Along with the unveiling of the new BMW 3-Series comes the new 3-Series M-Sport package, available starting in Summer 2012. The new package will further accentuate the sportiness and dynamism of the 3-Series while allowing potential customers to fully customize it to their liking.
The BMW 3-Series M Sport package includes a new M Sport suspension that drops the ride height by 10mm/0.4 in., 18 or 19-inch M alloy wheels, special body parts, chrome tailpipes, and exclusive exterior paintwork.
For the interior, the M Sport package gets distinctive cloth/Alcantara sports seats, trim elements with blue accent strips, an M Shortshifter (in models with a manual gearbox), M door sill finishers, an M driver’s footrest, and the new M leather steering wheel. The M-Sport package will also allow the driver to use the Driving Experience Control switch to vary the basic suspension characteristics between more comfortable or sportier settings.
The Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner and automakers are still releasing tidbits of information to keep our interest until the doors open on September 13, 2011. It’s BMW’s turn now, and the German automaker is packing their Frankfurt bags with an M Performance range of accessories for the X6 M, as well as accessories for the X5 M.
The BMW X6M Performance Edition will be easily recognizable with its CSL tri-color stripes slathered on the new BMW M Performance carbon front splitter and the model-specific BMW M Performance side skirts, among other places. The exterior is then further tweaked with a new black front grille, a BMW M Performance rear spoiler, and black BMW M Performance tail fins. Polishing off the look of the X6M is a new set of 21-inch BMW M Performance light alloy wheels in a double-spoke design.
Next to the exterior modifications provided for the vehicle, the BMW X6M also gets a BMW M Performance steering wheel with an Alcantara cover and a flat-bottom rim. The steering wheel also sports three-color M stitching and a center marker in racing blue at the top.
We’ll know more behind the BMW X6M Performance Edition once it debuts in Frankfurt so stay tuned!
Shortly after spotting the BMW Gran Coupe out and about, our spy photographers have now gotten a look at the 4-door Coupe’s next variant, which adds the obligatory M-Sport package. This special model should debut just a few short months after the standard Gran Coupe and will likewise get a bump in price from the standard’s $75,000 price tag.
The standard Gran Coupe will be inspired by the Gran Coupe concept and will be built on the same platform as the 5-Series, meaning it will sit 4.4 inches longer than the 6-Series (116.8 vs 112.4). This wheelbase is also mated to a frame which is wider than the standard 5-Series (74.9in vs 73.2in). In addition, it is 2 inches longer (197.1 in) than its competitor, the Mercedes CLS. It will be powered by either a turbocharged Inline-6 developing 300 HP and 300 lbs/ft at 1400 rpm or a twin turbo V8 that puts out 400 HP and 450 lbs/ft at 1750 rpm.
As with all the other BMW models, the M-Sport package will add a bevy of accessories, including an M aerodynamic body styling package, 19-inch M light alloy wheels, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, a High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, and black brake calipers. For the interior, the Gran Coupe with the M-Sport package will see sport seats and an M Sport multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel.
We are all used to BMW launching a new model and, sometime after, getting that model its very own M-Sport package. True to this statement, the company has already decorated the 6-Series with its sporty add-ons as proven by the first leaked image that found its way on the internet. The BMW 6-Series M-Sport’s official debut should be made any day at either the Shanghai or New York Auto Show.
There are still no other details on this package, but the M-Sport package usually adds a sportier appearance to the Beamer. Expect to see the usual M-Sport elements: front bumper, rear diffuser, side skirts, wheels, and dark chrome tail pipes. This leaked image also reveals larger air intakes and a set of LED foglights.
The same sportier treatment will also be applied to the interior with an exclusive Alcantara combination, an M leather steering wheel, M door sills, an M foot rest, an M shift knob, and sets of decorative trim for the dashboard and door panels.
UPDATE 07/01/2011: BMW has revealed the first official images and details on the BMW 6-Series equipped with the M Sport package. As you might have expected, the special package adds an M aerodynamic bodystyling package, 19-inch M light alloy wheels, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, a High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, and black brake calipers. For the interior, the BMW will get Anthracite headlining, an aluminum Hexagon trim, Sport seats, and an M Sport multi-function leather rimmed steering wheel.
Hit the jump to watch Fifth Gear’s review of the BMW 6-Series M-Sport.
For those of you who own an BMW M3 Coupe, Sedan, or Convertible, BMW is offering a new M Performance exhaust system that reduces exhaust back pressure and allows the M3’s 414 HP V8 engine to produce an even more powerful sound. The new system can be installed at any Authorized BMW Center at a price of $4,374 plus installation.
The new exhaust system is crafted from an extremely heat-resistant and lightweight chrome-nickel alloy called Inconel and is about 20 lbs. lighter when compared to the stock exhaust system. Inconel has proven to be very corrosion resistant and has been used at the highest level of Motorsports.
The M Performance Exhaust includes perforated inner pipes and polished titanium tips, which are laser engraved with the M logo. BMW claims that the new exhaust system represents the "ultimate in technology and sportiness, accentuating the individual character of the BMW M3. The exhaust was developed using state-of-the art CAD and FEM technology ensuring optimum fit and OEM quality."
If you already have a BMW X5 and are drawing a blank as to what to ask your loved ones for this holiday season, BMW has just what you are looking for. The German automaker has just launched the new ‘BMW X5 Performance Accessories’ range for their luxury SUV. The ironic thing here is that, despite what its name suggests, this package doesn’t come with performance upgrades. Weird.
