We have already told you about the new M3 Performance and M5 Performance Editions. These are tweaked versions of the standard cars with a couple of optional extras fitted, each costing about £20K more – give or take – than the basic versions, if you can call them basic. Now BMW released official details of these models, in hope to convince you guys the M Performance editions are worth the extra pay.
Both 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. These colors look very cool, but they’re hard to maintain as you have to always keep them clean, or you ruin them.
New colors are also offered for the upholstery. All M5 M Performance Editions come with Full Black Merino leather upholstery and all M3 M Performance Editions come with extended Black Novillo leather upholstery, both with contrasting Mugello Red, Lotus White or Tobago Blue stitching as standard.
Performance-wise, both models are standard and don’t feature any upgrade, whatsoever. The means the M3 has 420 hp and the M5 560. And yet, the M3 M Performance costs £74,080, and the M5 a staggering £95,140.
To be brutally honest we think these cars are just some marketing trick to rip off the M enthusiasts with. You are far better off saving that 20 grand and getting the standard versions. Still, a look at the list of standard equipments and features may change your mind:
M3 Performance standard equipments: 19-inch M Y-spoke Matt Black alloy wheels, Dark Chrome exhaust, side gills and kidney surround, jet black bonnet intakes, carbon-fibre front splitters, high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, folding exterior mirrors and sun protection glass to complement its unique exterior. Adaptive headlights, DAB digital radio, a Harman/Kardon 13-loudspeaker system, BMW Professional Media Package, mobile application preparation, telephone USB audio interface and Internet add to the M3’s practicality. While the sliding front armrest, front seat heating and front and rear Park Distance Control complete the package.
M5 Performance standard equipments: 20-inch M Double-spoke Matt Black alloy wheels, Dark Chrome exhaust, side gills and kidney surround, M Sport multi-function seats with lumbar support, powered bootlid operation, sun protection glass, split-folding rear seats, comfort access and soft close doors add to the already impressive standard equipment list. A reversing assist camera, High-beam assistant, Internet, BMW Professional 12-loudspeaker system, telephone USB audio interface, mobile application preparation and speed limit display.