BMW 3 Series

Car fans and aficionados everywhere have something great to look forward to next spring: The new BMW 3 Series is making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Now entering its fifth generation, the BMW 3 Series is once again pushing up the benchmark. Acknowledged for 30 years as the best car in its class, the 3 Series comes with a wide range of innovative, hands-on progress on the engine and suspension, and in terms of motoring comfort.

World debut with four new engines

The new BMW 3 Series is entering the market with three petrol engines and one diesel. All four of these power units offer a significant increase in output, performance, motoring refinement, and economy. And each of them is a highlight in itself.

Six-cylinder with extra-light magnesium crankcase

Developing maximum output of 190 kW/258 bhp, the six-cylinder in the top-of-the-range model outperforms its predecessor by a significant 20 kW/27 bhp. Maximum torque of 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) comes consistently between 2,500 and 4,000 rpm. This is the most powerful and lightest six-cylinder in its segment.

To reduce the weight of the engine to an absolute minimum, BMW is using magnesium for the first time in volume production, with weight down by 30 per cent versus aluminium. Both the crankcase as well as the crankshaft bearings and the cylinder head cover are all made of this sophisticated ultra-light material.

Another new feature in the six-cylinder is VALVETRONIC masterminding the opening times and lift of the intake valves infinitely as a function of the gas pedal position. The result is even more efficient use of the fuel injected into the engine, with engine response being even more spontaneous than before. This technology comes hand-in-hand with double-VANOS variable camshaft adjustment for the intake and outlet valves. The new BMW 330i accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and its top speed is limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph. Fuel consumption in the composite EU cycle is 8.7 litres/100 km equal to 32.5 mpg Imperial.

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Published : 19/01/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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