As we await the arrival of the upcoming G80 BMW M3, the most powerful and high-tech M3 ever made, it’s always good to remember some of the classics. One of which could be considered a modern classic — the E92 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition and this one is for sale for what we think is a good price.
What is the BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition? Well, it was a special edition version of the E92 M3 Coupe to say farewell to the E92-generation. Only 200 units were ever made and it cost $70,100 when new. Mechanically, it wasn’t much different than a standard M3 Competition Package of the time. It did get a new inconel-titanium lightweight exhaust and some carbon fiber aero to make it sound better and reduce a bit of weight.
Aside from those minor tweaks, it was essentially an E92 M2 with the Competition Package, Alcantara on the interior and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. All BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition models were equipped with the E92 M3’s 4.0 liter 414 hp naturally-aspirated V8 and seven-speed DCT gearbox.
Most importantly, though, the Lime Rock M3 came in a unique and rare Fire Orange paintwork that’s still coveted by enthusiasts today.
This specific one that’s currently for sale is a 2013 example (the only year it was made) and only has 5,707 miles on its odometer. So it’s basically brand-new at this point. It looks to be in incredible condition and the asking price is $89,995. Considering that’s not too much over the original price and it’s a rare collector’s edition, we don’t think that price is too bad. To be honest, with how expensive pre-F80 M3s have gotten, we’re surprised it hasn’t appreciated more.
What’s interesting is that this is about the same market price as the BMW M4 GTS, which is special edition of the M4 but one that’s actually massively different than the standard car. While cool, the Lime Rock is just an orange E92 M3 Competition Package, so it’s really not too special of a car. While the M4 GTS has water-injection, about 50 horsepower more than the M4 Comp Pack and a ton of extra chassis/suspension/aero upgrades. So it’s a big step up from the standard car.
When you look at it that way, the Lime Rock M3 actually doesn’t seem like great value. However, the E92 M3, with its glorious free-breathing V8 and pure steering, is far more desirable to enthusiasts than the BMW M4. So while it might not be overly special per say, there’s no doubt it’s an awesome special edition of one of the best M3s of all time.
[Source: BJ Motors]