BMW: Little Frozen Black M3

BMW of North America is going to be offering 19 of 20 2011 Frozen Black Edition M3 coupes in the U.S. starting 11:30 am Eastern on Thursday, June 16 (call 800/245-4269). (The 20th car is being held for potential sale at a later date.) The cars are identically equipped.

BMW of North America is going to be offering 19 of 20 2011 Frozen Black Edition M3 coupes in the U.S. starting 11:30 am Eastern on Thursday, June 16 (call 800/245-4269).

(The 20th car is being held for potential sale at a later date.)

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The cars are identically equipped. They feature a 4.0-liter, 441-hp M V8 and an M Double Clutch Transmission, which facilitates a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. There are M3 19-in. GTS wheels—in black (the brake calipers peeking through are red). Inside, the seats are covered with Novillo leather with red contrast stitching.

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The paint is part of the BMW Individual palette. There is a Black Metallic base coat that’s covered with a silk matte clear coat. Consequently, there is a matte finish yet a deep metallic luster.

The MSRP for the Frozen Black Edition M3 is $79,650.

This is clearly an interesting move by BMW, as it is leveraging engineering—not only the car itself, but the finishing process, too—design—as in selecting the color and materials—and manufacturing—remember: this is a limited edition, so this means small-lot production—to create a handful of vehicles that will undoubtedly be in far greater demand than their numbers.