The M Division of BMW has extended its range of sportifying performance parts to the 2012 3 Series and 2011-2012 5 Series. Among the suite of components are a sport steering wheel, carbon fiber and Alcantara interior trim, carbon fiber splitters and mirror caps and two-toned 20-inch forged wheels hiding a Brembo big-brake kit with painted calipers. Oh, and racing stripes.

Naturally, in addition to making your car look more M-ish, the parts carry a multi-year BMW warranty. Scroll down for the skinny and get a visual idea of where your paycheck's about to go in the high-res gallery of photos.
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BMW Introduces BMW M Performance Parts for the 3 and 5 Series Sedans.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 4, 2012... BMW today announced new BMW M Performance Parts specially designed for the new 2012 BWW 3 Series Sedan and 2011-2012 5 Series Sedan. Like the BMW M Performance Parts already available for the high-performance M3, 1 Series M Coupe, X5 M and X6 M, the components developed for
3 Series and 5 Series models ensure an authentic transfer of BMW M-specific motor racing technology to everyday driving.

This new line of accessories provides a distinctive, sporty character to further enhance driving dynamics. BMW M Performance Parts are the result of years of racing expertise and have been developed in close collaboration with BMW M GmbH. Each component goes through an intensive development and manufacturing process which results in uncompromised performance. Exclusive chassis, aerodynamic, cockpit and powertrain components are now available for the 3 Series and 5 Series Sedans.

Chassis: A tangible increase in dynamic performance.
A new 20" forged alloy wheel set (style # 405M) is offered by BMW M Performance for the new for 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30). These wheels are produced using a special forging process that reduces weight by 1 kg (2.4 lbs.) per wheel when compared to a similar size wheel. This reduction in unsprung mass helps improve steering response and handling characteristics.

A similar 20" BMW M Performance wheel set is also available for the 5 Series. Both wheel sets showcase an exclusive bi-color design (High-gloss turned finish on the front side and Ferric grey paint between the spokes) style featuring the BMW M logo. These wheel/tire combinations are the largest size approved by BMW.

To accent the 20" wheels and to improve braking performance, a Brembo big-brake kit with painted calipers is now available. The upgrade consists of 4-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and a 2-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear axle. Improved thermal resistance is provided by the larger, internally-vented, lightweight-construction sports brake discs measuring 370 x 30 mm (diameter x thickness) on the front axle and 345 x 24 mm on the rear axle. These cross-drilled and grooved brake discs also reduce water film build-up between the brake lining and the disc surface during wet driving conditions. Painted caliper colors include M Performance Red, Yellow or Orange, any of which contrast nicely with the 20 inch wheels.

Aerodynamics: Optimized aerodynamic properties, expressive design.
High-gloss black kidney grilles are available to create a sporty, menacing character for the 3 Series and 5 Series Sedan. Drivers of the 3 Series can personalize the exterior of their vehicle even further with BMW M Performance Sport stripes. These stripes are printed on high-quality PVC film and are available in black or white.

BMW M Performance carbon fiber mirror caps are also available. These mirror caps are handmade with minute attention to detail and are clear-coated to protect them from harmful UV rays. To complement the carbon fiber mirror caps, a carbon fiber rear deck lid spoiler is available for the 5 Series to provide improved vehicle stability and driving dynamics.

Cockpit: High-quality materials, innovative technology, Motorsport design.
For the interior, BMW Performance has concentrated on the driver-machine interface, by creating a new Motorsport-derived steering wheel for the 3 Series Sedan. This direct replacement for the standard steering wheel features a thick, racing-style, flattened lower rim and is fully covered in hand-stitched Alcantara. A red stripe is located at the 12 o'clock position to provide a quick visual indicator of steering wheel position.

BMW M Performance has made available a seven piece carbon fiber and Alcantara interior trim set inspired by the world of Motorsport. The carbon fiber trim pieces are manufactured with a unique "open-pore" finish. This new technology offers the driver direct contact with high-tech carbon fiber materials. In contrast to the high gloss version, the carbon fiber in this instance is sealed with a special silk matt protective lacquer which allows for the structure and texture of the carbon fiber to remain tactile. The Alcantara trim on the dashboard is branded with the M Performance trademark to accentuate the sportiness of the interior.

A BMW M Performance carbon fiber gear shift knob and selector lever is available for vehicles with manual or automatic transmissions. The same open-pore technology used in the interior trim kit can be found on these products as well. The gear shift knob also has an integrated shift boot made of Alcantara.

Exhaust System: Exciting and sporty sound generates a genuine racing feel.
Using state-of-the-art CAD and FEM technology, a stainless steel exhaust system has been developed for the 335i and 535i Sedan (available from June 2012). This new exhaust enhances the sound quality and volume of the hallmark BMW TwinPower Turbo Inline 6-cylinder engine. A unique, high-tech look is provided by two chrome-plated 80 mm exhaust tips which are laser-engraved with the BMW M logo. Exhaust backpressure is reduced and a sporty powerful tone is heard with the BMW M Performance Exhaust System (without the droning noise typically associated with some aftermarket exhaust systems).

