I had already placed my order for a 2013 E92 M3 ZCP in BMW Individual Santorini Blue paint, but I got word that my dealership had a Lime Rock Park Edition car on the showroom floor and had to check it out in person. I made the 1.5 hour drive to Flemington BMW to get a closer look at the Fire Orange paint, having previously only seen it in pictures. I wasn’t about to buy an $82k bright orange car over the phone… I have to say, upon arriving at the dealership and seeing this thing in the showroom, I was enthralled by it. It was optioned almost exactly the same as my ’13 M3 on order, and it was right in front of me… To say I was tempted to cancel my order and buy this car on the spot is an understatement. However, the more I thought about it, the more I came up with the same realization, “The car is orange.” Perhaps this is the prefect car for the CEO of Cheetos, Inc., but I wanted something a little less brazen. I felt that I was more enamored with owning a “limited edition” BMW than with the car itself. Now if BMW had opted to drop the S65B44 into this thing, yeah, I could look past driving a hunk of nacho cheese with a carbon fiber roof. I took some solace in the fact that the car I have on order will truly be one of a kind, and built to my exact spec.
Sadly, my DSLR was at home, so I had to make due with my iPhone 4S’ camera. Truly a striking car in person, pictures fail to do it justice.
|I’m a little surprised that BMW didn’t break out the additional options/equipment that make up the $10,000.00 Lime Rock Park Edition Package. As far as I know it consists of the M Performance Exhaust, carbon fiber front splitters, Fire Orange paint, BMW Performance Alcantara steering wheel, and BMW Performance carbon fiber rear spoiler.|
|Additonal charge of $162.00 for dealer installed Gloss Black Kidney Grills. They really should have included gloss black hood vents, and side gilles to delete all of the chrome. Would have been a much cleaner looking package.|
|While I was slow to warm up to them, I eventually fell in love with the look of these splitters, eventually installing a set on my own E92 M3.|
|Lime Rock Park Edition plaque. I’m not sure why BMW chose not to number these cars individually, it would have been a nice touch.|
|Close up of the BMW Performance Alcantara steering wheel with tri-color M stitching.|
|BMW Performance carbon fiber rear spoiler and Inconel exhaust.|