BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Editions.


Born on the racetrack to live on the street.

Twenty five years ago BMW created an icon when it debuted the very first BMW M3 at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show. At the time, the sportiest BMW 3 Series ever produced boasted 200 hp, top speed in excess of 230 km/h, and a sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h inside 6.7 seconds. More significantly, the BMW M3 created a  legacy of driver involvement, sublime handling and giant-killing performance that has passed to each of the car’s four generations.

South African buyers never experienced that first BMW M3. It was only built in left-hand drive and the first BMW M3 to reach these shores was the 6-cylinder E36 M3 Coupe of the early 1990s. So, to meet demand for a sport BMW 3 Series in the late Eighties, BMW South Africa’s engineers at Plant Rosslyn produced two very special BMW 3 Series for South Africa only.

The first was the Alpina-based BMW 333i, which shoehorned a 145kW 3.2-litre inline 6-cylinder engine into the two-door BMW 3 Series saloon in 1985. Then, in the late 1980s, the Rosslyn engineers created the BMW 325iS.

Initially this was merely a 2-door 325i saloon fitted with a bodykit and a close-ratio gearbox which improved acceleration at the expense of top speed and economy. But more changes were made to keep the car competitive in South African saloon car racing culminating in the 325iS Evo II of late 1991. By now several body panels were made of aluminum and the engine capacity grew to 2.7-litres, produced 155 kW and the car achieved a 0-100km/h dash in a mere 7.5 seconds.

Now, to celebrate 25 years of the BMW M3, BMW South Africa’s engineers are at it again and will produce a very special version of the current V8-engined BMW M3 Coupé in celebration of this milestone.This special M3 – of which only 25 will be made available – will only come in two exclusive colours: Frozen Black and Frozen Grey.
The matt paintwork is matched to red brake callipers, black leather with red stitching and gloss black 19-inch alloy wheels. Each car will also feature the the M Dual Clutch Transmission as part of the standard specification.

More significantly however, these special BMW M3 Coupés will also rely heavily on performance enhancing parts from AC Schnitzer to further enhance their exclusivity.
Featuring an AC Schnitzer exhaust pipe, intake manifold and a revised engine management system, all covered under the standard BMW Motorplan and Warranty, the Frozen Edition BMW M3 Coupé will now produce 330kW at 8400rpm and 420Nm of torque at 3900 rpm (Standard BMW M3: 309kW at 8300 rpm and 400Nm at 3900rpm).
Only eight of these vehicles will be available in 2010, with the balance following in the first quarter of 2011.

The BMW M3 Frozen Edition will be priced at R1 180 000.

Specifications BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Edition.

BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Edition


  • No of doors / seats  2 / 4
  • Length/width/height (unladen) mm 4615 / 1804 / 1424
  • Wheelbase mm 2761
  • Track, front/rear mm 1538 / 1539
  • Turning circle m 11.7
  • Tank capacity appr ltr 63
  • Cooling system incl heating Heizung ltr 11.6
  • Engine oil1) ltr 8.8
  • Weight, unladen, to DIN/EU kg 1600 / 1675
  • Max load to DIN kg 480
  • Max permissible kg 2080
  • Max axle load, front/rear kg 1020 / 1120
  • Max trailer load (12%),
  • braked/unbraked kg – / –
  • Max roofload/max trail downld kg 75 / –
  • Luggage comp capacity ltr 450
  • Air resistance Cd x A 0.31 x 2.17Power Unit  
    Configuration/No of cyls/valves Zylinder/Ventile   V / 8 / 4
    Engine technology   High-speed concept with single butterflies,
    dual-Vanos, oil supply optimised for driving dynamics, ion flow anti-knock control
    Capacity, effective cc 3999
    Stroke / bore mm 75.2 / 92.0
    Compression ratio :1 12.0
    Fuel grade  min RON 95
    Max output kW 330  at  Rpm 8400
    Max torque Nm 420  at rpm 3900

    Electrical System   
    Battery/installation Ah/– 70 / luggage comp
    Alternator A/W 180 / 2520

    Driving Dynamics and Safety 
    Suspension, front  Aluminium two-joint spring strut axle with tiebar; small positive steering roll radius; compensation of lateral forces; anti-dive Suspension, rear rearHinterradaufhängung  Five-arm lightweight axle with ant-squat and anti-dive Brakes, front  Single-piston swing-calliper compound disc brakes Diameter mm 360 x 30, vented and cross-drilled Brakes, rear   Single-piston swing-calliper compound disc brakes Diameter mm 350 x 24, vented and cross-drilled

Driving stability systems 

Standard: DSC incl ABS and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), CBC Cornering Brake Control, DBC Brake Assistant, Dry Braking, Fading Compensation, Start-Off Assistant, variable M differential lock, optional: Electronic Damper Control

Safety features  
Standard: airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags front and rear, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, with belt stopper, belt tightener and belt force limiter at the front, crash-activated headrests at the front, crash sensors, Tyre Defect Indicator Steering   Rack-and-pinion steering with hydraulic assistance and Servotronic Transmission ratio, overall :1 12.5
Tyres, front/rear  245/40 ZR19 /  265/40 ZR19
Rims, front/rear  8.5J x 19 EH2+ IS 29 cast alu / 9.5J x 19 EH2+ IS 23 cast alu
Specifications BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Edition.

BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Edition  

BMW ConnectedDrive
Safety  Optional: Adaptive Headlights with Bending Lights, High-Beam Assistant, Park Distance Control, cruise control

Type of transmission  Seven-speed M Double-Clutch Gearbox with Drivelogic)
Gear ratios

  •  I :1 4.780
  • II :1 3.056
  • III :1 2.153
  • IV :1 1.678
  • V :1  (1.390
  • VI :1 1.203
  • VII :1 1.000
  • R :1 4.454

Final drive  :1 3.154

Power-to-weight ratio
ratio(DIN-Leergew.) kg/kW 4.8
Output per litre  kW 82.5
Acceleration 0–100 km/h sec 4.5
Standing-start km sec
ec TBC
In 4th./5th gear    80–120 km/h km/h km/h km/h km/h sec TBC
Top speed km/h 250

BMW EfficientDynamics
BMW EfficientDynamics standard features  Brake Energy Regeneration, , on-demand management of ancillary units, intelligent lightweight construction, map-controlled oil pump

Fuel Con in EU Cycle    
Urban ltr/100km 15.9
Extra-urban ltr/100km 8.5
Combined ltr/100km 11.2
CO2 g/km 263
Emission rating  EU5