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      08-07-2009, 02:47 PM   #1
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Estoril Blue M3 now available...

BMW is making this awesome color available for the M3. If so I am so pissed as this was the color I wanted before deciding on AW.

No word yet if it'll be available in the US.

From dark335i's post:
BMW Estoril Blue returns
BMW is bringing back its famous Estoril Blue paint scheme for its M cars.

The colour was axed because it was solvent-based and made using a process which is harmful to the environment. But BMW has finally figured out how to recreate the exact same colour using new eco-friendly water-based paint. And it should be available to order in the next few months.

A product planning manager for BMW’s M division told us: “Our paint specialists initially weren’t able to recreate the colour using water-based paints. That’s why Estoril Blue is not currently available. But they’ve been working on this problem for some time and they have finally cracked it. You can expect to see it on cars again soon.”

Estoril Blue was a huge hit on previous generations of M3s and M5s and, in the UK at least, it was the most popular colour. As a result customers were very disappointed that it wasn’t offered on the current generation cars. Various websites and forums have been running petitions to get BMW to bring the paint back. Well, guys, we can officially confirm your requests have been met! --
Examples of estoril blue: