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by George Skentzos

BMW Australia has announced the release of a limited edition BMW M3 Coupe and Sedan designed specifically for the Australian market aimed at the purist of driving enthusiasts.

The BMW M3 Pure Edition will be limited to just 100 units nationally – 50 units each of the sedan and coupe – and includes a range of performance enhancements to boost its appeal.

The most eye-catching of which are the 19-inch M Double-spoke light alloy wheels finished exclusively in Black High-Gloss with 245/35 R19 tyres up front and 265/35 R 19 tyres at the rear.

It also features a bonnet air intake in Black High-Gloss, BMW Individual kidney grille in Dark Chrome, BMW Individual side gills in Dark Chrome and BMW Individual exhaust tips in Dark Chrome.

The BMW M3 Pure Edition is offered in Alpine White or Black as standard, although buyers can select from any other colour in the BMW portfolio also at an additional cost.

Inside, the special edition model features a combination of Anthracite cloth and black leather sports seats with headrests crafted from black Novillo leather which are embossed with the BMW M symbol.

Under the bonnet resides the same high-revving V8 engine churning out 309kW and 400Nm.

Also featuring as standard – as with all BMW M3s – is the variable M differential lock which offers up to 100 per cent locking action with fully variable action whenever required – providing perfect traction for the rear wheels.

The BMW M3 Sedan Pure Edition and M3 Coupé Pure Edition with manual transmission are available to order from $135,000 and $148,300 respectively – excluding dealer delivery and other charges – with the first customer deliveries expected to begin early in 2011.