Warranty:
All products installed on or in the vehicle carry a BMW 4 year/ 50,000 mile warranty on the items if installed prior to delivery of the new vehicle. If the BMW M Performance Parts are installed after the delivery of the vehicle the warranty will be for the balance of the new vehicle limited warranty or two years from the date of installation, whichever is greater.

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 113 MINI passenger car dealers, and 32 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.


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      Rolling It!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yawn.... ok so let's make our BMWs look like 1980s Mustangs and Camaros! Cool. Yawn...
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rolling It!
        Better than making it look like every other yuppie's lease-special base model.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      TangoR34
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ricer stripes and body kit adds 45hp
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is sad. Take a lesson from Lexus and their F-Sport Parts.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      OOooo! High performance vinyl stripes! Off center no less! That is a trend I hope does not come back soon. Red stripe on mom's beige second-hand Mercury Sable. Now you know you're riding serious performance.
      dave and mary
      • 2 Years Ago
      A bunch of grumpy old Neon/Cavalier owners here. So BMW wants to sell some cute add ons for your car. Big deal. Like em? Buy em. Don't like em - don't buy em. If you own an applicable car, don't listen to the black cloud guys here.
      graphikzking
      • 2 Years Ago
      M Performance parts? The key word there PERFORMANCE? How is Carbon fiber INTERIOR trim performance? Does it make the cockpit airflow better? They should have 2 departments: M Visual Parts Carbon Fiber mirror COVERS. (If they were full mirrors, lighter/better airflow). M Performance Parts. Carbon Fiber splitter can be under performance. BMW - Get us real performance products: Carbon Fiber Hoods / Trunk Decks / Bumpers Lightweight Allow Wheels Carbon Fiber Mirrors M Racing Seats (lightweight). Lightweight battery (Porsche actually has an amazing LI-Ion one that costs like $1000 but is only like 4 lbs instead of the typical 20lbs). Performance exhaust system (loose another 25lbs and gain a few hp). They don't even have to touch the engine, just loose a good amount of weight. Also, if they sell more carbon fiber pcs, it will help bring their costs down on those parts and thus make them more affordable for possibly the next M series of cars.
        Rolling It!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        Note: replace the word "Performance" with "Gay" and/or "Cheesy" to reach highest understanding.
        Bobby_Sards
        • 2 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        I agree. Who the hell will buy this over priced crap anyways? Alcantara and 20" wheels on a 3 series? eek Please note I am a huge BMW fan and I drive a stage 2 335 sedan, and the aftermarket world for the 3 series is amazing...so I will just turn a blind eye to this
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog, I checked the gallery and I didn't see any information there about 'where my paycheck's about to go'. Were you suggesting that I'm going to buy this crap? Three fundamental points that I think will describe many of your readers: 1. I don't drive a BMW. I have no particular interest in driving most BMWs. 2. I don't drive a Volkswagen with a TDI engine. I don't have any interest in driving a diesel car though I do have a non-fuel-specific interest in good fuel mileage and torque. 3. I don't drive or want a station wagon. Sure, they make sense for a lot of people, but I (and most of those other people) still don't want one.
        jvshenderson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        I don't have a Bimmer and I'm generally not excited about the direction that they are going, but I'd still love to get a 3 series (new or old) as my next car. As for wagons, they are the nonconformist choice for people who need utility but hate SUVs and Minivans. I think you could make an argument that there is a "hipster" phenomenon going on here on Autoblog, where people are conforming by nonconforming, but I personally think wagons and hatchbacks score well on the fun / utility / cost / attractiveness scale... In short, yes you are right that Autoblog has biases, and yes you are free to express your opinion about them, but don't assume you're in the majority - at least not in this community, where many of us have been around long enough to be thoroughly brainwashed by the BMW Diesel Wagon Hipster Cult :-)
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jvshenderson
          You and RodRAEG are corrrect, those are my opinions. The reason I wrote it is because the author presumed I would be interested in buying these BMW accessories. I believe I'm correct in assuming the majority of readers do not drive BMWs and therefore have no use for BMW accessories. I also believe I'm correct in assuming that, for whatever personal justifications, the majority of readers do not drive a diesel vehicle or a station wagon as their primary vehicle. Surely these types of vehicles are much more common in Europe, I don't know whether either of them form the majority there either -- they certainly do not in North America.
      Andrew Ramos
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about a limited slip or torsen differential? No, just some 20"s and stripes. That's very M. Have fun continuing one tire burnouts with your new racing stripes and carbon fiber decoration.
        Ak74
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew Ramos
        Just read the article or go to BMW website they have a lot of performance packages that you can add. These are just some new parts.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the list of what i found on the BMW website. Yeah they are little pricey but people will buy to keep their warranty ;) BMW Aerodynamic Kit BMW Air Intake System BMW Brake Kits BMW Strut Brace BMW Engine Kit & Differential BMW Exhaust System BMW Interior BMW Powerkit BMW Shifters & Levers BMW Wheels BMW Steering Wheel BMW Suspension Kit M Performance Exhaust
      genelamont
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now just borrow the wing from a Honda Civic and you're all set.
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