Bmw introduces M3 and M5 M Performance models in the UK

Article by Christian A., on May 23, 2012

In the UK, BMW is presenting dual new special-edition M cars that are based on a M3 coupe and M5 sedan. There may be some confusion due to the fact that these two will use the same name -- M Performance edition. The M3 and M5 M Performance editions are both offered with BMW’s “Frozen” matte paint finish.

Consumers can choose from white and blue Frozen colors. Meanwhile, matte red is offered as hang rather than as a full paint job. These cars are fitted with all-black leather interiors and a set of matte-finished black wheels (with the M3 getting 19s while the M5 got 20s). The M3 M Performance edition provides contrast-color stitching on the seats and door panels.

It also is available as standard with BMW’s seven-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission. The M5 has several special items such as internet connectivity, backup camera, M Sport front seats. BMW will build only 30 examples of the models it’s best to order ahead. The “M Performance” moniker is puzzling since BMW intends to make a series of sub-M cars using the same branding.

In the U.S., BMW offers an M Performance power pack for the 2013 X6 while Europe has already been given a trio of tri-turbo diesel M Performance models. This means that the M3 and M5 M Performance cars are actually sub-M M cars. It’s possible that they would be powered by diesel too.

New BMW M5’s body highlights an amazing design character. The 5-Series Saloon’s strong, dynamic and stylish dimensions and look are even more enhanced with M-specific styling. The thoughtful changes meet exactly the car’s technical requirements, making them the main elements of the overall high-performance concept. Its amazing potential is subtly accented with inspiring authenticity by the distinct designs on all sides.

The front apron design fully expresses the new V8 engines’ extraordinary power. The bonnet’s character V lines meet at the brand's signature double-kidney grille. The distinct black M slats are broadly arranged, including the lower front apron’s three air intakes, to highlight engine air cooling behind the grille. The air intake setup at different levels fashions an imposing depth underlining the saloon’s active, forward-thrusting look.

Dynamic intakes guarantee exact airflow and optimal cooling.

The forward-projecting central aperture’s importance is featured through the car’s width, spreading to the road and through the dominating contours. The two side air intakes dynamically curve into shape. Set at the outer limits of the body, they highlight the broad track and fill the front apron spaces where there are normally foglamps. At the lower front end, racing-inspired air-channelling flaps optimise aerodynamics.

Topics: bmw, bmw m5, bmw m3, sports car, uk

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