What it does come with are aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications for both the exterior and interior of the X5. For the exterior, the items include new front and rear bumpers and side skirts that were designed and tested at the BMW’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Munich. These items are fit to reduce aerodynamic drag and lift at high speeds, thereby improving the X5’s stability. They also serve as a pretty cool fashion statement. Speaking of fashion statements, BMW also included a set of black kidney grilles in their package to give the X5 an even more menacing look than what it already has.
As for the interior, the BMW Performance Accessories include upgrades on both the SUV’s steering wheel and pedal set. For the former, BMW Performance has a unique multi-function steering wheel that features a thick, racing-style, flattened lower rim that’s fully covered in hand-stitched Alcantara material. For the latter (the pedal set), BMW Performance has an aluminum pedal kit that includes a gas pedal, brake pedal, and footrest pedal, all of which were ergonomically crafted with aluminum featuring rubber inserts.
There you have it, folks. A nice new styling kit for theBMW X5 courtesy of, well, BMW. If you’re interested, you can inquire about these accessories at any authorized BMW Center where they’re set to go on sale later this month.
Press Release after the jump.
We’re already come across some pretty impressive exhaust systems by Akrapovic, first for the Ferrari 458 Italia and the second one for the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X. Today it’s time for round three with the BMW 335ireceiving the same updates. The Evolution exhaust system, which is made entirely of titanium or stainless steel, gives the BMW 335i more power and weighs less, offering an even better on-road performance.
The new exhaust system adds an extra 12 HP (at 5.980 rpm) and 16 Nm of torque (at 2.910 rpm). It weighs only 14 kilograms and is made entirely from titanium or stainless steel, making it sound very sporty and reflecting the formidable nature of the powerful six-pot engine.
The tuner is also offering a Slip-On exhaust system that only adds of 7 HP (at 5.950 rpm) and 8 Nm of torque (at 3.560 rpm). The range between 2,500 rpm and 3,000 rpm and at 3,500 rpm was also improved.
Saab and BMW are continuing their "I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine" partnership on the next 9-2 supermini due out in 2012 by announcing that they will also be borrowing BMW’s latest front-drive platform. This news comes shortly after the two companies announced that the new 9-2 would be powered by a BMW sourced engine allowing BMW to reduce costs on their ever popular Mini which carries this same engine.
The sharing doesn’t end there either as Saab boss Victor Muller said that the next 9-2 might share technologies with the future 9-3: "We’re in constant dialogue with a number of players to share the [9-3] technology," he said. "There are parties that are interested in talking about possible licensing of the technology."
Expect the new Saab 9-2 to be unveiled sometime in 2012 and to be powered by a modified 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. The new model will compete with models like the Audi A1.
When it comes to the business of aftermarket BMW bits, AC Schnitzer are the people you speak to. Not only because their quality and fitment is superb, but also because they’re the only BMW approved tuning company – meaning your bulletproof BMW Motorplan remains intact. They offer a host of aesthetic and performance parts for almost every BMW, amongst the favorites being their performance exhaust systems. Not only do they sound much sportier than the factory items, but they also help free up a few horses and Newton-meters to your chosen ride. In this feature you can listen to not only the tuned versions, but also their factory counterparts for an all-round aural experience. Be prepared to fork out some cash though – one of these babies doesn’t come cheap! Cars include: BMW 550i (F10), BMW Z4 sDrive35is, different versions of the 650 BHP BMW X6M Falcon by AC Schnitzer, BMW 135i and 335i, and the BMW E92 M3.
Check out the videos after the jump and don’t forget to turn up the volume!
Spyker, the company that purchased Saab from General Motors, has released an official statement confirming talks with BMW about component sharing. These talks, which we heard about back in June, were originally thought to benefit the new 9-2 first, but it seems the larger 9-3 will get the first taste of BMW’s goodies.
An all-new BMW-sourced motor that will produce around 220 horsepower, according to Bloomberg, could power the new 9-3 schedule to be released by 2012. The report also stated that a BMW engine might find its way into the 9-5.
Though the 9-3 will be the first to receive the BMW treatment, we shouldn’t rule out the 9-2. Saab hopes to launch the teardrop shaped car by 2014 if it can find a partner. The Mini Countryman’s underpinnings might be used on the 9-2, as well as some small displacement motors from BMW.
Check out Spyker’s brief statement after the jump.
British tuner, Superchips, has decided that diesel engines can be just as much fun as their petrol counterparts, so they decided to do a little reconfiguring for BMW’s 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that powers models like the BMW 3-Series, 5-Series, 7-Series, X5, and X6.
Superchips was able to increase the power of the diesel engine by 44hp at 4183 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at just 2222 rpm. This brings the total output to 313hp and 627Nm of torque. In order to accomplish this task, Superchips had to perform a remap of the engine while taking into consideration the "careful optimization of fueling and turbo boost settings". According to Superchips, this reconfiguration allows for a sharper throttle response, a keener, more urgent engine, a harder pull throughout the rev range.
The BMW 3.0 D ECU remap is priced at £445.00 and comes with a 12 month/30,000 mile supplementary vehicle warranty.
Press release after the jump.
Remember when the M5 was caught testing and some sly cat took a picture of its engine? Well, it’s been quite some time since then and we have yet to see any more photos of the M5 in the wild, but somebody decided to change all that by leaving the new M5 in a parking lot in what appears to be a rest area or a gas station.
We can see the new production wheels, the new shift knob, and the meaty looking Pirelli tires. There are new interior shots that show new seats and a tachometer with a reduced redline.
Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that will put out around 555 horsepower. That will make this model far more powerful than the old model and not to mention, far better looking.
The chassis will likely be aluminum and there should be loads of carbon fiber parts. The new M5 will also get an electronically controlled limited slip differential and Dynamic Performance Control.
The official car will debut at the Paris Motor Show.