A weekend track-attack in orange

Behind The Wheel: 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition

July 23, 2013 Reviews : Behind the Wheel By Photo by Bradley Hasemeyer

BMW has a history of using racetrack names for their paint colors: Marrakesh Brown, Laguna Seca Blue and Dakar Yellow. But the 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition ($80,000, as tested) is the first time they’ve used one on a car itself and the first time the iconic track has lent its name to a carmaker — and quite a vehicle, indeed. The standard set up brings an M 6-speed manual transmission, Competition Package and Fire Orange carbon fiber bits to the exterior; the inside gets black cloth trimmed in Napa Leather and a flat-bottomed Anthracite Alcantara-covered steering wheel. The driver, meanwhile, is treated to palpable joy all the way up to an 8,300 RPM redline.

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A sleeper that will blast an unassuming ‘Vette at the light it is not. But if you’re looking for a weekend track-attack that won’t have you Yelping local chiropractors, this car is perfect. Plus, with a limited production run of 200, this $71K 414-hp Bavarian missile is automatically a collector’s item — and as the end of Bimmer’s naturally aspirated M3 dynasty it’ll bring street cred to those in the know. Check out the video above for our raucous joyride.

Bradley Hasemeyer

Who am I? I am someone who believes that people's profiles for online dating sites are not who they are but who they think they are. So I'm trying to factor that into what I say about me. I am someone who keeps learning about who I am. I am curious, childlike and quick-witted. My three weaknesses are anything clothes, cars or culinary related. I grew up in Tennessee but now reside in the wonderous city of Los Angeles doing millions of different things. I'd rather be good at a lot of different things than the best at one - so DJ house parties, have a boutique catering company, perform stand-up comedy and travel whenever possible. What I love about GP is that it's about being the best man we can which means evolvoing, learning about ourselves and those around us. I am passionate about life - sharing it, making it, living it. I'm stoked about you joining us on this journey. Word up.

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