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BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 2013

BMW UK has made this announcement just a few days back that it would make available a limited edition variant of the much famed M3 coupe and convertiblein this month. As you can probably figure out from the name of the car itself that it will be a limited edition model, only 500 units of which will ultimately be built with each one of them carrying the designation ‘One of 500’, which would be carved with laser onto the dashboard of every model.

This limited edition model will carry the dark chrome appearance that is generally found in the M3 around the trademark BMW ‘kidney grille’. The dark chrome finish is also found on the side gills and the twin double exhaust pipes of the car. Apart from this, both the coupe and the convertibles will come with BMW’s Shadowline Exterior trim as well as high-gloss black light-alloy wheels.

This limited edition BMW model will be available in three colors. The color options resemble the colors of the Union Jack – Mineral White, Santorini White and Imola Red.

On the inside, the car will sport Novillo leather seats with contrasting stitches on the door panels and the sport seats.

Under the hood, the 2013 M3 Limited Edition will be powered by a 4.0 liter V8 engine capable of a max output of 426 PS (420 HP) and a peak torque of 400 Nm. The engine has been mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed M DCT transmission. With all this power in its belly, the M3 Limited Edition reaches 60mph from zero in just 4.6 seconds. The car has a top speed of 155mph.

As far as the price is concerned then the M3 Limited Edition coupe will be available for 55,690 pounds, while the convertible will set you back by a good 59,785 pounds.

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.

Model

Price

£

Power
Hp

Torque Nm

0 – 62mph Seconds

Top Speed Mph

Combined Mpg

CO2 Emissions g/km

BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 Coupé

£55,690

420

400

4.8 (4.6)

155*

22.8 (25.2)

290 (263)

BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 Convertible

£59,785

420

400

5.3 (5.1)

155*

22.2 (24.6)

297 (269)

* Electronically limited

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.

The BMW Group

The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 25 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2011, the BMW Group sold about1.67 million cars and more than 113,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2010 was euro 4.8 billion on revenues amounting to euro 60.5 billion. At 31 December 2010, the BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 95,500 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last seven years.

BMW M3 Limited Edition 500 2013

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