The new BMW M6 might be the highlight of the German car maker’s booth at this year’s Geneva auto salon, but the M Performance Parts and Automobiles are equally interesting proposals.
The first batch of M Performance cars are the four super diesels we’ve talked about a number of times before. They include BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d.
They are powered by the in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine with triple turbocharger, delivering a maximum output of 280 kW/381 bhp and a maximum torque of 740 Newton metres. They also feature the 8-speed sports automatic transmission, the all-wheel drive system xDrive and modified suspension technology, so they are virtually faultless, and capable of dealing with every occasion.
Apart form those, BMW Performance Parts will also showcase a range of their products by which customers of cars like 3-series and 1-seriese can updated and upgrade their cars for a reasonable costs. The range of products are wide, and include items like black kidney grilles, carbon fiber aero package, M Performance steering wheel plus M exhaust and wheels.
Other BMW features at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show include:
• Attraction: the new BMW 3 Series sedan.
The new BMW 3 Series Sedan takes over and extends the status of being the sportiest vehicle in its segment, as established by its predecessor. Furthermore it offers a tangible increase in ride comfort, optimised use of interior space and numerous equipment features which are unique in its category. Further engine variants with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show: two 4-cylinder diesel engines in the BMW 316d (85 kW/116 bhp) and the BMW 318d (105 kW/143 bhp) and a 4-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 320i (135 kW/184 bhp). Another new feature is the imminent introduction of the intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will also be presented in Geneva, which is also about to go into serial production.
• Attraction: BMW 125i, BMW 125d, BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition.
99 grams per kilometre: this figure is the level CO2 emissions of the new BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition presented at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This version of the new BMW 1 Series powered by an 85 kW/116 bhp diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and an average fuel consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres is the most economical automobile in the BMW model program. Also new: the BMW 125d and the BMW 125i, each with 160 kW/218 bhp respectively, are the most powerful diesel and petrol engine versions of the new compact model.
• World premiere: the new BMW X6.
The exclusive status of the BMW X6 as the world’s sole Sports Activity Coupe is now additionally underscored by specific design modifications and innovative equipment features. Among other things, the new BMW X6 has a particularly strikingly designed radiator grille, higher fog lights and rear lights featuring LED technology. The new BMW X6 is the only vehicle in its segment to be optionally available with adaptive LED headlights. The program of options is also expanded with the addition of the M Sport Edition, 20-inch bi-colour light alloy rims and an engine compartment lid with a striking powerdome.
• Innovation: BMW i3 Concept, BMW i8 Concept.
With individually tailored vehicle concepts, sustainability throughout the entire supply chain and supplementary mobility services, BMW i has created a whole new understanding of individual mobility. The central focus is on groundbreaking models which set new milestones along the road to CO2 -free motoring by means of innovative drivetrain technology and consistent lightweight construction. The BMW i3 Concept and the BMW i8 Concept will be presented at the 2012 International Motor Show. BMW i thereby provides a look ahead to the very first electrically powered premium vehicle, due to go on the market as early as 2013 as the BMW i3. The BMW i8, a new generation of sports car with plug-in hybrid drive concept – is likewise well on the way to serial production readiness.