A closer look at BMW M Performance Automobiles

BMW M | February 22nd, 2012 by 18
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The BMW M Performance Automobiles represent a new category of vehicle from BMW M GmbH. Based on current BMW models, they have been selectively refined …

The BMW M Performance Automobiles represent a new category of vehicle from BMW M GmbH. Based on current BMW models, they have been selectively refined in terms of technology and design using the expertise focused at BMW M. They therefore offer greater agility, precision and emotion in BMW M style.

The new vehicle category initially starts with four fascinating models. Others will follow in the course of 2012. These first BMW M Performance Automobiles are fitted with a high-performance diesel engine and the intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive.

A closer look at BMW M Performance Automobiles

BMW M Performance Automobiles intensely highlight the athletic potential of the BMW models. They are clearly differentiated in terms of drive feel from the core BMW M GmbH vehicles – the M Automobiles, which themselves demonstrate the character of distinctive high performance sports cars within each of their own segments. The suitability for everyday use which is typical of all BMW M GmbH products is particularly tangible in the BMW M Performance Automobiles.

A closer look at BMW M Performance Automobiles

They draw their unmistakable, innovative character from coherence in the interaction between drivetrain, suspension technology and design which is an M hallmark. The drive response is defined by agility and precision with precisely controllable handling properties. This is achieved by means of an optimum model-specific set-up of the all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive and the 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as suspension components which have been modified in detail – including light alloy wheels developed exclusively for the BMW M Performance automobiles.

A closer look at BMW M Performance Automobiles

All modifications to the suspension and damping, steering, brake system, suspension control systems and all-wheel drive are geared towards the specific performance characteristics of the vehicle. They are also harmonised so as to achieve a clearly defined drivability. The result: even in highly dynamic driving situations, the power transmission, steering and brakes provide clear-cut, predictable responses to the commands conveyed by the driver via the accelerator pedal, steering and brake system.

A closer look at BMW M Performance Automobiles

The M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder diesel engine combines common rail direct injection and three-stage turbocharging with variable turbine geometry. It has a capacity of 2,993 cc, delivering a peak output of 280 kW/381 bhp. The new diesel engine thus achieves a specific output of 93.6 kW/127.3 bhp per litre of capacity. No less impressive is the maximum torque of 740 Newton metres, fully available from an engine speed of just 2,000 rpm. Spontaneous response characteristics combined with a high output and high revving properties make for a driving experience which surpasses virtually anything previously possible with a diesel engine. Another important facet bears out the quality of the engine: in relation to the maximum available output and fuel consumption, the new diesel engine boasts the best efficiency figures ever seen in a serial production engine of this type. Never has such a low level of fuel consumption been available with such high performance.

A closer look at BMW M Performance Automobiles

A closer look at BMW M Performance Automobiles

A closer look at BMW M Performance Automobiles

[Source: M-Power]

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  • Giom

    It almost sounds to me like these performance versions are what standard BMWs used to be in their wild days. They chose a great package in wich to re-capture that original magic. The great thing, tho, it seems as though these cars has lost nothing in the way of everyday drivability. Close to perfection, if you ask me!

    • Mateo

      yes they are but for that price they should be

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  • http://twitter.com/cparente Chris Parente

    “They are clearly differentiated in terms of drive feel from the core BMW
    M GmbH vehicles – the M Automobiles, which themselves demonstrate the
    character of distinctive high performance sports cars within each of
    their own segments. The suitability for everyday use which is typical of all BMW M GmbH
    products is particularly tangible in the BMW M Performance Automobiles.”

    I’ve read the post twice, and the differentiation is not clear to me. Unless BMW is trying to say that M cars are not suited for everyday use, which I highly, highly doubt they want to say.

  • Mose121

    Welcome everyone to BMW’s version of AMG.  And just like Benz, pretty soon 50% of all BMW’s will have an M badge on the trunk whether it deserves it or not.  Just like 50% of regular benz models now have AMG wheels and AMG logos plastered all over the car inside and out, even though it’s nothing but a standard “X” Class with different wheels and trim.  Before you know it BMW will just start slapping a different wheel design/trim bits with a ///M badge on the regular models and wha-la, we have a new M performance vehicle.  I tried to hold out on the idea that ///M stands for marketing these days, but it’s hard to argue that point with these new “non ///M” ///M cars being released.  I think this move is a big mistake that is going to further the dilution of the sacred BMW brand identity.  It should either be a full blown ///M car, or it shouldn’t exist under that brand name.  If you want to make a M5/M5 Touring/X5M/X6M with a diesel engine, that’s absolutely fine with me.  But make it exactly the same as the petrol ///M variants other than the engine/trans and just call them M5D/X5MD/X6MD etc..  That way you get a real ///M car with a oil burner under the hood, but you also have the option for a petrol engine.  It’s the best of both worlds and everyone gets what they want.  Don’t ruin the ///M brand name just to make a short sighted buck.  All these cars are is what the M Sport versions of every prior model should have been all along and with a diesel engine.  It’s a sick joke that BMW’s M sport models still come with their completely useless electronic diff.  For example, my 135i M sport had a MSRP of $45,020.  For $45k I have a very powerful car that can’t put the power down properly because the car keeps applying the inside rear brake to get the car to rotate!!!!!!!!!!!  I don’t want to brake, I want to accelerate!!!!!!  It’s a sport car, I want to drive it like one.  Stop handcuffing me!  Stop chewing up my rear tires and give me a freaking real limited slip differential!!!  The name has ///M, and sport in it but the car is far from either.  Can’t wait to get out of my car and into a M3….or should I specify a real ///M3 before the new M performance 3 series version gets release tomorrow morning.   

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