Posted on: Jun 26, 2011
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Video: 2012 BMW M3 CRT Debuts


Even more news from Nurburgring: BMW, at their "M Night" celebration, debuted their new lightweight BMW M3 CRT sedan. Basically an upgraded and lighter GTS, the M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technologies) uses the same carbon-intensive process that the BMW i3 and i8 models (coming in 2013) will use. The M3 CRT uses two carbon-fiber sheets on the hood, which encompass an aramid composite honeycomb giving it extra strength at a quarter of the weight.

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Further weight-saving elements include a lightweight frame as well as lightweight front bucket seats. The interior comes equipped with a dual-clutch transmission, the BMW Individual audio system, parking sensors and standard built-in navigation. Total weight comes in at 3,483lbs, saving about 150lbs from the standard M3 sedan. Under the hood, the M3 CRT also differs from the standard M3 upgrading from the 4.0-liter V8 with 414hp to the GTS's 4.4-liter with 450hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. The M3 CRT has an aluminum-silicon alloy crankcase and a sport exhaust system with a lightweight titanium muffler.
In keeping with the 'upgraded-GTS' theme, the M3 CRT keeps the same 19-inch (lightweight version) wheels operating with the GTS six-piston front brakes with lightweight calipers and stainless steel brake lines. The M3 CRT is limited to only 67 units. Sadly, none will be made available for the US.
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