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2011 BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe

Two days ago BMW unveiled a set ofteaser images of an America-only model. And as everyone might have guessed it was a special edition BMW M3 . Called BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe, this special edition will be limited to only 30 units, each of them equipped the same and priced at $77,600. Reservations will begin on Monday, June 21, 2010 at 11:30AM Eastern Time.

The very special addition of this new model is its exterior paint: a special matte-gray paint with a deep metallic luster to further accentuate the athletic lines of the legendary M3. The interior combines Fox Red with Black bi-color Novillo leather. The Frozen Gray M3 Coupe will come equipped with the new Competition Package that includes Electronic Damping Control, 19” light-alloy wheels, lowered suspension, sport mapping for EDC and DSC.

Under the hood there is the same 4.0-liter, 414 HP V8 engine equipped with BMW’s M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) which lowers the 0-60mph acceleration time of the M3 to 4.5 seconds from 4.7.

Every customer of the new BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe will get a one-day enrollment at the BMW Performance Driving School in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

UPDATE 06/21/2010: BMW had just opened its phone lines for the new Frozen Gray M3 and, like a salesperson’s dream, the U.S only car sold out. All 30 examples were gone in the blink of an eye. It sold out in twelve minutes with fifty alternate names taken in the following hour.

UPDATE 07/14/2010: BMW has released some very specific details on how to keep up the unique frozen gray paint job on the special edition M3. Customers even have to sign an agreement upon purchasing their vehicle. Check it all out by clicking here .

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Nearing the 25th anniversary of the original BMW M3, BMW of North America today announced a production run of thirty identically-equipped 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupes for the United States. The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe features a special matte-gray paint with a deep metallic luster to further accentuate the athletic lines of the legendary M3. Unique Fox Red / Black bi-color Novillo leather interior is also specified. This is the first and only opportunity to obtain Frozen Gray Metallic exterior paint on the M3 for the 2011 model year in the United States.

BMW M enthusiasts will be able to reserve a 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe by dialing 1-800-245-4269 no earlier than 11:30AM Eastern Time (8:30AM Pacific) on Monday, June 21, 2010. The first 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupes will become available for delivery in late June 2010 through Authorized BMW Centers, and the production run will be completed by the end of July 2010. A complete equipment list is provided at the end of this press release. MSRP will be $77,600[1].

Each 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe will be powered by the now famous 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower M V8 and equipped with BMW’s M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT). Also specified is the new M3 Competition Package, which adds an exclusive set of 19-inch wheels and other upgrades. Additionally, each purchase of the 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe will include a one-day enrollment at the BMW Performance Driving School in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe continues the tradition of innovation and passion for driving by incorporating key changes to the M3’s dynamic qualities. The equipped Competition Package reduces vehicle ride height by 10mm and includes unique 19” wheels with wider offset for enhanced stability, standard Electronic Damping Control with enhanced programming, and higher-threshold programming for the M Dynamic Mode. The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe is also equipped with the M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) which lowers the 0-60mph acceleration time of the M3 to 4.5 seconds from 4.7 (6-speed manual).

Introducing Frozen Gray Metallic Paint.

BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe

The special BMW Individual matte paintwork on the Frozen Gray M3 adds a rare metallic luster to the vehicle. Compared to conventional exterior colors with gloss finish, the sculpture-like character of Frozen Gray paint highlights the athletic contours of the M3. To achieve this luster, a special BMW ColorSystem silk matte clear coat is applied over the Space Gray Metallic base coat.

25 Years and Four Generations of BMW M3.

Racing provided the reason for the original M3’s 1986 creation. BMW produced the M3 as a road-going homologation version of its 3 Series to gain eligibility to compete in the German Touring Car Championship. Popularity and strong consumer demand substantiated the case to continue developing the M3, making it both a better performer and more inviting road car as it evolved along with the underlying 3 Series, the company’s most popular vehicle. In 1988, North Americans met the BMW M3 BMW M3 for the first time, and its high-revving 2.3-liter inline-4 with 192-hp became a legend on this side of the Atlantic.

The next generation M3 arrived in the 1995 model year with a 3.0-liter (and later, 3.2-liter) 240-hp inline-6 powerplant. That car began the next chapter of M3 Racing history which lasted a decade on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1997 the first M3 Sedan joined the family and the M3 Convertible followed shortly thereafter.

The third-generation M3, available from 2001-2006 as a coupe and convertible, again was offered with six-cylinder power, this time providing a remarkable 333 hp from 3.2 liters. From the 2002 model year, this M3 marked BMW’s first offering of the Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) for the United States.

The fourth and current generation M3 was introduced for the 2008 model year as a Coupe, Sedan, and Convertible, featuring an all-new 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower V8 engine with eight individual throttle bodies and an 8,400-rpm redline. Showcasing its remarkable performance envelope, the newest M3 Coupe serves as the basis for the M3 GT2 race car, which successfully competes in endurance races against the most exotic cars from around the world in the American Le Mans Series.

Equipment List: 2011 BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe

 

BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe
  • BMW Individual Frozen Gray Metallic exterior paint.
  • BMW Individual bi-color (Fox Red with Black) Novillo Leather interior.
  • M DCT Transmission
  • Competition Package
  • Electronic Damping Control, 19” light-alloy wheels, lowered suspension, sport mapping for EDC and DSC.
  • Premium Package
  • Power folding mirrors, universal garage door opener, digital compass mirror, BMW Assist with Bluetooth, Novillo Leather, Carbon Leather trim.
  • Technology Package
  • M Drive system, Comfort Access system, Navigation system, Voice Command system, Real Time Traffic Information system.
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Rear Park Distance Control
  • Enhanced Premium Sound System
  • Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription
  • iPod and USB Adaptor


8 comments:

I just noticed that the interior of this Coupe is seems so boring, but I must say that I love the aesthetic but very classy exterior appearance of this one.

The car is gorgeous in person (I saw the one they had briefly on display at the corporate building at BMW NA in NJ) and all the options are well worth the price...even when you add another $10k or so to buy after-the-fact if you weren’t one of the lucky original 30! Any car collector or BMW fan would be lucky to have it to add to their collection. There are 2 on Ebay right now that end on Sunday August 9th. The one listing is from NJ and has a lot of action. The guy is legit with recent sales/buys and it’s only at $65k. The other guy doesn’t sound right with no purchases or sales since 2003 but even worse than that is his starting price is $98k!

there is no doubt that it will sold out in a blink of an Eye..

do you know that it took only 12 minutes for this baby to became sold out?

hmm i think i can deal with the frozen gray color.. but it would be better if they added a carbon kits on it.. right?

Unfortunately, the frozen Gray Metallic exterior paint is not that attractive and for overall, I think there is nothing that made this car to be tough. Well, at least it is nice to see the BMW willing to share some wealth in the States.

It’s not a $20K markup guys... a comparably equipped regular M3 coupe is about $75-76K, so the price premium is maybe $2-3K. This car comes very heavily optioned.

Well to be honest, I really don’t like the color frozen silver to the M3 Coupe. It would choose matte black, tangerine or red m3.

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