The BMW M3 and M5 are unquestionably very desirable, but they’ve almost become victims of their own success. Everybody wants want, and in many wealthier parts of the world, almost everybody actually owns one. Luckily, BMW is releasing two exclusive M Performance Editions of the M3 and M5 that deliver all the thrills of the standard cars wrapped up in a slightly more exotic package. Damn that’s a lot of Ms.
The M3 and M5 M Performance Editions are designed to help promote the company’s Individual program, which permits users to customise their vehicles to within an inch of their lives. As such, they’re seriously pimped up. Both cars are available in three new ‘Frozen’, aka matte, paint schemes, including BMW Individual Japan Red with a Frozen Red wrap, Individual Frozen White and Individual Frozen Blue.
Both cars also sport matte black alloy wheels — 19-inch Y-spoke items on the M3 and 20-inch M double-spoke jobbies on the M5.
Inside, the M3 M Performance Edition gains full black Merino leather upholstery, a laser-cut ‘One of 30’ designation, ‘BMW M Performance Edition’ stitched into the front headrests, dark chrome exhaust, side vills and kidney grille surround, jet black bonnet intakes, carbon-fibre front splitters and high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim.
The engine is the same stupendous 420hp V8, but the car comes with the Competition Package as standard, so it gets 10mm lowered suspension, Electronic Damper Control with a firmer Sport mode and a revised DSC+ traction control system that lets you slide about without killing yourself. Inside, it comes with £9,790 of extra equipment including DAB radio, a Harman/Kardon13-speaker audio system, Internet access and more.
It’s a similar story where the M5 M Performance Edition is concerned. That car comes with a whopping £22,075 worth of extras, which is just about everything you can throw at an M5.
The BMW M3 M Performance Edition will sell for £74,080, while its M5 M Performance Edition cousin goes for £95,140 on the road. Like ’em? Loathe ’em? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.