Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show premiere, BMW unveils a new video showcasing the upcoming M Performance Parts. The footage features a BMW 1 Series Hatchback with the black racing stripe, among other visual enhancements. Along with the 1 Series hatchback, the 3 and 5 Series models will take advantage of the new M Performance parts which include powertrain, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit components that provide a tangible increase in driving dynamics by enhancing engine power, reducing weight and optimizing aerodynamic properties.
The products include black kidney grills, M Performance exhaust systems, carbon fiber front splitters and an M Performance steering.
A BMW M Performance suspension with distinctively sporty settings and a particularly large-scale yet weight-optimised BMW M Performance brake system are available for the new BMW 1 Series and the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. The brake system, featuring aluminum fixed calipers at both front and rear, guarantees a constantly high level of deceleration even under high thermal stress. Its perforated, inner-vented sports brake discs measure 370 x 30 millimeters at the front (diameter x thickness) and 345 x 24 millimeters at the rear. The brake calipers are fitted with four and two pistons each at the front and rear respectively and can be recognized by the four-color M logo.
The BMW M Performance accessory range also includes exclusive light alloy wheels specifically designed for each model. 20-inch M light alloy wheels in V-spoke design are available for the BMW 5 Series Sedan: these are offered in the color Liquid Black or in the bi-color finish characteristic of BMW M Performance and can be used with mixed tires. The M light alloy wheels in double spoke design developed for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and for the new BMW 1 Series likewise have a striking bi-color appearance. The weight-optimized forged wheels effectively contribute to the reduction of unsprung masses, thereby enhancing the agility and steering response of the vehicle. They are available in the 19-inch size for the BMW 1 Series and as 20-inch wheels for the BMW 3 Series Sedan, both with mixed tires.
Power upgrades are offered as well. The BMW M Performance Power Kit is available for the BMW 520d, the new BMW 320d Sedan and the new BMW 120d. It comprises software and hardware components which are perfectly dovetailed and specially developed for the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel with all-aluminum crankcase, common rail direct injection and turbocharger. Selective modifications in the area of engine control impact positively on power delivery. A larger charge air cooler enables adaptation to changed thermal conditions. In this way, the peak output of the 4-cylinder diesel engine is raised from 135 kW/184 bhp to 147 kW/200 bhp. Maximum torque, available from just 1,750 rpm, is increased to 420 Nm. The most important outcome of this increase in power is an optimization of acceleration figures in all models. This is something the driver can clearly feel, including an increase in acceleration to 100 km/h of up to 1.0 seconds.
At a later stage the range will be extended to include a BMW M Performance Power Kit for petrol engines.
The BMW M Performance Parts will roll out in the USA beginning this summer.