2012 BMW M3 CRT - Click above to watch video after the jump

BMW has been so kind as to give us all a glimpse at the company's upcoming M3 CRT. The engineers behind the German automaker's M performance arm have taken pains to dip their standard M3 into a vat of delicious carbon fiber, and the result is a lightweight version of the menacing sedan. Designed to show off the manufacturer's new carbon fiber technologies, the M3 CRT wears a CF hood that's as strong as conventional steel but with a quarter of the weight. The same methods were applied to the vehicle's seats.

The old muffler has been scrapped for a titanium unit, and lightweight Y-spoke wheels and brake calipers are part of the recipe as well. In an effort to trim fat wherever possible, the M3 CRT even wears less sound deadening than the standard model. BMW also reworked the vehicle's suspension with a more rigid subframe and adjustable coilovers, which means there's plenty of stick on hand.

That's good given that a 450 horsepower version of the company's naturally-aspirated 4.4-liter V8 sits behind the headlights. The grunt gets channeled to the rear tires via a seven-speed dual-clutch cog box.

We hear the very-limited-edition CRT will cost a mint (on the order of 130,000 Euros including taxes – around $185k U.S.), so don't expect to see any examples at your stateside BMW dealer anytime soon. Even so, you can still hit the jump to check out the walk-around for yourself.



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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      For that money you could buy 2 M3s, strip one to below 3000# for track duty and keep the other stock for daily driving and still have cash in the bank.
      ColeWorld
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jesus christ, it doesn't cost $180k..you can't just do the conversion like that.
      brmintz
      • 3 Years Ago
      we also know it's not even headed to the US according to C&D.... too much $$ for not enough weight savings.... and its only got the autobox....
      EyEwearGlasSeS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Give me those seats !!!
      kDotLo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm going to wait for the OLED model
      cliffjumperrs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad... I definitely wish my M3 sedan was like that... but at $180K.... eh, not so much.
      diabloz530
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is supposed to show off BMW's new carbon fiber manufacturing technologies? The upcoming i3 is supposed to have a full carbon fiber passenger cell and only be around $30k.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      3500 lb of look at me, I have a small penis so I'm going to drive like a douchebag.
      JohhnyDough
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sum of it's parts equal something grossly overpriced.
      SheldonRoss
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sooooo............ how much does it weigh in comparison to the standard M3?
      RouseHouse
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those wheels they use are some of the best looking ever. A guy that lives by me has a Z4 M with those and it looks amazing.
      l3admonky
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how much of a difference there is in performance between this M3 and the GTS vs. the difference in price?
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