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05/31/2012    12:05 PM
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We’ve previously posted preliminary information and photos of the special edition frozen BMW M3 and M5 M Performance Editions, but now here’s the full official release information and gallery from BMW UK.

Two exclusive new M Performance Editions for the BMW M3 and BMW M5 are being built by BMW M GmbH solely for the UK market. Just thirty of each model will be available costing £74,080 OTR for the M3 M Performance Edition and the M5 M Performance Edition is priced at £95,140 OTR.

Showcasing BMW Individual, these M Performance Editions will bring three new Frozen paint colours to the UK for the first time; BMW Individual Japan Red with a Frozen Red wrap, BMW Individual Frozen White and BMW Individual Frozen Blue. All are on sale … CONTINUED

05/24/2012    2:55 PM
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Many M Flight members had the opportunity to attend the 2012 M Festival at the Nurburgring during the 24hr Race (18-20 May 2012), which celebrated BMW M’s 40th anniversary.

The first day started out for the group at Pentagon Car Sales in Ramstein-Miesenbach, which they set out from for the Nurburgring. Upon arriving at the Ring, all members parked their Ms in the M Parking Garage. The M Shuttle then brought the group to the M Gallery where they were received by Brian Watts (BMW M Worldwide Marketing manager), Sarah Wild (MC) and Claudia Hurtgen (BMW Motorsports race driver). Claudia gave the group a briefing on the upcoming M Corso parade where 180 M drivers paraded on around the entire ring. All attendees also received … CONTINUED

05/17/2012    11:30 AM
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One of the more exciting items from the full BMW M Performance Parts catalog for the F30 3 series are the M Performance Brakes. These are Brembo 4-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and 2-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear axle. They come in red, yellow, or orange and feature the M logo on the calipers.

The internally-vented lightweight sports rotors measure 370 x 30 mm (diameter x thickness) on the front axle and 345 x 24 mm on the rear axle. Unlike the M Sport brake discs, the M Performance brake discs are cross drilled for better grip and grooved to reduce water film build up. The BMW M Performance sports brake system is only approved in combination with at least 18″ aluminum … CONTINUED

05/16/2012    8:10 PM
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“A company is like a human being. As long as it goes in for sports, it is fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance.” These were the words of Robert A. Lutz, BMW AG Board Member Sales, back in 1972. They were the words christening the youngest subsidiary of BMW AG at the time, BMW Motorsport GmbH. Today the company is called BMW M GmbH. But it is just as fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance as it was 40 years ago.

The early 1970s were the dawn of a new age for BMW: A new, young Board of Management under Eberhard von Kuenheim had set out to strategically power and pursue the ongoing success of the Company. This included the construction of a new head … CONTINUED

05/14/2012    11:45 AM
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Here’s an interview, via M-Power.com with the BMW M135i’s Project Manager, Christof Lischka. For full details and official information on the M135i, see our M135i Model Guide.

The BMW M135i is the first petrol engine model to be presented in the new category BMW M Performance Automobiles. What are the car’s technical highlights?

Christof Lischka: The BMW M135i is the first petrol engine model of the BMW M Performance Automobiles as well as being the first representative of the 1 Series family. For this reason, it was important for us to give the BMW M135i the specific characteristics typical of all BMW M Performance Automobiles – specially matched to the 1 Series of course.

The target character of the BMW M Performance Automobiles is defined by … CONTINUED

05/10/2012    11:00 AM
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Photos and pricing has now been released of the F10 M5 M Performance Edition special “Frozen” models. From the photos, you can see M Performance black kidney grilles and side gills trim, as well as an alcantara steering wheel and contrast stitching throughout the interior (blue stitching for Frozen Blue, white stitching for Frozen White, and orange/red stitching for Frozen Red). The dash trim is inscribed with a “Number X of 30 M Performance Edition”. We also hope the full M Performance Parts catalog will also include upgrades for suspension, brakes, and more exterior and interior dress-up parts.

Pricing has just been announced at £95,140, a hefty £22,000 premium over the standard M5 in the UK. Only ten units of each color will be produced, … CONTINUED

05/09/2012    11:20 AM
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Along with the M3 M Performance Edition models, BMW has also released this video teaser for the new limited BMW M5 M Performance Edition models for the UK. The centerpiece of each M5 M Performance Edition model is the Frozen (matte) paint, which will include Frozen Blue, Frozen Red, and Frozen White. Only ten units of each color will be produced, for a total of just 30 cars.

BMW recently launched the M Performance Parts catalog for the F20 1 series, F30 3 series, and F10 5 series, but has yet to announce its full M Performance catalog for M cars. From the teaser, you can see M Performance trunk spoiler, black kidney grilles and side gills trim, but we hope the M Performance Parts will also … CONTINUED

05/09/2012    9:55 AM
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BMW UK has released a video teaser for the new limited BMW M3 M Performance Edition coupe models that it will offer for the UK market. Each M3 M Performance Edition model will feature an unique Frozen (matte) paint color – Frozen Blue, Frozen Red, and Frozen White. Just ten units of each color will be produced, for a total of only 30 cars.

BMW recently launched the M Performance Parts catalog for the F20 1 series, F30 3 series, and F10 5 series, but has yet to announce its offerings for any M models. This teaser tells us to expect M Performance parts for M models as well, at least for the M3 and the F10 M5 (see the M5 M Performance Edition model teaser). From … CONTINUED

05/06/2012    9:00 PM
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The M550d xDrive Touring, one of the first models in BMW’s M Performance Automobile lineup, has now been spotted in public for the first time. This F11 touring M developed model shows up in European showrooms in just 6 days – on May 12, 2012 and starting price is 83,750 EUR.

The M550d is powered by BMW’s tri-turbo diesel engine with three turbochargers, common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors and maximum injection pressure of 2,200 bar; 3.0-litre displacement, 280 kW/381 hp, maximum torque: 740 Newton metres (546 lb-ft); maximum revs: 5,400 rpm. 0-62mph acceleration is completed in 4.9 seconds.

The M developed components don’t end there however. It also features M-specific tuning of suspension, bodyshell mounting, engine and transmission mounting, springs and dampers, all standard … CONTINUED