BMW has just announced a new limited-production version of its M3
coupe, the Lime Rock Park Edition. Created in conjunction with Skip
Barber, owner of the infamous New England circuit, this M3 features
the best of BMW's performance catalog (though no additional power is
on tap), making this coupe even more hardcore and better-poised than
The changes start with the exterior, where BMW has painted the
two-door M3 in Fire Orange and added a carbon fiber roof panel,
lightweight exhaust muffler and carbon fiber aero kits at the front
and rear. The M3 Competition Package is also standard on this car,
offering slightly more aggressive suspension geometry, and inside,
black and anthracite cloth seats are lined with Nappa leather trim and
a new flat-bottom steering wheel has been fitted.
No changes have been made to the M3's revvy 4.0-liter V8, which
produces 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All Lime Rock
Edition models are mated to BMW's six-speed manual transmission.
Only 200 of the orange M3s will be produced, priced from $70,995
(including $895 for destination), with the first deliveries taking
place in September.
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