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      02-13-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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Exclamation BMW M3 CRT Delivery and Review. No. 26 of Only 67 Made

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My BMW M3 CRT Delivered!


My initial review (translated by 33CV):

Quick review since the car is still under break in period (1,900km break in, 170km/h max speed, 5,500 revs max). Apparently the engine is limited during this period, according to the sales guy. I have driven 600km up to now.

Official specs and info on the M3 CRT @ http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=548729


Positives:
  • Between the engine with 450hp and the custom exhaust, the sound is incredible. I have the impression that it's more noticeable inside than outside (you can feel vibrations under the seat!).
  • Getting going in 1st or 2nd gear you can already tell that it's not a normal M3.
  • The color (matte grey paint) is magnificent. I was afraid of how it might come out, and I wasn't the only one, but everybody thinks it's great.
  • The chassis seems to have been custom tuned...the car has impressive stability even on fast curves. To be confirmed on the track in mid March.
  • The seats are great, both in design and seating position. And the rear passengers love them too.

Negatives:
  • The shocks can be adjusted for shock and rebound, I have to try out different settings since right now the smallest imperfection in the road is felt.
  • It's impossible to be discreet in this car. Even if the exterior mostly is, you can hear it coming from far away and the brakes are even sometimes audible
  • (competition pads?)

Overall:
  • For the time being, mostly positive.
  • The magic of the e90 m3 is preserved, even augmented. You really have the impression that it's a special car (especially the alcantara steering wheel and the steering feel!)
  • I don't regret anything but I'll wait for the break in period to be over before giving you a full review.


M3 CRT track results from the Autobild Ultimate BMW M Model Track Shootout


Autobild Shootout Sachsenring lap time
BMW M3 GTS (on semi-slicks)1:37.30
BMW M3 CRT1:38.87
BMW F10 M5 (driven by Claudia Hürtgen. Other cars were driven by Autobild drivers)1:38.90
BMW 1M Coupe1:40.18
BMW M3 Coupe DCT1:40.52
BMW M3 Sedan DCT1:40.60
BMW M3 Convertible DCT1:42.63
BMW X6 M 1:43.67
BMW X5 M1:43.72
BMW E60 M51:43.77



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      02-23-2012, 02:53 AM   #2
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BMW M3 CRT Highlights

Construction / Cosmetics
  • M3 "CRT" = Carbon Racing Technologies
  • Limited production - 67 units
  • Due to the very limited worldwide volume, the BMW M3 CRT will not be homologated for sale in the USA.
  • Priced in Germany at EUR 130,000 - incl. VAT
  • Debuts new production process for CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) components
  • Hood and bucket seats made from cellular carbon honeycomb
  • Hood has strength of conventional steel hood, but at 1/4 of its weight. 50% weight saving over M3 aluminum hood.
  • Frozen Polar Silver metallic exterior paint
  • Melbourne Red metallic applications and special treatment for the BMW kidney grille
  • Exclusive door sill strips, door panels and trim strips in aluminium grain structure
  • Special Sakhir Orange and Black dual colored covers for the front and individual rear seats
  • Alcantara-covered M steering wheel

Powertrain / Performance
  • 450hp @ 8,300 RPM
  • 324lb-ft torque @ 3,750 RPM
  • 180mph / 290kmh top speed
  • 4,360 cc displacement
  • 0-100km/h (0-62mph) - 4.4 seconds
  • Sports exhaust system with extremely lightweight titanium muffler
  • Bedplate crankcase construction in special aluminum-silicon alloy
  • Individual throttle butterflies
  • Knock control system with ion current technology
  • Dynamically-optimized wet sump oil supply

Body
  • 3,483 pounds / 1,580 kilograms = [100lb (45kg)] lighter than standard sedan / [154lb (70kg)] lighter when equipment on board taken into account
  • Proportion of car's weight over rear axle raised to 48.4%
  • 7.74 lb-per-hp weight-to-power ratio
  • 3.5 kg-per-hp weight-to-power ratio

Wheels/Suspension
  • 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design
  • 245/35 R 19 front tires and 265/35 R 19 rear tires
  • Front and rear axle enhanced by rigid rear axle subframe
  • Coilover suspension with individually adjustable dampers
  • 6-piston fixed calipers with low-weight compound construction
  • 378x32 mm front brake rotors / 380x28 mm rear rear rotors
  • Stahflex brake lines

Tech
  • Sound-proofing configured specially for low-weight construction
  • Two individual rear seats
  • M DCT w/ Drivelogic
  • Navigation System Professional
  • BMW Individual High End audio system
  • Alarm system with PDC sensors



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      02-23-2012, 03:54 PM   #3
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looks amazing, i want those seats!
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      02-23-2012, 03:57 PM   #5
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looks like a great ride. congrats on getting one!
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      02-23-2012, 03:58 PM   #7
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nice interior!!!!!!
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      02-23-2012, 04:00 PM   #8
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Beautiful car! Great review.
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very nice you are boss, thanks for sharing.
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      02-23-2012, 04:04 PM   #11
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Amazing. I would love to have one of these
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Wow!!!

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Unbelievable! A dream come true.
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      02-23-2012, 04:10 PM   #14
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      02-23-2012, 04:11 PM   #15
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on the one hand, i can tell this car is going to be actually amazing once its out of its break-in period. on the other hand, i'm just so surprised that this car comes with creature comforts like i-Drive. you would think they would abandon those things outright in the name of weight reduction.

still though, beautiful car. Any comments on the exhaust note? Or how the exhaust differs from the regular M3 exhaust? material, color, weight, etc. (Is it the same as BMWs "performance exhaust" that was released about a year ago?)
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Very nice mate
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Very nice overall (esp the interior) and I really want to own one so bad, but I just don't feel the red accents on the exterior (hood vents, side gills, front lip, and rear spoiler). Looks tacky IMHO.

Anyway, that is one nice purchase OP! Drive safe.
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Wow!! A freakin' beauty- can't wait for the full review

Congrats on the new toy
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oh damn! That thing is snazzy! Wish i could have one.
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      02-23-2012, 04:23 PM   #20
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Am I converting this right..130,000 Euros = $173,000?? If so HOLY HELL THAT IS A PRICEY M3! Looks sick but that's A LOT of money for an M
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Very nice igirl! Congrats! Thanks for the feedback! Goodluck with the car. Its a beauty. That interior is a thing of beauty! From the seats, steering wheel, to the floor matts. Just stunning. Please update us after the break-in period.

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Looks Pretty cool.
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