BWW performance parts deliver unparalleled power on the race tracks. From the power-focused M models to the ultra-luxury 7 Series, BMW has brought about countless track-inspired performance machines and incorporated them with comfort and functionality for the daily ride. There are a few noteworthy BMW performance parts that are particularly popular with the enthusiasts. Let’s see what they are.
Technically speaking, the BMW M button is a memory function that stores and recalls certain sets of the BMW driving preferences. From the full throttle of the revving horsepower to the smooth sail of the aerodynamic controls, the M button can remember and recall your preferred drive settings. According to BMW, five major customizable functions can be coordinated by the M button.
See Our Complete Guide on the BMW M Button and its functions.
The new generation BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brakes provide braking power that is unmatched by any conventional brakes. These brakes are made for any weather conditions while being lightweight with significant strength endurance.
M Carbon Ceramic brakes are made from durable carbon compound ceramic materials to withstand extreme temperatures from the high-performance demands of the track. Also known as the BMW C/SiC (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Silicon Carbide) Brakes, the M Carbon Ceramic Brake discs are fabricated from carbon fibers. The brake calipers are painted in eye-catching gold adorn with the signature BMW M logo. The brake discs are manufactured by Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes GmbH.
The M Carbon Ceramic Brakes are lighter and better in performance than the M Compound Brakes or the conventional brakes.
Comparing to the M Compound Brakes, the most significant advantage of the M Carbon Ceramic Brakes is their lightweight property. M Carbon Ceramic Brakes is 12.5 kg (about 27 pounds) lighter in rotating mass than the standard M Compound Brakes. The M Carbon Ceramic Brakes also offer more stability because the operational surface of the brake pads is significantly higher.
See Our Complete Guide on the BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brakes.
The 7-speed M DCT is the BMW transmission system that allows for fast gear change. It is capable of reaching 9,000 RPM without interference to the tractive forces like power and traction.
The 7-Speed M Double-Clutch Transmission (DCT) was first introduced on November 1st, 2008 by BMW M Gmbh. BMW was the world’s first car maker to propose the 7-Speed DCT gearbox for the M division. It ensures optimal gearshift, provides more dynamic acceleration and reduces fuel consumption.
Debuted first in the M3 Coupe, Sedan, and Convertible, the Performance Option 7-Speed Double-Clutch Transmission is currently priced at $2,900 and is available for the new M models like the M3 and M4.
There are three options for gear change with the 7-speed M DCT with DriveLogic. It allows the driver to shift manually or automatically:
See Our Complete Guide on the BMW 7-speed M Double-Clutch Transmission (DCT).
In 2015, BMW M celebrated the 17th anniversary of being the “Official Car of MotoGP” with a specially assembled BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car.
MotoGP is categorized as a class of Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix. It is the premier championship of motorcycle road racing. The same Water Injection Technology that debuted with the M4 MotoGP Safety Car was adopted exclusively by the BMW M4 GTS engine system.
The Water Injection Technology is a configuration designed to maximize the performance of the M4 GTS further. It increased the efficiency and the lifespan of the combustion engine while minimized energy consumption.
This technology boosts both the output and the torque by lowering the overall combustion temperature as much as 45° F (about 7.2° C.) Thus, thermal stress on the TwinTurbo engine and its components can be significantly reduced.
The system works by injecting water mist into the plenums of the intake manifold and cools the combustion chamber as water vaporizes. The outcome translates into earlier injection timing, higher compression ratio, and improved fuel consumption.
The M4 GTS is currently for sale as a limited-edition model in the United States. Check out this exclusive, supercharged BMW M4 GTS.
The 8-Speed Sport Automatic Steptronic Transmission with steering wheel paddle shifter and Launch Control is part of the BMW EfficientDynamics. The advantages of such transmission are the noticeable weight reduction, a wider ratio spread which increases efficiency, and the uncompromised comfort during shifting.
The 8-speed transmission is linked to the BMW 7 Series’ navigation to accomplish a navigation-data-based shift. Gear switch can be seamlessly carried out and adapted according to the current driving condition and route. The system is also equipped with the newly developed converter clutch, predictive drivetrain, and the energy-saving Auto Start and Stop function. As always, optimal driving experience is delivered with enhanced fuel consumption and increased dynamic performance.
Here is everything you need to know about the new BMW 7 Series.
The Electric Power Steering is part of the BMW EfficientDynamics standard features. It adjusts the vehicle’s level of steering with the integrated Servotronic function in conjunction with the driving speed to correctly apply the ideal amount of steering control at all speeds.
Steering assistance applies to all three drive modes (“COMFORT,” “SPORTS,” and “SPORTS PLUS (+)”) under Adaptive M Suspension to suit individual driving preferences.
Benedikt Nussstein is responsible for the development of the first electrical servo-assisted steering system in the M class. He explained during his interview and discussed the significant improvement of the new steering system over the previously adopted hydraulic servo-assisted system:
“The new M Servotronic with Electro Power Steering (EPS) weighs about 3.5 kg (or 7.7 lbs) less than comparable systems with hydraulic servo-assisted steering, which is important when it comes to creating an optimum axle load distribution and in turn ensuring agile handling. The new steering saves approximately 0.3 liters of petrol per 100 km (or 62.1 miles) because the energy is only consumed when steering, while a hydraulic pump represents a constant drain on power. And by using EPS, it is also possible to install the latest driver assistance systems.”
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