BMW 3 Series Coupé in Showrooms Next Month

BMW 3-Series coupe - E90 model

17th September, 2006

The BMW 3 Series Coupés will arrive in dealerships around Australia in October in both 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.

Acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, is almost as fast as the E46 generation M3 Coupé.

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 is claimed to set 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 coupled with 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 balanced and entertaining handling.

Thus the 3 Series Coupé is able to comprehensively reset the handling benchmark at an elevated level.

From October, the BMW 3 Series Coupé line-up starts with the 325i priced at $81,500 (RRP) for the six-speed manual.

Standard equipment for the 325i Coupé includes Bi-Xenon headlamps, LED tail lights, 17-inch light alloy wheels, premium Dakota 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 accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds.

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 (RRP).

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 (not including the specialist M3 models) will be priced from $108,500 (RRP) as a manual and $111,100 (RRP) 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 (RRP).

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.

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 (RRP) with manual transmission and $72,500 (RRP) with automatic transmission.

It will be equipped with the same 2.5-litre engine as fitted to the 323i Sedan and Touring models which were launched in Australia in June, albeit in a slightly sportier state of tune.

The new 3 Series Coupé shares no exterior body panels with 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.

2006 BMW 3 Series Coupé.

Model Transmission Price (RRP) In Showrooms
323i M $69,900 December
323i A $72,500 December
325i M $81,500 October
325i A $84,100 October
335i M $108,500 October
335i A $111,100 October

BMW 3-Series coupe - E90 model

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