynamic Mode. The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe is also equipped with the M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) which lowers the 0-60mph acceleration time of the M3 to 4.5 seconds from 4.7 (6-speed manual).

Introducing Frozen Gray Metallic Paint.

The special BMW Individual matte paintwork on the Frozen Gray M3 adds a rare metallic luster to the vehicle. Compared to conventional exterior colors with gloss finish, the sculpture-like character of Frozen Gray paint highlights the athletic contours of the M3. To achieve this luster, a special BMW ColorSystem silk matte clear coat is applied over the Space Gray Metallic base coat.

25 Years and Four Generations of BMW M3.


Racing provided the reason for the original M3s 1986 creation. BMW produced the M3 as a road-going homologation version of its 3 Series to gain eligibility to compete in the German Touring Car Championship. Popularity and strong consumer demand substantiated the case to continue developing the M3, making it both a better performer and more inviting road car as it evolved along with the underlying 3 Series, the companys most popular vehicle. In 1988, North Americans met the BMW M3 for the first time, and its high-revving 2.3-liter inline-4 with 192-hp became a legend on this side of the Atlantic.

The next generation M3 arrived in the 1995 model year with a 3.0-liter (and later, 3.2-liter) 240-hp inline-6 powerplant. That car began the next chapter of M3 Racing history which lasted a decade on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1997 the first M3 Sedan joined the family and the M3 Convertible followed shortly thereafter.

The third-generation M3, available from 2001-2006 as a coupe and convertible, again was offered with six-cylinder power, this time providing a remarkable 333 hp from 3.2 liters. From the 2002 model year, this M3 marked BMWs first offering of the Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) for the United States.

The fourth and current generation M3 was introduced for the 2008 model year as a Coupe, Sedan, and Convertible, featuring an all-new 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower V8 engine with eight individual throttle bodies and an 8,400-rpm redline. Showcasing its remarkable performance envelope, the newest M3 Coupe serves as the basis for the M3 GT2 race car, which successfully competes in endurance races against the most exotic cars from around the world in the American Le Mans Series.

Equipment List: 2011 BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe

* BMW Individual Frozen Gray Metallic exterior paint.
* BMW Individual bi-color (Fox Red with Black) Novillo Leather interior.
* M DCT Transmission
* Competition Package
o Electronic Damping Control, 19 light-alloy wheels, lowered suspension, sport mapping for EDC and DSC.
o Premium Package
+ Power folding mirrors, universal garage door opener, digital compass mirror, BMW Assist with Bluetooth, Novillo Leather, Carbon Leather trim.
+ Technology Package
# M Drive system, Comfort Access system, Navigation system, Voice Command system, Real Time Traffic Information system.
# Heated Front Seats
# Rear Park Distance Control
# Enhanced Premium Sound System
# Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription
# iPod and USB Adaptor

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Weasel 06-17-2010 10:23 PM

And the winner is... :thumbup:

Quote:

Originally Posted by SANguru (Post 749590)
just frozen gray...;)


X5 Meister 06-21-2010 05:12 PM

It's nice for sure, but they are making a bigger deal out of it than it's worth, IMHO.

LeMansX5 06-21-2010 08:48 PM

They were all sold in less than 15 minutes today.

X5 Meister 06-21-2010 09:33 PM

And apparently they'll be on the auction block in 5 years time.

LeMansX5 10-23-2010 12:22 AM

And this is where they end up......for premium

BMW : M3: eBay Motors (item 140468090579 end time Oct-26-10 20:34:26 PDT)

Weasel 10-23-2010 06:18 PM

The frozen gray one we sold through our dealership was in for it's first service a few days ago... a really good looking car!


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