BMW M3 CRT E90
When BMW debuted the E90 M3, most car enthusiasts raved about the glorious new V8 engine. However, they complained about the weight gain, which made the car feel less agile. BMW answered the criticism with a special, expensive and highly limited model they named the M3 CRT. The “CRT” stands for “Carbon Racing Technology” and represents the M3 Sedan with a full carbon body, seats, interior and other pieces.
Although the effort in reducing weight was extensive, the result was just 70 kilograms less than the regular model, which was a bit disappointing. However, BMW installed a 4.4-liter V8 engine from the M3 GTS with 450 HP that provided the M3 CRT with a strong performance. Since BMW only produced 67 examples in 2011, you will need around $300,000 to buy one today.
BMW Hydrogen 7
From 2005 to 2007, BMW produced a special version of its 7-Series luxury sedan they named the Hydrogen 7. This was a specially prepared 760 Li model that could run on liquid hydrogen as well as on regular gasoline. Most importantly, it was the first production-ready passenger vehicle that could run on hydrogen fuel.
Although they only offered it in selected markets and production was reasonably low, it showed BMW’s dedication to clean energy and future technologies.
These are the 20 rare and interesting BMW models you probably didn’t know about, but now you do. Have you chosen your favorite? While some are still around, many of these are rare and highly-collectible models. But, they all show BMW’s dedication to innovation, design and technology.