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.

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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).

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