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Review: 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition

Cars, Reviews  /   /  By Davis Adams

The current body style of the BMW M3 coupe–the E92–isn’t long for this world. In fact, it’s unlikely that there will be another M3 coupe at all. Instead, the folks in Munich have shaken up their naming conventions, and the next the would-be 3 Series coupe will go by “4 Series,” meaning that that the next would-be M3 coupe will go by “M4.” It’s a little confusing, but a rose is a rose by any other name, right?

As seems to be the case with so many other cars, the last few years of any model are filled with special editions that differentiate the aging car from the rest of the bunch. Such is the case with this year’s Lime Rock Park M3.

2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park special edition

The LRP M3 comes as collaboration between BMW M and Skip Barber, and it’s named for the racetrack in Lime Rock, Connecticut. Call it a celebration of BMW’s lap times at Lime Rock Park, or call it an excuse to build a special-edition car. Either way, it’s a fun, noticeable, and uniquely-equipped way to get into an M3. With only 200 models planned for production, the LRP M3 is instantly recognizable for its “Fire Orange” exterior with carbon fiber front, rear and roof aero pieces.

Inside, the seats have cloth inserts to keep you from sliding, and the flat-bottom wheel is wrapped in Alcantara. With exception to a lighter-weight titanium muffler, little else has changed to enhance this car’s performance. The same 4.4-liter V8 with 414 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque goes unchanged, though it comes standard with the better-handling Competition Package, which is optional on standard M3 models.

2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park special edition

Perhaps the most exciting part about owning the Lime Rock Park M3 is the rarity that comes with the package. After all, each car does come with a certificate of authenticity and a decal mounted to its center console.

After a few days behind the wheel, we realized that there really weren’t many differences between driving this and a standard M3 with the competition package. But, it’s hard to complain about zipping around in one the highest-performance models from BMW. It’s fast, nimble and sounds exceptional. Plus, that bright orange paint turned heads and started conversations at gas stations.

2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park special edition

It’s likely that this will be the last V8-powered M3 to hit the roads, so if you’re looking for a powerful sports coupe with an added dose of novelty, it might be worth becoming one of 200 owners of the Lime Rock Park edition M3.

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  1. Andy Mrozinski June 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm Reply

    The M3 has been a great car over the years but my personal favorite has always been the E36 coupe (1992-99). Smaller, lighter and the chiseled look doesn’t look dated.

    • Davis Adams June 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm Reply

      Andy, one of my best friends owns a track-only (completely stripped) ’95 E36, and it’s totally bullet-proof. Great car with so much potential. Love it.

  2. tom June 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Does any one know if these Lime Rock Park editions are for sale

    • Davis Adams June 7, 2013 at 8:42 pm Reply

      Hiya, Tom,

      You absolutely can buy the LRP M3, if you can find one. I’d contact my dealer (or take a look here at eBay Motors) to see if you can locate one. Remember, there are only 200, so it might take a little patience!

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