BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo (2013)
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo (2013)

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will go on sale on the 15th June priced from £28,830 for the entry-level model.

The 3 Series Gran Turismo has a foot print of 4,824mm (l) x 1,489mm (h) x 1,828mm (w), it is 200mm longer and 81mm taller than the saloon, and all round larger than the Saloon and Touring. This size increase allows for a 59mm raise in the seating position of the front occupants and 70mm extra legroom in the rear – all round headroom has also increased for all. The luggage carrying capacity is via electric tailgate is generous with 520 litres with the seats-up rising to a maximum 1,600 litres with them down. The rear seat backrests are fitted with folding head restraints and can be split 40:20:40 as standard.

The engine range comprises three petrol engines - the four-cylinder 320i and 328i, plus the six cylinder 335i - and two diesel engines, the 318d and the 320d. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although there is the option of an eight-speed automatic gearbox on all engines. Additionally you can specify a sports version of the auto-box which offers even faster gearshifts and steering wheel mounted paddles

The flag-ship model is the BMW 335i Gran Turismo which is powered by six-cylinder 305hp/400Nm petrol engine that will reach 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds when coupled to the automatic gearbox and will reach an electronically limited 155 mph. Official fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 34.9mpg (36.7mpg) and CO2 emissions are only 188g/km (178g/km) – figures in brackets for auto gearbox.

The following standard electronic aids are integrated into the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, including the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC), along with the Start-Off Assistant and an electronic limited slip function for the rear differential, which can be activated using the "DSC Off" button.

Via the Drive Performance Control switch that is standard on all models the driver can choose between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes. Each of these predefined set-ups activates different settings for the relevant powertrain. A further button allows the driver to change the DSC settings or switch them off altogether.

There are five trim levels, ‘SE’, ‘Sport’, ‘Luxury’, ‘Modern’ and ‘M Sport’.

Which as they may suggest will appeal to different owners, for example the ‘M Sport’ comes with M Sport suspension and leather sports seats, yet even the entry-level ‘SE’ trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, 6.5-inch colour screen with iDrive and climate control.

Published : 07/02/13 Author : Staff

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