Unlike previous M3 Edition models, one each of the 40 2012 M3 Competition Edition models has been allocated to the first 40 US authorized BMW centers to become M Certified Centers.
The special 2012 M3 Competition Edition is limited to 40 identically equipped cars. Each features BMW Individual Frozen Silver Metallic exterior paint with a deep metallic luster to accentuate the athletic lines of the legendary M3. Kind of reminds one of the old Henry Ford line about Model T's being available in any color as long as it's black.
M Certified BMW Centers are authorized BMW centers that have taken extra measures to specialize in BMW M vehicles. These centers have client advisors who have been specially trained at the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina. Additionally, these centers have created a specific atmosphere to showcase the high-performance BMW M vehicles and accessories. A list of M Certified BMW Centers may be found at www.bmwusa.com.
The unique exterior treatment also includes black hood intakes and dark chrome exterior trim, including the kidney grills, the M side gills and the exhaust tips. Black M3 GTS wheels complete the exterior.
The interior features black Extended Novillo Leather with unique palladium silver accents and palladium silver-contrast stitching on front seats, headrests, door trim panels / handles, center console, and center armrest. The interior is further distinguished with an Alcantara-covered multi-function M steering wheel with M3 Checkered Flag logo inlay.
The door sill finishers also feature the M3 Checkered Flag logo while the handbrake lever sports an embroidered M Power logo. As a final touch, genuine Carbon Fiber trims the dash and center console. The 2012 BMW M3 Competition Edition will be offered for an MSRP of $81,060 including destination and handling. The checkered flags emblazoned on the door sills and steering wheel of the M3 Competition Edition pay tribute to more than a decade of BMW GT class success on the racing circuits of North America.
Each 2012 M3 Competition Edition will be powered by the award-winning 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower M V8 engine, equipped with BMW’s M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) that lowers the 0-60 mph acceleration time of the M3 to 4.5 seconds from 4.7. Redline is at 8400 rpm.
The 2012 Competition Edition M3 Competition Package reduces vehicle ride height by 10mm and includes M3 GTS 19-inch wheels (in black for this Edition) with wider offset for enhanced stability, standard Electronic Damping Control with enhanced programming, and higher-threshold programming for the M Dynamic Mode.
The special BMW Individual matte paintwork on the M3 Competition Edition adds a rare metallic luster to the vehicle. Compared to conventional exterior colors with gloss finish, the sculpture-like character of the Frozen Silver paint highlights the athletic contours of the M3. To achieve this luster, a special BMW-developed silk matte clear coat is applied over the Silver Metallic base coat. Special care guidelines are provided to customers and authorized BMW centers to prevent the finish from becoming glossy.
2012 BMW M3 Competition Edition features and Highlights
• Frozen Silver exterior paint
• Black hood intakes
• Dark Chrome exterior trim
M side gill elements
• Black M3 GTS 19-inch wheels
• Extended Black Novillo leather upholstery with Palladium Silver accents
• Palladium Silver stitching on front seats, headrests, door trim panels / handles, center console, and center armrest
• Alcantara multi-function M steering wheel with M3 Checkered Flag logo inlay
• Carbon Fiber interior trim, including dashboard and center console.
• Door sill finishers with M3 Checkered Flag logo.
• Handbrake lever with embroidered M Power logo.
• Competition Package
Dynamic Damper Control
M3 GTS 19-inch light alloy Y-spoke wheels (black)
Competition package suspension with 10mm lower ride height
Modified programming for the M Dynamic Mode
• Cold Weather Package
Heated front seats
Retractable headlight washers
• Premium Package
Power folding auto-dimming mirrors
Universal garage-door opener
Comfort Access keyless entry
Power rear sunshade
Power front seats with driver seat memory
Interior rearview mirror with compass
Rear Park Distance Control
• M Dual-Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic
• Navigation System with Real-time Traffic Info.
• Bluetooth connectivity
• iPod and USB Adapter
• BMW Apps iPhone integration