BMW’s New 3 Series Gets Sportier With Fresh M Performance Parts

BMW just revealed the all-new 3 Series sedan here at the 2018 Paris Auto Show. And performance enthusiasts know what that means: a new M3 is on the way. It may be a while before we get to see it, but this gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect – at least visually.

Hot on the heels of the standard sedan, the Bavarian automaker has released a series of M Performance Parts for the new 3, giving the latest rendition of the benchmark sports sedan an even sportier look and feel, both inside and out.

Developed by BMW M GmbH – the automaker’s in-house performance division – the new range of parts includes a full aero kit made up of ten individual components. There’s a front splitter, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, side sills, mirror caps, and more – all available in either gloss black or bare carbon.

There’s a set of tailpipes made of a mix of carbon fiber and titanium, and wheels in 18- and 20-inch diameters, packing oversized brake discs with four-piston aluminum calipers.

Inside there’s more upgrades on offer, including a sportier steering wheel, carbon-fiber shift paddles (for the automatic transmission), carbon-fiber interior trim, special floor mats, and projectors displaying the M (or other) logo on the tarmac next to the vehicle.

There’s even an Alcantara and carbon-fiber key wallet as well to take a bit of the performance flair with you even after exiting the vehicle, and a telematics data analyzer and action-camera mount for track days. All of which add up to a sportier take on the new 3 Series, and whet our appetites all the more for the forthcoming new M3 and other M Performance models that are sure to follow.

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  • roy

    Holy ugly?

  • marius

    Just ugly…

  • KidRed

    Naw, not feeling it still. I don’t like this redesign at all.

    • TheHake

      Me too… I really hope it looks better on the road than in pictures.

  • nastinupe

    Man that’s an ugly nose. Last generation was perfect. This is a mess. WTH???

  • Jay

    yikes, as a g30 5 sereis BMW owner and fan of the brand, i thought the M performance would help this 3 series. This is the worst i’ve seen. None of it enhances anything or makes it look better. Guess im glad i didnt wait for this car. Oof.

  • DM

    Those rather busy air intakes in the bumper are not pretty. M models were always a bit subtle, this looks like the bumper from an SUV.

  • Dariush

    Usual BMW. Everyone finds it ugly, but everyone will still buy it. It’s not even ugly, it just takes some time getting used to it. Just wait to see it IRL.

    • TheHake

      Everyone buys BMW’s? Hmmm… I don’t know about that…

  • TheBelltower

    It does. Except that the BMW looks like it was professionally designed. Lexus’ are messy.

    • donald seymour

      Really Bell? I though we were on the same page?

      • TheBelltower

        LOL! I’m pretty consistent about my disdain for Lexus/Toyota design. BMW’s are hit or miss. I’m into this 3 series.

        • donald seymour

          For real? Okay, I guess.

  • TheBelltower

    There’s a lot of adhesive junk applied to an otherwise nice looking BMW.

  • Ed

    Gawd….hand this back to the design team and tell them to clean it up. They tried to hard to make it look different….and “more powerful?” All that waiting…then THIS!

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  • Axiom Ethos

    From the rear quarter its starting to look almost WRX’ish.

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