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The words "BMW M3" and "Special Editions" have really become synonymous with each other. So much so, in fact, that a new special edition M3 is being released in another part of the world a week before a similar special ed model was released in Singapore.

Taking the reins from the M3 Competition Edition is the M3 Limited Edition 500, a UK-exclusive release of the M3 Coupe and Convertible models that comes in three different color finishes: Imola Red, Mineral White, and Santorini Blue.

The Union Jack-inspired colors are complemented by the characteristic M-car signature details, including the kidney grille surround, side gills and twin double exhaust pipes that have been finished in dark chrome. On top of that, the models will also come with a high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim that’s further given some extra shine courtesy of a new set of 19" high-gloss black light-alloy wheels.

Inside, the M3 Limited Edition 500 comes packed with plenty of fancy trimmings, highlighted by an extended Novillo leather and contrast stitching on the sports seats and door panels. Each of the aforementioned colors will come with complementing interior stitching with the Imola Red models having Black leather and Mugello Red stitching, whereas the Mineral White models come with Fox Red leather with Black Stitching while the Santorini Blue model features Black leather with Tobago Blue stitching. Finally, each of the 500 available models will comes with a laser-cut edition designation that reads "One of 500" into the left-hand side of the inlay on the dashboard.

As for power, there aren’t any changes to the car’s 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower. Prices vary between the coupe and convertible models with the former fetching a price of £55,690 ($88,784) and the latter carrying a sticker of £59,785 ($95,317).

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  (466) posted on 03.8.2012

It looks best in Satorini Blue; the other parts such as the tires and wheel rims match it well. In addition to that, I think it suits being a coupe more, penny wise too. smiley

  (517) posted on 03.5.2012

There is nothing particularly standing out among it exterior features, however they’re proven useful and effective. And for a pretty typical-looking car, its performance is distinguishable.

  (336) posted on 03.2.2012

This is great! How limited this unit will be? How many units will be available on this model? 

  (596) posted on 03.1.2012

Since it has carbon-fiber materials, I expect a drastic increase in its speed. Furthermore, the “using a petrol engine along with electricity” fact is a really cool matter.

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