In the past couple of years BMW started offering a new range of performance-oriented models aimed at customers looking for something a little sporty but not quite ready to upgrade to a dedicated M car. These models featured a small “is” badge on the end of their regular model designations and included cars like the 335is and Z4 sDrive35is.

In the future, these models may be replaced by cars falling under the recently introduced M Performance umbrella. For the uninitiated, M Performance models are essentially regular models fitted with exclusive engines, handling packs, and bodykits developed by the experts at BMW M.

Citing an inside source, Car and Driver is reporting that the current “is” models will be replaced by new M Performance cars, though not until their next-generation so as to not confuse customers.    

So far we’ve seen several M Performance models launched overseas, including versions based on the 5-Series sedan and wagon, as well as the X5 and X6  SUVs. In the U.S., the first M Performance model could be a replacement for the 335is, one based on the latest-generation F30 3-Series. Additionally, there have also been reports that the replacements for the 1-Series coupe and convertible, will also spawn new M Performance variants.

So what can M Performance buyers expect? Well, the cars will be similar to the current “is” offerings, though will be further distinguished with distinct bodykits, M badging, and a greater assortment of upgrades--both mechanical and cosmetic. Some of the M Performance upgrades we’ve already seen launched overseas include black kidney grilles, modified engines, sports exhaust systems, M-spec alloy wheels, carbon fiber front splitters and sports steering wheels.