The M3 and M4 get loads of carbon-fiber and accessories

As the calendar year draws to an end, the Essen Motor Show comes to conclude the year of European motor shows with numerous tuning, motorsport, and track-race production models. The organizers expect more than 300,000 visitors to come to the exhibition halls at Essen’s Grugapark, which will have a wide array of cars and aftermarket products on display, including many from BMW.

The German automaker will bring its latest M Performance parts to Essen, as well as eight vehicles, including the M240i Convertible and the M2 Safety Car. The public will also be able to demonstrate their racing talent at the “DTM M4 Driving Simulator” by following in the tracks of Marco Wittmann, the newly crowned DTM champion.

As for the actual performance parts, BMW will introduce a handful of upgrades for the M3 and M4. First up, there’s carbon rear wing made entirely of carbon-fiber with the struts sporting M motorsport stripes in blue, red, and violet, and "Performance" lettering on the sides of the blade. The coupe and sedan will also get an M Performance suspension that will enable drivers to adjust ride height between five and 20 mm (0.2 and 0.8 inches) via a spring plate on the front and rear spring struts. The coil springs are painted red for a motorsport-inspired look. Both the carbon wing and the suspension system will be offered starting summer 2017.

The M3 and M4 will also get something new under the hood. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about power upgrades, but the new carbon engine cover should make a few enthusiasts happy. Made from hand-crafted, high-quality carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, it will give the M3 and M4 a race-inspired look under the lid.

The BMW booth will also showcase the brand’s new M Performance Accessories, including an Alcantara steering wheel with carbon trim and race display, gear selector lever and carbon handbrake grip with Alcantara bellows, 19-inch, double-spoke 405 M Bicolour alloy wheels, black matt rear diffuser, and carbon tailpipe trims. All these parts will be exhibited on an upgraded M240i Convertible model.

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Why It Matters

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Essen might not be as important as Geneva, Paris, or Frankfurt as far as new production cars go, but it’s a very significant event for the aftermarket. Therefore, BMW’s presence at the German show is extremely important now that premium customers are more into personalizing their cars. With an accessory range of around 1,300 items, ranging from carbon exterior mirror caps to carbon-ceramic brakes, BMW sales figures in Germany are the second highest worldwide, following those in the United States. In 2015, demand in Germany increased by around 15 percent over the previous year and sales are likely to continue to increase with numerous new parts scheduled to go on sale in 2017. Just like SEMA in the U.S., the Essen Motor Show is the perfect environment to display and promote such products.

Press Release

Traditionally, the Essen Motor Show concludes the year of European motor shows. This year again, the organisers of Europe’s largest and most significant performance show for tuning, motorsport and race-suited production cars (26 November to 4 December 2016) are expecting more than 300,000 visitors to the exhibition halls at Essen’s Grugapark. Not only will the new BMW M240i Convertible celebrate its motor show debut at the generously sized BMW booth inside hall 3, but the interested general public will also gain an insight into the extensive product portfolio offered by BMW M Performance Parts. A total of eight exhibition vehicles can be seen at the booth, including the BMW M2 Safety Car. Those who wish can demonstrate their racing talent at the “DTM M4 Driving Simulator” by following in the tracks of Marco Wittmann, the newly crowned DTM champion.

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With an accessory range of around 1,300 items, ranging from classy carbon exterior mirror caps to carbon-ceramic brakes, BMW sales figures in Germany are the second highest worldwide – and continue on an upward trend. In 2015, demand in Germany therefore increased by around 15 percent over the previous year.

Attractive leasing offer for the most popular BMW M Performance Parts.
A new leasing offer from BMW Financial Services also contributes towards the growing popularity of BMW M Performance Parts. It offers the possibility of including the most popular BMW M Performance Parts in the residual value leasing contract for the overall vehicle. The offer comprises, inter alia, BMW M Performance light alloy wheels, all exhaust systems and BMW M Performance Power & Sound Kits, a front grille in black or side sill foiling.

Carbon rear wing and new coilover suspension for the BMW M3 and BMW M4.
From the summer of next year, the aerodynamics of the BMW M3 and the BMW M4 are expected to be further optimised for use in motorsports by means of the BMW M Performance rear wing. This component is made entirely of carbon (wing, side parts and feet), with the feet sporting the characteristic BMW M motorsport stripes in blue, red and violet.

With immediate effect, an adjustable BMW M Performance sports suspension is available to further enhance the handling dynamics of the BMW M3 and BMW M4. The driver is able to infinitely adjust the vehicle by between five and 20 millimetres via the spring plate on the front and rear spring struts, in order to obtain the ideal setting for different road and racetrack conditions. Red coil springs render the BMW M Performance sports suspension recognisable from the outside.

Attractive details complete the range of BMW M Performance Accessories.
Thanks to the extensive BMW M Performance accessory range comprising equipment features inspired and derived from motor racing, there are virtually no limits to the possibilities for individualising your car. This also applies to the new BMW M240i Convertible being exhibited at the BMW booth and boasting a newly developed 250 kW/340 hp straight six-cylinder power unit with BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology (combined fuel consumption: 8.3–7.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 189–169 g/km)*. It has been upgraded with numerous options from the BMW M Performance accessory range. These include the Alcantara steering wheel with carbon trim and race display, a gear selector lever and a carbon handbrake grip with Alcantara bellows, as well as matching interior trim strips. The BMW M240i Convertible’s further enhanced dynamic appearance is accentuated, inter alia, by BMW M Performance 19-inch, double-spoke 405 M Bicolour light alloy wheels as well as a black matt rear diffuser with the newly developed exhaust system, including carbon tailpipe trims.

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All BMW M Performance Accessories are the result of many years of experience and the BMW M GmbH’s numerous motor sport successes. They are developed with meticulous attention to detail. A good example of this is the BMW M Performance carbon engine cover for the BMW M3 and the BMW M4. This component, which is elaborately hand-crafted from high-quality carbon fibre reinforced plastic, ensures that fascinating motor racing look when the bonnet is open.

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