ELECTRIFYING JU­NIOR EXEC

HERE ARE FIVE REA­SONS WHY THE BMW 330e iPERFORMANCE IS EVEN MORE COM­PELLING THAN THE AL­READY ATH­LETIC BMW 3 SE­RIES.

Torque (Singapore) - - BMW SPECIAL -

Since its in­tro­duc­tion, the BMW 3 Se­ries has been the bench­mark of the ju­nior ex­ec­u­tive seg­ment. It is the model that im­me­di­ately comes to mind when peo­ple hear the term “driver’s car”.

This dis­tinc­tion didn’t come about by luck. The BMW 3 Se­ries’ chas­sis and sus­pen­sion are en­gi­neered to de­liver sub­lime han­dling, with el­e­ments such as per­fectly bal­anced weight dis­tri­bu­tion, pre­cise steer­ing and po­tent pow­er­trains. In­side, there is no short­age of high-tech fea­tures, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from con­nec­tiv­ity to safety.

It’s no sur­prise then, that the BMW 3 Se­ries’ keen­est ri­val is ac­tu­ally the BMW 330e iPerformance, a plug-in petrol­elec­tric hy­brid. Here are five rea­sons that make this model even more com­pelling than its non-elec­tri­fied brethren.

IT’S POW­ERED BY TWO HEARTS.

The BMW 330e iPerformance has a petroldriven tur­bocharged 2-litre en­gine, which de­liv­ers 184hp and 290Nm. This pow­er­plant is paired with an elec­tric mo­tor that pro­duces 88hp and 250Nm. Their com­bined out­put is an ex­hil­a­rat­ing 252hp and 420Nm.

IT EAS­ILY KEEPS UP WITH A BMW 340i.

The BMW 340i packs a tur­bocharged 3-litre in­line-6 un­der its bon­net, which kicks out 326hp and 450Nm of torque. It is not for the faint-hearted. Your heart needs to be “green” and strong in the BMW 330e iPerformance, too. Pin the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal to the floor and it’ll go from rest to 100km/h in 6.1 sec­onds. That’s a mere sec­ond off the pace of the more pow­er­ful BMW 340i.

IT KEEPS GO­ING WHEN OTH­ERS STOP.

The BMW 330e iPerformance has a pure elec­tric (mean­ing zero emis­sions) range of 40km. So, de­pend­ing on your com­mut­ing pat­tern and driv­ing con­di­tions, you may not even con­sume a sin­gle drop of petrol on the way to the of­fice.

With both its petrol- and volt­age-driven pow­er­plants run­ning, the BMW 330e iPerformance av­er­ages be­tween 1.9 to 2.1 litres per 100km. So, while other ju­nior ex­ec­u­tive sa­loons have to con­tin­u­ally stop for fuel, you’ll still be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sheer driv­ing plea­sure.

THERE ARE DRIV­ING MODES TO SUIT DIF­FER­ENT MOODS.

BMWs are known for be­ing driver-fo­cussed, and the same is true for the BMW 330e iPerformance, which has three driv­ing modes.

If you want both power and ef­fi­ciency, choose AUTO e-DRIVE. If you’re feel­ing eco­con­scious, se­lect MAX e-DRIVE for pure­elec­tric, zero-emis­sions mo­tor­ing. If you want to con­serve the lithium-ion bat­tery for later use, the SAVE BAT­TERY set­ting en­sures you’ll have enough volts when the time comes.

THE BMW 330e iPERFORMANCE RE­ALLY IS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

Is it pos­si­ble for a car to be both ath­letic and ef­fi­cient? Isn’t it sup­posed to be one or the other? The BMW 330e iPerformance proves that both char­ac­ter­is­tics aren’t mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive. You can have power while still be­ing eco-friendly. You can have a hy­brid that’s fun to drive. In­deed, the BMW 330e iPerformance em­bod­ies BMW’s com­mit­ment to both sus­tain­abil­ity and the joy of driv­ing.

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