BMW 3 Se­ries raises bar

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chas­sis im­press­ing at the tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing Au­to­dromo Por­timão track in Al­garve, Por­tu­gal. The bet­ter agility, sharper steer­ing re­sponses and how the in­te­grated BMW M Dif­fer­en­tial along­side xDrive man­ages power distri­bu­tion through­out its four wheels is the stuff of en­gi­neer­ing supremacy. The car felt able to jug­gle drive­abil­ity with track-day an­tics.

But such are the im­prove­ments to the en­tire range above the pre­vi­ous model. High­lights are there in ev­ery as­pect, from less­ened noise and vi­bra­tions, es­pe­cially how qui­eter in op­er­a­tion the 20d diesel en­gine has be­come.

There’s also more dig­i­tal wiz­ardry added to the cat­a­logue. Take the new Re­vers­ing As­sist as a case in point. Should you find your­self hav­ing to jink through a sort of chi­cane of a drive­way, the car can re­verse it­self for dis­tances of up to 50m by steer­ing it along ex­actly the same line it has just taken when mov­ing for­ward.

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