2011 BMW M3 Lightweight Concept

BMW is rolling out the special editions today, and just because some or all of them may just be the butt end of a good April Fool’s joke, doesn’t mean we can’t revel in the ideas behind these machines. The first was an M3 pick-up that we know was absolutely an April Fool’s joke, the second was the BMW M3 Royal Edition that we hope is, and now the third which we want to believe is actually true. The M3 Lightweight Concept is said to debut at the M Festival at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race later this year and we are happy to report that many don’t believe this is a joke at all. We think it looks more like a reincarnation of the limited edition BMW M3 CSL with the same limited weight focus.

The new BMW M3 lightweight concept is a sedan alternative to the M3 GTS Coupe. BMW’s focus for this sedan is weight reduction, but no details have been released on its actual weight. So far, we know that the future M3 will sit between the standard M3 and the M3 GTS, but power will be closer to the standard 420 HP with tweaks made to the brakes, suspension, and exhaust for maximum performance.

So far, these are the only details provided for the lightweight M3. More details will be revealed when the vehicle is revealed this June at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Stay tuned!

UPDATE 04/27/11: In an interview with M3Post at the New York Auto Show, M Brand and Alpina Manager for the US, Matt Russell, took the time to explain a few things about the M3 GTS. He said that there are no plans to bring the production version of the M3 Lightweight to the US market. Apparently, there just isn’t that much time left to build the E90 M3 and then there’s that little thing called homologation that is a tad difficult on our side of the pond. BMW just couldn’t get the M3 certified in the U.S.

The good news is that BMW is still trying to find parts and supplies that will fit into the U.S. regulations, so we may still get our M3 GTS after all. Hey, we can always dream, can’t we?


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It seems that this BMW M3 lightweight concept is kind of old style in appearance. It looks boring and has not made sense of style very unpleasant.

Is it really a concept car? Sorry to say, but I didn’t find it so impressive even a good-looking car instead I find it very lousy on its platform and styling.I think they should enhance it more.

Well, I have to admit that I really like the styling of the car. And its a good thing that BMW have stripped some weights to increase the performance of the M3.

I thought BMW has no plan in making a production for this concept. I was impressed with the speed performance of the car and the M package really makes it more an sporty.

Its a good thing as well that they have used the M package on this vehicle it really looks great. BTW, it seems that its possible to see this production in the US road since they have a strict policy for low emissions.

I have heard that they BMW have debut this car during the Frankfurt Motor Show. I thought that this is would be part of their April Fool’s joke. However, its seems that this is far from being a production vehicle.

Well, all we can do is to wish BMW good luck on this one. After all, there are really a lot of people in the states looking forward to seeing the M3 Lightweight to get here.

I think there’s no reason to be excited about this car since its blurry to see this car run along the road of U.S. Its hard to find a specs that will passed on the regulation of United States not unless they are going to copy the engine of other automaker.

I have to say that the this concept would be await by many since it has the M package. I would say that nothing can beat this package. I can’t wait for the debut of this lighter version!

I really don’t doubt the capabilities of BMW team creative for I was impressed with
their documentary about the future of mobility. However, I do believe that the light weight
concept will debut next year.

Is that how the car will looks like? It doesn’t looks sporty. However, i want to see this car run along the road of US.

hmm. Why not choose a Porsche GT3? I want to read more details about this car. I just wonder what would be the estimated price of this car?

Yeah, it looks like they have kept this one under wraps for sometime now. And they might have used that April’s fool joke bit to hide it further. Nice move BMW.

Now, we will doubt that this concept is not a joke. It seems that they have been working for this production. However, i think it will be a long time before they could finish.

I doubt that they will be able to bring in the M3 GTS just yet. They need to first get the M3 to pass the requirements before they can apply to have the GTS version here.

Well, I think we need an extensive prayer for this production! I really want a M3 GTS though I can see that its difficult to find a supply parts to fit in the regulations of U.S.

Well, they definitely need to find those parts fast, as I am really eager to see this one in the States. But with the stringent laws here, I think I will have to wait for some time.

Wow! Its a good thing that they have decided to bring this car in the US market. However, I hope that we could bring the M3 GTS to us.

At first, I thought that this one is just going to be a jose. But now that the details are coming out, I am starting to get more interested on it.

Tsk, that one is definitely a heart braking news. And I was expecting to see the M3 light hit US streets. I am just wondering why it is so hard to get the M3 Light here.

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