• Feb 21, 2011
BMW M Performance exhaust – Click above for high-res image

BMW has released a new exhaust system for the current M3 coupe, sedan and convertible. This new M Performance system is crafted from lightweight, heat-resistant Inconel, and when combined with the current M3's high-revving 4.0-liter V8, the end result is a much more throaty, powerful sound.

The M Performance exhaust is approximately 20 pounds lighter than the standard setup, made up of perforated inner pipes and polished titanium tips with the BMW M logo. What's more, this flow-optimized exhaust reduces overall back pressure, allowing for more aurally stimulating sound.

But the truth is, words don't do this new exhaust system justice. Thankfully, BMW fitted the M Performance exhaust system to an M3 coupe and created a video, which you can watch after the jump. If you like what you hear, BMW even offers the M Performance exhaust note as a ringtone (seriously), available at bmwusa.com/news. Hit the jump for the details, including the price: a steep $4,374, not including installation.

[Source: BMW]



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M Performance Exhaust for BMW M3

New Accessory exhaust produces sharper exhaust note while reducing back-pressure


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 18, 2011... BMW today announced a new M Performance exhaust system specifically designed as an accessory for the BMW M3 Coupe, Sedan and Convertible. With the racetrack and the street in mind, this new exhaust system is crafted from an extremely heat-resistant and lightweight chrome-nickel alloy called Inconel®. This flow optimized exhaust system reduces exhaust backpressure and allows the M3's 414 horsepower V8 engine to produce an even more powerful sound.

Inconel's unique qualities allowed engineers to reduce the thickness of the tubing from 1.5mm to 0.8mm. This resulted in a weight reduction of approximately 40%, or about 20 lbs. when compared to the stock exhaust system. Inconel has also proven to be very corrosion resistant and has been used at the highest level of Motorsports.

The M Performance Exhaust includes perforated inner pipes and polished titanium tips, which are laser engraved with the M logo. It represents the ultimate in technology and sportiness, accentuating the individual character of the BMW M3. The exhaust was developed using state-of-the art CAD and FEM technology ensuring optimum fit and OEM quality.

The new exhaust may be installed at any Authorized BMW Center at a price of $4,374 plus installation. M Performance parts are warranted for the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period when the installation occurs before the first delivery of a new vehicle. If the M Performance parts installation occurs after the first delivery, the accessory will be warranted for the balance of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period or two years and unlimited mileage from the date of installation, whichever one is greater.

To hear, and see, the new M Performance Exhaust in action go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx6yDzHvXe8

The M Performance Exhaust note can be downloaded as a ringtone from:
www.bmwusa.com/news


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I have the Baustuck Race on my 2009 M3. It sounds better, is lighter and only needs one tip per sideand cost $1100 US.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like i found the next upgrade to my friend's m3
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering the material used, that price doesn't sound too bad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Once I realized that this is Inconel I thought the same thing. The only other full systems I have seen made out of that cost like 25k dollars. I'm not saying it would be worth it to me, but I'm sure it is to someone.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Inconel? Really?

      I mean, its great to be unique, but I think using the material commonly found as the blast baffle in full auto rated suppressors is a little extreme. You're saving negligible weight over the use of steel and doubling the price of the exhaust, nevermind that you're nowhere near the temperatures that starts adversely altering the mechanical properties of steel (which is why Inconel exists in the first place), and even if you were, the pressures inside an exhaust system are tiny in the grand scheme of things.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to agree for what the M series cars are about and the price points, an exhaust system similar to this should already have been engineered in without gouging for more money. But this is and has been what BMW is about, so nothing new.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah. It sounds good but not $4374 + installation good! For that kind of coin, I would want it to have a higher pitched exotic European/F1 sound, not a American muscle car sound. Just my opinion.
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those of you wondering why Inconel, it's because due to it's greater heat resistance, you can go even thinner than good stainless and save some more weight. We considered going to an Inconel exhaust for our FSAE car at school, as every pound counts in a sub 500 lb racecar. But we decided more than tripling the cost of the exhaust over stainless was not worth the expected 1.5 lb weight savings. Similarly, I don't think this is worth it. It might save a total of 5-10 lbs over a good stainless system which probably costs less than $1500. There are alot better ways to lightweight your car with $3000.

      Although I am loving the tone.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Saving 5-10 lbs. is definitely not worth the money. And considering exhaust parts are at the very bottom of a car, at the lowest point of the center of gravity, and it makes you wonder if it's worth it to shell out the bucks.

        But yeah: it sounds great!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Indy cars use inconel material for their exhaust.
        They're made here in Indy @ Howerton Products.
        Not sure how much the tab for those is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      9Very nice! Now... if only I could afford one :(
      • 3 Years Ago
      $5000, lol.

      One would think that after the m3 got owned by the stock gt mustang, that bmw would rethink how much they ask for their products. Maybe bring the price a little more in line with market value and performance.

      Guess not.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford deserves credit for making this generation of Mustang so competitive, as well as silencing all of the armchair suspension experts that said a solid axle could was outdated technology that couldn't hang with IRS.

        Price/performance is a tricky thing. Some cars have great performance but their interiors and overall refinement are a bit lacking. If you're going to accuse BMW of price gouging, take a look at Audi - the $90,000 RS5 is slower than the $65,000 CTS-V coupe and much slower than the $68,000 M3. Hell, the M3 was only one second slower around the Nurburgring than the V8-equipped R8 and you could buy two M3s for the price of one of those.

        The M3 is expensive but it's actually one of the better values as far as performance goes. Take a look at it's competition and you'll see it's not that out of line.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nobody, and I mean NOBODY buys a Mustang GT when they're shopping in the M3 price range.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not defending BMW here, but the M3 certainly was not "owned" by the 5.0.

        All silly comments aside, there is a lot more to the M3 than there is to the Mustang. While its price might not justify all of it, it certainly makes sense. Why don't you compare the interiors and material qualities of both. The cost to produce the S65 V8 is far, FAR more than the 5.0 in the Mustang GT.

        Different strokes for different folks, guy. I am glad that it is that way too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A fool and his money are soon parted, but BMW will never tell its customers this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Eisenmann exhaust sounds MUCH better than this.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVM6fWjNVEk

      Kreissieg too.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgqwJ0SY1l0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still pales in comparison to the standard exhaust note from an Audi RS4.

      I heard an M3 being given some beans the other day and the noise is just too gassy from the exhaust, making it hard o distinguish between a highly strung four-pot.
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