BMW 323i Sedan Expands The 3 Line-Up



OF 2005

See it

2006 BMW 323i - E90 model

To advertise
on this page,
contact us
by e-mail
from here.

27th February, 2006

  • 323i powered by new version of 2.5-litre straight-six engine
  • Delivers 130 kW of power and 230 Nm of torque
  • Priced from $64,800
  • On sale from June

Set to join the 323i Touring which also arrives in June, the 323i Sedan will be priced from $64,800 (RRP) for the six-speed manual and $67,400, for the six-speed Steptronic automatic.

The 323i Sedan slots into the E90 generation sedan range between the $55,400 320i Executive, powered by the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 110 kW VALVETRONIC engine, and the $73,000 2.5-litre 160 kW powered six-cylinder magnesium alloy engined 325i Sedan.

Like all BMW six-cylinder power plants, the innovation-rich 323i Sedan engine makes extensive use of weight saving materials such as aluminium and magnesium-alloy for the block, while its smooth, responsive character has already been lauded internationally.

The 323i Sedan shares its 2.5-litre displacement with the 325i Sedan, albeit it is tuned to a new level.

Like the 325i, the 323i engine is one of a new generation of six-cylinders that also includes the VALVETRONIC valve control system with double-VANOS variable valve timing.

The high-performance characteristics of the 323i are impressive. The engine produces 130 kW of power at 5,800 rpm and 230 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm.

Given its state of tune, the 323i is no slouch when it comes to performance. The automatic transmission version sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds and delivers fuel consumption figures of 8.4 litres per 100 km on the combined fuel test cycle.

Like all BMW vehicles sold in Australia, the 323i is fitted with a comprehensive range of advanced active and passive security systems as standard.

All Australian market BMW vehicle feature Dynamic Stability control.

The new 323i Sedan features that latest generation Dynamic Stability Control Plus (DSC+), as well as six airbags, Anti-Lock Brakes, Dynamic Brake Control, Cornering Brake Control, Automatic Stability Control + Traction, and Cruise Control with Brake Function.

DSC+ constantly compares vehicle speed, wheel speed, steering angle, and yaw rate with a benchmark of optimum driving condition data so its takes barely a fraction of a second to recognise for instance, the danger of a skid or understeer or oversteer.

This almost sixth sense can apply the brakes at individual wheels and cut engine power to assist the driver to retain control under difficult conditions.

Among its many attributes, DSC+ primes the brakes for emergency stops, clears the discs of surface water and reduces the effects of brake fade.

From the outside the 323i is identified by twin-exhaust pipes, chrome kidney grille bars and window recess finishers in chrome, rear Park Distance Control, front foglights, and a set of 16-inch Star-Spoke Alloys.

Equipment levels are also comprehensive and feature a leather steering wheel, Dakota leather upholstery, multi-function steering wheel, retractable front and rear centre armrests, front seat back storage nets, anti-dazzle interior rear view mirror, fine-wood trim in Burled Walnut, rain sensor and automatic headlights, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with brake function, Bluetooth mobile phone interface preparation and AM/FM radio with in-dash CD player.

The interior can be further personalised with fine-wood trim Poplar grain or highlights in finely brushed Aluminium or a Titanium Matt interior trim package, all of which are no-cost options.

Customers will also be able to specify an M Sport Package, featuring all the M features – body kit, sports seats upgrade and 17-inch double-spoke alloys. It is available at a premium of $5,200.

The BMW 3 Series is always at the forefront of technology, especially in terms of chassis dynamics, and the 323i Sedan is no exception.

The entire front suspension is constructed from aluminium, along with the tie bars, track control arms and pivot bearings. Aluminium reduces unsprung masses and helps the 323i achieve a near perfect 50:50 weight distribution, which in turn deliver precise steering and cornering prowess.

Light-weight materials ensure the 323i Sedan maintains the inherent balance and driving dynamics expected of every BMW.

The BMW 3 Series range now comprises the 320i, 320i Executive, 320d, 320d Executive, 323i, 325i and 330i Sedans and the 323i Touring.

Other BMW news: here.

More news:

Porsche 911 GT3: Geneva Debut
26th February, 2006
In addition to the 911 Turbo, Porsche is presenting another new sportscar at the Geneva Motor Show. The new 911 GT3 will be unveiled ..... more

Last Monaro To Shine In Emerald
24th February, 2006
The country Queensland businessman who bought the very last current generation Monaro in a global auction seen his historic coupe for the first time today ..... more

Audi Continues Success: Annual Press Conference
23rd February, 2006
Audi has posted record figures again in the 2005 financial year for revenue, profit before tax, production and vehicle sales ..... more

Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
23rd February, 2006
Automobili Lamborghini will present the passionately developed evolution of the Lamborghini Murciélago Coupé at the 76th Geneva Motor Show next week ..... more

Audi RS 4 now also in Avant and Cabriolet
22nd February, 2006
Audi will be offering additional versions of the RS 4. Following the successful market launch of the saloon, the Avant and Cabriolet versions will be available from mid-year ..... more

Prince Andrew Visits Rolls-Royce
22nd February, 2006
His Royal Highness The Duke of York yesterday visited the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars manufacturing plant and head office at Goodwood ..... more

UK Competitor Selected For 2006 G4 Challenge
21st February, 2006
Brian Reynolds, a railway engineer, has beaten two other UK finalists in the Land Rover G4 Challenge to take his place as the UK representative ..... more

Audi S6 V10 for Australia
19th February, 2006
The new Audi S6 is characterised by a refined flow of power in conjunction with superlative comfort and an elegantly understated appearance ..... more

High Performance Maybach 57 S
16th February, 2006
The Mercedes-AMG tweaked Maybach 57 S, boasting a 6-litre V12 biturbo engine and 450 kW of power is on show for the first time in Australia ..... more

