After the end of the 2013 model year, the legendary BMW M3 Coupe will no longer be offered for sale, presumably ever again. The two-door, sharp-handling Bimmer has been in production since the late 1980s and its now-classic E30 generation, but will be replaced some time next year with the all-new BMW M4 Coupe and Convertible. BMW needed a fitting send-off for the current-gen M3, and that car is the 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition.
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The 2013 BMW M3 is completely sold out, BMW M Division boss Friedrich Nitschke tells Car and Driver in a far-reaching interview. BMW has several more months of coupe and convertible production left in the 2013 model year, but all those cars are already spoken for, Nitschke says.
Germany’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters racing series, better known as DTM, pits the best touring cars from German brands against one another in high-speed, no-holds-barred road racing to crown the ultimate motorsport champion. For 2012, that champion is Bruno Spengler and his BMW M3 DTM car, carrying on a long tradition of motorsport wins for BMW’s M division. In a perfect trifecta, BMW also took home the car and manufacturer overall titles.
The M3 DTM car was totally redesigned for the 2012 season, sporting the same 4.0-liter V8 as the 2013 BMW M3 you can buy right now, but retuned to make 480 horsepower and sporting a 6-speed sequential manual gearbox with pneumatic paddle shifters. Spengler was neck-and-neck with Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett heading into the season finale race, then took the overall title after beating second-place Paffett by 2.2 seconds.
To commemorate the victorious 2012 season, BMW is offering a limited-production DTM Champion Edition M3 car, set to go on sale in February including a race day driver training package at Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Here’s a video detailing the illustrious history of the BMW M3 in touring car racing, and plenty of on-track footage from the victorious 2012 season!
BMW M GmbH engineers are clearly still hard at work tuning and refining the next-generation 2014 BMW M3, with this latest set of spy photos snapped during high-speed tests at Germany’s famed Nürburgring race circuit. To our relief, the M3 will return to inline-six power, likely with three turbochargers making around 450 horsepower, and will be officially unveiled in “concept” form at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.
With its late 2013 release date, the next M3 sedan will precede the coupe and convertible models to market by at least a few months.
Few cars on the road have the capability to stir the soul like the BMW M3. The perfect blend of everyday practicality and true sports car performance, the M3 pushes the envelope with each new generation. The car you see here is the next-gen model, caught hot weather testing in Death Valley, California by the eagle-eyed spy photographers at CAR Magazine. Despite some dizzying camo, you can clearly make out the deep-set intakes, prominent hood bulge, quad-exit exhaust, widened stance and huge brakes that signify all things M.
The next M3 will return to six-cylinder power with an all-new mill displacing around 3.3 liters and likely featuring three turbochargers for 414-450 horsepower. Other than RWD performance and the presence of manual and DSG gearboxes, that’s about all we know. Look for BMW’s latest and greatest in showrooms in late 2013 or early 2014.