This is the BMW M3 Edition Black Shadow special edition
Available exclusively in Sapphire Black metallic, this new version of the smallest proper M car on sale gets new 19in forged alloy wheels in matt black, a carbon finish on the door mirrors and rear diffuser, as well as black chrome exhaust tailpipes.
No changes have been made to the car’s powertrain, so it retains a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six that offers peak power at 6500rpm, with 369lb ft of torque arriving at 1400rpm. As standard, drive is sent rearwards through a six-speed manual to enable a 4.5sec 0-62mph time. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available to shave two-tenths from that time.
BMW sold 12,000 examples of the M2 last year, and the M2 Edition Black Shadow will go on sale in Germany this April. Although M demand is strong here, BMW has confirmed that the car won't make it to Britain.
The M division’s successes come at a time it is plotting further growth. It will launch a new range-topper, the M8, next year, with an anticipated 600bhp from its twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine.
The arm will, however, drop the F80 M3 early this August due to the upcoming Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) that would require a new particulate filter to be fitted. BMW told Autocar that such a modification would not be worth making for a model already nearing the end of its production life. The car’s two-door sibling, the M4 remain on sale through to next year though, so is due to receive the update.