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.
The 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.
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.