The E90-chassis M3 is nearing the end of its production run, as BMW readies a new model based on the redesigned-for-2012 F30 3 Series. As is typical when there's a tantalizing new version coming, sales and marketing feel the need to goose the current model to maintain interest. Here in the States, we saw something like that in the M3 Competition Edition, while BMW's British outpost is readying its own exclusive model, the Limited Edition 500.

Available as either a coupe or convertible, the Limited Edition 500 will be unsurprisingly limited to 500 cars. Each will receive a "laser cut" trim piece on the dash identifying it as such, and the palette will consist of just three colors: Imola Red, Mineral White or Santorini Blue. Other than that, there's not much to report here, as the Limited Edition 500 is mechanically identical to the bog-standard M3, which is to say both wonderfully precise and rev-happy.

The big attraction, then, is the bundled equipment, which BMW describes as "well over £4,000 worth of additional equipment included for only £1,000." So some quick back-of-the-envelope math says those cheeky Brits are just offering a $4,500 discount on a nicely optioned M3. List price for the coupe is £55,690 (some $88,000 – including Britain's infamous Value Added Tax), while the convertible runs £59,785 (almost $95,000).

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The new BMW M3 Coupé and Convertible Limited Edition 500
Enhanced specification and bespoke features mark exclusive production run of M3 Coupé and Convertible


Exclusive new Limited Edition BMW M3 Coupé and Convertible models are coming to the UK from March this year. These special interpretations of the legendary high-performance 3 Series are available in a strictly limited, and suitably patriotic, colour palette of Imola Red, Mineral White or Santorini Blue.

Just 500 of these models will be built (Coupé and Convertible combined), each one featuring an edition designation laser cut into the trim inlay on the dashboard. Mechanically, the Limited Edition 500 is unchanged over the M3 in technical specification, using the acclaimed 420hp V8 engine, M-specific chassis with either six-speed manual or seven-speed M DCT transmission.

The three striking exterior colours of the BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 are complemented by the characteristic M-car signature details of the kidney grille surround, side gills and twin double exhaust pipes finished in dark chrome. In addition, both the Coupé and Convertible models come with BMW's high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim and are further accentuated by the 19-inch high-gloss black light-alloy wheels.

Each BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 will be trimmed with BMW's extended Novillo leather and also features contrast stitching on the sports seats and door panels. This stitching complements the exterior colour of the car; Imola Red cars feature Black leather with Mugello Red stitching, Mineral White cars feature Fox Red leather with Black Stitching, and those cars finished in Santorini Blue feature Black leather with Tobago Blue stitching.

The cockpit of the Limited Edition 500 features BMW's Piano Black interior trim, with the edition designation – 'One of 500' – laser cut into the left-hand side of the inlay on the dashboard.

Customers of the BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 not only get an exclusive version of this Munich-bred sports car, they also benefit from a keen deal that sees well over £4,000 worth of additional equipment included for only £1,000 on top of the standard M3 Coupé and Convertible list price. Therefore the Limited Edition 500 version of the Coupé costs from £55,690, with the Convertible available from £59,785.

The BMW M3: high performance and efficiency

The BMW M3 is powered by an award-winning 420hp V8 that revs to 8,300rpm. This potent 3,999cc unit also delivers unparalleled flexibility, with 400Nm of torque developed at 3,900rpm, while drive is transferred to the road by BMW M's six-speed manual gearbox as standard, complete with the variable M differential. BMW's M DCT (M Double Clutch Transmission) is an option enhancing fuel economy, reducing CO2 emissions and enabling faster acceleration.

The BMW M3 is capable of reaching 62mph from rest in just 4.6 seconds (Coupé with M DCT) and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. However, despite these performance figures the car still delivers up to 25.2mpg on the combined cycle, thanks to a comprehensive suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies including Brake Energy Regeneration.


