Now that Audi has threatened BMW’s comfortable position as forced induction six-cylinder gurus with the 3,0-litre supercharged unit that does service in the current S4, the boys at Munich have become a little antsy about Ingolstadt’s more powerful engine – that’s why we now have a few upgrades available for 135i and 335i models.By Kyle Kock
BMW South Africa has just announced the local introduction of the new BMW Performance Power Kit, which includes engine components and software for increased power output though extensive engine tuning and additional radiator and air intakes to compensate for the extra heat generated.
The factory-approved tuning package sees maximum power on the multiple award-winning 3,0-litre twin-turbocharged, inline-six cylinder powerplant increase from 225 kW to 240 kW, while maximum torque is bumped up from 400 N.m to 430 N.m on models equipped with manual gearboxes and 450 N.m for models fitted with the Steptronic transmission. Also available is the BMW Performance Silencer System, which consists of dual steel tailpipes finished in chrome that hints at the extra grunt under the bonnet.
BMW has also catered for some show to match the go with the Aerodynamics Kit, which includes a unique front apron and a plethora of carbon-fibre exterior niceties like the rear spoiler, diffuser and exterior mirrors. Furthermore, the BMW Performance light alloy wheels, yellow coil springs of the lowered suspension and yellow calipers on the sports brake system not only add to the visual effect but also enhances dynamic performance.
BMW continued the high-performance theme of the exterior with BMW performance additions for the interior that consists of race-inspired bucket-style seats, LED displays for oil and water temperature, transverse and longitudinal acceleration, shift point and time, as well as gearshift and parking brake levers in Alcantara, and aluminium pedals and footrests. High-quality steel scuff plates that bear illuminated yellow BMW Performance lettering complete the package.
Pricing for the BMW Performance Power Kit is R24 265 excluding labour. All other BMW Performance components are available individually, fulfils BMW quality and safety standards and therefore do not negatively impact BMW Warranty and Motorplan. Full pricing of all individual components is available through the BMW SA dealer network, which also carries out sales and installation.