• Jun 2, 2011
As much if (not more) than any other automaker, BMW has been carefully cultivating the Chinese market. And the M3 is a big part of that. The Bavarian automaker has already launched two special editions exclusive to China in the M3 Matte Edition and M3 Tiger Edition, and is now offering a third.

Called the M3 Carbon Edition, the car is defined by – anybody? Bueller? – that's right, carbon fiber. The techy material covers the roof, the front splitter, the rear wing, the hood vents and much of the interior, which is decked out in high-contrast white and black. As is the exterior, with black stripes running over white paint, up the front fenders and across the upper flank to the tail, along with Carbon Edition decals on the lower edge of the doors and blacked-out 19-inch alloys.

Only 111 individually-numbered examples will be offered starting in July, exclusively in China, at a price of 1.23 million yuan – equivalent to a whopping $189k at present rates. Nobody ever said exclusivity came cheap.


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      Drift Motion
      • 3 Years Ago
      if you know how much a regular BMW go for in China, then 189k doesn't sound that bad
      AldenBiesen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, I like it.
      Mad_Science
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone needs to release a "Carbón" Edition M3 for the Spanish speaking world
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Goahead
      • 3 Years Ago
      $189K???? What a rip-off! Get a Nissan GTR and save $100K. Ugly on top of that!
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Goahead
        Are you really so ignorant that you don't realize that the GTR would also cost a lot more there? It's only in the 80K range in the US, virtually everywhere else it costs a ton more money so quit being an idiot.
          You guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bruce Lee
          More like 95k for a new GT-R. Did you look at the pricing lately?
      Cakeflour
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks tacky.
      50merc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bmw graphics on this car were an after thought ...... gross stickers ... Good thing most of these will be wrecked so Bmw owners in the future can deny this thing ever existed.
      sampsonhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      i dont get the price? is carbon fiber more expensive per ounce than gold in China?
        John Hughan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sampsonhead
        I'm not sure, I think it has to do with taxes. Cars cost about 4x more in Singapore for that reason. It would be helpful if this article mentioned whether foreign cars in general were way more expensive over there or whether this M3 really does carry this high a premium. On another note, does anybody at Autoblog proofread their articles anymore? The first sentence is completely messed up. It should start, "As much as (if not more than) any other automaker...."
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sampsonhead
        No, but bad taste is.
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sampsonhead
        Taxes...just like how cars in Australia and Singapore and even the UK cost way more money than in the U.S. In China the taxes are particularly high on imported luxury products since there are still a lot of very poor people, so while they've embraced capitalism if they didn't tax these products heavily there'd probably be revolts in the streets. The tax money goes to fund all sorts of social programs there, which is why even in big and expensive cities you have people who make normal incomes living there (there's government subsidized housing).
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice graphics. not.
      Easy_Eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford called from the eighties, they want their graphics back.
      hpffallon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Check out the new video Horsepower Freaks released last week on the M3 turbo and EMS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxEl7yFllWM&feature=player_embedded
      jayhawkjeeper
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought China was a communist country! Who has the money to buy these?
        emacemacii
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jayhawkjeeper
        From what I've been reading sometimes, "freedom" is a relative word in China. Politically, there is very little freedom, that's the given. But economically, the Chinese legal system still have a considerable amount of grey area. If you can figure out the hidden path, you can easily worth your way in gold. Don't let our enemy's so-called "communist" mask fool us, in terms of economic, I consider them operating a government moderated capitalist market, and the worst thing is, this regime seems to be work good for them.
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