The fourth generation M3 was first announced in March 2007 at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. Before its production BMW originally set out to name it the M4 along with the rest of the 3 Series range, however due to the interest in retaining the M3 line and its iconic status, this change was soon abandoned. The inline 6 S54 engine in the previous E46 M3 was replaced with the S65B40 engine which is a naturally aspirated, 4-litre V8 that is based on the 5-litre S85B50 V10 that powered the E60/E61 M5 and the E63/E64 M6. It delivers 414 bhp at 8300 rpm.
The engine comes straight from BMW’s Formula 1 foundry in Landshut cast alongside the Sauber F1 teams powerplants. It uses a pair of oil pumps that feed lubricant between the engine’s two sumps, a double Vanos valve-timing system which increases performance across the awesome 8400rpm rev-range, as well as a throttle butterfly for each individual cylinder to guarantee a fast, precise throttle response. The S65 Engine is also 15kg lighter than previous straight six found in the E46 M3 and has a ECU capable of 200 million calculations per second incorporating efficient Dynamics fuel saving and emissions reducing technology.
The M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) was announced in June 2011 as a 2012 model. It is powered by the same engine as the 444hp M3 GTS and featured adjustable coilover suspension, the GTS braking system, a titanium exhaust and sound proofing removal with Navigation, Bluetooth prep and Individual Audio as standard equipment. Compared to a saloon with the same luxury equipment, it weighed 70 kg less thanks to Carbon Fibre Re-inforced Plastic (CFRP – a material used in the i3 and i8) to bonnet, seats and brackets. The car would never officially reach the UK or North America.
The production was limited to 67 cars, all numbered with a plaque on the dashboard.
LHD, 490 Special Paint, Titanium Exhaust, Adjustable Suspension, GTS Brake kit, CFRP (Carbon Fibre Re-inforced Plastic) Seats, CFRP Bonnet, CRT Plaque, Red M3 sill strips, Aluminium layered trim, Navigation system Professional, BMW Individual Audio, Front and Rear PDC, Aux / USB input, Adaptive Headlights, BMW assist, Bluetooth prep, Rain sensing wipers, Adaptive lights, Cruise Control.
This 4 door saloon plays out the Q car role perfectly – an almost unrecognisable limited edition M Power special. One of BMW’s most recent Individual programmes revealed the stunning Frozen Polar Silver, a menacing matte that perfectly accentuates every one of the E90’s angular lines with only the keenest enthusiast eye noticing the red accents to the unique carbon front and rear splitters. Further colour to the bonnet vents and wing gills offer further evidence that this is no normal M3.
The paintwork presents in it’s original coat from the factory and is in showroom condition.
Whilst the Q car appearance from the outside will slip under the radar for most, the same cannot be said for the unique cabin. With deeply bolstered Melbourne Red CFRP bucket seats, and acres of adjoining stitching throughout, the interior feels like an event at stand still complimented by special aluminium trim, red sill strips and a super soft alcantara wheel. Although the focus on performance is in no doubt, BMW still engineered the latest refinements into the car with Nav, Bluetooth and the sensational Individual Audio whilst still achieving a 70kg saving over the standard saloon.
The black carpets are clean throughout, protected by as new Melbourne bordered black BMW velour over mats, and the anthracite roof lining remains in excellent order with no unsightly marks or stains.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The stroked 4.4 unit now offers significantly more torque at 324 lb/ft although is at it’s best winding towards the redline with a cacophony of shrill V8, now enhanced further by the lightweight Ti exhaust and sound proofing removal. The DCT gearbox is brilliantly resolved – sharp and positive and an absolute joy to use as this S65 unit demands revs.
Much is made of the necessity for the electronically controlled dampers available on the E92 platform. BMW have responded by upgrading to GTS derived coilovers that offer a default balance of supple ride and tight dynamics, naturally adjustable for both road or track.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 19 inch matte black 359M alloys present unmarked wrapped in the factory spec Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.
The car sits on special equipment 6 piston fixed calipers to front, 4 pot to rear, with huge 378mm x 28mm discs; more than up to the task of reigning in the 1,500kg kerb weight from serious speeds time and time again.
This 1 Owner CRT was delivered by BMW Spaett GmbH, Germany in April of 2013. The car subsequently returned to BMW service for its running in service at 2,357miles in October the same year.
The history file features all of the original literature and full book pack as well as the original sales invoice.
Imported into the UK by its original purchaser it is now fully registered.
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