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What Is The Difference Between A True BMW M Sport And A M Sport Appearance Package?


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Ever wonder what the exact differences are?

The main difference between a true BMW M Sport and an M Sport appearance package is that the M Sport package is purely cosmetic, while the M Sport trim offers both cosmetic and performance enhancements.

The M Sport appearance package typically includes:
  • Sportier exterior styling, such as a more aggressive front bumper, side skirts, and rear bumper
  • Larger wheels and tires
  • M badges
The M Sport trim also includes the above, but it also includes:
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Larger brakes
  • Sport seats
  • M steering wheel
In terms of performance, the M Sport trim offers a noticeable improvement over the standard model. The sport-tuned suspension and larger brakes provide better handling and stopping power, while the sport seats provide more support for the driver and front passenger.

The M Sport appearance package is a good option for those who want to give their BMW a more sporty look without spending the extra money on the M Sport trim. However, if you are looking for a car with improved performance, then the M Sport trim is the better option.

Here is a table summarizing the key differences between the two:

FeatureM Sport Appearance PackageM Sport Trim
Exterior stylingSportier front bumper, side skirts, and rear bumperMore aggressive front bumper, side skirts, and rear bumper
Wheels and tiresLarger wheels and tiresLarger wheels and tires
M badgesYesYes
SuspensionStandard suspensionSport-tuned suspension
BrakesStandard brakesLarger brakes
SeatsStandard seatsSport seats
Steering wheelStandard steering wheelM steering wheel
PerformanceNo performance enhancementsImproved handling and stopping power

If you are unsure whether a BMW is an M Sport or an M Sport appearance package, you can always consult the vehicle's owner's manual or contact a BMW dealership.

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