BMW Announces Pricing for 3 Series Coupés
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BMW 335i coupe
19th July, 2006
BMW Group Australia has announced pricing for its new sports Coupés.
The 3 Series Coupés will arrive in dealers in October in 325i and 335i six-cylinder guise.
The 335i assumes pre-eminence in the 3 Series family thanks to its innovative 3.0-litre Twin Turbo petrol engine that delivers 225 kW of power at 5,800 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,300 rpm and 5,000 rpm.
Using high-precision direct petrol injection, an all aluminium engine and a pair of turbo-chargers, each assigned to force-feed three cylinders, the new Twin Turbo engine sets new standards for driving performance and pleasure.
The low inertia turbos spool up much faster than conventional units, eliminating turbo-lag completely.
A stringent BMW weight-reduction programme, and efficient engine management, also ensures low fuel consumption. The Twin Turbo engine is 70 kg lighter than a comparably powerful 4.0-litre eight-cylinder engine.
The lightweight engine ensures the BMW 3 Series Coupé will retain BMW’s famed 50/50 weight distribution for perfectly balanced and entertaining handling.
From October, the alluring BMW 3 Series Coupé line-up starts with the 325i priced at $81,500 in six-speed manual transmission guise.
Standard equipment for the 325i Coupé includes Bi-Xenon headlamps, LED tail lights, 17-inch light alloy wheels, leather upholstery, BMW Business navigation system with colour monitor, six-stacker CD player, rear Park Distance Control, sport seats with electric adjustment and two memory settings for the driver, automatic climate control, and extended lights package for interior illumination, cruise control with brake function, and Bluetooth mobile phone preparation.
From a safety perspective the 325i Coupé covers all the bases with DTC Dynamic Traction Control, DSC+ Dynamic Stability Control, CBC Cornering Brake Control, DBC Dynamic Brake Control, and dual front airbags, dual side airbags and head airbags front and rear.
The 2.5-litre magnesium aluminium straight-six engine produces 160 kW of power at 6,500 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 2,750 rpm and 4,000 rpm.
The 325i Coupé, optionally equipped with a six-speed Steptronic Automatic transmission, specially adapted for the Coupé models and upgraded to deliver shift times around 40 percent faster than before, is priced at $84,100.
Further 325i Coupé options include Active Steering, Sport Suspension, 18 or 19-inch light alloy wheels, Comfort Access, Adaptive Headlights, Active Cruise Control, High Beam Assist, and LOGIC7 sound system.
The 335i Coupé will be available in both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission guise. The most powerful regular production 3 Series ever (excluding M3 models) will be priced from $108,500 as a manual and $111,100 as an automatic.
Uniquely available to automatic transmission models of the BMW 335i Coupé is the option for steering wheel mounted shift paddles. These alloy-finished shifters are priced at $200.
The 335i Coupé standard specification adds the following features over those of the 325i Coupé: larger front and rear brakes, Sport Suspension, 18-inch light alloy wheels, Park Distance Control PDC front and rear, front seat lumbar adjustment, BMW Professional Navigation with 8.8-inch colour monitor and TV and Voice Recognition functions, HiFi loudspeaker system, High Beam Assist and Adaptive Headlights.
Both these cars will be in Australian showrooms from October.
Very late in 2006, a further version of the 3 Series Coupé range will become available in Australia. The 323i will be priced from $69,900 in manual and $72,500 in automatic transmission guise.
It will be equipped with the same free-revving magnesium aluminium 2.5-litre engine as fitted to the 323i Sedan and Touring models launched in Australia in June, albeit in a slightly sportier state of tune.
The new BMW 3 Series Coupé shares no exterior body panels with the 3 Series Sedan.
BMW expects the new 3 Series Coupé will follow in the tracks of its E46 model, which sold more than 460,000 examples over its seven-year model life.
“The BMW 3 Series Coupé is one of the most sought-after cars in the luxury market and the new model is already creating a torrent of inquiry,” says Tom Noble, General Manager, Marketing at BMW Group Australia.
“Its combination of smooth and powerful BMW six-cylinder engines, a sleek, elegant body and a host of advanced technologies, perfectly meets the needs of our Coupé customers."
“The 3 Series Coupé is one of those stand-out cars the market understands as the ultimate expression of sporting style."
“The BMW Coupé is the ultimate expression of pure design, pure performance, pure driving, and pure heritage."
“The BMW Coupé, especially in Twin Turbo 335i guise, will rewrite the rules for compact, athletic sporting cars,” Tom says.
2006 BMW 3 Series Coupé Pricing
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