BMW Goes Home Depot with M3 Lime Rock Park Edition
Only 200 'Fire Orange' coupes will be made for the U.S. market.
The M3 Lime Rock Park Edition is exactly what it looks (and sounds) like, a Fire Orange M3 that's named after the historic Connecticut race track. The 1.5-mile course -- owned by Skip Barber, who heads a string of racing schools at various tracks across the country -- hosts the American Le Mans Series in addition to smaller SCCA meets, historic races, and the Ferrari Challenge series. (Disclaimer: I'm a Connecticut native and love this track. You should go.)
As for the car itself, it's a $70,995 sendoff for the current-generation M3, which is still based on the last-generation 3-Series. A flat-bottom Alcantara steering wheel, carbon fiber bits on the chin and rear apron, inconel-titanium exhaust (lightweight and with extreme heat resistance), and a numbered plaque round out the major changes. Only 200 will be made.
As for being special, that honor goes to the last orange M3 two years ago, the 2011 M3 GTS, a Europe-only model with fiberglass racing seats, roll cage, polycarbonate windows, and a bored-out 4.4-liter V8 producing 444 horsepower. The rims were black and the wing was big. Only 150 were made, at $140,000 each.
Meanwhile, the 2014 M3, at least another year away, is rumored to feature a turbocharged V6.
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