We had a chance this week to drive a group of F30 335i equipped with the full complement of BMW M Performance Parts. On the performance side, these cars featured M Performance Power Kit (PPK), suspension kit, brakes and exhaust. Cosmetic enhancements include the M Performance front lip spoiler/splitters, sport stripes, carbon fiber mirror caps, black kidney grilles, side-sill decals, 20″ wheels (Style 405M), carbon fiber/alcantara interior and carbon fiber shift lever.
How did the cars perform? With the M Performance Suspension Kit, the 335i handling felt several increments more immediate and responsive, with less roll, squat or dive than a standard 335i. The cars looked great too with the reduced wheel gap. The upgraded brakes held up well lap after lap and session after session … CONTINUED
We have added a second video clip featuring the upcoming BMW M Performance Exhaust for the BMW M5 (F10).
We were on hand to have a look at the BMW M Performance Exhaust for the F10 M5 and we’re excited to provide our members with the first look, listen and details of this upcoming exhaust system.
The M5 M Performance Exhaust system is titanium construction, 12 feet in length and 33 pounds lighter than the factory M5 exhaust. It will come in two versions – one with titanium steel tips (as pictured below) and a carbon fiber tip version. The titanium tips feature an M engraving and we imagine the carbon fiber may also feature some graphic or emblem. The M5 M Performance Exhaust will of course maintain the car’s factory warranty when it becomes late this year. The M6 will also be receiving the … CONTINUED
The highlight of the BMW display at the 2013 Auto Shanghai show is the BMW Concept X4 [full gallery], but there are other highlights and (Asian) debuts at the show.
Here is a gallery showing some of these other models.
F30 with M Performance Parts
Concept Active Tourer
3 Series GT M Sport
M6 Gran Coupe
We’ve given you live action looks of the M235i and 228i during winter testing, now have a look at the M235i coupe undergoing testing at the Nurburgring this week.
The M235i mule is seen in Estoril Blue II and shares its wheels, M Sport brakes, and double black exhaust pipes with the M135i hatchback. A trunk spoiler lip can also be seen clearly.
M235i and 228i coupe production begins in November. There will be no 235i model in the US or elsewhere, as the M235i will take its place in the lineup. The M235i will feature the same powerplant and mechanicals as the highly touted M135i hatchback [reviews].
We’ve also reposted below the first interior photos of the M235i, as well as some up-close photos of the exterior.
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We give you the first clear look at the interior of the F22 BMW 2 Series (M235i) coupe. As the 2 Series lineup is based off the current F20/F21 1 Series hatchbacks, it comes as no surprise that the interiors are nearly identical.
As this is the M235i (there will be no regular 235i), we see all the M Sport bits fitted from the M135i hatchback, including alcantara sports seats (with hexagonal pattern and blue contrast stitching), aluminum dash trim and door handles with hexagon texture, and estoril blue accent strips on the dash. The door panel shares the same hexagon pattern as the seats. Also seen is the 6 speed manual transmission.
But, the M235i does feature something the M135i does not – the M Sport … CONTINUED
Caradvice of Australia reviews the BMW M135i against a group of small sports sedans and hatchback – the Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Volkswagen Golf R.
Who comes out on top? They call the M135i an “obvious winner.”
With the recent release of the BMW M Performance Power Kit for the F30 335i and the resulting questions regarding the kit from our members, we thought this would be a good time to solicit your questions regarding the PPK and/or any other M Performance Parts related inquiry.
We will soon have the opportunity to speak with BMWNA regarding M Performance Parts, so please submit your question here, as well as any suggestions/requests you may have with respect to M Performance Parts.
The questions/suggestions/requests do not have to be specific to the 3 Series (can be for any BMW model).
With that said, fire away!
• U.S. pricing for the F30 M Performance Parts are listed HERE.
• See the full F30 M Performance Parts CATALOG.
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Here is the first M135i owners meet by 1ADDICTS members, taking place in Hong Kong. The group gathered to share in their common ownership and to see various options and colors in person.
The cars here represented 4 of the 6 colors available on the M135i in Hong Kong (only black and silver were missing).