If we’re honest, we’d rather have BMW’s E92 M3 coupé than the E90 saloon version, but its new lightweight M3 CRT is a different matter. The limited edition model, finished in Frozen Polar Silver metallic and sitting on 19-inch Y-spoke wheels, looks delicious – but its real appeal lies beneath that exclusive paintwork.

That’s right, the guys from BMW M GmbH have done it again; apart from receiving lightweight soundproofing and a titanium muffler, the car’s diet also involved the use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for components including the bonnet, front air intakes, rear spoiler and front bucket seats, meaning the BMW M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) enjoys a weight-to-power ratio of 3.5 kilograms per horsepower.

That weight loss of 45 kg, plus the M3’s award-winning 450 hp V8 engine, results in a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph).

There’s no word on the price as of yet, and just 67 units will be produced, so if you want one – you’ll be lucky.

[Source: BMW]

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