BMW has revealed a range of M Performance accessories for the BMW 4-series ahead its arrival in UK showrooms this October. The accessories include both mechanical and cosmetic changes and will be offered to customers from January 2014.
How do the ‘M Performance’ models change the 4-series?
It’s not all about the appearance – the M Performance models offer more power for even the entry-level 420d, which, says BMW, do not have an effect on efficiency yet offer a perceptible performance increase. The 402d gets a 16bhp/29 lb ft boost, while the 430d is given 27bhp/29 lb ft with the 435i treated to a beefy 33bhp and 37 lb ft for a 335bhp output. The 428i misses out on a power hike, but it – and the 435i – are offered with an M Performance silencer. There’s also a clever limited slip diff and focused sports suspension to help the already tasty 4-series out of corners, uprated brakes as well as bigger, lighter alloy . There’s a choice of an 18-inch winter design, or guard-filling 20in wheels in two different styles.
Have you seen the lettering above the dash to let passengers know that you’ve spent a bit more on your 4-series. Further evidence is offered by the M Sports steering wheel, complete with its red centre marking, and the carbon and Alcantara used on the gear knob and hand brake. You can also add carbon and Alcantara strips across the doors and dash, as well as steel pedals and a special footrest and floor mats.
The 20inch wheel chosen for the car shown helps achieve the ‘skunk look’ with smatterings of black around the lower bumpers and rear diffuser, the side skirts and along the flanks of the 4-series’ body. The ‘air breather’ on the side is black, matching the front grille and the mirrors and the 20in wheel on the car shown.