• Dec 27, 2008
Frankly, its never been all that difficult to turn a run of the mill BMW into a reasonable facsimile of an M model like an M3, M5 or M6. All you had to do was order the appropriate body kit from your friendly neighborhood BMW dealer and slap it on your car. In spite of this, Europeans have generally had an even easier time thanks to M-Sport packages on virtually every model in the lineup including those that didn't offer M equivalents. The M-Sport packages generally consist of assorted aero bits, wheels, upgraded seats and interior bits emblazoned with the "M" badge.

BMW is reportedly getting ready to offer M-Sport packages in the U.S. for the first time beginning in early 2009. The 1 and 5 series will apparently be the first models to get blessed. Given the slow down in sales and BMW's recent profit warnings, this should come as no surprise as the packages will surely be priced with a generous profit margin built in. Thanks to Gabe and Michael for the tips!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      So if these were Japanese cars they would be called "rice". What do we call german cars with bling?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sausage?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Similarly, in a semi-drunken fit, a good friend of mine and I recently wondered how to term similarly badged and plasticized US domestics like the new Fusion ...we came up with "grits".

        (although that might be more applicable to the foreign cars that are built domestically in the US south, rather than domestic-domestics built up north, where grits are not only generally unheard of, they're derided. But that's just too much thinking.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think Sauerkraut it´s more accurate
      • 6 Years Ago
      as far as the ///M badges, I used to own an e39 528 and with the sport package you got ///M badges on the steering wheel and shifter... so nothing new. And I agree that it will make the 5 series look much better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Autoblog, you are wrong. Those are the go-fast bits. :P
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the shift knob gives an extra 12hp; and the ///M badges are worth another 5 lb-ft of torque ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      My 2001 Z3 2.5i has the M package- great seats, bigger alloy wheels and interior badging (steering wheel, gear shifter.) While not an "M coupe", I get asked if it is all the time. P.S. the seats are worth it- great support and heated-a necessity for top down driving on the cooler Chicago days.
      • 6 Years Ago
      my mtech kit wont be so special on my e92 ne more :(

      bein one of the few exclusive guys to get the oem kit from canada has been the blessin of this yr tho =D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can we get a package offering standard body kit for M vehicles? I love a sleeper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We have the M-Sport package here in Denmark, and I'll tell you, it makes the 5-series more attractive. Looks great. And it isn't only looks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course, the really cool will carry on debadging, leaving all the show to the no-goers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Poseurs rejoyce!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just like a Wonder Bra: Over-promises, under-delivers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's your chance boys and girls to make your ugly E90 slightly less ugly. Jokes aside, I think this is a win/win for everyone and in fact, every manufacturer should provide aesthetics and ground effects upgrades to appropriate models like Honda/Acura with their Civic, Accord, TSX and TL.
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