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Everyone has a list of vehicles that they want to drive before they die, for me, today's RR of the Day is a vehicle that I've vowed to own. The first time I saw an M coupé in person at a strip mall in my hometown, I waited 20 minutes for the owner to come out, interrogated him for a half an hour and then talked him in to giving me a ride. Unlike today's example, his black 2000 model housed a 240 HP, S52 engine that provided ample motivation for the three-door oddity. CT57's, however, is equipped with an S54, the same 330 HP mill found within the E46 M3 that we know and love.

The rest of the details are after the jump, along with instructions on how to get your own ride featured here.

The Air Jordan on wheels was a rogue engineering exercise by a small, dedicated group of BMW's propeller heads that were obsessed with creating a true driver's car. After convincing BMW's suits that it could be manufactured in a cost effective manner, utilizing as many parts from its drop-top sibling, the Z3, as possible, they got the green light. When it comes to the styling, you either get it, or you don't. There doesn't seem to be anything in between.

Autoblog reader and Flickr member, CT57, has owned this 2001 model since late 2005 and it's one of 690, S54-equipped models produced. He's kept the modifications to a minimum, not risking the possibility of messing with perfection, by only adding a strut tower brace and tinting the windows.

For tons more pics of CT57's ride and a brief history of the original M coupé, click here.

How to submit to RR of the Day:

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Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why everyone is vowed to own this car? Can anyone tell what's so special about this car? Is it even better than the legendary M3?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Coupe? My 635csi is a coupe (two doors)
      The Coopay is a hatchback(three doors)
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Easily one of my all time favorite cars.

      I have to say the aftermarket tint annoys me only because I'd be proud to be seen driving this car. That goes for any car I'll ever drive, which means I don't get the point of tint for anybody besides Tank Johnson. Hopefully the stuff comes off because every M Coupe is a precious vehicle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Uh, there shouldn't be an accent over that "e." That would be pronounced "coup-ay" which makes no sense...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, I really, REALLY like the M coupe, and would kill to have one, but everytime I see one, I can't help but think of the car Ace & Gary drive in "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" on SNL.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if all goes my way I shall have a 99 M-shoe in my name, within a few years. This car embodies sexy and most of all UNIQUE. a C43 is more powerful, luxurious and practical. But it's a sedan, and it doesn't SCREAM sporty. It's too luxurious for its own good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I actually saw they drive the M coupe racing with a Suzuki GSXR1000 on one of the Ghost Rider video. I gotta say the handling and the speed is pretty amazing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mark, can you give some detail as to which later models were restricted by BMW, e.g. years/engines? Thx
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've seen one of these driving around my town a few years back, but I could never catch the numbers on the rear to find out what series/model this actually was and it bugged me for the longest time. Everytime, it seemed like we were going in the opposite directions when we crossed patchs and I never managed to catch a glimpse.

      Now I know. I really like the car, but in it's special way it still is pretty ugly (now there's an oxymoron).
      • 8 Years Ago
      A BMW 135i! Hooray!
      • 8 Years Ago
      ZPrim - Shouldn't be an accent? You'd do well to learn the origins of the word.

      - R
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