BMW has launched a lighter, more focused version of its BMW M3 saloon.

The engine is a 4.4-liter V8, delivering 450 horsepower at 8300 rpm and 324 lb-ft of torque at 3750 revs. Out back, the sports exhaust gets a lightweight titanium muffler.

BMW’s CRT M3 is 45 kg lighter (70 kg lighter if you take into account the interior equipment) than the regular sedan, which means it weighs 1,580 kg.

That’s enough to take the CRT from 0-62mph in 4.4sec, 0.5sec faster than the regular saloon.
Its crankcase is constructed out of an aluminum-silicon alloy, it has individual throttle butterflies, and its exhaust gasses exit through a sport exhaust system with a lightweight titanium muffler.

The exterior of this particular BMW M3 CRT #00 is painted in Frozen Polar Silver with Melbourne Red details.

Inside, the M3 GTS features a unique combination of black/red leather and decorative strips in a new kind of aluminium fibre structure. The CFRP seat pans in front are reinterpreted for rear seat passengers with single seats, optimised for side support.

Powertrain / Performance

450hp @ 8,300 RPM
324lb-ft torque @ 3,750 RPM
180mph / 290kmh top speed
4,360 cc displacement
0-100km/h (0-62mph) – 4.4 seconds
Sports exhaust system with extremely lightweight titanium muffler
Bedplate crankcase construction in special aluminum-silicon alloy
Individual throttle butterflies
Knock control system with ion current technology
Dynamically-optimized wet sump oil supply


3,483 pounds / 1,580 kilograms = [100lb (45kg)] lighter than standard sedan / [154lb (70kg)] lighter when equipment on board taken into account
Proportion of car’s weight over rear axle raised to 48.4%
7.74 lb-per-hp weight-to-power ratio
3.5 kg-per-hp weight-to-power ratio


19-inch M light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design
245/35 R 19 front tires and 265/35 R 19 rear tires
Front and rear axle enhanced by rigid rear axle subframe
Coilover suspension with individually adjustable dampers
6-piston fixed calipers with low-weight compound construction
378×32 mm front brake rotors / 380×28 mm rear rear rotors
Stahflex brake lines


Sound-proofing configured specially for low-weight construction
Two individual rear seats
M DCT w/ Drivelogic
Navigation System Professional
BMW Individual High End audio system
Alarm system with PDC sensors

M3 CRT Photo Gallery




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