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FYI: Detailed information about 1995 M3 LTW------> (archive)

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Posted by M3CSL on May 17, 2001 at 12:43:35:

Info about the 1995 M3 LTW:

All LTWs came in Alpine white with motorsport flag on left front and right rear. Flag was color of motorsport which is approximately light blue, red, and purple. Just look at the ///M symbol.

There were around 125 known LTW cars sent to the US. They were all 1995 MY cars and manufactured from approx. 9/95 through 11/95. Some of these went straight to race teams and a few of the very early cars may have gone to BMW NA for promotional purposes. These promo cars might or might not have identical equipment as the "stock" M3 LTW sold in dealerships. The press continually mentions 85 cars being sold. This is not correct. This may have been a preliminarily released figure and after the orders came in the number made was increased.

LTW had no sunroof, no air conditioning, no radio (though speakers and all connections are there). The interior was black cloth with patches of red thread on seating surfaces (hurricane pattern) and front seats being the 1995 325is sport seats. Sound proofing material was deleted, there was not tool kit etc. In addition, the doors were aluminum which came from the 95 M3 GT in Europe. All of this eliminated around 200-225 pounds from the car to make it lighter.

There were special interior carbon fiber accent pieces some of which came from the Euro M3 GT that was made in early 1995 and sold in Europe only. This included 2 ashtrays with carbon fiber surfaces, the carbon fiber shifter console, a carbon fiber piece with a metal plaque above the glove box with the words “BMW Motorsport International Limited Edition” written on it. In addition, there are faux carbon fiber door sill covers.

The springs for the suspension are unique to the LTW and were about 25% stiffer and about 1 inch lower. The shocks and sway bars are identical to the regular M3.

The “LTW splitter” was installed on the car and was found on the car at the dealer. A special “trunk pack” or “by pack” included 4 items that came from the 1995 M3 GT sold in Europe (the GT rear wing with the risers, the cross brace, the motorsport strut tower brace, and a dual pickup oil pan). Installation of these parts rendered the warranty void and made the car illegal for the street. Dealers were informed that if the dealer installed any of the trunk pack on the car the customer would have to have the car towed or trailered away.

Engines were identical to 1995 M3s except for reportedly “hand-picked” motors at the upper range of tolerances when BMW dynoed them. This has not been confirmed. The chips were identical except the elimination of speed limiter on some. No additional modifications for performance purposes since this car was DOT and EPA legal for the street in the US. The transmission is the 5 speed that is identical to the regular 95 M3. The rear diff in the LTW was 3.23 in comparison with 3.15 for the manual 1995 M3. The automatic 1995 M3 has a 3.23 diff as does the manual 1996+ cars.

Wheels were the “M double spoke forged” wheel, style 24. These were painted silver, forged, had “BMW Motorsport” imprinted around the flat area around the hub, and were 17x7.5 front, 17x8.5 rear, 17x7.5 spare, all with 41 mm offset, and, all with Michelin pilot SX MXX3 in 235/40/17 size on all wheels (yes, same size all around). This same wheel became the forged wheel option for 1995 cars. In 1996+ cars the wheel was called “M double spoke polished,” still style 24, and in sizes and offsets that were the same. The wheels became polished, lost the imprinted “BMW Motorsport” around the hub, and gained the little ///M sticker applied in a depression around the hub. The 1996+ cars of course now also had 225/45/17 and 245/40/17 tires instead.

The brakes were identical to the 1995 M3 regular brakes. The “LTW Euro floating rotors” were not part of what was on the 1995 M3 LTW.

The “egg crate” grill was painted black. The regular 1995 M3 grill is body colored.

If you have any questions please post them here.

M3 CSL owner (CSL = coupe sport leicht, BMWs internal name for this car)

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