• Feb 14, 2007
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BMW has introduced the M Sport package for its Euro and UK-market 3-Series coupe and convertible. According to the UK division, M Sport models have accounted for the overwhelming majority of 6-cylinder 3-series coupe and convertible sales in the past, and based on how the new one looks, that shouldn't change. On the 3, the M Sport kit includes an areo package, sport suspension featuring a 15mm drop, standard 18" or optional 19" wheels and an M Sport-exclusive finish to the window surrounds. Inside, you'll find blue sport seats, M-badging on the doorsills, a short-throw shifter and an M steering wheel, among other things. It's available in four colors.

BMW 130i M Sport Launch EditionThe European hot-hatch segment will be graced with the BMW 130i M Sport Limited edition. Based on the 265-horsepower 130i M Sport, the Limited Edition will be available exclusively with a Carbon Black metallic finish. The interior, with its Lemon leather, should provide quite a bold contrast to the paint scheme. 18" WTCC-style wheels are standard issue. All the other 1-Series M Sport accoutrements (aero package, interior upgrades, etc.) are included, natch. (130i M Sport Launch Edition in Le Mans Blue shown above right.)

Full details in the press release after the jump.

[Source: BMW]


PRESS RELEASE:

M Sport comes to the 3 Series Coupé and Convertible
The BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible ranges both have a new flagship model. The M Sport specification level is now the most dynamic and sporting incarnation currently available for the recently launched Coupé and Convertible ranges.

Offered on all engine variants, M Sport cars come with a raft of additional equipment as standard compared to an SE model. An M Aerodynamic body styling package gives the cars a distinct, sporting look, while Sport suspension with a stiffer, and 15mm lower, set-up provides a more focussed ride. All models come with 18-inch M star-spoke light alloy wheels as standard with a differently styled 19-inch M Double-spoke light alloy wheel as an option. High-gloss Shadow line exterior finishes to the window surrounds is also a standard feature.

Inside, all M Sport models feature Sports seats upholstered in Blue Shadow cloth Alcantara, Individual anthracite headlining, M designation doorsill finishers and a short-shift M gearlever with a perforated leather gaiter and handbrake lever. A Brushed Aluminium interior trim and M leather steering wheel complete the package.

M Sport models are traditionally a popular choice for BMW buyers. On six-cylinder-engined 3 Series Coupé and Convertible models they account for more than three-quarters of all sales. The introduction of this latest generation of sports model is expected to maintain this ratio.

M Sport model cars are only available in a choice of four metallic colours (Titanium Silver, Black Sapphire, Le Mans Blue, Sparkling Graphite) and two non-metallic colours (Alpine White, Crimson Red).

Prices start at £28,330 OTR for a 320i M Sport Coupé rising to £37,745 OTR for a 335d M Sport Coupé. The entry-level 320i M Sport Convertible costs £32,255 OTR while the range-topping 335i M Sport costs £40,250 OTR.

New BMW 130i M Sport Limited Edition
An exclusive new BMW 1 Series model comes to the range in Spring 2007. Based on the 265hp 130i, all 130i M Sport Limited Edition models will be built in Carbon Black metallic paint with a Lemon leather interior and come with 18-inch World Touring Car Championship-style light alloy wheels.

Other differences that set it apart from a standard 130i M Sport include Chrome Line exterior surrounds to the windows and a bespoke monikered start/stop button. This is in addition to the M Sport equipment level that includes Aluminium Glacier Silver interior trim, Individual anthracite headlining, M Sports steering wheel and M doorsill finishers to enhance the car. Sports seats, a short-shift M gearstick, Sports suspension and the M Aerodynamic exterior styling package complete the upgrade.

Only 160 BMW 130i M Sport Limited Edition cars will be available in the UK priced at £30,270 OTR.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I would not mind getting a version of that 3 series, but I think that we will get the better version of the 1 series with the coupe, convertible and possibly and a sedan
      • 7 Years Ago
      TrueDis, I think these are sorta like the M Coupe that came out in the USA about seven years back (which was a BMW 1 Series with sport mods).

      They are characterized not by being the aggressively outfitted performance versions of their model line (like an M5) but by being sport tuned versions of vehicles already existing in that model line...kinda like a Mini Cooper vs. Mini Cooper S.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would take an M-sport bmw over a regular one anyday, even if just for show.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "I think these are sorta like the M Coupe that came out in the USA about seven years back"

      Uh, that was a Z3 roadster with a roof. Not a 1 series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fuzzwonder: "S" and "S Line" are entirely different. The S and RS cars are the ones you're thinking of -- hi-po V8/V10 power, big price tags, etc. The "S Line" cars are the equivalent of the M Sports cars -- updated appearance, wheels, badging, etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BMW 130i M Sport Limited Edition in Carbon Black?! Yes please!
      • 7 Years Ago
      M-Sport, S-Line, they're for the poseurs. Sporty-looking cars that lack what really makes the difference. Exactly like their owners. Give me stock of give me the top of the line, I'm not interested in the "nearly" cars that live in middle.
      Ben Beauvais
      • 7 Years Ago
      M sport is like Audi S-line cars, right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      fuxxwonder,
      S line =/= S models
      A6 S line is NOT equal to S6
      • 7 Years Ago
      the m sport is NOT like the audi S line which has a completely different engine (v8). the comparative U.S. package would be the ZHP package which gave the m3 treatment to the suspension, wheels, and interior.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ben, yes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We have the equivalent in Canada (US always seems to get the short end of the shifter from BMW). I have a 2002 330CI with the M Package. I still prefer it to all of the other 3's I see on the road. The only problem is that it's missing the most important M badge: the one on the engine.