BMW M Sport for 1- and 3-series

Published: 16 February 2007

M Sport models for the BMW 3-series Coupe and Convertible

A new flagship has arrived for the 3-series two-door range - and it gives some pointers to how this summer's new M3 could shape up. The Coupe and Convertible's beefy M Sport styling kit is available with any engine spec and comprises 18-inch M-design alloys (19s are an option), a new spoiler and aero pack, plus 15mm-lowered sports suspension. This is no minority choice, either. More than three-quarters of BMW's six-cylinder coupes are ordered in M Sport trim. Buyers clearly love the M look, but without the expense of trading up to the real McCoy.

What do I get inside?

The M Sport trim bungs in a load of extra equipment, too. Figure-hugging sports seats are trimmed in cloth and Alcantara, the door sills gain M badging, as does the gearlever. Brushed aluminium dash trim and M steering wheel complete the interior upgrade. Prices start at £28,330 for a 320i M Sport Coupe, while the new folding hard-top Convertible can be had in M trim from £32,255.

And what's this? A BMW 1-series M Sport?

We've already seen the M trim on the One, but BM has now rustled up an M Sport Limited Edition of the 130i: all come with carbon black metallic paint, 18-inch alloys styled on the WTCC wheel design and unique lemon leather interior. Only 160 will be sold in the UK, costing £30,270. Meanwhile, the new three-door 1-series range has been priced from £17,785. And BMW has raised prices elsewhere in its range by an average of 1.4 percent (although some popular models like the twin-turbo 535d jump by more than 4 percent).

By Tim Pollard

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