In our interview (full interview here
) with Matt Russell, M Brand and Alpina Manager for the US, at the 2011 NYIAS, we asked about the likelihood of the US market receiving the upcoming lightweight M3 sedan (info/pics
The unfortunate news is that there are currently no plans to bring the lightweight M3 sedan to the US market.
Matt cites the reason as there being not much time left to build the E90 M3 sedan and the always difficult homologation issue (couldn't certify for US).
As with certain prior special edition M3s (such as the E46 M3 CSL and E92 M3 GTS Coupe) and even certain performance parts (such as the BMW Performance seats), it's at times difficult to get things federalized for sale in the U.S.
Having said that, however, Matt continues by saying that BMW always takes a look at the componentry that they offer on some of these special editions like the GTS and the upcoming lightweight sedan, and tries to see if there's anything that can be used or made to fit here in the states that would be easier to homologate.