The 1995 M3 Lightweight (BMW NA model code 9520) was produced between 8/95 through 10/95. A small quantity of these M3 LTWs were produced, aimed at the performance purist and/or active competitor. This street-legal model (as delivered to the dealership) eliminated several comfort and convenience items for weight reduction purposes, which were normally found on standard M3 models. The M3 lightweight came with several performance upgrades based on the European M3 GT homologation series for worldwide GT racing. The U.S. models were homologated for the IMSA series and because of strict D.O.T. laws; they had to be sold with all the “go-fast” parts in the trunk. Also, it has been rumored that the motors for these cars were handpicked off of the assembly line and the highest output and lightest motors were set aside for the CSL/LTW program.
Unfortunately, many of these cars went to pro race teams or club racers and very few unmolested examples remain. Estimates of this number is around 2-dozen examples. Differences to a stock M3:
Rear axle ratio of 3:23 Aluminum doors GT front spoiler with adjustable wind splitter and aero underbody panel Solid upper strut bar brace Underside X-brace Special sports suspension settings Trunk lid spoiler with integrated third brake light BMW sports seats, cloth only Special interior materials and colors Forged alloy wheels Reduced sound and noise insulation Alpine white with diagonal Motorsports flag Carbon fiber trim BMW Motorsport International logo integrated into doorsills, door rub, and glove box No radio No center console valet Trunk lid tool kit deleted No air-conditioning No sunroof
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