2011 BMW M3 Frozen Gray Coupe Sells Out In 12 Minutes, Proving There's A Sucker Born Every Minute

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.

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Cadillac CTS Coupe And CTS-V Coupe Pricing Announced

With the press launch only a couple weeks away, Cadillac has announced pricing details for their CTS and CTS-V Coupes.  With a base price of $38,990, the CTS Coupe comes in at a couple thousand dollars more than a base BMW 328i, with the CTS-V coupe mimicking the pricing structure by coming in at $62,990, roughly $4,000 more than a base model M3 Coupe.

If you want to know whether the Cadillac is actually better than the BMW 3-Series (or its other rival, the Infiniti G37 Coupe), you’ll have to come back on June 21st, when CTS Coupe driving impressions are no longer embargoed. In the mean time, check out the press release for more information.

[Source: Autoblog]

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Paul Walker of 'Fast & Furious' Fame Competes in Redline Time Attack Series

The Redline Time Attack series — where man and machine compete against the clock to post the fastest lap time in Street, Modified, and Unlimited classes — attracts many of the biggest name tuner shops in the country, but it has also attracted Paul Walker, star of the film ‘Fast & Furious’.

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Infiniti Performance Line To Debut Later This Year

Infiniti is set to launch its new go-fast division, Infiniti Performance Line, later this year, promising an enticing list of performance parts, set to include mundane things like air filters, and stretching all the way to “automotive engine parts, namely turbochargers and superchargers.”

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BMW M3 GTS Officially Launched in Europe With Performance Stats and Video

BMW‘s M3 GTS track machine has been officially approved for sale, in Europe. The M3 GTS has 6 more horsepower than a stock M3, but is 154 lbs lighter than the standard car, and comes loaded with important track bits like one-piece bucket seats, harnesses, a roll cage and a fire extinguisher system. The only gearbox available is the 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Outside, a big wing, different alloys and some exclusive aero bits set the GTS apart.

BMW claims a new 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 190-mph.

As for the price, its €136.850 (or roughly $172,000). Not that it matters though, as BMW has no plans to offer the M3 GTS in the U.S.

Hit the jump to see the M3 GTS track video and read more about one of the baddest BMW’s you’ll never get to drive


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BMW M3 GTS Makes Its Presence Known On The Nurburgring [Video]

The BMW M3 isn’t what it used to be. It’s still a potent performance car in the hands of the right driver, but sucessive versions have become a little too mainstream. The first-generation E30 was only for the hardcore, and the E36 maintained that tradition. By the time the E46 came around in 2002, it became the official car of Bluetooth-wearing striped-shirt bros, while the cabriolet with the SMG gearbox was a must-have for bleached blonde trophy wives. There wasn’t anything wrong with the car per se; it was still the best car this side of a Porsche 911, but the clientele was a little suspect.

With the E92 M3 GTS, BMW has made a car so bonkers that nobody who wears designer clothes or hair product would ever consider it. There’s no audio system to blast your tunes with, no air-conditioning to keep the sweat from dripping off your blowout hairdo and onto your Ed Hardy shirt, and the reduced insulation and titanium exhaust mean that your cell phone conversations will have to wait.

What the GTS does have is a rollcage, a front splitter, rear wing, uprated dampers and brakes, plus all kinds of M goodies to help maximize your trackday experience.

While BMW has released several videos of the M3 GTS, we now have some great amateur video after one lucky owner enlisted a friend to help capture the majestic roar of a high-strung V8 breathing through eight individual throttle bodies.

Hit the jump for more track day goodness on the Nürburgring

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Report: BMW To Expand Carbon Fiber Use Across Model Range

BMW‘s M3 coupe can be ordered with a roof panel made from carbon fiber, but the German auto maker has plans to expand its use of the exotic material. In addition to the upcoming MegaCity electric car, BMW is building a new plant on Washington state to manufacture carbon fiber parts. Carbon fiber is not only light weight but also incredibly strong, which makes it ideal for meeting safety requirements.

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Report: BMW M3 Sedan to Be Phased Out With Current Generation

The BMW M3 Sedan will reportedly be phased out when the next generation (F30) M3 debuts. BimmerFile cites its inside sources at BMW, who claim dismal sales for the high-powered 4-door are mainly to blame. The cost of building the M3 sedan was also prohibitive as BMW spent a good deal tweaking the car to make it handle the way it does. Interestingly, the reason the car was every offered in the first place was due to demand in the U.S., but it never panned out.

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Report: BMW M3 to Get Optional Competition Package

Starting next year BMW will offer the M3 with a new Competition Package. According to the BMW-nuts at Bimmerfile, the package, coded ZCP, is likely to include items like larger wheels, sticker tires and upgraded brakes. Other items we should expect are new shock and spring settings with a lowered ride height of approximately 10mm, as well as a more aggressive EDC Sport setting. A new exhaust system may also be offered, boosting engine output by a few ponies.

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