BMW releases M Performance Parts for 3-, 5-Series sedans

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May 14, 2012

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - BMW releases M Performance Parts for the 3-, 5-Series sedans

Buyers of the recently launched all-new BMW 3-Series sedan can go crazy soon after they take delivery of their cars as the German carmaker recently released its 'M Performance Parts' accessory line for both the compact executive sedan and its midsize stablemate, the 5-Series.

BMW claims that the new line of components developed for both the 3-Series and 5-Series models "ensure an authentic transfer of BMW M-specific motor racing technology to everyday driving."

The components that make up the M Performance Parts for both car models are:

* A new 20-inch forged-alloy wheel set--finished in a bi-color design--that reduces the car's weight by one kilogram per wheel, thereby reducing the car's unsprung mass to improve its steering response and handling characteristics;

* A Brembo big-brake kit--consisting of four-piston aluminum fixed calipers up front and two-piston aluminum fixed calipers at the rear--and large cross-drilled and grooved brake discs on all four corners that improve the car’s stopping performance;

* A high-gloss black kidney grille to give both models a sporty yet menacing character that's complemented by M Performance Sport stripes that are printed on high-quality PVC film and are available in either black or white;

* Carbon-fiber mirror caps that are also available for both models, although the 5-Series also gets a carbon-fiber rear-deck lid spoiler to improve vehicle stability and driving dynamics;

* A new motorsport-derived steering wheel for the 3-Series that features a thick, racing-style, flattened lower rim and is fully covered in hand-stitched Alcantara with a red stripe at the 12 o'clock position to provide a quick visual indicator of the steering-wheel position;

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* A seven-piece, motorsport-inspired carbon-fiber and Alcantara interior trim set;

* A BMW M Performance carbon-fiber gear-shift knob and selector lever that comes complete with an integrated shift boot made of Alcantara; and

* A stainless-steel exhaust system developed for the 335i and 535i sedans, enhancing the sound quality and volume of BMW's TwinPower Turbo in-line-six engine.

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