BMW Z8 and M5
New 3 litre diesel is go …

BMW’s highly-praised 3 litre diesel engine (the one that made Jenson Button the focus of the Gendarmerie’s attention) has been uprated and improved in every respect for the 330d Saloon and Touring.

The displacement of the new engine has been increased by 95 cc yet weighs 8 kg less than its predecessor. It produces 20 bhp or 10.9 per cent more power and 5.1 per cent more torque which increases top speed by up to 8 mph and reduces 0-62 mph acceleration time by almost a second.

Despite this the fuel consumption has improved in both models as have the CO2 emissions.

The facts are:

    April 2003 models Previous model
Maximum power   204 bhp 184 bhp +10.9%
Maximum torque   410 Nm 390 Nm +5.1%
Top speed (mph) 330d Saloon 149 141
  330d Touring 147 140
0-62 mph (secs) Saloon (Auto) 7.2 (7.4) 7.8 (8.2)
  Touring (Auto) 7.6 (7.8) 7.9 (8.3)
Fuel consumption (mpg) Combined Saloon (Auto) 43.5 (36.7) 42.2 (35.3)
  Touring (Auto) 41.5 (35.8) 40.4 (34.9)
CO2 emissions (g/km) Saloon (Auto) 177 (206) 178 (213)
  Touring (Auto) 182 (211) 186 (216)

The new 330d models now have a six speed manual transmission as standard (five speed automatic remains an option) and extended oil change intervals of up to 25,000 miles.

The new models carry a modest price increase of £450. Prices are £27,590 and £28,400 for the Saloon and Touring SE models respectively and £29, 710 and £30,530 for the sport models. All are available now.

This new engine will appear in a 330Cd Coupé in the spring of 2004.

2002 - A record for BMW M

BMW M GmbH, creators of the famous M3 and M5 models and Individual cars, has reported an all-time record year – more than 44,000 M and Individual cars were produced in 2002.

This record number includes 24,000 M3 Coupé and Convertibles, 2,400 M5s and 700 M Coupé and Roadsters which ceased production last summer. In addition BMW M produced 17,600 Individual cars with bespoke exterior and interior treatments.

To round off its 30th anniversary (BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded in mid 1972) in style no less than 77,000 M sport packages for 3 and 5 Series cars were sold and BMW Driver Training provided more than 15,000 enthusiasts with courses to both improve skills and deliver fun.

Farewell My Beauties

The successful careers of two BMW ‘classics’ are drawing to a close: the iconic BMW M5 and the ‘classic for the future’ Z8 roadster will both cease production at the end of June 2003.

During its three year production run the exclusive BMW Z8 has captivated around 5,700 aficionados - people who value distinctive style and outstanding performance. These include, of course, James Bond who drove the very first Z8 in ‘The World is not Enough’.

By the time production of the M5 ceases around 20,500 examples of the ‘Businessman’s Express’ will have found homes with drivers who appreciate understated pedigree with sporting credentials. The E39 M5 will set a record as the best-selling M5 ever.

Only 2,100 examples of the first M5 (E28) were made between 1984 and 1987. The second (E34) generation was made between 1988 and 1995 and 12,000 were sold. The current classic started production in autumn 1998 and even now retains its status as the best of class – the class the M5 started back in 1984.

Even in April 2003 Autocar magazine summarised the verdict against the newest and most recent pretenders to the M5’s throne: "Six summers on, M5 is still our favourite super saloon."

Both the M5 and the Z8 will be sorely missed as will the 32 valve 5.0 litre V8 engine they share which produces 400 bhp and 500 Nm of torque. We wait ……

The Chancellor’s Price Increase

The on the road price of all BMW models will increase by £5 from 1 May, 2003 following the April budget VED increase. This increase does not affect ES models.

Published : 01/05/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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