NEWS: Year of the Tiger: BMW Creating M3 Tiger Edition for China?

August 12, 2010
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BMW takes to the extreme in creating niches (an X6 M?) and special edition cars. After taunting U.S. customers with the limited-run Frozen Grey M3, BMW has turned its attention to the Far East. In recognition of 2010 as the year of the tiger, it's rumored that BMW will build the M3 Tiger Edition for the Chinese market.
BMW hasn't officially announced the car yet, but early leaks indicate the Tiger Edition will be limited purely to cosmetic tweaks. The front fascia of the Tiger Edition nearly mimics that of the M3 GTS, with blacked out kidney grilles and lower air intakes, and sporting the same Fire Orange Metallic color as the GTS. The Tiger Edition will ride on black 19-inch wheels with black chrome exhaust tips peering out the back like tigers' eyes.
The interior is perhaps the fiercest aspect of the M3 Tiger Edition. Black leather with contrasting orange stitching covers the seats, and the headrests feature embossed orange tiger's heads. The door sills also feature the orange Tiger Edition emblem.
As of now, it's believed the M3 Tiger Edition will be powered by the same normally aspirated, 4.0-liter V-8 used across the M3 lineup (excluding the GTS) that produces 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It's unknown if the Tiger Edition will be offered with both a six-speed manual and BMW's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, or limited to one option.
Early reports indicate only 250 copies will be built, but the price is unknown. Official information on the car is expected to come from BMW in the next few weeks.
Do you think BMW has taken the idea of special edition M3s too far with the Tiger Edition?
Source: BimmerToday Photo: Mittelbayerische Zeitung

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