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BMW launches the all new 3 series

By SYF77 on 16 Oct 2011

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BMW has unveiled the brand-new 3-Series codenamed F30. The sixth generation of its compact luxury sedan will be available to markets worldwide from February 11, 2012. The sixth generation BMW sedan has grown considerably compared to its predecessor, measuring 93 mm longer in total length. The increase in dimension promises to address one of the previous modelís disadvantages compared to the competition, namely that of rear passenger space. The new model now offers 15 mm more legroom and 8 mm more headroom for rear seat passengers. Despite the increase in size, the new 3 Series is up to 40 kg lighter than the model it replaces (depending on the version).

The gasoline range comprises of the 328i and 335i, both equipped with the fuel-saving EfficientDynamics package. The 328i is powered by a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder with direct injection, twin-scroll turbocharging, double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and Valvetronic variable valve timing. It delivers 240hp and 350 Nm of torque from 1250 to 4800 rpm. As a result, the 328i accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and reaches an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. Under the hood of the 335i lies a turbocharged inline-six with 306HP and 400 Nm of torque delivered from 1200 to 5000 rpm. It sprints from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and like the 328i, it tops out at 250 km/h due to the electronic speed limiter. Both models are available with two transmissions, a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic, the latter being a first in its class.

In spring of 2012, the 320i will be added to the gasoline lineup and it's powered by a 184hp, 270 Nm version of the 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo. Hybrid version of the BMW 3 series can be expected in autumn next year and it is powered by the same hybrid powertrain as the new ActiveHybrid 5.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Ilmw Oct 16 2011 04:15 PM
Dual clutch did not trickle down to the non-M models?
GrandCruiser Oct 17 2011 10:44 PM
The rear end looks remarkably like the F10 5 series.
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