BMW’s super-light M3 sedan isn’t a GTS, it’s a CRT!

Previously unveiled as the M3 GTS Sedan, BMW has now officially launched the lighter M3 sedan as the CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) in the stunning Frozen Polar Silver metallic color you see here.

The M3 CRT is designed to showcase BMW’s Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) technology, the same material which will play an integral role in the upcoming “i” sub-brand cars.

The weight-saving benefit of CFRP shines as it’s used in the hood (shaving approx. 50% off the standard M3 hood) and the front sport seats. Overall, the CRT is 45 kilograms lighter.

The interior is definitely special in comparison to normal production M cars. The carbon-fiber-backed front seats feature reddish-orange inserts, while the steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara suede. The rear seats mimic the front sport seats with aggressive side bolstering.

The M3 CRT is blessed with the same engine as the M3 GTS. That translates to 444bhp courtesy of the 4.4-litre V8. 0-100km/h times are expected to be 4.4 seconds, not as fast as I expected but still an impressive time.

The extensive use of Melbourne Red accents in items such as the hood vents (above), side vents, the rear spoiler (below), and the front lip spoiler is interesting as it hasn’t been commonly used in previous M models.

With only 67 CRTs to ever be built, this limited edition Bimmer will not be cheap. The M3 GTS coupe was very expensive and there were 68 more produced (total of 135 cars).

I don’t know whether to be excited about this car’s release or distraught, simply because I won’t be able to get my hands on one. At least we can all enjoy the short video below!

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4 Comments on “BMW’s super-light M3 sedan isn’t a GTS, it’s a CRT!”

  1. Mathai Says:

    Looks good but I would have liked to see a little more unpainted carbon parts on the exterior.

    • el wehbi Says:

      I get the feeling many more would feel the same. The Melbourne Red accents threw me off a bit, but are definitely interesting. Un-painted carbon fiber is always a pleasant addition.

  2. 6are8 Says:

    a pathetic attempt and a last ditch resort at a run-out model. sick of the 10-year-old interior. bmw should and NEED to take cues from Porsche, Audi or even MBZ (if worse comes to worse)! Really that’s all they could do? really ROFLMAO …
    sorry dudes, just a piece of my mind x_x

    • el wehbi Says:

      I hear ya 6are8! Although I don’t think it’s a terrible effort considering this car uses the same engine as the GTS (4.4-liter) which is really a great engine – imagine the M3’s but on steroids, I think they could have done a lot more with it.

      Again, BMW have never been known to blow minds with their cars, more driver-focused than anything really. I do agree they should have done more considering it’s the M3 4-door’s last hoorah!

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