BMW has just unveiled its upcoming M3 CRT, and it is giving us a first glimpse of what to expect this new CRT version. Just in case you are wondering what is this M3 CRT is all about, well, it is basically the lighter version of the 2012 BMW M3 with carbon fiber replacement parts throughout the car.
The standard BMW M3’s sheetmetal panels and other body parts were replaced with carbon fiber material, and the result is a lightweight version of the potent sedan. BMW is in process of developing new carbon fiber technologies, and the BMW M3 CRT is its showcase. Noticeably, we can see the steel hood has been replaced with a carbon fiber hood, which has only a quarter of the weight compared to the conventional steel hood. And even the seats’ steel support structure are been replaced with carbon fiber as well.
Other modifications to the BMW M3 CRT include a titanium muffler, lightweight Y-spoke wheels and brake calipers are all helped to trim down the vehicle’s weight. BMW also revised the car’s suspension with a more firm subframe and adjustable coilovers to provide a more race version.
The BMW M3 CRT is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine producing about 450 horsepower, and it is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox that transfers power to the rear wheels.
The BMW M3 CRT will be a very limited-edition run, and will cost about 130,000 Euros including taxes ($185,000 U.S.). So don’t expect to see any units in the U.S. anytime soon. We already got the 2011 BMW M3 Frozen Black Coupe.