The 2011 BMW M3 CRT offers a higher performance through an intelligent lightweight design. The engineers who developed the sports car based on the BMW M3 Saloon, made extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic in order to minimise weight. This spectacular car model will be unveiled at the M Night event in the lead-up to the Nurburgring 24-hour race, representing at the same time the worldwide debut of a new production process for carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) components in the automotive industry. The BMW M3 CRT accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds due to its V8 engine that delivers a maximum ouput of 331 kW/450 HP at 8,300 rpm and features the customary M high-reviving characteristics. Engine's power is transferred to the rear wheels via an M doubleclutch transmission with Drivelogic developed for the BMW M3. The seven-speed M DCT Drivelogic unit allows an uninterrupted flow of power through gear changes to deliver extremely dynamic acceleration. A cellular carbon honeycomb was produced in a unique process for the manufacture of body components for the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models and was used for the bonnet of the M3 CRT and the bucket seats. Also unique to the CRT are the two individual rear seats, which take their cues from the lateral support-enhancing contours of the front seats. This construction imbues the bonnet with the strength of a conventional steel equivalent, but at roughly a quarter of its weight. A sports exhaust system with an extremely lightweight titanium muffler enhanced the low-weight construction of the BMW M3 CRT.
The BMW M3 Saloon's front and rear axle construction has been enhanced by a rigid rear axle subframe and coilover suspension whose dampers are individually adjustable in their compression and rebound. The BMW M3 CRT is set apart from the standard M3 through the exclusive Frozen Polar Silver metallic exterior paint shade in combination with Melbourne Red metallic applications.
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