Home / Auto News / News article: BMW 'is' Models Replaced by 'M Performance' Line - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Aug 22 2012, 1:33 PM

BMW’s M Performance vehicles will be replacing the “is” trimmed cars as each new model goes through its generational change in the next few years.

M Performance vehicles fit in between the standard version of the car, and the completely modified high-power M GmbH versions. The “is” lineup of BMWs is also meant to sit somewhere in between, which mean the M Performance lineup made the “is” cars redundant.

First to wear the M Performance Package will be the X5 M50d, X6 M50d, and M135i hatchback. In the future, the 3 Series coupe or 4 Series, and the Z4 will also get M Performance variants.

The M Performance models do not take quite the same hardcore approach as the regular M models, and still share engines and chassis’ with other standard BMW models.

GALLERY: BMW M550d

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GALLERY: BMW X5 M50d and X6 M50d

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[Source: Car and Driver]