If you’re an executive with a lead foot, you might be in luck: the BMW 7 Series is reportedly, finally getting an M version. But if you’re British and don’t want to wait long for your M-badged vehicle, BMW has another option: the BMW M3 and M5 Performance Editions are ready and on sale.
First thing’s first: BMW has long avoided tarting up the famous executive sedan, preferring instead to refer customers to Alpina, which takes the stock 7 Series and creates the 507-horsepowerAlpina B7 Biturbo sedan. But TheDetroitBureau.com reports that BMW is mulling an about-face, especially with demand for such a car coming from both American and Chinese markets.
In all honesty such a car would be pretty easy to make: the existing BMW M5 uses a tuned version of the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that’s under the hood of the 750i sedan, and BMW still has a V-12 available to shoehorn into the 7 Series’ engine bay…because it already does: the 760Li sedan has a 537 horsepower, 6.0-liter with turbos. A possible M7 could use an uprated version of either one.
If theoretical M cars aren’t your thing at the moment, however, there’s also good news: the M3 and M5 Performance Editions we’ve heard about before are headed to market in the United Kingdom. The M3, which costs 74,080 British pounds ($113,898), adds the Competition Package, a variable rear differential, a dual-clutch transmission, and 19-inch wheels, as well as a Harmon/Kardon sound system and other interior accoutrements. The M5, meanwhile, costs 95,140 pounds ($146,344) and gets 20-inch wheels, M sport seats, comfort access, and a BMW Professional sound system.
There will only be 30 copies of each model, and the special edition models’ calling card will be a matte paint job. The cars will be available only in BMW Individual Frozen White, BMW Individual Frozen Blue, and BMW Individual Japan Red with a Frozen Red wrap. On the inside the M5 will get Black Merino upholstery, and the M3 will get Black Novillo leather with available contrast stitching.
The M3 and M5 Performance Editions are only available to British customers, so here’s hoping you’ve already called your local BMW dealer in the UK if you want one.
Sources: The Detroit Bureau, BMW