BMW M Performance Models


Refined design, performance and driving dynamics.


As exclusive offers from BMW M GmbH, the M Performance Models combine the best of their respective BMW series with the dynamic genes of BMW M, thus creating their own class. The uncompromising combinations of sporting character, everyday utility and comfort are perfected in every M Performance Models: from the compact BMW M140i and the unique BMW M760Li xDrive, they stand out because of their independent interpretations of intensified driving pleasure.

BMW M140i 5-door.


BMW M240i Coupé.


BMW M240i Convertible.


BMW M760Li xDrive.


BMW X2 M35i


BMW X3 M40i.


BMW X5 M50d.


BMW X6 M50d.

BMW M Performance Design


M Performance Models line up at the start with the M Sport package as a standard feature. In addition to the M-Specific suspension, it also contains the M aerodynamics package. Also included in the package are enlarged air inlets in the front apron in order to cool the engines and a colour-contrasting rear diffusor insert.

Yet the M Performance Models offer much more. Outside and inside they have exclusive options to clearly distinguish them from their respective model series. Optically and technically they master their role as cars suitable for everyday use with a perfect guarantee of adrenalin, thus closing the gap between the top models of the series and the high-performance models from BMW M GmbH.

Front design accents

Design accents at the front.

The unmistakeable design details of the M Performance Models include additional applications in signature colour within the front apron.

Light alloy wheels

Exclusive light alloy wheels.

Selected M Performance Models line up with exclusive wheel styling in signature colour. With their impressive dimensions, the specially developed M Performance wheels are the largest in each of their respective ranges.

Kidney grille in signature colour

Kidney grille in signature colour.


Selected elements of the kidney grille captured in signature colour provide exclusive eye-catchers. The BMW M760Li xDrive uses colour to highlight the kidney grille.

“M” logo on the side wall

“M” logo on the side wall.

The M logo in Dark Chrome or Cerium Grey, according to the model, is an elegant way of accentuating that the vehicle is an M Performance Automobile.

Exterior mirror caps in SIGNATURE COLOUR.


The curved mirror caps are finished in Ferric Grey or Cerium Grey, according to the model. Their aerodynamic design offers barely any resistance to the airstream.

Exhaust pipe finishers

Exhaust pipe finishers on both sides.


M Performance Models are instantly recognisable because of the exhaust pipe finishers on both sides, which are designed specifically for the respective model. The result is a powerful looking tail.

Rear model designation

Model designation on rear.


The specific model designation in signature colour with the integrated “M” on the rear underlines the close relationship between the M Performance Models and the models of BMW M.

Door sill finishers with designation

Door sill finishers with model designation.


In the M Performance Models, driver and passenger are welcomed by door sill finishers bearing the model designation. However, in the BMW M760Li xDrive, this greeting is delivered in a particularly stylish manner: the exclusive “V12” replaces the model designation.

BMW M Performance Driving Dynamics


Unique driving dynamics and great everyday utility – M Performance Models combine what sounds like a contradiction to produce an uncompromising driving experience. The comprehensive know-how and the innovative power of BMW M GmbH flow directly into development to result in impressive driving precision. To match the respective vehicle character, the driving dynamic characteristics of the M Performance Models have been distinctly designed with sport in mind. The result can be measured in smiles per corner.

M Performance Automobile cars are equipped with the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system either as an option or a standard feature. It permanently distributes the driving forces to all four wheels according to the current coefficients of friction. Dynamics, traction and agility are noticeably improved in all driving situations. To meet the special demands of driving dynamics in the M Performance Models, the system has been designed with greater emphasis on the rear wheels and hence on sporting character.

In order to translate the outstanding engine performance into impressive and authoritative driving dynamics, M Performance Models have specific settings for the suspension. These include individually configured spring and damping systems as well as specific elasto-kinematics for the front axle. The BMW M760Li xDrive features a suspension system, Executive Drive Pro, specially tuned to its sportier character: Its electromechanical roll reduction fitted as standard lends the limousine particularly athletic driving properties.

The steering sensation in an M Performance Automobile is unique. Precise responses from every manoeuvre and the smooth feeling when taking tight bends whet the appetite for even sportier experiences. Power steering and the self-centring effect have been individually modified for all models. In the BMW M760Li xDrive, Integral Active Steering additionally comes into play as a standard feature to increase agility and driving safety.

M Performance Models are equipped with the largest available M wheels. A specifically tuned Performance tyre is fitted to selected models. Extremely durable high-performance fibres guarantee maximum possible stability of the tread and deliver maximum grip even during dynamic cornering. Their outstanding braking properties are further enhanced by braking systems with the largest possible discs in each case. M Performance Models, such as the BMW M240i, have M Sport brakes fitted as standard to bring them resolutely to a standstill.

