BF Exclusive: 2011 ///M3 Competition Package

Jan 20 • //M3, //M3 GTS, Rumor, Sales/Marketing21 Comments

We have confirmed with several iron clad sources that for model year 2011, ///M3s will be available with an optional Competition Package (ZCP). In the past the Competition Package featured larger wheels, brakes, and a host of other performance enhancements. The ZCP is what every enthusiast could want in an ///M- it gives us more of the things we want and less of the stuff everyone else wants.

On the previous generation ///M3 (E46) ZCP interior there were Alcantara inserts throughout, with the most notable of all being the steering wheel. Alcantara not only looks and feels great it provides added grip to the wheel (refrain from using lotion as it KILLS the Alcantara). Exclusive trim items reminiscent of the famed CSL were also carried over. With BMW recently releasing the ///M3 GTS outside the US we had heard that a competition package was in the works with some of the items designed for that special car being used to fill it.

While details remain fuzzy, we know there will be larger wheels and a host of other performance enhancements available. The wheels will be 19 ” (style 359 M),we have also been told to expect 10 mm lower suspension and an updated EDC Sport setting. Those are just some of the anticipated enhancements. There is also a 7MAoption tied directly to the ZCP, it could be simply a manual transmission option or what we hope to be a leaner and meaner exhaust. As for pricing, we estimate the full competition package to come in at between four and five thousand dollars based on passed examples.

As we hear more we will let you know but for the time being…. wipe the drool from your chin! Official announcements will not come for a while.

Thanks to all those that helped contribute to this breaking story!

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  • Micah

    More great news from the ///M division! If I had the means, a 2011 M3 ZCP would be at the top of my list for a performance car.

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  • Sagar

    Wow! Between news of ///M3 ZCP, ///M3 GTS, Z4 35is, 335is, 135i getting DCT, and the new M1 BMW has redeemed themselves in my enthusiast book.

    (Now all I hope is that the new ///M5 doesn’t have too much additional weight compared to the E60 ///M5)

  • JonPD

    Agreed good time in the BMW world which is great since the MINI world is obsessed with SUVs currently.

    Very interested in the ZCP for sure though I still would like to see some serious loss of bulk.

  • 5 Rakete

    “7MA” could be the GTS door sill finishers. Most 7xx option codes are cosmetic, things like steering wheels, headliners, privacy glass, M body parts, etc. The only “functional” 7xx options I am aware of are 704, the M Sport suspension, and 752, the Extended Audio. I’m not saying that “7MA” isn’t an exhaust (I doubt it is a transmission, they are usually 2xx) but by and large, I found around 10 examples, the 7xx options are cosmetic even if they are M or Sportive related. I think it’s just as likely that “7MA”, if it exists (has someone seen the ordering guide?), is just like “7MP”, a catchall for the 5-series M Sport Package, or some door sill finishers.

  • http://bimmerfile.com Michael

    @ 5 Rakete- Thanks for the added translation, I am not the best at these codes and I am the first to admit it! There are no ordering guides and from the info we had gathered we thought it (7MA) to be more along the lines of a performance adder- so it could actually be the update to the EDC and comes along with the ZCP… 7MA does exist and we have hard evidence of it, just not what exactly it is.

    All that really matters is that the US is actually getting it and that there may in fact be some surprises in store!

  • Micah

    Is it known whether the ZCP ///M comes with EDC as a standard part of the package, or if it is an additional add-on as with the current M3? Will be interesting to see if there are efforts to improve steering feel/heft or change the steering ratio, either through EDC or with mechanical changes.

  • 5 Rakete

    Micah- ZCP requires EDC from my information. Whether it is an “included” option or a “must select in addition to” option I don’t know, I haven’t seen the ordering guide. The steering boost is already adjustable if you have the Technology Pkg (done through iDrive – Normal and Sport). With the E46 ZCP package a different, quicker steering rack was introduced. So far there are no indications that such will be included in the E9x ZCP.

  • Micah

    @ 5 Rakete — Thanks for the confimation that ZCP requires EDC. The one consistent critisicm I have read for the current M3 is overly light steering that could use more feedback, although it has been reported as dead accurate. Hopefully additonal tuning of the iDrive system will address this, although I am skeptical about whether any electronic steering system can provide “real” feedback.

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  • http://bimmerfile.com Michael

    Micah- Not sure I would agree that the steering is light in the ///M3. Could you point me to somewhere saying that? With the Tech Pack you can choose steering programs already- The ///M3 does not use electric steering BTW.

    I find my steering to be precise and not over-boosted, actually far better than the E46. Obviously it is not an E30 but nothing is.

    -M

  • Micah

    My bad Michael. If you can please delete the info regarding the current M3 having electric steering.

    As for the reviews which state that the steering is overly light and lacking some feel, I have read it from numerous sources, including Evo, Car & Driver, and on a Fifth Gear video review among a couple others. I should not speak without having driven the car first, and apologize for my lack of first hand experience — even owning a MINI GP, no BMW dealers have allowed me to test drive an M3.

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  • http://www.bridger.us/ Gabe

    Micah- Not sure I would agree that the steering is light in the ///M3. Could you point me to somewhere saying that? With the Tech Pack you can choose steering programs already.

    The current gen M3 has great feedback and certainly doesn’t lack in feel as compared to other modern cars in its segment. Does it feel as good as N E30 M3? No. Is it still a revelation compared to most cars out there today? Yes. Could it be improved further. Probably.

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  • 5 Rakete

    “I think it’s just as likely that “7MA”, if it exists (has someone seen the ordering guide?), is just like “7MP”, a catchall for the 5-series M Sport Package,…”

    Per the German price list I win, “7MA” is the catchall option code for the Competition Package. Apparently there is no “ZCP” this time around unless that will be used by BMWNA.

  • 5 Rakete

    Michael, what happened to your response?

    Seems we’re both right. Option codes like “ZCW”, “ZSP”, and “ZCP” are BMWNA codes, they are not used in Europe. So here it will be “ZCP” (which will include “7MA”) and over there it will just be “7MA” as seen in the price list.

    • http://bimmerfile.com Michael

      We had a server glitch and lost some content- our apologies. Unfortunately there is no way to get the lost data back.

      I think you are right about the codes- just that the info I have seen has 7MA and ZCP as separate codes- what that means is anyone’s guess at the moment. All we know is that this thing is coming in one form or another!

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