BMW Launching Farewell Tour for Manual Transmission M3s, Introduces Special Final Edition in Japan

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BMW is bidding farewell to manually shiftable M3 models in Japan with the launch of the BMW M3 MT Final Edition, a special JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) version limited to 150 units. This unique edition features distinctive elements such as golden bronze wheels, red brake calipers, and black Merino leather seats. However, it won’t incorporate the upcoming facelift updates planned for the M3 lineup.

Setting the M3 MT Final Edition apart are its staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch rear Style 826M wheels in golden bronze, accompanied by red M compound brake calipers. Although reminiscent of wheels seen on other BMW models, such as the M3 CS and M4 CSL, this edition opts for a slightly different style to maintain its exclusive appeal.

Despite its special status, the Final Edition is based on the pre-facelift M3 model, meaning it misses out on the latest updates. While enthusiasts might anticipate optional features like M Carbon buckets, BMW has equipped the Final Edition with regular sports seats adorned with bright red accents over black Merino leather, reminiscent of the iconic E30 M3 that claimed victory in the 1989 DTM championship.

Buyer personalization options are limited, with only three exterior color choices available: Black Sapphire metallic, M Brookly Gray metallic, and Alpine White. Despite the limited color palette, the Final Edition exudes the aura of an M3 CS replica, albeit with modest engine specs, boasting 473 horsepower compared to the increased output of the new M4 Competition.

With production limited to 50 units of each color, BMW will resort to a lottery if demand exceeds availability. Additionally, no optional equipment is offered, with a price tag of approximately ¥14.2 million (roughly $95,845), reflecting its exclusivity and premium positioning in the market.

We suspect that this ‘final edition’ trend and end to the manual transmission may eventually make its way to other markers, including here in the USA as BMW claims they will keep the manual transmission alive for a bit longer.


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