By Andrew Ganz
Friday, May 4th, 2012 @ 11:45 am
 
Following in the footsteps of its 1 Series M, M3, X5 M and X6 M models, BMW has announced a new series of sport-oriented accessories for its latest 3 and 5-Series sedans.

The options range from performance-enhancing features like 20-inch forged alloy wheels, larger Brembo disc brakes and a stainless steel exhaust system, to stylish interior goodies.

Helping both the 2011-12 5-Series and 2012 3-Series come to a quicker stop is a new Brembo big brake upgrade, which adds 14.6-inch front and 13.6-inch rear discs controlled by four-piston front and two-piston rear Brembo calipers. The calipers are paitned in either red, yellow or orange. Buyers can then choose to wrap their upgraded disc brakes with two sets of 20-inch M Performance alloy wheels.

At the rear, a stainless steel exhaust system for models powered by BMW's 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo inline six-cylinder includes an 80 millimeter exhaust tip, from which a more guttural growl is said to emerge.

Of course, BMW realizes that many buyers are interested in making their 3s and 5s look a little more individual, so the automaker will offer exterior items like a high gloss kidney grille, PVC film styling stripes (in black or white) and even carbon fiber mirror caps. 5-Series buyers can personalize their cars further with a carbon fiber decklid spoiler.

Inside, Alcantara can cover the steering wheel on the 3-Series or the trim pieces on both models. A carbon fiber gear shift knob is available for both manual and automatic transmission models.