We spent some time at the 2012 Detroit NAIAS with Matt Russell, M Brand Manager for BMW North America. Matt is a BMW enthusiast like us and is a BIMMERPOST member himself. We asked Matt some current hot M related topics and he was able to share the following.
BMW 1M COUPE
What were the final production numbers for the US 1M?
740 units. The very first one imported was the Valencia Orange 1M Pace Car which debuted at the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona.
Matt further expanded on the reason the 1M production run wasn’t extended into the 2012 model year. It was not due to any issues related to engine/emissions certification, but simply because BMW could not get enough MY2012 production to justify homologation. This had … CONTINUED
For months now, there have been signs and clues pointing to the potential release of several M tuned BMW models which will create a new category of models to fill the gap between the standard series cars and their M versions. It’s now just been officially announced by BMW M! See inside for BMW M’s full official announcement.
So what rumored models can we expect to launch this new category of BMWs? The following three rumored models should all come with the criteria just announced by BMW M for its new M Performance cars category — extra power, tuned handling, and M visual enhancements.
There is the M550d, which was first discovered on the label of a new BMW brake pad package (pictured left). The M550d … CONTINUED
Have a look at the first Northern America WALD Black Bison F10 5 series, fully wrapped in satin white/gloss black accents, with Forgiato 21″ wheels all around, and lowered on H&R springs. Also has aftermarket exhaust and ECU tune.
Prior Design has now revealed its F10 5 Series PD-R aerodynamic kit. The front bumper design is a cross between an M3 and 1M bumper. The full kit parts as follows:
- Prior-Design PD-R front bumper (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 models except M5)
- Prior-Design PD side skirts (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 models)
- Prior-Design PD rear add-on spoiler (diffusor) (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 standard models except M5)
- Mounting material
The world’s first BMW Individual Moonstone 5 Series (F11 touring) was recently delivered to a 5POST member. This beautiful 5-series touring (F11) M sport model was delivered to a German member by way of The Welt. Check inside for photos of the delivery and sitting at home in the lucky member’s driveway.
Have a look at some new BMW Individual colors. Here are F10 and F11 5 series in Individual Victoria Orange, Cognac Metallic, and Kastanien Brown, on display at the BMW owned dealership in Munich, Germany.
Vorsteiner has released its full tuning kit and program for the F10 5-series, which they’ve dubbed the VMS-F10.
The kit details are as follows:
VMS Front Spoiler
The newly designed VMS front spoiler has been specifically designed to fit F10 5 series vehicles with the optional M Tech package. The front spoiler not only creates a purposeful and functional balance to the front end but is also unmistakably beautiful and precise.
VMS Rear Spoiler
The VMS rear add on carbon deck lid spoiler balances the additional down force created from the new front end and also elegantly extends the tail of the factory boot lid to distinguish the vehicle from other standard production cars. The VMS rear deck lid spoiler is compatible with … CONTINUED
Germany based Prior Design has released its F10 5 Series aerodynamic kit. The entire F10 kit includes:
– Prior-Design PD front add-on spoiler (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 standard models except M5 and models with original M-Sport Package installed)
– Prior-Design PD side skirts (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 models)
– Prior-Design PD rear add-on spoiler (diffusor) (fits all bmw 5-Series F10 standard models except M5)
– Mounting material
– ***for EXPORT (outside of German) only!
If the F10 5 series is not flashy enough for you, the Russian aftermarket has a cure. We’ve already seen projects such as the gold X5M and matte silver 135i from Russia, so why are we not surprised to see a green chrome F10 M Sport
This F10 5 Series M Sport came from the factory in alpine white. It first had a chrome wrap applied and the second step was the application of a translucent green wrap, which combine to result in the green chrome of the final product.
The aero parts seen on the car include the factory M sport package with some Hamann and AC Schnitzer parts.