BMW 330i GT M SPORT
It's all about the bass and that makes this baby GT a neat proposition
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. ⌧