M Performance Parts Catalogue for BMW X5 Unveiled
BMW unveiled the M Performance parts catalogue for the new BMW X5 today and it's full of carbon fiber and all sorts of other goodies.
Inside the cabin we get the usual M Performance bits we've gotten used to, the footrest is now made of aluminum, the pedals also get covers while the floormats are replaced with ones featuring the M Performance logo.
The M Performance steering wheel comes wrapped in high-grip Alcantara and with large thumbrests and a special underlining. In addition to standard details such as the red centre marking at the 12 o’clock position and the silver-grey, hand-sewn cross-stitch, the M Performance steering wheel is also available with M Performance steering wheel trim in carbon fibre with M Performance inscription and Alcantara insert. To match this, the shift paddles can also be selected in an M Performance finish featuring carbon fabric instead of the standard chrome surface.
On the outside of the car you'll notice the obssesion BMW has with carbon fiber. All the parts feature the honeycomb structure that is so typical of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. Finished by hand and sealed with a clear finish, the components are given a final high-gloss polish for a depth effect. You can get yourself carbon fiber side mirrors, trims for the air intakes up front, rear winglets and a rear diffuser
For those who prefer to highlight and make use of the off-road capabilities of their BMW X5, the 20'' M light alloy wheel Star Spoke 748 M with all-terrain tyres is now available for the fourth generation of the BMW X5. This new wheel/tyre combination also offers good rid comfort and is approved for use in winter.
Optional 22-inch tyres are also available, including a set of wheels from the M Performance Parts range. The 22" M Performance light alloy wheel Start Spoke 749 M with rolled rim well (flow forming) is about one kilogram lighter than a comparable wheel of the same size due to the special manufacturing technique used. All in all, the unsprung masses are reduced by approx. four kilograms as a result, which impacts positively on driving dynamics and turn-in response.
Weight-optimised design also characterises the M Performance sports brake: the 4-piston fixed calipers on the front axle are made of aluminium, for example. Meanwhile the inner-vented and perforated M Performance brake discs – which are larger than in the serial brakes (19 inches) – ensure improved thermal resilience and therefore an increased braking effect even in extreme conditions.
Last but not least, the M Performance catalogue offers a Drive Analyzer. The M Performance Drive Analyser is available to those wanting to achieve motor racing optimisation not just in the BMW X5 itself but also in terms of their own driving style. It consists of an OBD stick, which is plugged into the on-board diagnosis socket, and a smartphone app. The Drive Analyser is derived directly from motor racing: it provides the driver with all the main driving dynamics data, offering extensive and professional logging and analysis options. It also enables trip recording on a smartphone video camera, driving data logging and route tracking based on GPS position data.