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BMW 330i

Broadcast dates : 19th June 2005
25th June 2005

The iconic BMW 3-Series shape remains intact, but the lines have been cleaned up, with features such as headlights, grille and taillights smoothly blended into the sheet-metal.

The 330i is identified by large-diameter classic-style alloy wheels and bi-xenon  lights with adaptive function are optional. Despite being shrouded in plastic, aesthetic detailing on the engine will inspire pride of ownership.
So, too, will the clean, mean interior, faithful to the architectural look first seen on the 7 Series.

Leather is standard on the 330i and on a practical note, cabin space is marginally improved with good rear leg room. The boot is measured at over three-hundred litres, and offers a reasonable opening size.

Itís an athletic-looking beast, this new BMW 3 Series, with a distinct wedge profile and minimal overhangs.

And the ultra-rigid body shell and stiff spring and damper rates inspire driver confidence.

The previous-generation 3 Series was regularly in the top five sales charts in South Africa,and the question is whether BMW will repeat that feat with the new car.

Our view is that it will be an even bigger winner. Not least because it looks so good from virtually all angles,and mechanically itís simply superb.

Performance-wise the auto version is only marginally slower than the manual, with sub-seven second 0-100's reeled off with disdain.

Top speed is limited to 250, and the classic rear-wheel-drive layout adds just that little extra level of poise. 
  • BMW 330i Automatic
  • Engine: six-cylinder petrol, 2 996 cc
  • Power: 190 kW@ 6 600 rpm
  • Torque: 300 Nm @ 2 500 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed autoamatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 6,9 seconds
  • Top speed: 250 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 11,0 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R359 500

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