Is Germany’s Essen Motor Show picking up speed? Certainly seems so, just like most shows that the motoring industry used to ignore up until a few years ago.
Whatever people may be doing as they prepare for the show, BMW is announcing they’ll fit the bill by releasing a new version of their F30 BMW 3 Series.
They’ll be making an M Performance version of the Touring, or the estate variation of the lovely mid-sized sedan.
Apart from the enhanced boot compartment, it’s obvious that we’re dealing with a lot of similarities to the M Performance F30 3 Series sedan.
New 20 inch wheels and an aero package, complete with extra styling bits and appreciation are mixed in.
The showcase model will be the 320d. Moving a bit forward into the M Performance gala, this powerplant will develop 200 horsepower instead of 184.
Inside we’ll find a mix of Alcantara and carbon fiber for the trim, as well as stainless steel pedals. At the center of attention lies a new sports steering wheel.
This F30 BMW 3 Series Touring M Performance will be the headline of the BMW stand at the Essen show but the Bavarians have quite a few more toys on route to the event.
The same show will see them showcase an M Performance lineup featuring the new 125i and 120d, an F10 535i Sedan and an E92 M3 Coupe.
People who attend the event will also get a chance to try their hand at doing a pit stop challenge, all in DTM style.