BMW has decided to follow up on the success of the Chinese-market M3 Tiger Edition with another special edition M3 Coupe. The M3 Matte Edition comes in a choice of two matte colors and will, like the Tiger version before it, be sold only in China.
Buyers choose from either matte gray or a special paint created when matte clear coat is sprayed over black paint, called Frozen Black. Because the painting processes required for these cars are so complex, BMW say they can build fewer than 10 such cars each day.
In addition to the new paint, each M3 receives black 19-inch alloy wheels, black-chrome fender vents and exhaust tips, and red-painted brake calipers. The interior is similarly dressed up, with carbon-fiber accents on the dashboard and red stitching for the black leather seats. Under the hood is the same 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 engine as in normal M3s, and all Matte Edition cars are fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The closest American BMW fans can get to this car is the M3 Frozen Grey Coupe, but there’s some bad news: only 30 were built, and they sold out within 15 minutes of the on-sale date last June. However, BMW spokesman Tom Plucinsky told us there’s a small possibility that a Frozen Black M3 could be sold in the U.S. at a later date. If so, it would be sold in “pretty limited” numbers, mainly because Frozen Black is “a difficult color to paint.”