BMW M Per­for­mance Parts and Orig­i­nal BMW Ac­ces­sories at 2016 SEMA Show in Las Ve­gas

Malta Independent - - MOTORING ON TUESDAY - Edited by John Peel

Wide spec­trum of sporty and func­tional ac­ces­sories for the BMW model range

New con­cept M Per­for­mance light al­loy wheel

New rear wing for the BMW M3

New coilover sus­pen­sion for the BMW M3 and BMW M4

M Per­for­mance Power & Sound Kit en­hances both per­for­mance and sound

M Per­for­mance Pack­ages com­bine at­trac­tive in­di­vid­ual op­tions

Smart re­mote en­gine start func­tion for con­ve­nient in­te­rior air con­di­tion­ing.

With around 60,000 trade vis­i­tors and over a mil­lion square feet of the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, the SEMA Show in Las Ve­gas (Ne­vada, USA) is held ev­ery year in the first week of Novem­ber and ranks as the world’s lead­ing trade fair for ve­hi­cle in­di­vid­u­al­iza­tion and tun­ing. This year, the largest event be­ing held by the Spe­cialty Equip­ment Mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion (SEMA) from Novem­ber 1 to 4 is open­ing its doors for ac­cred­ited trade rep­re­sen­ta­tives, to whom BMW will present the ex­ten­sive range of new M Per­for­mance Parts and Orig­i­nal BMW Ac­ces­sories at their booth in­side the lower South Hall (Booth 40247). BMW ve­hi­cles that will be dis­played through­out the show in­clude a BMW M2 Safety Car, a BMW M3, a BMW X5, a BMW 340i fin­ished in Alpine White with nu­mer­ous M Per­for­mance Parts. Ad­di­tion­ally, BMW iPer­for­mance makes its de­but at SEMA show­cas­ing a BMW In­di­vid­ual 740e xDrive iPer­for­mance and fin­ished in BMW In­di­vid­ual Frozen Black Metal­lic fea­tur­ing M Per­for­mance Parts.

BMW’s pres­ence at the SEMA Show has a spe­cial mean­ing for the com­pany in sev­eral re­spects. Its world­wide rep­u­ta­tion as an in­no­va­tor and trend­set­ter in the field of tun­ing and in­di­vid­u­al­iza­tion, the con­fer­ence of­fers the ideal frame­work to present the ex­ten­sive range of BMW M Per­for­mance Parts that not only in­crease the per­for­mance and op­ti­mize ve­hi­cle driv­ing dy­nam­ics but they also ex­tend a unique and dis­tinc­tive look to the BMW mod­els. The SEMA Show takes place in the heart of the big­gest mar­ket for BMW M Per­for­mance Parts. Dur­ing the past fi­nan­cial year, sales fig­ures and the rev­enue gen­er­ated from the parts in the United States were around 20 per­cent higher than com­pa­ra­ble fig­ures for the Ger­man mar­ket, the sec­ond largest mar­ket in the world.

New con­cept M Per­for­mance light al­loy wheel.

One of the most sig­nif­i­cant in­no­va­tions be­ing pre­sented by BMW at the 2016 SEMA Show is the new light al­loy wheel dis­played as a con­cept wheel on the BMW M3 (19-inch at the front, 20-inch at the rear). De­rived di­rectly from mo­tor rac­ing, the M Per­for­mance wheel, which is milled and weight-op­ti­mized en­tirely from a forged blank, con­trib­utes – com­pared with wheels fit­ted with stan­dard tires – to­wards even bet­ter steer­ing be­hav­ior, re­sult­ing in a fur­ther in­crease in driv­ing dy­nam­ics. This is com­ple­mented by the ex­clu­sive styling of the wheel set, which is shown in Black matte and with “M Per­for­mance” let­ter­ing on the rim flange and matched with Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport Cup 2 tires for max­i­mum grip and per­for­mance.

This new M Per­for­mance light al­loy wheel is ex­pected be avail­able for M2, M3 and M4 in Sum­mer 2017.

World pre­miere: mo­tor­sport aero­dy­nam­ics for the BMW M3.

At SEMA the BMW M Per­for­mance rear wing will be pre­sented to the public for the first time. The com­po­nent is made com­pletely from car­bon fi­bre (wing, side sec­tions, bases) and brings mo­tor­sport aero­dy­nam­ics to the streets in a pro­duc­tion M3. The rac­ing stripes on the bases of the BMW M Per­for­mance rear wing em­pha­sise this even fur­ther. Mar­ket launch is planned for the mid­dle of 2017.

New coilover sus­pen­sion for the BMW M3 and BMW M4.

The shock ab­sorbers with con­trast­ing red coil springs fea­tured on the BMW M3 ex­hib­ited at the BMW booth in Las Ve­gas are clearly dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of the new ad­justable M Per­for­mance Parts sports sus­pen­sion for the BMW M3 and M4. This sus­pen­sion al­lows the driver to lower the ve­hi­cle’s ride height be­tween 5 and 20 mil­lime­ters via the ad­justable spring plate, at­tain­ing max­i­mum align­ment to var­i­ous dif­fer­ent road and race­track con­di­tions. With the M Per­for­mance sports sus­pen­sion, it is pos­si­ble to ex­pe­ri­ence rac­ing-in­spired driv­ing dy­nam­ics in ev­ery­day use on the road.

M Per­for­mance Power & Sound Kit en­hances both per­for­mance and sound.

