BMW has announced prices for M Performance variants of its M3 and M5
1 June 2012

M Performance versions of the BMW M3 and BMW M5 have been announced. Just 30 of each model will be available.

The M3 M Performance edition is priced at £74,080 and the M5 M Performance Edition is £95,140. Both cost around £20,000 more than the standard models. The cars are only available in the UK.

With the two new models brings three new Frozen paint colours, BMW Individual Japan Red with a Frozen Red wrap, BMW Individual Frozen White and BMW Individual Frozen Blue. 

The M3 feature an array of extra standard equipment, including 19-inch Matt Black alloys, carbon-fibre front splitters, BMW Professional Media Package and a ‘One of 30’ laser cut into the interior trim, all of which would usually cost £9,790.

It houses the same 420hp V8 engine currently used in the standard M3, producing 420hp and top speed of 155mph. Power is transferred to the road using a seven-speed M DCT gearbox along with a variable M differential.

Along with a performance upgrade which boosts power from 552bhp to 560bhp, the M5 features additional equipment worth £22,075. Highlights include 20-inch M Double-spoke Matt Black alloys, M Sport multi-functioning seats, internet, BMW Professional 12-loudspeaker system and also a ‘One of 30’ laser cut into the interior trim.

Both models are available to order from BMW dealers now.

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1 June 2012

I'm confused. I thought the 'M Performance' cars were going to be those below the full-fat M cars but above M Sport?

Also, I can understand another special edition on the run-out E90 M3 but the new M5? Are they struggling?

1 June 2012

..Only available in the that because no other market would stand those prices?


1 June 2012

No extra power?

Thanks, but no thanks.

1 June 2012

Are these wrapped rather than painted so if they dont get sold then the dealers can take the silly unwashable wrap off and sell it as a normal car? what colour are they underneath the wrap?

1 June 2012

Orangewheels wrote:

Are these wrapped rather than painted

The details for the red M3 say that it's painted in BMW Individual Japan Red with a Frozen Red wrap. It mentions the other Frozen Blue and Frozen White available colours but no mention of a wrap for those.

1 June 2012

I think I would rather have an XFR, or wait for the XFR-S, if BMW are already creating special edition M5's, perhaps they are admitting they got it wrong, its not special enough to be a genuine "M".


2 June 2012

Citytiger wrote:

I think I would rather have an XFR, or wait for the XFR-S,...

Now there's a suprise.


Citytiger wrote:

.... if BMW are already creating special edition M5's, perhaps they are admitting they got it wrong, its not special enough to be a genuine "M".

So, I suppose this doesn't apply to Jaguar bringing out the XFR-S, in addition to the XFR? Furthermore, talking of "special editions", what do you call this?

2 June 2012

Unique?.....yes, worth it? no, because it's purely cosmetic, no worth while performance, besides, most are owned by Mr/Mrs average BMW driver, the GTS M3 i can understand,if the took the limiter off as part of the huge price hike, then i could understand it.

Peter Cavellini.

2 June 2012

Overdrive, a bit touchy arent you, whats the matter, the truth hurt, the XF is a better proposal as the old M% and is a lot better that the new one.

The XK is an old model, and almost every car company in existence make special editions once the car has been on sale a few years, not many "prestige" marques make them after a few months, especially for a car that is supposedly its flagship model.


2 June 2012

It's just that you seem to say the same thing every time. We get it, you prefer Jags to BMWs. I like Jags myself, but I don't go repeating the same thing every time there is an article on the M cars.

That said, it's a free forum, so it's not for me to moan about what you or anyone else says or how many times you say it. So, I officially withdraw my moan forthwith.

For what it's worth, I do think the M cars are beginning to get too are Jags, for that matter.


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