Ever since the introduction of BMW’s first performance tuned model, the e30 M3, the moniker has always been associated with a class apart. To get into the M3 circle, you had to put your money (and preferably large amounts of it) where your mouth was. The payoff was always in the addition BMW performance accessories that the Ms offered. From lower, stiffer suspension to more supple steering, a specially tuned range of motors and subtle interior styling cues.
However, the automotive scene has changed much since the early 1980’s when the M series made its debut. These days, modular construction, economy and environmental friendliness are all things that have to be considered by any auto manufacturer who wants to stay in the game. Enter the BMW M performance accessories. These are much more than your average trunk spoiler or aftermarket light kits. Specifically designed by BMW for BMW they integrate perfectly with your existing car to bring it up to that previously unreachable M level. Let’s get a closer look:
Performance Exhaust Systems
It’s a proven fact that skillfully engineered exhaust systems not only sound better but also make your vehicle more responsive to the throttle. BMW has realized this and designed a performance silencer system for your 5 series. Fitting this kit won’t only improve your car’s rear styling, but also give it that throaty growl which tempts you to unleash the BMW beast.
Carbon fiber is the trend these days, but it has two drawbacks. Firstly, its extremely expensive, and secondly for it to look natural, it has to be handcrafted, as it is a very delicate material before it hardens. BMW knows this and has introduced an exterior kit of exquisitely handcrafted carbon fiber mirror covers, trunk spoilers, front splitters, kidney grilles and side skirts. This is tasteful styling personified, since the handcrafted material fits the contours of your vehicle like, well, it was made for it. Exterior styling not only improves your car’s aesthetic, but also subtly adjusts its aerodynamics for when you need it most – performance racing.
The final performance accessories are for interior styling, and while this doesn’t have a great impact on the vehicles actual track statistics, many of us use our cars as a daily driver as well as a track car in today’s claustrophobic economic environment. That is why a comfortable, well designed interior is a must. The BMW M performance steering wheel not only boasts Alcantara leather and comfortable grips in the standard 2:10 position, but also clever integration into the vehicles electronic system, allowing you to measure lap times and other performance statistics.
Although these accessories have been made to the highest technical specifications, they are only as good as the fitter who installs them. The range is constantly being updated by BMW M, so there might be additional accessories that become available after the time of writing. Either way, why not come and talk to our friendly ASE certified team at Foreign Affairs Motorsport for free technical advice.
We have been in the business for forty years, specializing in BMW, Porsche and other foreign marques. So, if you can’t seem to find the accessory for you within the BMW range, we can happily recommend other tried and tested manufacturers such as Cobb, Akrapovic and APR.