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      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, love the blue color. Reminds me of my Grabber Blue mustang.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who wants to guess how much time it will take to sell out these? 15 minutes?
      bmw_sucks
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW should really ask Toyota to help them with reliability. BMWs become a clunker after 40000 miles. That's also when the warranty expires. I wonder if the two are related. Why does BMW offer one of the shortest warranty in the industry? Mine spends a week every month in the repair shop. Owning a BMW is like going to Disneyland - you have to wait in line for an hour for a two minute ride.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bmw_sucks
        Interesting that BMW CPO cars are warrentied to 100K, and that my e38 - at 110K miles and in pristine order - sounds like new. So much so that my local BMW dealer wants to buy it from me. Maybe you should get away from Disneyland yourself and return to reality.
          bmw_sucks
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          oh, you forgot to mention that there's a 6 year limit on that 100k warranty. i.e. if you bought a 4 yr old BMW with 40000 miles on it, unless you drive 30k miles/yr, that warranty is useless. BMW is very clever at fooling people. BTW, I got a third party extended warranty (10 yrs/100K miles) so I don't have to pay for any repairs. The warranty has paid for itself in 10 months. I feel sorry for the company that sold me the warranty.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bmw_sucks
        I've had very few problems in almost 80K miles and 8 years on my E46 M3 convertible. A few were covered/fixed during the warranty period, the S54 engine con rod bearing issue, both front window regulators, a leaking differential output shaft seal, and that's IT! Overall, compared to my Audi V8s...the E46 M3 was bulletproof.
        Agent55
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bmw_sucks
        OK, have fun driving you Camry then!
          bmw_sucks
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Agent55
          not a bad idea. However, I don't have extra $15K at hand to pay for the price difference.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bmw_sucks
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      aatbloke1967
      • 3 Years Ago
      "List price for the coupe is £55,690 (some $88,000 – including Britain's infamous Value Added Tax)" Autoblog, I hate having to correct you on this type of comment every time you make it but: - VAT isn't a British tax, it's EU mandated; and - the standard rate of VAT in the UK, at 20%, is one of the lowest in all of the EU member states. You get out of society what you put into it, Autoblog. Western Europeans take for granted their modern, pristine motorways comprehensively equipped with modern lighting, signage and services, and despite moaning about high rates of indirect taxation, would undoubtedly soon complain at America's poorly marked, potholed affairs.
        Monsieur Oblong
        • 3 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        True, but the fact is most of us couldn't afford to pay European prices for high-end cars, and any time spent in Europe shows that neither can the locals. I'm happy to be able to afford my dream cars, potholed streets and all.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Monsieur Oblong
          "True, but the fact is most of us couldn't afford to pay European prices for high-end cars, and any time spent in Europe shows that neither can the locals." Europe does have a far greater company car market, but I'm curious as to get your rationale from, given that a) Western Europeans don't have anything like the levels of personal bankruptcy that Americans do and b) Western Europeans keep cars for shorter periods of time than Americans do.
      masonperegrine
      • 3 Years Ago
      THAT COLOR!!! I don't care about this Limited Edition package, I just hope that color works it's way into the rest of the BMW line up.
      Kyle Potter
      • 3 Years Ago
      it looks like laguna seca blue.....*jizzzzzzzz*
      carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      that's okay, the dealers will add it back on- have no fear
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bastard BMW (ok, that's redundant) would't put Imola Red on any other V8 M3...one of two reasons I wouldn't trade my E46 M3 (ok, three, but mileage on the V8 was trivial). The other one was the lousy sound system compared to the Harmon Kardon in the E46. That tomato can red on the US-spec E92 V8 M3 was horrid
      Duk3ofN3rd5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got me all excited thinking this is gonna be a 500HP M3. LAME!
      ablogreadr
      • 3 Years Ago
      another yawnsville from bimmer. a better send off would be another batch of 'pure edition' cars like the run of 100 bmw made for the australian market in 2011. this was a reduced price (less $13k), fat-free (none of the usual luxury wanks like sunroof, heated seats, m-drive, adaptive dampers etc.). a pure driving machine.
      kaneda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet color, but extra big yawn for yet another "special edition" that is code name for: end of the model run, nobody wants it, the only way we'll sell some is if we call it something special. Still waiting for a real "lightweight" M3 variant that brings back the rawness of the old car. 88K for an M3 is mental.
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