• Feb 20, 2009
BMW has released pricing information on its new "M Sport Package" for specific 3 Series, 5 Series, and X5 models. The package allows buyers to purchase many of the "M-Technik" (aka Motorsport) go-fast cosmetics commonly found on the BMW M3 and BMW M5 in a factory package (sans the screaming V8 or V10 and the upgraded brakes, of course). While the "ZMP" package varies from model to model, it generally includes sport-tuned suspension, upgraded wheels, sport steering wheel, sport gearshift lever, anthracite headliner, aggressive sport bodywork, and several strategically-placed "M" badges. BMW's official pricing:
  • BMW 3 Series E90 Sedan $3,750
  • BMW 3 Series E91 Wagon $3,270
  • BMW 3 Series E92 Coupe $3,250
  • BMW 3 Series E93 $3,250
  • BMW 550i $4,800
  • BMW X5 3.0 and 4.8 $6,500
[Source: BMWBlog.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "The package allows buyers to purchase many of the "M-Technik" (aka Motorsport) go-fast hardware and cosmetics commonly found on the BMW M3 and BMW M5 in a factory package (sans the screaming V8 or V10 and the upgraded brakes, of course)."

      Actually, there are no mechanical parts shared with the M3 and M5, and the only cosmetic parts they share as far as I know is the anthracite headliner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, they are actual M parts. But yeah, it just happens that they are not the same as the ones on the M3 and M5.

        It seems like many people commenting here thought the car would look just like an M3/M5, complete with badging, so I was just trying to set them straight. In reality the car won't look any more like an M3 than a BMW from Hartge, Alpina, Hamman, etc. does.

        Cheers

        - Mark (stock 335i and M3 owner :) )
        • 5 Years Ago
        IMHO, many will confuse it with a "real" M3/M5, and that is why BMW will sell quite a few of the ZMP packages... Special badging sells cars.

        More than a few of us are waiting for an M3 LTW. ;-)

        - Mike
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fixed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Truth be told, these are all genuine "M" parts. Whether or not they are bolted on the current M3 or M5 really doesn't matter (my wording "cosmetics commonly found" is accurate). Unlike the last-gen "ZHP" package with mechanical upgrades, the "ZMP" appears purely cosmetic in nature.

        - Mike (chipped 335i owner)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like it's mostly cosmetic, unlike the more-than-the-sum-of-it's-parts ZHP "Performance Package" for the old E46 330i.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well, technically a tuned 335 with M package could easily beat a stock m#.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Should be called the P package for POSER.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But BMWs already come with the Poser badge anyways! :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        you'd pay up to $4k for the package just so you can look stupid when you get smoked

        this is BMW financial arm at it's best, although, those bean counters in this case are making money for selling nothing
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they called it just a sport package, and not an M Sport package, no one would complain. I mean what's wrong with making a sharper handling 3-series with a dark headliner?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't quite understand this:
      So you can get the 'M' package without actually have an 'M' version? As in 3-series, 3-series with M package AND M3?. Is that right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup. Audi and Merc have been doing that for a while now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, so everytime you burn an M at a red light you'll think M's are all show and no go (not true) - to me it just waters down their reputation.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, that's right.

        It is very similar to what Audi does with their "S line" package, and what Mercedes does with their "AMG Appearance package". Aside from the slightly firmer suspension, is really mostly cosmetic upgrades to make the cars look a little sportier.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh-oh. Thats the last thing we needed. Every base 3 Series owner now pimping out his ride with M badges.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Being a 3 series owner, I think this is totally stupid because I have so much respect for the M3 and yes, this does kind of dilute its greatness. However, when it comes down to brass tacks, anyone who knows anything about the M lineup will be able to tell these apart without even taking a second look. There will always be posers but M's are special no matter how much they are imitated.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Less of an eyesore than Civics with F1 wings, but still an eyesore, and makes an M3 that much less special.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hey, I just GOTTA have my M-series headliner.

        rolls eyes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It makes some models look better and that's a good enough reason, methinks...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this mean you can now get a 3 series sedan and slap on the M3 sedan front bumper?
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can I trade in the "upgraded wheels, sport steering wheel, sport gearshift lever, anthracite headliner, aggressive sport bodywork, and several strategically-placed "M" badges" for a limited slip differential?
      • 5 Years Ago
      you guys are blowing this out of proportion. This has ALWAYS been available, before the current gen body styles. The badging is in the same place it was before...on the steering wheel, the gearshift, and the wheels. a 335 ZMP will NOT have an ///M badge on the back! I don't know why you all think its such a travesty, it's nothing new.
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