‘Performance’ Editions revealed for BMW M3 and M5

Just when you thought there was nowhere to go with the BMW M3 and M5, the German manufacturer announces two new M Performance Editions. This time there’s a higher price tag but no more power.

Designed to showcase the BMW Individual customisation programme, the M Performance Editions introduce three new ‘Frozen’ paint colours to the UK; Japan Red with a Frozen Red Wrap, Frozen White and Frozen Blue. Inside the M3 will come with Black Novillo leather upholstery, while the M5 gets Full Black Merino leather. Both get contrasting Mugello Red, Lotus White or Tobago Blue stitching as standard.

Additionally, there’ll be floor mats with contrast piping, an Alcantara steering wheel, BMW Individual Piano Black interior trim with a ‘One of 30′ laser cut designation, front headrests with M stitching and door sills with ‘BMW M Performance Edition’ designation complete the look of the interior.

Nothing changes under the bonnet, with the M3 retaining its 420 bhp V8 engine and seven speed transmission. The Competition Package is added, which features 10mm lowered suspension, Electronic Damper Control with Sport mode and a revised DSC+ system. The bigger M5 uses BMW’s 560hp TwinPower Turbo V8 engine along with an Active M differential and electronic damping control.

Extra equipment fitted includes matt black alloy wheels, darkened chromework around the car, upgraded stereo equipment, telephone USB audio interface, internet access and all sorts of other bits and pieces. We’re most taken by the sliding front armrest fitted to the M3 version and the soft close doors on the M5, wondering how much extra performance that will unlock.

There will be 60 slightly heavier but no more powerful Performance Edition models built, 30 for each of the M3 and M5. Prices will be £74,080 for the M3 version, some £20,000 over the list price of the standard M3, while the M5 Performance Edition will add £22,000 to the standard price to bring the total to £95,140.

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