BMW M Performance 8-speed Steptronic Sport Transmission


The automatic 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission adapts to suit individual driving styles. It is perfect for everything from comfortable cruising through to a very dynamic drive. In addition to automatic gear selection, it is of course possible to shift gears manually at any time – optionally with the assistance of the Optimum Shift Indicator. The driver can change gears using the shortened gear lever or the gearshift paddles on the Sport leather steering wheel.

In SPORT mode, the gear shifts are configured for the best possible performance. Fast engine speed transitions between the gears bolster powerful acceleration. The engine always maintains a speed at which it can access very high power output at any time. The Launch Control function regulates the ideal starting engine speed, allowing maximum acceleration from a standing start. At high speeds, the eight gear reduces the engine speed and fuel consumption.

This is also where the newly developed converter clutch comes into play. The 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission works together with the engine to deliver smooth gear shifts and top figures in efficiency and power delivery.

Included in 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, Launch Control enables maximum acceleration from a standing start. To use, activate DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) by briefly pushing the DSC button (Dynamic Stability Control), move the gear lever to the "S" position, firmly hold down the brake and press the accelerator pedal to kickdown. Release the brake while maintaining kickdown, and the vehicle will accelerate at the maximum until the accelerator is released.

BMW M Performance Engines


The M Performance Models are equipped with the most powerful engines from the model series. Each one underlines the unique selling point of the respective model. The sole six-cylinder is employed in the BMW 1 Series and 2 Series. The BMW X5 M50d and the BMW X6 M50d accelerate particularly dynamically thanks to the three-stage turbocharging. The only V12 petrol engine with 448kw is reserved – for the M760Li xDrive. Impressive power units with driving characteristics further intensified by their spine-tingling, emotive sound.

An impressive engine sound intensifies the sporty driving experience. This is why M Performance Models have a characteristic sound. In the BMW M140i and BMW M240i, for example, the intelligent air vent control and elimination of the middle silencer is responsible for an exclusive, acoustic experience. Every leap in the revs passes through the sensory organs on its way straight to the heart. The sound has reached perfection in the BMW M760Li xDrive: the M Sport exhaust system in the underbody region provides an especially emotive V12 sound. According to the driver’s preference and driving situation, the charge changing acoustics vary the sound between the discreetly elegant and the aggressively high performance.

250 kW/340 hp engine

250 kW/340 hp.


The M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder petrol engine with a displacement of 3.0 litres combines Valvetronic including Double-VANOS and direct petrol injection with a TwinScroll turbocharger. An extremely spontaneous response, high torque even at low revs and across a broad power band characterise the powerful engine. The result is a maximum torque of 500 Nm. This power unit features in the BMW M140i and BMW M240i.

280 kW/381 hp engine

280 kW/381 hp.

The M Performacne TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder diesel engine furnishes the vehicle with remarkable thrust from the word go. This is due in no small part to the three-stage turbocharging process with variable turbine geometry. Thanks to its direct response, balanced torque band and the wide usable revving range, this power unit is already able to unleash it maximum torque of 740Nm between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. An impressive performance that is combined with maximum efficiency in this engine. The power unit features in the BMW X5 M50d and the BMW X6 M50d.

448 kW/610 hp engine

448 kW/610 hp. M Performance TwinPower Turbo twelve-cylinder petrol engine.

The M Performance TwinPower Turbo twelve-cylinder petrol engine is a masterpiece of automotive engineering and an extremely cultivated source of power for superior driving pleasure. Its incomparable refinement and smooth power delivery provide an emotional experience for driver and passengers alike. The V12 engine combines two turbochargers with the Double-VANOS variable camshaft adjustment and High Precision Injection. The twelve-cylinder thus delivers a mighty 800 Nm as maximum torque in the range from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm, together with a maximum output of 448 kW at 2.250-6,000 rpm and accelerates the BMW M760Li xDrive from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.7 seconds. Fuel is used with supreme efficiency thanks to High Precision Injection. This power unit features in the BMW M760Li xDrive.

BMW M Performance Accessories


The BMW brand stands for dynamics, innovation and decades of motorsport success. BMW M Performance Accessories transfer this knowledge from the racetrack to the road with a range of components to enhance aerodynamics, drivetrain, cockpit and chassis. All easily fitted by your BMW Centre, they let you further enhance the uncompromising sportiness of your BMW.


*All information, representations, illustrations, specifications and prices is general in nature only and may show overseas product features, specifications or models which may change without notice and should always be read in conjunction with other specific materials and information available from BMW Group Australia and its respective dealers

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