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      03-01-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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Cool UK Gets 500 BMW M3 Coupe and Convertible Limited Edition Models

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The new BMW M3 Coup and Convertible Limited Edition 500

01.03.2012

Exclusive new Limited Edition BMW M3 Coup and Convertible models are coming to the UK from March this year. These special interpretations of the legendary high-performance 3 Series are available in a strictly limited, and suitably patriotic, colour palette of Imola Red, Mineral White or Santorini Blue.

Just 500 of these models will be built (Coup and Convertible combined), each one featuring an edition designation laser cut into the trim inlay on the dashboard. Mechanically, the Limited Edition 500 is unchanged over the M3 in technical specification, using the acclaimed 420hp V8 engine, M-specific chassis with either six-speed manual or seven-speed M DCT transmission.


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The three striking exterior colours of the BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 are complemented by the characteristic M-car signature details of the kidney grille surround, side gills and twin double exhaust pipes finished in dark chrome. In addition, both the Coup and Convertible models come with BMWs high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim and are further accentuated by the 19-inch high-gloss black light-alloy wheels.

Each BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 will be trimmed with BMWs extended Novillo leather and also features contrast stitching on the sports seats and door panels. This stitching complements the exterior colour of the car; Imola Red cars feature Black leather with Mugello Red stitching, Mineral White cars feature Fox Red leather with Black Stitching, and those cars finished in Santorini Blue feature Black leather with Tobago Blue stitching.

The cockpit of the Limited Edition 500 features BMWs Piano Black interior trim, with the edition designation One of 500 laser cut into the left-hand side of the inlay on the dashboard.

Customers of the BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 not only get an exclusive version of this Munich-bred sports car, they also benefit from a keen deal that sees well over 4,000 worth of additional equipment included for only 1,000 on top of the standard M3 Coup and Convertible list price. Therefore the Limited Edition 500 version of the Coup costs from 55,690, with the Convertible available from 59,785.

The BMW M3: high performance and efficiency

The BMW M3 is powered by an award-winning 420hp V8 that revs to 8,300rpm. This potent 3,999cc unit also delivers unparalleled flexibility, with 400Nm of torque developed at 3,900rpm, while drive is transferred to the road by BMW Ms six-speed manual gearbox as standard, complete with the variable M differential. BMWs M DCT (M Double Clutch Transmission) is an option enhancing fuel economy, reducing CO2 emissions and enabling faster acceleration.

The BMW M3 is capable of reaching 62mph from rest in just 4.6 seconds (Coup with M DCT) and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. However, despite these performance figures the car still delivers up to 25.2mpg on the combined cycle, thanks to a comprehensive suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies including Brake Energy Regeneration.

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      03-01-2012, 09:36 AM   #2
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Sucks that the UK gets these and not us.
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      03-01-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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While I'm not too keen on all these special version cars, I have to say Imola Red is my absolutely favorite color out there!
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      03-01-2012, 09:38 AM   #4
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0-60 is really 3.9 and 24mpg is the best I've ever had so far. Amazing daily driver...You will smile every time you start it.
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that blue is so close looking to the Estoril blue
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Id take one in the blue. No Imola. Wait. Maybe just one of each?!
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Very nice! If I was in the market for a new one (and in the UK!) I would definitely get the Santorini Blue. The contrast stitching would be incredible, and dark chrome exhaust... yum....
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This would be a hard choice. Red or Blue?
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I will take the blue one please!
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How is the torque = 400?!!
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So it's just cosmetic stuff and some options thrown in? Not the most exciting exit for the E9X M3.
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wow, that blue makes the car look like some sort of precious gemstone...

I've never been one for blue cars, but lately with the new F30 M-Sport, the M5, and now this special color, I've found myself wanting blue next go round
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congrats to the brits! enjoy your limited edition models
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How is the torque = 400?!!
The torque figure that's cited is given in Newton-meters, not foot-pounds.
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that blue is so close looking to the Estoril blue
Maybe I'll have a 2013 M3 in my future...
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So it's just cosmetic stuff and some options thrown in? Not the most exciting exit for the E9X M3.
It's not the end, yet. The E92 M3 will still be on sale for over a year. Hopefully more exciting things (beyond cosmetic) will come out at ///M Fest in June, but still only for Euro counties (GTS, CRT).
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Another limited edition series. Uggghh. Milk it to death BMW
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I'm working on it too. First gotta save some money to buy a house.
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That blue is utterly stunning!

Reminds me of Tightie's wrap!
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Santorini Blue is magnificent
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