It's a complicated arrangement that sees four sports options split across the top end of BMW's various models, but new reports out of the US suggest BMW may soon cut the confusion.
According to American magazine Car & Driver, new powered-up Bimmers that would normally wear an is badge - such as the Z4 sDrive35is - will instead debut as part of the 'M Performance' line.
The change means that while the true M cars will remain BMW's top-shelf performance cars, M Performance will become the power-enhanced (and more expensive) alternative to the relatively tame M Sport range.
Existing models would remain unchanged, but if the report is accurate, expect the next 335is to instead launch as the M335i - one significant step below the hero M3.
(And what of the Z4? Z4 sDriveM35i perhaps...)
Watch for more details on this one in the coming months.
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