It’s just been barely a couple of months since BMW revealed its all-new G30 5 Series, and the executive saloon isn’t expected in showrooms before the first quarter of 2017. But, the Munich carmaker has already come out with a range of M Performance upgrades. While most of the options are in the styling department, specific models get performance improvements as well.
Visual upgrades that come as part of the M Performance package include a front splitter, wing mirror caps, rear diffuser and rear spoiler all finished in carbon fibre. In case you have an inexplicable aversion to the black yarn, you can get these parts specced in black polyurethane, to go well with the black finishes on the kidney grille and side sill attachments. Rounding off the exterior changes are 20in two-tone wheels and M Performance accent strips.
Changes to the cabin are more subtle, with the main difference being a sports steering wheel finished in Alcantara with a red marking in the 12 o’clock position and silver-grey cross-stitch seam.
While for some models, the changes are mostly just visual, the 540i, which replaces the 535i gets a mild bump in power torque output. The BMW M Performance Power and Sound Kit, which will be available at the same time as the car’s sales launch, will increase the 3.0-litre, twin-turbo in-line six cylinder engine’s power by 34 horsepower to 360 horsepower and the maximum torque by 50Nm to 500Nm. Although BMW says these changes will increase “response, sprint capacity and pulling power”, no official figures have been released that suggest increase in performance.
Meanwhile, the BMW M Performance exhaust system with Active Sound, will apparently produce an “emotional” acoustic pattern. However we won’t be able to enjoy that expressive note as it’s only available in diesel engine variants. All models will get stainless steel exhaust ducting, which can be fitted with circular or trapezoid tailpipe trims, in either chrome or carbon fibre finish, depending on the engine variant.