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.