Opel GT: A European Legend Returns
15th February, 2006
The new two-seat GT features an exciting design with sharply cut lines, rear-wheel drive and a potent petrol-fuelled 2-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection ..... more

Land Rover Worldwide Sales Boom In January
15th February, 2006
Land Rover has got off to a flying start with a record breaking January. Global sales are up 22% against the same period last year at just over 15,000 units making this the best January ever for the 4x4 manufacturer ..... more

Porsche 911 Turbo For Geneva Motor Show
13th February, 2006
Porsche is extending its current product range with the addition of a new 911 Turbo. The sixth generation of the 911 series’ top-of-the-range model will be celebrating its world premiere on 28th February, 2006 ..... more

Audi Quickens Heartbeats With New RS 4
13th February, 2006
The hero of the A4 range is Audi’s all-new RS4 supercar, which is displayed alongside the superlative new Audi S8 sports luxury limousine at Melbourne's Motor Show ..... more

England's Freestream T1 Design Issues
12th February, 2006
As the world’s first road car to exceed 1,000bhp-per-tonne the Freestream T1 is perhaps bound to grab the headlines ..... more

NISMO 350Z at the Melbourne International Motor Show
12th February, 2006
Nissan unveils the NISMO 350Z sports coupe fitted with racing and styling parts designed by Nissan’s famed motorsport arm ..... more

New Saab 9-5 Fresh Face, Bold Styling
9th February, 2006
The new Saab 9-5 made its first appearance in Australia today at the Melbourne International Motor Show ..... more

Porsche Cayman For Melbourne Motor Show
8th February, 2006
Porsche is back at the Melbourne Motor Show for 2006 with its brand new Cayman S coupe, which will be the centrepiece of the Porsche show stand ..... more

Smallest Cars Biggest Winners in January Sales
6th February, 2006
Sales of the smallest passenger cars boomed in January as the Australian motor vehicle market continued on its record-setting way ..... more

Audi Continues 2005 Success
5th February, 2006
Audi Australia has recorded an all-time sales high for the month of January 2006, up 40% on its January 2005 sales result ..... more

Saab 9-3 SportCombi Arrives
1st February, 2006
Saab is hoping to attract new customers from the traditional SUV segment with the launch of its European sport wagon, the all new 9-3 SportCombi ..... more

Extra Statesman Luxury Now Standard
20th January, 2006
Holden Statesman buyers receive even more luxury features as standard with the WL series 2006 Statesman International, on sale from this month ..... more

Jaguar XJ Wins UK's First Award Of 2006
20th January, 2006
The Jaguar XJ has already collected its first award of 2006, topping the Luxury Car category at the Fleet Excellence Awards, voted for by readers of Fleet Week and Fleet Management magazines ..... more

Land Rover G4 Challenge UK Finalists
20th January, 2006
Counting down to one of the world's toughest driving and multi-sport adventure challenges, Scotsman and 2003 Land Rover G4 Challenge veteran, Tim Pickering, last week visited the Land Rover Experience in Dunkeld, Perthshire to administer some gruelling training on the three 2006 UK finalists ..... more

Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart’s Sixth Successive Dakar Rally Win
16th January, 2006
Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team driver Luc Alphand and co-driver Gilles Picard clinched victory in the 28th Dakar Rally yesterday (Sunday). The feat marked a record-breaking 11th win for the Japanese automotive manufacturer ..... more

Ford Shelby GT500: Most Powerful Mustang Ever
13th January, 2006
After 40 years, racing legend Carroll Shelby and the Ford Mustang are back together with the introduction of America's 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 ..... more

Morgan 4-seater To Return
11th January, 2006
The Morgan 4-seater is coming back! The new model is due to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006. The new and significantly revised 4-seater ..... more

Aston Martin Rapide Concept Car
10th January, 2006
The Aston Martin Rapide concept is a four-door, high performance coupé of remarkable grace and poise. Based on Aston Martin's unique VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture, the Rapide combines the company's commitment to power, beauty and soul with space and practicality for every eventuality ..... more

20 Years Of Saab Convertibles
8th January, 2006
Saab is raising the roof, celebrating two decades of convertible sales success by introducing an eye-catching 20th anniversary model, the Saab 9-3 Convertible Cerulean edition ..... more

Lamborghini Miura Concept For Detroit
6th January, 2006
The House of the Raging Bull has brought back a legendary historical name with the introduction of its Lamborghini Miura Concept car, which will be shown at the Detroit Motor Show this month ..... more

The Top Drive of 2005!
OF 2005!

Review content by Marque/Manufacturer:

Aixam   Alfa Romeo   Aston Martin   Audi   Bentley  BMW   Cadillac   Caterham   Chevrolet   Chrysler   Citroen  Connaught   Dacia   Daewoo  Dodge  Elfin  Ferrari  Fiat  Ford  FPV  Freestream  General Motors  Holden  Honda  HSV  Hummer  Jaguar  Jeep  Kia  Lamborghini  Land Rover  Lotus  Maserati  Maybach  Mazda  Mercedes-Benz  MG  Mini  Mitsubishi  Morgan  Nissan  Noble  Opel  Pagani  Peugeot  Pontiac  Porsche  Proton  Renault  Rolls Royce  Rover  Saab  Saturn  Seat  Skoda  Smart  Subaru  Suzuki  Tempest  Volkswagen  Volvo 

Receive an automotive news summary periodically and more by e-mail,
SUBSCRIBE to our free newsletter here.
Simply send a blank e-mail to lodge your subscription.

Click the logo for our home page

E-mail Next Car Pty Ltd

Next Car Pty Ltd   (ABN 47106248033)
Copyright © 2006. All rights reserved.