This month has been a fascinating voyage into the outer reaches of the aftermarket industry. We’ve been exploring the potential of some relatively new cars, trying to find what’s available. In last month’s issue we reviewed options for the latest 991 Porsche 911 from Germany’s bigger tuning haüses, only to find most offered simply wheels and spoilers. It was rather disappointing, but it appears most 911 owners spend their money on the Turbo model rather than the Carrera.
This month, we embarked on a similar voyage into the McLaren Mp4-12C but recalibrated our expectations accordingly. So we were pleasantly surprised to find a small band of tuners with styling and performance packages already available. Considering how few of these cars are on the road, it was a healthy sign for things to come, especially as McLaren just announced the attractive 12C Spider, which is bound to expand this market.
We already know of several US tuners looking at the sports car’s 3.8L twin-turbo V8, so we’re hoping to find some homegrown talent in this arena before long.
With the market for supercars inevitably smaller than the mainstream, we were also bemused by a relative lack of parts available for the latest BMW 3 Series. Traditionally, there are a slew of German companies waiting with sacks full of parts to unleash once the car is launched. This time, however, the new 3er was greeted with an eerie silence. Even our favorite suspension suppliers didn’t have parts available.
As a result, our long term 335i Sport sat stock and neglected in the parking lot, while we headed to LTBMW to see what this inventive BMW specialist had done to generate its own parts.
Rather than wading through waves of modified F30s at the recent Bimmerfest show, we were able to count on two hands the number of new cars worthy of closer inspection. Fortunately, one of those was adorned in the latest in-house styling and performance products from BMW M Performance. They have a great new range of parts that will win new fans, particularly for the interior pieces. However, we were disappointed to discover the body styling parts will only fit cars equipped with the OE M Sport package, which wasn’t even available in the US at the time of writing. So that excludes all the early adopters like us…
After last month’s sad farewells, we’re delighted to welcome Alex Bernstein and Ezekiel Wheeler to the EC crew. Both have been in the automotive industry for several years and bring a ton of talent and experience that will really benefit the magazine’s growth. We’re all looking forward to stepping up the pace on EC to bring you the magazine we all want it to be. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride with us.