BMW TORQUES up diesel 3 series
BMW’S first 3 Series six cylinder diesel has more torque than the V8 M3 flagship and better fuel economy than the four cylinder 320i, reports NICK DALTON.
THE 330d, in showrooms now, is the first 3 Series sedan offered in Australia with BMW’s straight-six diesel engine. The all-aluminium high output turbocharged 180kW engine develops 520 Nm of torque with peak power at 4000 rpm and peak torque between 1750 and 3000 rpm.
Despite having significantly more torque than any other 3 Series sedan, it returns fuel consumption at 6.8 litres/100km.
The 330d accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds, just one second more than the twin-turbo 335i and a top speed limited electronically to 250 km/h. Carbon dioxide emissions are 180 g/km.
BMW marketing manager Tom Noble said the 330d sedan gave buyers V8 engine performance with fourcylinder fuel economy.
“BMW in Australia has been selling increasing volumes of diesel vehicles each year. Our customers really appreciate the benefits of high torque, low consumption engines,’’ he said.
“Now we can offer a truly muscular diesel performance option in our most popular body style. It’s
The new BMW 330d Sedan is price from $87,250, $20,000 less than the 335i sedan.
It features larger 17in light-alloy wheels, a bigger brake package, a kidney grille with chrome bars, a larger dual exhaust tailpipe and chrome highlights around the side windows to distinguish the 330d over the four-cylinder 320d.
The tyre and brake package has been upgraded for 330d buyers to take account of the increased performance offered by the in-line six-cylinder diesel engine.
The larger mixed-profile tyres measure 225/45 R 17 up front and 255/40 R 17 at the rear.
The brake package is the same as the 335i and features vented single piston floating calliper disc brakes measuring 348mm at the front and 336mm at the rear. The respective figures for the 320d are 312mm and 300mm.
Standard equipment includes Dakota leather upholstery, available in a choice of six colours, Business navigation system, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, 10-speaker HiFi loudspeaker system and comfort access system which allows owners to unlock and start the car without taking the key out of their pocket.
The front seats in the 330d are fully electric, with a memory function (for the seats and exterior mirrors) that is linked to the personal settings of both customer keys. The front seats also feature electrically adjustable lumbar support (horizontally and vertically) for ergonomically perfect seat position and back muscle support. The rear seats feature a 60/40 split and a through loading system with integrated ski bag.
The sports leather steering wheel is fitted with paddles for sporty gear shifting, as well as cruise control with brake function and high beam assist, which takes the stress out of night driving. For improved illumination at night, the 330d’s standard variable light technology can adjust the throw of the light beam between urban and highway mode.
The 330d also features parking sensors, front and rear, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, USB audio interface and AUX-In connection in the storage compartment beneath the front armrest.
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) features extended functions in the 330d such as dry braking, start-off assistant, brake fade compensation and soft-stop. For improved traction in surfaces such as snow, the vehicle also features Dynamic Traction Control ( DTC). In addition to the active front headrests and six airbags, the 330d is equipped with a warning triangle and first aid kit.
The top of the line diesel 3 Series is available in a wide range of exterior colours including three non-metallic (Crimson Red, Black and Alpine White) and ten metallic colours (Montego Blue, Platinum Bronze, Barbera Red, Tasman, Titanium Silver, Space Grey, Monaco Blue, Bluewater, Black Sapphire and Le Mans Blue).
Inside, buyers can choose (at no cost) between six colours for the leather upholstery (oyster, red brown, saddle brown, black, grey and beige), three interior colours (black, grey and beige), as well as four interior trims (high-gloss black or grey, aluminium, burr walnut wood trim or light walnut wood trim).