To mark the 40th anniversary year of M GmbH, BMW are offering a limited-edition M3 Coupé Frozen Silver Edition model for UK customers, based on the M3 Competition.

2012 will also be the final year of production for the E90/E92/E93 Model M3, before the V8-powerplant is replaced with a new turbocharged six cylinder unit in the new 3 Series, so this might also become a collectible last edition for the current M3 range.

Just 100 Frozen Silver Edition M3’s will be sold in the UK, wearing a special plaque to highlight the limited edition nature of the car.

But UK customers won’t be the only ones lucky enough to pick one up, the BMW M Award presented at the end of each MotoGP season for the rider with the most success in qualifying will this year be a Frozen Silver Metallic M3 Coupe Competition Edition.

Apart from the unique matt silver paint finish, it’s all business as usual for an M3, with its 414bhp V8 engine, standard seven-speed M DCT transmission with variable M differential, 10mm lowered suspension with three-stage Electronic Damper Control, 19-inch light alloy wheels and a revised DSC+ system.

Matt black alloy wheels complement the bodywork, with a dark chrome exhaust, side gills and kidney surrounds, and jet black bonnet intakes. High-gloss shadowline exterior trim completes the exterior look.

Inside, the standard specification includes black novillo leather with contrast stitching and palladium leather armrests and inserts. The steering wheel is covered in alcantara and comes complete with an M3 chequered flag motif, while the door sills feature a similar logo.

Carbon fibre is liberally applied to the interior trim, whilst the handbrake has M Power lettering stitched onto it.

With all these features being fitted as standard, the M3 Frozen Silver Edition represents more of a ‘special’ package of options than a model in itself. All these options would add around £9,000 to a standard M3, but for an additional cost of just £4,000.

The M3 Frozen Silver Edition goes on sale in the UK at £58,720 on 1 June, 2012 and is available as a coupé (E92) only.