The third generation of 3 Series Coupé goes on sale in the UK on 23 September 2006. It also marks the introduction of the first ever twin-turbo petrol-powered engine in a production BMW as well as pioneering High Precision Direct Injection technology, in the range-topping 335i Coupé.
Two models will be available at launch, the entry-level 2.5-litre 325i SE Coupé and 3.0-litre 335i SE Coupé (335i denoting the twin-turbo model). The 330i Coupé, and two three-litre diesel variants, the 330d SE and 335d SE Coupés will follow in October. Both diesels displace 2,993cc but the 335d SE uses BMW’s Variable Twin Turbocharger technology that, unlike the twin-turbo petrol, uses different sized turbochargers to generate 286hp and 580Nm of torque. The 330d’s single turbocharged engine delivers 231hp and 500Nm.
From the front, side and rear, the car is clearly related to other 3 Series models but has its own, classically elongated, shape. Adopting BMW’s typical Coupé proportions of long wheelbase, short overhangs, long bonnet, cabin set to the rear and a low, sleek roofline, the new 3 Series Coupé has an elegant profile. It offers close technical ties to the Saloon and Touring, but visually contains only three identical parts, the BMW roundel badge, the side indicators and the door handles.Published 29 August 2006