The E90 generation BMW M3 is heralded by some as the last great M car. It was the last of BMW's performance division products to sport a naturally aspirated engine before the company switched to forced induction, marking it as a turning point in BMW's history. The M3 CRT was a very limited edition model built to send off the E90-generation M3, and this one's just come up for sale.
The M3 CRT, like the track-special M3 GTS, was a model built in limited numbers for hardcore M3 enthusiasts. It shared the same 4.4-liter stroked V8 engine as the GTS, and made 444 hp at 8300 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque at 3750 rpm. It came exclusively with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, and sported bucket seats for all four passengers inside.
But the CRT, unlike the orange-only GTS, came in a much more subtle frozen silver color, with only a few carbon fiber trim pieces and orange accents to differentiate it from a regular E90. And whereas BMW built 135 examples of the GTS, the automaker constructed only 67 M3 CRTs in total, making this one of the rarest M3s ever produced.
One of those 67 CRTs has popped up with an asking price of £124,995, or around $155,000 at today's exchange rate. Considering just how rare and special this M3 is, we're not too surprised about the price.
Unfortunately, like the GTS, none of the 67 CRTs built were ever sold in America, making this a Europe-only affair. Guess we'll just have to wait until BMW does the same thing with the current M3 sedan.