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2012 BMW 3 Series (F30)

2012 BMW 3 Series (F30)

Export of the BMW 3 series from South Africa began from the Rosslyn Plant a few weeks ago with local sales beginning mid March.

One of the most prominent changes on the car is the new BMW face which is said to emphasise the elegantly dynamic design of the new BMW 3 Series.

At a glance what you need to know about the car is as follows:

  • BMW 3 Series now available in three different equipment lines. That is, the Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. The video below will take you a through the differences in the variants. An M Sport package with special exterior and interior features is in the pipeline for the midyear in 2012.
  • Six-speed manual transmission as standard, eight speed gearbox can be specified in combination with any of the petrol and diesel engines in the range.
  • The Kerb weight is stated to be 40kg less than predecessor.
  • All engines are equipped with the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
  • The cars come equipped with a Driving Experience Control switch with Eco Pro mode; Auto Start-Stop function included as standard to help improve fuel efficiency.
  • The 3 Series has grown in size compared to its previous predecessor, with a wider track (front +37mm, rear +47mm), increased overall length (+93mm) and augmented wheel base (+50mm).

Powering the new 3 series is a choice of four engines:

  • 320i 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engines, 135 kW at 5,000 rpm, reaching a maximum torque of 270 Nm from just 1,250 rpm. BMW 320i with six speed manual transmission accelerates in just 7.3 seconds from zero to 100 km/h. The fuel consumption is rated at just 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the EU test cycle (six speed gearbox) which drops to as much as 12% below that figure with the eight speed gearbox.
  • 328i 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engines, develops 180 kW and peak torque of 350 Nm from as low down as 1,250 rpm and remains constant up to 4,800 rpm, accelerating the BMW 3 Series from 0 to 100 kph in 5.9 seconds. The average fuel consumption is just 6,4 litres per 100 kilometres with the six speed gearbox and drops to about 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres with the eight speed automatic gearbox.
  • 335i 3.0-litre 6-cylinder petrol engines, develops peak output of 225 kW at 5,800 rpm and maximum torque of 400 Nm at just 1,200 rpm Peak torque of 400 Nm is on stream between 1,200 and 5,000 rpm. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint time is just 5.5 seconds with the standard six speed gearbox.  The 0 to 100 km/h sprint on the 8 speed auto gearbox is is 0.5 seconds quicker than the predecessor. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is rated at 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres and 7.2 litres per 100 kilometres on the with the eight speed automatic gearbox.
  • 320d 4 – cylinder diesel engine, maximum power of 135 kW at 4,000 rpm, and powerful torque of 380 Nm on stream between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration is 7.5 seconds. The rated fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 4.5 litres per 100 kilometre (six speed) and 16% lower with eight speed automatic gearbox.

In addition to the above engine lineup, in the last quarter of 2012, BMW expects to introduce the new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 which will see innovative BMW ActiveHybrid drive technology blend with the sporting character of the BMW 3 Series to dynamic and efficient effect. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3, will have a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder petrol engines coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission with integrated electric motor. Under normal petrol mode the engine will produce 225 kW  and the electric motor when active will be able for limited periods to increase power by up to 40kW giving a maximum combined ouput of 250kW with a maximum combined torque of 450 Newton metres .

As components of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology line-up, the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Optimum Shift Indicator and need-based operation of ancillary components (including a disengageable air conditioning compressor) also play their part in reducing fuel consumption.

Added to which, the new Driving Experience Control switch not only offers Comfort, Sport and Sport + options, but also ECO PRO mode, which gives all the models in the range the potential to further improve these figures.

Using the Driving Experience Control switch, the driver is able to customise accelerator response characteristics, engine response, the power steering characteristics and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) thresholds. If fitted, the Servotronic function, the automatic transmission and Dynamic Damper Control are integrated into the system too. Using the simple-to-operate rocker switch on the centre console, drivers can choose between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes. Each of these predefined set-ups activates different settings for the relevant powertrain and suspension components.

The South African TV ad is shown below.

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2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

The third generation BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible were unveiled on the 6th of March at Geneva Motor Show.

The new M6 gets the usual M styling design cues that give it a more athletic aura.

The twin powered 4.4 Litre V8 engine fitted to both the Coupe and Convertible is mated to a high-torque 7 speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT), which optimises power transfer between the rear wheels. This along with extensive chassis and suspension upgrades ensure that the engine’s performance can be transferred to the ground.

The engine peak power output is 412kW and has a maximum torque of 680Nm. The engine produces around 10% higher output than the V10 engine of its predecessors and torque is up by over 30%. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 are expected to be reduced by approximately 30%. Along with the host of features the new BMW M6 features both Brake Energy Regeneration and the Auto Start-Stop function, which automatically switch off the engine when the car comes to a stop.

The M6 Coupe accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds whilst the Convertible takes 4.3 seconds. The top speed of both models is electronically limited to 250km/h.

The track widths of both the M6 Coupe and Convertible have been increased by 30 millimetres compared to their respective 6 Series stablemates and thus enhances the road holding of the cars. The Car comes fitted with a standard wheel and tire combination of  19 inch M specific light alloy wheels fitted with 265/40 R19 ultra-high performance summer tires in the front and 295/35 R 19 tires at the rear. As an option 20 inch forged M light-alloy wheels will also be available.

To braking on the M6 is by means of 400mm diameter brake rotors at the front and 396mm at the back both fitted with 6 piston fixed calipers. Also as an option the new M6 will be the first BMW M to be offered with optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes with 410mm brake rotors at the front and 396mm at the rear.

The roof of the new of the new BMW M6 Coupe is molded from natural color Carbon Fiber Composite.  The use of the lightweight material for the roof allows the car’s center of gravity to be lowered, further enhancing the agility of the M6.

The BMW M6 Convertible automatic opening and closing of the roof can be activated both at a standstill and while on the move at speeds of up to 40 km/h. It is claimed that the roof takes 19 seconds to open and 24 seconds to close.


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BMW Concept M135i

BMW Concept M135i

BMW will be unveiling the BMW Concept M135i alongside the M Performace cars at the Geneva Motor Show this week on the 6th of March. The M Performance line is a new line of cars that slots between the  standard BMW models and M cars such as the BMW M3.

The BMW Concept M135i is the first 3 door we have seen on the  new second generation F20 1-Series. According to the press release “Compared with the silhouette of the five-door BMW 1 Series, the three-door BMW Concept M135i makes an even more sporting and elegant statement.”

The M135i has a twin turbocharged straight six-cylinder petrol engine with a power output of 224kW and is kitted with some of the following features; an M sport braking system, 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design, and large air intakes designed to match the cooling requirement of the powerful engine, ancillary components and large brakes.

If the performance and fun factor of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe are anything to go by then we are in for a thrill.

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