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Famed BMW tuner Will Turner (of Turner Motorsports) has just been the first to waste money take delivery of the first Frozen Gray M3 coupe in the U.S. The $77,600 sports car, hardly different from a standard M3 except for the color, wheels, and mild suspension tune, is one of just 30 production Frozen Gray M3′s planned for production. In the Photo Gallery, you can see several other special touches that come with the FG package, including a body-colored license plate frame, special ID tag, and the paint care warning sticker. Either Will is going to keep this one for life or flip it in a week, so lets keep our eyes on Ebay.
For the record, you could buy a used M3 coupe, put these wheels on it, and paint it this color for significantly less.
If you belong to the elite club of douchebags BMW M3 Frozen Grey Coupe owners, you should probably pay attention to BMW’s instructions for maintaining the unique paint job.
According to a post on Bimmerforums, there are a set of very specific instructions when it comes to detailing the car, among them;
- Never polish or wax the frozen gray paint as it could lead to a glossy surface.
- If washing your frozen gray M3 in a automatic car wash, choose a car wash that does not apply vehicle wax. Rinse the M3 with high pressure water to remove dirt before sending it through the automatic car wash to avoid scratches from sand, dust and other micro-particles.
- Remove bugs, bird poo, tree sap, tar, fuel spills or oil immediately using a soft sponge.
Avoid strong rubbing while cleaning the frozen paint. BMW sells suitable products for maintaining the frozen paint at your local dealer.
- Repairs to the paint (scratches, dents, etching) must be completed by a BMW-trained body shop. Most auto body shops will not be capable of repairing the frozen gray paint.
If that weren’t enough, owners of the car must also sign an agreement absolving BMW of any responsibility for damage of the special paint, with BMW washing its hands of any damage related to improper care, negligance, environmental factors or improper repairs. Have fun driving this thing!
We all know the story of the infamous Frozen Gray BMW M3 Limited editions, the exorbitantly expensive special color M3 that costs nearly $20,000 more than a standard car while delivering very little compared to a standard car.
One enterprising member of Bimmerforums managed to secure one of the 30 places made available by BMW North America, and like any good capitalist, attempted to sell his spot on the waiting list for $2500 to someone else with more money than brains. Originally, the poster was looking for $83,000, for his Frozen Gray Coupe, or a $5,400 premium on a vehicle he hadn’t even taken delivery of.
Unfortunately for this gentleman, a BMW dealership employee who spoke with Jalopnik threw a wrench into his plans, by stating that slots cannot be sold, as the owner has 10 days to work out a deal with a local BMW dealership. If no deal is made, the next person in line will be contacted and offered the right to buy the car. Check out the original thread here.
The phrase “there’s a sucker born every minute” has never been more apt in the case of BMW’s Frozen Gray edition of the M3 coupe, which costs nearly $20,000 more than a standard M3 and comes with a unique paint job and interior combination, a dual clutch gearbox, some high performance driving lessons at BMW’s driving school, and a few other options that still don’t justify the price tag.
In a press release, Larry Koch of BMW North America said “I’m personally thrilled to see that our customers are as excited about it as we are. We filled the thirty reservation slots within twelve minutes and took the names of at least fifty alternates in the first hour. The 2011 Frozen Gray M3 Coupe will be one of the most unique BMW vehicles ever imported to the US.”
Unique, yes, but also guaranteed to raise heckles from car fans who know that the poor sap driving it got fleeced for $20,000, when he could have done a vinyl wrap and pocketed the difference.
BMW has just announced the released of a new special and very limited edition M3 for the U.S. market. Titled the Frozen Gray M3 Coupe, just 30 will be built and sold at a cost of $77,600. We expected something pretty special when BMW sent us a few teaser images earlier in the week, but feared it might just be a special edition. In fact, there’s not much here that we haven’t seen in the Frozen Matte Black M3.
Along with the special paint, this new limited edition model gets BMW’s Competition Package, which includes a 10mm lower suspension, 19-inch wheels, Electronic Damping Control and a more hard-core M Dynamic Mode. Also included is BMW’s 7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission, along with the Technology and Premium package with Novillo leather.
No enhancements to the 414-hp 4.0-liter V8 have been made. We were really hoping for a power increase, even if its not needed. As it stands, the M3 Frozen Gray Coupe can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Those interested in obtaining one of super rare cars will have to call BMW at 1-800-245-4269 after 11:30 a.m. EST on Monday, June 21st.
We like it an all, but included in official press release is news of the M3s 25th anniversary. We certainly hope this isn’t THE 25th Anniversary M3.
GALLERY: BMW M3 Frozen Grey Coupe
Official release after the jump: