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With the E9x generation BMW M3 there were a couple of special cars built.

No, I am not talking about the ridiculous number of special Frozen Edition vehicles or the special edition for the Chinese year of the tiger.

I am talking about cars like the blaring orange GTS coupe and CRT sedan.

Both were made in remarkably limited quantities with the CRT being the more rare of the two — 67 produced. Likelihood to get behind the wheel? About zero percent.

But on paper this sounded like the ultimate M3. With a heavy emphasis on carbon racing technology, carbon fiber reinforced plastic bits were scattered throughout the car. In addition, the seats are proper race buckets front AND back. Not to mention the standard V8 was ditched for the GTS' V8, which produced 450 horsepower.

All that said, EVO Magazine lucked out and actually had a chance to pilot the car at the M Festival. Here's the story of how it all went down.


Henry Catchpole looks back at his time spent driving the E90 BMW M3 CRT, as well as sneaking onto the Nurburgring for a quick lap when nobody was looking...




VIDEO: A Date With The BMW M3 CRT — EVO Magazine Sneaks Onto The 'Ring With One

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