BMW 330i GT M SPORT

It's all about the bass and that makes this baby GT a neat propo­si­tion

Evo India - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy: Gau­rav S Thom­bre Je­han Adil Darukhanawala

THERE IS A REA­SON WHY IT IS said to be a proven for­mula. BMW cars rank high in the list of driver's cars as the in­gre­di­ents picked by the Bavar­ian man­u­fac­turer are what makes them enticing to the en­thu­si­ast – a pow­er­ful mo­tor, ca­pa­ble sus­pen­sion and, most im­por­tantly, rear-wheel drive. So, the choice was pretty clear for those who wished to dish out forty lakh ru­pees as the 330i was per­haps all the car that one would ever need. That was un­til BMW de­cided to up the ante and present the GT ver­sion of the sedan and have now spruced it up with the M Sport ac­ces­sory kit.

The M Sport kit is BMW's aes­thetic pack­age for their stan­dard mod­els. It is by no means a per­for­mance up­grade what­so­ever. A teaser of sorts for the unini­ti­ated, for those who long for the hal­lowed ‘M' badge. There are sub­tle changes to the de­sign, which you will need a keen eye to catch. The kid­ney grille gets 11 slats on the stan­dard GT while with the M Sport pack­age there are only nine of them, all of them blacked-out to pro­vide a sportier look to the tour­ing-cen­tric car.

You get the M aero pack treat­ment for the front and the rear aprons, as well as the side skirts. This lends an ag­gres­sive de­meanour to the GT which in its ba­sic shape is more laid­back. The win­dow sills and the side vents (what BMW call Air Breathers) be­hind the front wheel are in satin-fin­ished alu­minium and not the gloss black that the in­ter­na­tional vari­ants get. The black theme should have been con­tin­ued as it would look even more com­mand­ing with the dark fin­ish. The front side pan­els sport the M badge and this car gets the beau­ti­ful Es­to­ril metal­lic blue shade.

Along with the kit, the 330i GT comes with a chunky M leather steer­ing wheel. The fat­ter wheel puts you in a more sporty frame of mind, that's for sure. M-badged light­weight alu­minium alloy rims have a star-spoke pro­file and while the front tyre size re­mains the same at 225/50 R18, the rear rim is shod with a nar­rower pro­file 255/45 R18 tyre. Our test car came with beige in­te­ri­ors which did not gel with the whole sporty theme. There is the op­tion of brown/black up­hol­stery which, we think suits the M Sport per­sona bet­ter.

BMW has dis­con­tin­ued the Lux­ury Line trim for the 330i and hence the M Sport is the only petrol GT re­tail­ing for `49.40 lakh, exshow­room Delhi. Un­der­neath the hood is the same 2-litre 4-cylin­der turbo petrol mo­tor that makes 248bhp and it re­ally is a de­light to drive. The ride is on the softer side, ap­peal­ing to GT cus­tomers who opt for this over the reg­u­lar 3 Se­ries be­cause of the longer wheel­base and ex­tra rear knee room. The han­dling, while de­liv­er­ing ev­i­dent body roll, is still entertaining. But if a re­laxed ride and sporty frills is what you are look­ing for, then look no fur­ther. ⌧

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