I have liked this casting since it came out a couple of years ago. I remember it debuted at Kdays, and I was just a little disappointed that it was in the cases at my local Kmart. Thankfully I found it a few days later at a rural Kmart while traveling for work. Yay.
While the model is very nice (and right down my alley), it has a bit more significance. Quietly a BMW M3 enters the mainline, opening a floodgate of amazing BMW castings. Think about what we have seen since - the M3 GT2, Z4 M, return of the M1, the classic 2002, and maybe the cream of the crop, the E30 M3. That is an amazing group. So maybe this the most civilian of the group, but it is part of a pretty stellar family.
And this version came to play. It has never looked better. BMW's always look good in black, and I am happy that the 10-spoke wheels were finally used. (If you were one of less than 10 people, you have a white version with 10-spokes, one of the more rare variations of 2011.) So take the sportiest wheels and add the sportiest color, and you have a great looking model:
So let's take a look at the latest M3, and then run back and look at the previous versions:
(Find all versions of the Hot Wheels M3's for sale...)
Hot Wheels BMW M3 (2013 Mainline recolor):
With the first version of 2013:
The two 10-spoke versions. And yes, I am keeping the 10-spoke carded. It is way too rare to open.
The two white versions (or somewhat white). 2011 First Edition and Light Speeders version, turning blue in an enjoyable light bath.
And the 2011 recolor in red, with the rare PR5 version that was found in a handful of Gift Packs.