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      07-06-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Exclamation Limited BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe Announced (Updated with Video)

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BMWNA has just announced a 2013 M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe! It will be limited to 200 units and production begins in early August (at rate of 25 units per week). Pricing starts at $70,100 (excludes delivery and handling). Deliveries begin in September. European delivery and performance center deliveries are not available for this limited edition M3. More photos to come later.

It's described as "a classic car for a classic track," as described by Skip Barber, owner of the historic Lime Rock Park racing circuit located in northwestern Connecticut. BMW and Lime Rock Park have collaborated on the M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Coupe to celebrate the longstanding relationship between BMW automobiles, the famed Lime Rock Park racing circuit, and the thousands of passionate drivers and fans who join them together. Deliveries are planned to begin this September.


UPDATED: Video featuring Bill Auberlen and Skip Barber discussing M3 Coupe Lime Rock Edition and Lime Rock Park racing circuit.

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BMW of North America today announced the 2013 M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition, of which 200 copies will be built this summer. Priced from $70,995 including $895 Destination and Handling, the M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition will be “…a classic car for a classic track,” as described by Skip Barber, owner of the historic Lime Rock Park racing circuit located in northwestern Connecticut. BMW and Lime Rock Park have collaborated on the M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition to celebrate the longstanding relationship between BMW automobiles, the famed Lime Rock Park racing circuit, and the thousands of passionate drivers and fans who join them together. Deliveries are planned to begin this September.

The BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition will be constructed on the foundation of the iconic BMW M3 Coupe, now in its fourth generation, with enhancements selected through collaboration with Skip Barber and Lime Rock Park. Each car will be painted in rare Fire Orange and features Anthracite and Black cloth seating with Nappa leather trim. The popular Competition Package is fitted, and the M3’s signature carbon fiber composite roof panel will be retained on all copies produced. Also in the standard equipment profile will be a lightweight inconel-titanium exhaust muffler, carbon fiber front and rear aerodynamic aids, and an Anthracite Alcantara-covered, flat-bottom steering wheel. Finally, each M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition will be quickly identified by a numbered plaque located on the center console, a unique decal on the left-rear quarter window, and a certificate of authenticity.

California-based racing driver Bill Auberlen, whose career has been synonymous with the BMW brand in America for 17 years and includes over 300 professional races in BMW cars, joined Skip Barber and Lime Rock Park management on July 3rd, 2012 to evaluate the prototype of the M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition on the famed 1.5-mile circuit. Just a few days before starting his 100th American Le Mans Series race at Lime Rock Park, Auberlen remarked, “A race car is never allowed to be perfect. It’s the job of the driver to constantly suggest improvements and find more speed. But the M3 Lime Rock Park Edition may be as close to perfect as you can get, right off the production line. From its great color to the flawless manners it showed on the track, for the first time I can say I might not change a thing.”

The balanced, linear driving dynamics of the BMW M3 Coupe are often described as a perfect match for the challenging Lime Rock Park circuit. As described by track owner Skip Barber:

“A newcomer looks at the track map and thinks, ‘Oh, this is easy.’ It’s not. Lime Rock is an extremely difficult track to drive quickly. It has three of what many drivers think are some of the most challenging corners in North America: The Uphill, West Bend and The Downhill,” Barber said. “There are tricky cambers, extreme elevation changes, very high speeds... all Lime Rock signatures since it opened 55 years ago. And the BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition, when equipped with the six-speed manual, is geared perfectly – and I mean perfectly – for the track. I agree with Bill: I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Lime Rock Park is one of America’s most recognized road racing venues and has been continuously operated since its opening in 1957. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places by the National Park Service, the track is 1.5 miles in length, encompassing seven corners and more than seven stories of elevation change. The track is considered one of the most beautiful –and challenging to drive – in the world, constructed in a natural valley in the Berkshire Mountains of extreme northwest Connecticut. More information can be found at limerock.com.


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      07-06-2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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      07-06-2012, 11:10 AM   #3
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Pretty cool.
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      07-06-2012, 11:12 AM   #4
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Just when you thought BMW couldn't further dilute the term "special edition"... And naming after LRP of all places?
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      07-06-2012, 11:20 AM   #5
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Still no option for better brakes -
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      07-06-2012, 11:22 AM   #6
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Pretty cool that it comes with the Performance exhaust and doesn't require all the extra crap, unlike the Frozen editions. Only thing I would add to the car would be the heated seats and maybe black wheels
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Cool. LRP is my home track so I am glad to see a LRP edition. I want one.
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i saw that car last monday while i was at the track for the SCDA event. not bad looking at all!
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Just when you thought BMW couldn't further dilute the term "special edition"... And naming after LRP of all places?
I know right, who would do this...


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Mmmm still nothing very special
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      07-06-2012, 11:34 AM   #12
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I can't afford it. But even if, not impressed. will save for next gen.
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      07-06-2012, 11:41 AM   #13
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its still better then what most of the other special editions offered, and comes in 6mt or dct, not a bad deal really when you price out all these options and add ons and individual paint!
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What does this have to do with lime rock?
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      07-06-2012, 11:42 AM   #15
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Unnecessary to say the least... You can order a Fire Orange M3 and do the same upgrades yourself
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Wish they came out with more e90 M3 limited edition models when the e90 was still in production. There are so many e92 M3 LE Models
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      07-06-2012, 11:56 AM   #17
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nice effort to prolong the E92 model. Maybe better brakes, a different name and a lighter car?
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How lame is this

I am not a fan, No ED only one change, no Performance delivery.

why not just pay extra for special paint and do ED or PCD.

I guess they will have a hard time selling 200 of these.
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very nice, anymore more pictures?
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Well, it is definitively a limited edition and not a special edition. Nothing special there.
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I honestly don't see why.
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This seems like a good deal for the price however. I'm estimating that it would be more expensive to add all these options yourself. Am I right?
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