It's a fantastically precise and—with the exception of some subtle brake tugging from the Dynamic Traction Control—pure experience, but we'd expect nothing less from the automaker that cut its teeth building some of the world's best sports sedans. Our beloved sport sedan has experienced another disconcerting growth spurt, adding 3. No plans have been confirmed as yet to bring back a diesel it has accounted for 10 percent of sales , so it's an open question as to which one might come. Motor is no longer this car's true middle name. The E90's musical straight-six dominates the experience from the second you start it, the cabin buzzing with excitement from idle to redline.
To view table with complete performance data and technical specifications including final drive and gear ratios, powertrain description, dimensions, accelerations chart etc. A Bimmer smart enough to teach you hypermiling, one equipped with enough onboard cameras to scout locations for Warner Bros. There's even a fun iDrive display with gauges showing instantaneous and peak power and torque, which curiously top out at 218 hp and 221 lb-ft during our flogging. Compared to the 265-hp six-cylinder torque-turbine 335d we cherished for a year in our long-term fleet, this 184-hp four feels crude and slow it's rated at 7. As a premium luxury vehicle with all manner of tech gizmos, the new 328i might equal—or better—the old. At that rate, all of the new car's expensive technology would save a tank roughly 17.
Our 328i test cars were all Sport-spec automatics, upholstered in black leather trimmed with red stitching and piping, with a striking combination of brushed silver and red anodized aluminum trim adorning the dash. The display indicates the amount of driving range your frugality has earned. On the conventional 0—60 run, the more powerful four-banger is 0. The thickly padded 3-spoke wheel just feels right in your hands, and there are gizmos galore—a full-color head-up display, and an especially well thought-out cruise control system with a digital display of the selected speed, adjusted by bumping a little nub switch on the wheel. Both of our test cars have manual transmissions, because duh. Fall 2012: X-drive all-wheel-drive arrives on 328i or 335i, along with hopefully a 335d diesel sedan. We still don't like the E-steering and we've resented every size increase since the E36.
And later, when we hopped into a post-face-lift, Sport-package-equipped E90 328i, it was game over for the F30. First, the nameplate that everyone once loved is still amazing but no longer as universally adored, and a lot of people are wondering why. With key in hand, we settle in for a long drive in the Collserola hills surrounding the city. It attacks corners as ardently as ever -- perhaps more so, given its broader stance and 10-percent more rigid structure. The fifth-gen 3-series greeted its driver with a secret handshake: high-effort steering that bends the car smartly into every corner with total authority over body motion.
Never have we approached the first drive of a new 3 series with more trepidation. . Long story short, it needs either an engine rebuild or a new engine. To simplify dealer ordering, many former options have been rolled into four comprehensive packages: Modern, Luxury, Sport, and M-Sport the last arrives in July. This is not the diesel for us. The F30 also seems quieter at first, but the racket transmitted from front-end bumps is surprising, and at highway speeds, the sunroof produces too much wind noise to leave open. To what end that extra space? Base equipment is the speed-sensitive Servotronic arrangement that has been available in the 3-series for ages.
With the acoustic reward largely absent, you find yourself keeping rpm low and riding the wave of turbo torque. Armed with the above info, we boarded a bird for Barcelona, where our first bleary-eyed impressions of Christopher Weil's restyle were positive. I drove up from Rochester to find from another employee that they had already sold the vehicle day s ago, so this was a wasted trip and time away from work for me. Steering feedback is comparable to that of the outgoing 3-series, in spite of the noticeable reduction in effort. The dealer actually emailed me the following day to ask if i was able to test drive it etc. A two-mode muffler corks the din during cruising and then releases a rousing howl to accompany the stampede.
Some product and company names mentioned on this site may be trademarks of their respective owners. Purchased a vehicle on a Friday, and on that same day about 4 hours later the check engine light came on. The maroon car here is a 2008 328i—six cylinders, 230 hp. The numbers certainly work out -- 4 goes into 3 beautifully, as it happens, and the lighter-nose 328 may turn out to be the sweetheart of the lineup. Reproduction of part or all of the contents of this web-site in any form is prohibited and may not be recopied and shared with a third party. Day two is spent lapping the Circuit de Catalunya, where a daylong deluge reveals that the electric steering does indeed inform the driver when approaching the limits of adhesion -- it's just hard to approach them on dry public roads.
The F30 might be bigger and prettier, but to us, it's not necessarily better. On turn-in, the 328i's wheel writhes as a direct conduit to the tread blocks, the chassis takes a set like Djokivic anticipating the return of serve, and the gearbox intuitively drops two cogs for a meat-of-the-powerband corner exit. The new 3 Series' interior design has a lot going on. The aero-sleek nose is the most striking aspect of the car, bearing a passing resemblance to the Z4's. ? You feel the engine's subtle vibes in the shifter and row the gears just for the fun of it.