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Alpha-N: BMW M4 with subtle refinement à la CRT

Alpha-N: BMW M4 with subtle refinement à la CRT

27.04.2017: Sport Evolution, GT, CSL and GTS. These are a few of the unique suffixes attached to limited edition more focused M3 models

Sport Evolution, GT, CSL and GTS. These are a few of the unique suffixes attached to limited edition more focused M3 models over the years, and more recently the M4 successor to the M3 coupe.



While these abbreviations figure prominently in the minds of BMW enthusiasts, there was one special M3 series that received a lot less fanfare at the time, and has thus been almost forgotten.



Based on the E90 M3 sedan, the M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) adopted many of the technical features from the M3 GTS such as its 450 hp engine and carbon-fibre bonnet. For collectors in the know, the CRT are very rare, as BMW M GmbH made just 67 cars compared to 150 of the GTS coupe.



While BMW has just released their new M4 CS, Alpha-N set to work on the M4 Coupé using the tried and tested CRT formula. As with BMW’s own CRT of 2012, the Alpha-N M4 CRT has a purposeful but relatively discreet appearance, with a front air splitter and matching boot lid spoiler both made from carbon-fibre.




The rear spoiler creates 53 kg of downforce over the rear axle at 200 km/h and is secured to the bootlid with screws and adhesive.



Improvements to the dynamic performance of the chassis comes from the fitment of a fully-adjustable Öhlins Road & Track Coilover suspension kit, along with larger but lighter R101 LW alloy wheels from HRE Performance Wheels.



Sized 9.5 and 11.0x20- inch front and rear, these ultra-light forged alloy wheels weigh just 7.8 kg and 8.2 kg respectively, and are shod with 265/30ZR20 and 295/30ZR20 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.



While the aerodynamics and handling were being sorted, Alpha-N’s engineers also addressed the issue of increasing the output of the BMW S55 TwinPower Turbo straight-six engine. Their EVOX Stage 1 conversion delivers a healthy 520 hp, which can be registered on the vehicle documents by Alpha-N.




In the M4’s cabin a pair of Recaro Pole Position race seats attached to Lightweight mountings place the occupants lower in the car for an improved centre of gravity, and hold them firmly in place under high cornering loads.



Alpha-N would like to thank HRE Performance Wheels / HRE Europe, TPS Performance, Öhlins, Recaro, Lightweight GmbH and Vollverklebt.de for their unstinting support in the creation of their M4 CRT project car.



-X-Media Group also photos

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27.04.2017 / MaP

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