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There's a Federalized E90 BMW M3 CRT for Sale in the U.S.

Road & Track logo Road & Track 10/30/2020 Mack Hogan
a car parked in a parking lot with Holden Arboretum in the background: The 450-hp, carbon-hooded CRT was the most hardcore E90 M3 sedan. It never officially came to America, but that didn't stop one buyer. © BMW The 450-hp, carbon-hooded CRT was the most hardcore E90 M3 sedan. It never officially came to America, but that didn't stop one buyer.

At the twilight of the E90/E92 generation M3, BMW launched the famous M3 GTS. Using lightweight construction sourced from the company's new carbon production facility built for the i3 and i8, the E92 M3 GTS shed serious weight and gained 36 hp over the standard car. What a lot of people don't remember, though, is that BMW built a similarly hardcore version of the E90 M3 sedan: The M3 CRT. Neither it nor the GTS were ever officially sold here, but at least one CRT has been federalized and imported.

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In fact, that one is now up for sale at Autosport Designs. The CRT—short for Carbon Racing Technologies—uses carbon-fiber seats and a carbon hood to help shed 100 pounds compared to the standard E90 M3 sedan. Power goes from 414 hp in the base car to 450 hp in the CRT, meaning this thing has a serious power-to-weight advantage. That power, too, is nestled at the top end of the tach, meaning you'll get to run this thing to its 8300 rpm redline when you're hustling.

Sadly, when you arrive at redline you'll have to shift with the paddles or let the car handle it for you. CRTs weren't available with manual transmissions. At least you get stainless steel brake lines, lightweight wheels, individually adjustable dampers, and reinforced subframes.

None of that came cheap when the car was new. Since only 67 were built worldwide, too, these haven't gotten any less expensive. And considering that—according to the dealer—this one was federalized for legal registration in the U.S. at a cost of over $40,000, there's probably an extra premium on top. At least it's the proper Frozen Polar Silver color and shows just 500 miles.

We've reached out to get exact pricing but, well, if you have to ask.

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