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?