BMW announces lightweight M3 CRT

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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BMW is following up on the announcement of the fifth generation M5 with a new iteration of the current M3 super-sedan. The BMW M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) will make its debut at the M Night event right before the Nürburgring 24-hour race in Germany near the end of June.

Like the M3 GTS of 2010, the M3 CRT is a low production version of the already impressive standard M3 sedan. The M3 CRT's hood, bucket seats, rear spoiler and front air-channel are all made of carbon fibre. The M3 CRT's use of carbon fibre allows for an unladen weight of 1,580 kilos (3,483 lbs) according to BMW. That's a weight savings of approximately 45 kg (100 lbs) in comparison to a normal M3, and a weight-to-power ratio of just 3.5 kg per horsepower.

The reduced weight also helps the M3 CRT achieve a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 4.4 seconds while the top speed is rated at a blistering 290 km/h (180 mph). Power is supplied by a 450-horsepower V8 engine, which is mated to a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission (DCT) with Drivelogic. The transmission is controlled by shift paddles on the steering wheel and also boasts a Launch Control feature for ensuring optimal acceleration from standstill. The M3 CRT's power goes to the rear wheels, which are 19-inch M light-alloys with a Y-spoke design. The 19-inch wheels are shod in 245/35R19 performance tires up front and 265/35R19s at the rear.

A specially tuned Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system with ABS and M Dynamic Mode (MDM) is also featured.
 
Only 67 M3 CRTs will be produced, all of which will be finished in exclusive Frozen Polar Silver metallic paint with subtle contrasting touches of Melbourne Red metallic. Bespoke aluminum door sill strips, door panels and other interior trim also set the M3 CRT apart, as do the Sakhir Orange and Black bi-colour front and rear seats.

With such a small number of M3 CRTs available, only a small number of enthusiasts will be able to experience what an M3 with carbon fibre racing technology can achieve.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sports Coupe, BMW, 2012, M3 CRT, $75,000 - $99,999,

Organizations: BMW

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