New to the North Amer­i­can mar­ket is the M Per­for­mance Power & Sound Kit, al­ready avail­able in Ger­many for the BMW 340i and 440i and their vari­ants in­clud­ing mod­els equipped with xDrive in­tel­li­gent four-wheel drive tech­nol­ogy. For the first time in the US, the Kit com­prises a mod­i­fied en­gine man­age­ment soft­ware and a higher flow­ing, elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled valve ex­haust sys­tem that is ac­tu­ated in Sport/Sport+ modes via the Driv­ing Dy­namic Con­trol Switch. This per­for­mance up­grades ef­fec­tively in­crease power out­put of the 3-liter 6-cylin­der in­line TwinPower Turbo en­gine by 35 hp to 355 hp, with max­i­mum torque in­creas­ing to 369 lb-ft (+39 lb-ft) for au­to­matic trans­mis­sion ve­hi­cles (+25 lb-ft on man­ual trans­mis­sion mod­els). The re­sult is faster en­gine re­sponse as well as no­tice­ably im­proved ac­cel­er­a­tion across the en­tire en­gine speed range, en­abling a 0-60 mph sprint 0.2 sec­onds faster than stan­dard. This in­crease in per­for­mance is acous­ti­cally ac­cen­tu­ated by a ro­bust en­gine sound that ad­di­tion­ally in­ten­si­fies the sporty driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. In spite of the in­crease in power out­put, fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sion lev­els in ac­cor­dance with the ECE test cy­cle re­main un­changed af­ter in­stal­la­tion of the M Per­for­mance Power & Sound Kit.

M Per­for­mance Pack­ages com­bine at­trac­tive in­di­vid­ual op­tions.

The US-spe­cific M Per­for­mance Pack­ages align to each re­spec­tive model se­ries and com­bine var­i­ous in­di­vid­ual op­tions into an at­trac­tive over­all pack­age. These pack­ages are avail­able for the BMW 2 Se­ries Coupe, the BMW 3 Se­ries Sedan, the BMW 4 Se­ries and BMW 7 Se­ries as well as the BMW M2, M3 and M4. M Per­for­mance Pack­ages em­pha­size the dy­namic char­ac­ter of each model, lend­ing it a par­tic­u­larly dis­tinc­tive, rac­ing-ori­ented pres­ence. With the ex­cep­tion of the M3 and M4, the pack­ages al­ways in­clude, for ex­am­ple, a black front grille, and a vis­i­ble car­bon rear spoiler – painted in ve­hi­cle color in the case of the BMW 7 Se­ries – as well as the “M Per­for­mance” let­ter­ing on the rear side sills.

M Per­for­mance Pack­ages for the BMW 2 Se­ries Coupe and the 3 Se­ries Sedan in­clude the black M Per­for­mance Front Split­ter at­tach­ment (PUR). This comes in full car­bon fiber for the BMW 4 Se­ries and Car­bon/PUR for the M3 and M4. Car­bon ex­te­rior mir­ror caps are in­cluded for the BMW 4 Se­ries Con­vert­ible, the M4 Con­vert­ible and the BMW 7 Se­ries. In the case of the lat­ter, BMW M Per­for­mance 21-inch, dou­ble spoke 650 M Bi­color al­loy wheels are also in­cluded. The pack­age for the BMW M2, M3 and M4 also com­prises the M Per­for­mance ex­haust sys­tem fea­tur­ing a rear si­lencer made en­tirely of ti­ta­nium (M3 and M4) or stain­less steel (M2) as well as dis­tinc­tive M Per­for­mance car­bon tailpipes boast­ing the M logo. There is a choice of two sound set­tings for the BMW M Per­for­mance si­lencer sys­tem, which are each linked to the en­gine’s per­for­mance characteristics and ac­ti­vated at the push of a but­ton. These US-spe­cific Pack­ages of­fer cus­tomers a sav­ings of at least 7.5 per­cent (BMW 7 Se­ries) and up to 13.9 per­cent (BMW 2 Se­ries Coupe) com­pared to the to­tal price of com­bined in­di­vid­ual op­tions.

At­trac­tive de­tails com­plete the range of M Per­for­mance Parts.

Thanks to the ex­ten­sive range of M Per­for­mance com­po­nents with equip­ment fea­tures in­spired by and de­rived from mo­tor rac­ing, there are vir­tu­ally no lim­its to the in­di­vid­u­al­iza­tion of a cus­tomer’s car. For ex­am­ple, the M Per­for­mance car­bon en­gine cover for the BMW M3 and M4 is proof of great at­ten­tion to de­tail. The elab­o­rately hand­crafted com­po­nent made from high-grade car­bon fiber re­in­forced plas­tic guar­an­tees that fas­ci­nat­ing mo­tor rac­ing look when the hood is open. BMW mod­els with a man­ual trans­mis­sion can also be re­fined with the M Per­for­mance car­bon gearshift knob with Al­can­tara boot, for ex­am­ple. Last but not least, this can be ide­ally com­ple­mented with the M Per­for­mance car­bon hand­brake grip with Al­can­tara boot and the M Per­for­mance steer­ing wheel Al­can­tara with car­bon trim, avail­able in var­i­ous ver­sions.

Smart re­mote en­gine start func­tion for con­ve­nient air con­di­tion­ing.

More­over, at SEMA in Las Ve­gas, BMW is pre­sent­ing the op­tional Re­mote En­gine Start to a wider public for the first time. It will be ini­tially avail­able for mod­els of the BMW 5 Se­ries (F10) as well as the BMW X5 and X6. Thanks to be­ing able to start the en­gine from a dis­tance, driv­ers can pre­con­di­tion the in­side of the car on ex­cep­tion­ally hot and cold days, as the si­mul­ta­ne­ously ac­ti­vated au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol sys­tem cools down or heats up the in­te­rior to the pre­set tem­per­a­ture. The sys­tem is op­er­ated us­ing the re­mote con­trol of the stan­dard car key – press­ing the “lock” but­ton three times starts the en­gine. If the car is not moved within twenty min­utes, the sys­tem will au­to­mat­i­cally switch off the en­gine.

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