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BMW and M Division have unveiled a very special edition at the Nurburgring 24 Hour event called the BMW M3 CRT sedan. With an emphasis on lightweight construction (hence the Carbon Racing Technology name), the M3 CRT sedan is like a four-door version of the circuit-ready M3 GTS.

It offers the same engine package as the GTS coupe as well, consisting of a standard M3-derived 4.4-litre V8 producing 331kW of power, up 22kW over the normal 4.0-litre. Torque is also bumped up to 440Nm over the original 400Nm. Matched to a seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch transmission, the CRT is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds, and going on to a top speed of 290km/h.

Thanks to the addition of carbon fibre materials replacing certain components throughout, such as a lighter weight carbon fibre bonnet, carbon roof and carbon rear spoiler, the M3 CRT sedan tips the scales at 1580kg. It may still sound pretty heavy but it’s actually around 45kg lighter in weight compared with the normal M3 sedan.

Other details also help shave off some weight and give the CRT some unique touches. There’s two new carbon fibre reinforced seats in the front, with two individual matching rear chairs, a titanium exhaust and lightweight 19-inch aluminium wheels – also seen on the M3 GTS coupe. The wheels are also wrapped in 245/35 tyres on the front and 265/30 tyres on the rear, and are slowed by an uprated six-piston brake package.

Unfortunately, only 67 examples of the M3 CRT will ever be made and all of them will be destined for Europe. With prices starting at 130,000 euros (approximately AU$175,895, less taxes), Australian pricing would be through the roof. But still, it’s a shame we miss out on such special editions Down Under, don’t you think?

  • SteveP

    2 too many doors for an M3

  • Jim Sim

    Awesome car. Would take an M3 Pure any day of the week.

    • Jonty

      Agree, M3 Pure (looks great in white) would be my choice.

  • gazza

    Great engine, great handling, great dynamics but WHY do they have to be so UGLY???????? BMW have not made a good looking car for a long time.

    • Roadtard

      The current 3 Series coupe is easily the best looking Beemer – especially in black. Most other models look overcooked.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Still looks better than the majority of HSVs that look like they hired a bunch of pre-school children to stick on bits of random plastic wherever they feel. Then they searched ebay for the cheapest looking LED light strips they could find and then glued them to the front bumper at the last minute…. ;-)

  • Hector

    Audi are still winning in the looks department (both inside and out) though BMW still deliver in the driver’s “feel” department. still the car for purists.

  • jess

    nice car but surely only “around 45kg” isn’t going to make that much of a difference, that weight difference could be achieved by using a really scrawny driver as opposed to a fat one. To make enough of a difference for it to be called CRT I think at least 100kgs should have been shaved off

  • Dosie

    gazza – you are a tool