Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
August 27, 2012
If you walk into a BMW dealership and are wondering why certain 1, 3, and Z4 models are wearing the "is" badge, that's BMW distinction for their performance models that sit between the normal and M models. The 'is' badge will soon be going away though.
According to Car and Driver, BMW will be replacing 'is' nomenclature with the M Performance Line. For those who need a quick refresher, the M Performance Line will give BMW vehicles tweaks from BMW's M division under the hood, exterior, and interior.
So vehicles like the 135is and 335is will wear the M135i and M335i. The vehicles that are pegged to become M Performance Line vehicles include the 1-Series ,3-Series, Z4, and the upcoming 2-Series and 4-Series. Car and Driver says expect the first M Performance Line vehicle to arrive possibly next year.
Source: Car and Driver
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