Let’s start with the 3 Series Touring. This (not-for-SA) estate can be specified with an M Performance "aerodynamic and exterior components" package that includes carbon-fibre side-mirror caps, a new rear diffuser (in either carbon-fibre or high-gloss black) a cheeky rear spoiler and M Performance side-sill wrapping. There’s also a feature that lights up the grille when the vehicle is opened or closed.
A set of 18-inch M Performance light alloy wheels (in the double-spoke 796 style) frame uprated brakes, while inside you’ll notice the special steering wheel gains an Alcantara grip area, a red central marking and silver-grey (hand-sewn) cross-stitch seams.
Other items include carbon-fibre shift paddles, carbon-fibre steering wheel trim and a gear knob (for manual models) with an Alcantara gaiter. The new 3 Series Touring can also be had with M Performance floor mats with decorative seams, along with stainless steel pedal rests and a stainless steel footrest.
And the fresh-faced 8 Series Gran Coupé? Well, the four-door version of the 8 Series can likewise be specified with a carbon-fibre ornamental grille and carbon-fibre side-mirror caps. New 20-inch light alloy wheels are offered in two designs, while the uprating braking system features red brake callipers.
Items for the cabin include an M Performance steering wheel, carbon-fibre shift paddles, M Performance floor mats and stainless steel pedals. LED door projectors are furthermore available, featuring the BMW logo, the M logo and three different M Performance logos that the Munich-based firm says “can be interchanged at will”.
The updated BMW X1, meanwhile, gains the option of M Performance side-sill wrapping, carbon-fibre side-mirror caps, a high-gloss black grille and 20-inch alloys finished in matte black. Inside, buyers can specify the M Performance steering wheel, special floor mats, LED door projectors and an M Performance key holder.
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