An M340i with the full arsenal of M Performance Parts is probably the closest we'll ever get to an M3 Touring.
It looks like BMW is making a habit of introducing M Performance parts shortly after a model’s official debut. Today, the Bavarians have a three-in-one announcement by showcasing a plethora of upgrades tailored to a trio of recently released models: next-generation 3 Series Touring, first-ever 8 Series Gran Coupe, and the X1 facelift.
We’ll kick things off with our favourite, which would have to be the 3er estate. Shown here in the range-topping M340i guise, the long-roof BMW has an exterior package encompassing six parts. There are carbon fibre-only side mirror caps complemented by a rear diffuser also made from carbon fibre, but alternatively, the latter can be had with a glossy black appearance. A similar paint finish can be seen on the prominent roof-mounted rear spoiler.
The lovely estate rides on 18-inch wheels with beefier brake callipers in either red or blue to contrast the Frozen White body. Those eager to show the entire world their appreciation for BMW, side decals at the bottom of the doors carry the “M Performance” branding.
Inside, there’s more carbon fibre to be had, along with an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with red central marking. The fancy gear knob is different than what you’ll find in the standard 3 Series Touring and it even has an illuminated shift scheme. A key holder and LED door projects round off the list of niceties.
As far as the 8 Series Gran Coupe is concerned, changes begin at the front where the wide kidney grille can be specified with a carbon fibre frame to match the side mirrors also crafted using carbon fibre with a high-gloss polish. Wheels as large as 20 inches are available from the M Performance catalogue, which also includes a set of matching wheel bags and 19-inch brakes with red callipers.
For the interior, BMW has prepared the usual tweaks as customers can opt for an Alcantara-covered steering wheel optionally offered with a carbon fibre trim. An “M Performance” inscription adorns the floor mats, while the stainless steel pedal set is said to be derived from the company’s race cars. Needless to say, door-mounted LED projects are offered for the large saloon, along with a key holder made from a high-end combination of Alcantara and carbon fibre.
In regards to the facelifted X1, BMW’s entry-level crossover gets that look-at-me M Performance side sill wrapping, along with carbon mirror caps and a glossy black finish for the corporate grille. If you want to prioritise style rather than ride quality, large 20-inch alloys with a matte black finish are available together with matching wheel bags.
The crossover’s interior houses an M Performance-branded steering wheel with Alcantara on the grip areas and red marking in the usual 12 o’clock position. Spend extra and BMW will be more than happy to throw in new floor mats, LED door projectors, and the now familiar key holder. Got to have that M Performance key holder, right?
M Performance Parts galore:
- New BMW M8 already getting M Performance Parts
- BMW X3 M and X4 M muscle up with M Performance Parts
- 2020 BMW M135i xDrive gets sporty look with M Performance Parts
- BMW dresses up new X5 in M Performance Parts