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      07-31-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Cool First review of the "M3 Edition Model" M3

As featured on homepage.

Car enthusiast shares the first review of the "M3 Edition Model" M3, a 6 month limited run edition of the BMW M3, which was announced a couple of months ago -- http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267581

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| First Drive | Bedfordshire, England | BMW M3 Edition |

It's not unusual for car makers to introduce limited production runs in a bid to drum up interest in a model that's been around for a few years, but BMW's approach is a little different in that the M3 Edition will be produced for six months, regardless of how many are sold. Is its exclusivity worth the significant premium though?

In the Metal

Unlike many special editions, this M3 stands out. The most obvious signifiers are the black-gloss finished alloy wheels (actually not standard...), which, together with the black kidney grilles, side vents, bonnet vents, door mirrors and exhaust pipes, lend the M3 Coupé even more menace. The 10mm drop in ride height adds to this too no doubt.

Changes are minimal inside though, with a more tactile centre armrest material and unique leather sports seats complemented by body-coloured stitching elsewhere. Not that we found much wrong with the regular car's cockpit.

What you get for your Money

That £2,500 premium doesn't buy you a lot in truth. The styling additions mark the Edition out as a more exclusive version of the M3, but the only technical change is the minor reduction in ride height already mentioned. Buyers have few options either, as the Edition is available only as a Coupé and can be painted in Alpine White, Dakar Yellow or Monte Carlo Blue. Pity the highly distinctive black alloys are not standard, as they look fantastic. Other than that, buyers can choose between manual and M-DCT dual-clutch transmissions. In summary, you're paying for exclusivity.

Driving it

I'd be lying if I said the drop in ride height brought about a distinct difference in dynamics between the Edition and the regular M3. Sure, it'll reduce the centre of gravity a little, but the standard car is so competent anyway that it's difficult to detect anything different. It remains one of our favourite cars on sale today, with the range of customisation available allowing you to set up the car for whatever you're in the mood for. It's a highly exciting drive and the V8 engine is nothing short of an engineering miracle. Read our BMW M3 first drive for a more in depth analysis.

Worth Noting

If you opt for the Alpine White version, you'll receive a slightly different interior to the other cars featuring contrast stitching on the 'carbon structure' leather trim and contrast-coloured door armrest pads, centre console and centre armrest pad. Additionally, the M3 Edition features a chequered flag design on the door sill plates to celebrate the fact that the M3 has now won more Touring Car race titles than any other car.

Summary

There's not much more to say really. If you already like the BMW M3 then you'll undoubtedly love the M3 Edition model. The £2,500 extra it costs mostly covers the aesthetic changes, which, if the black alloys are included, does result in a distinctly different appearance. No doubt many will think it's worth the price.

2009 BMW M3 Edition specifications:
Price: £53,435 on-the-road.
0-62mph: 4.8 seconds
Top speed: 155mph
Combined economy: 22.8mpg
Emissions: 295g/km
Kerb weight: 1655kg
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Thanks for rubbing it in Jason!!!
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like the contrast stitching
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like the contrast stitching
+1. I'm also digging the wheels.
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What an unbelievable rip-off.

What kind of price tag is that? Black mirrors, grilles, wheels and some contrast stitching? Oh, right, a 10mm drop. Should be $2,000 US dollars. Tops. And that's going by typical rip-you-off OEM standards.

It's a waste of money if you plan on modding your car. You can easily paint your mirrors, get a nice set of coilovers, new wheels, and some matte black grilles and still save cash.

That is, unless you have to have that stitching or that blue paint...which I admit is amazing looking.
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      07-31-2009, 12:35 AM   #8
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No sliding armrest... wtf...
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What an unbelievable rip-off.

What kind of price tag is that? Black mirrors, grilles, wheels and some contrast stitching? Oh, right, a 10mm drop. Should be $2,000 US dollars. Tops. And that's going by typical rip-you-off OEM standards.

It's a waste of money if you plan on modding your car. You can easily paint your mirrors, get a nice set of coilovers, new wheels, and some matte black grilles and still save cash.

That is, unless you have to have that stitching or that blue paint...which I admit is amazing looking.
don't forget the different color seats.. but i agree with u
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. Should be $2,000 US dollars.
If it came to the US, it probably would be.
RoW prices are far more expensive.
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this will DEF sell. and looks GREAT. I love the seats. I think now they're pretty boring lol

damnit. thanks for this!! i wanna trade mine now!
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Gloss black powder coated wheels will be same look as that?
I'm digging for the wheels and (not shown) white center console on AW car.
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But if you do most of those things by yourself, it'll end up cost almost same- painted wheels, Painted mirrors, all grills, Dinan Springs (considering keeping the same new car warranty with lowering spring), custom order body color (unless ordering AW) etc. Will end up cost about 5k. No?
So I'm assuming it's reasonable if somebody wants to have that style (+about 15% M tax).
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Don't know how to describe it, but it looks aftermarket... was hoping for a more aggressive but still OEM look. Sound weird?
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Incredibly lame, exactly the kind of crap that BMW now represents. Especially since this comes just a couple of days after they cut and run from F1, like a bunch of cowards.

tl;dr ///Meh
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well you get the 19inch upgrade which is a fair chunk of change so I don't think its that bad value for money. The blue is sweet though no doubt although I think would look better with the silver 19s than the black.
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Too bad every modded M3 in the US already looks like this with blacked out everything. Oh except the painted mirror bases ... that looks funky.
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well, if they can paint it in Dakar yellow for $2000. It will be worth it. Those cheap bastards could've at least throw in a performance sterring wheel.
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What an unbelievable rip-off.

What kind of price tag is that? Black mirrors, grilles, wheels and some contrast stitching? Oh, right, a 10mm drop. Should be $2,000 US dollars. Tops. And that's going by typical rip-you-off OEM standards.

It's a waste of money if you plan on modding your car. You can easily paint your mirrors, get a nice set of coilovers, new wheels, and some matte black grilles and still save cash.

That is, unless you have to have that stitching or that blue paint...which I admit is amazing looking.
+1000

But then again the "M"s have been overpriced for a while so not a big surprise....
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wow that's a beautiful blue
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Lame.
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