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2018-07-12 11:59

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The new BMW M Performance Parts Concept based on the M2 provides an even more marked shift in athletic flair towards motor racing style by means of a consistent weight reduction of more than 60kg combined with optimised aerodynamics.

The Concept is finished exterior paint finish Frozen Black with M Performance wrapping in gold for accentuations and inscriptions.

Inside, Alcantara and carbon fibre further emphasise the sense of exclusivity, along with additional gold accentuations. The concept will makde its world premiere on 12 July: it will be lining up for the start of the hill race at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood (UK).

Carbon fibre parts reduce vehicle weight

In addition to M Performance Parts that are already available, the M Performance Parts Concept offers exclusive concept features. The result is a lower vehicle weight and therefore further optimised driving dynamics, says BMW. 

The overall effect is achieved by a range of individual measures – the use of carbon fibre has a particularly important role to play. This high-tech material is extremely stable but much lighter than standard components.

The striking M Performance Carbon front radiator grille (expected to be available for the M2 Competition – featuring an accentuating gold line in the Concept – perfectly matches the M Performance Carbon bonnet , which itself saves eight kilograms in weight as compared to the standard component.

The M Performance carbon fibre front side panels reduce the vehicle's weight by three kilograms, as well as optimising aerodynamics. A high-quality, individual look is also to be found in the M Performance carbon fibre front winglets and the carbon fibre side sill winglets (both available right away): these bear an exclusive gold accentuation in the Concept.

The M Performance carbon fibre roof in clear carbon-fibre finish is especially impressive (expected to be available from 3/2019): it reduces the car's weight by another six kilograms and shifts the centre of gravity further towards the road says BMW.

Semi-slick tyres

The complete wheel set with 19-inch M Performance forged wheel Y-spoke 763M in Frozen Gold (expected to be available from 7/2018) with semi-slicks not only provides a visual highlight, it is also six kilograms lighter than the standard wheels. 

M Performance aerodynamic components in carbon fibre. 

An eye-catching rear is provided by the M Performance carbon fibre tailgate (expected to be available from 11/2018): it weighs five kilograms less than the standard part. The M Performance carbon fibre rear diffuser (available) reduces the car's weight by 0.5 kilograms and also optimises aerodynamics; in the Concept it bears a gold accentuation.

Carbon fibre, Alcantara and golden contrast seams define the interior

The M Performance carbon fibre sport seats with golden contrast seam ensure an excellent hold even when driving in highly dynamic style. The seats are covered with Alcantara and include a folding function for convenient access to the rear; they weigh nine kilograms less than the standard sports seats. Alcantara is also a defining feature of the M Performance lightweight rear seats, which reduce the weight of the vehicle by another 13 kilograms.

M Performance suspension with adjustable compression and rebound stage

For perfect road holding – even when driven in motor racing style – the BMW M Performance Parts Concept features the M Performance suspension, which is already available as a retrofit set for serial production vehicles. This coilover suspension enables a lowering of up to 20mm; the damping technology is independently adjustable to 12 different compression stages and 16 different rebound stages.

These properties give the M Performance suspension a very neutral driving response with much reduced rolling movement. To match the exterior body finish, the springs of the M Performance suspension in the Concept are finished in black, as are the calipers of the 18-inch brakes. An additional weight reduction of 14 kilograms is achieved by the use of a lighter BMW battery.

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