2011 BMW 3 Series

21 Jan 2010 | 2,295 views | No Comment
Fresh on the heels of introducing a slew of new models including six cylinder Seven series sedans at the recent North American International Auto Show Press Days event, BMW now turns its attention to everybody’s favorite sports models, the BMW Three Series. 2011-bmw-3series-coupe The models involved include the 2011 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, style changes for the 328i and 335i models and a new engine for 335i models. The 2011 3 Series Coupe and Convertible models will go on sale in Spring 2010, and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. The good news is that what makes these cars marvels of driving pleasure are not changed, according to BMW, so you’ll still get a perfectly balanced performance car with near equal weight distribution, quick, responsive steering, and strong acceleration. But what is changed are improvements which are in keeping with BMW’s apparent philosophy of improvements where needed and refinements where necessary. 2011-bmw-3series-convertible First, the 335i  series gets an all new, 300 horsepower, 3.0 liter turbocharged all-aluminum engine that BMW says is more responsive, but also better on gas mileage. The 335i has already become legendary for explosive acceleration, so it will be interesting for the Automobile Journal staff to experience the newest power plant. The new engine, called the N55, is the first BMW inline-6 to combine turbocharging, High Precision direct fuel injection, and Valvetronic variable intake technology. 2011-bmw-3series-int Both a six speed manual gearbox and the six speed Steptronic automatic will be available, and the automatic has different shift paddles than before; this version uses pull-style paddles on the steering wheel. Styling changes can best be described as evolutionary in nature, with new headlights and taillights, and on the coupe and convertible, exterior mirrors that are specially designed for that pair. The hood has been revised, front and rear overhang have been extended somewhat, and there has also been some refinement to character lines on the flanks of the cars.  The trademark kidney grille has been widened, with a chrome band “precisely twisted within itself,” as BMW says. Around back, BMW says, “The new design of the taillights is unique to the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible. The rear light cluster feature two-piece L-shapes and are further accentuated by a new color scheme. With two rows of light tubes that illuminate simultaneously, they create a night design with depth and dimension. Integrated flush into the body of the car, the lights are split into two sections and extend up the trunk lid, blending with the character lines from the side profile. Horizontal LED tube taillights give the car an unmistakable look at night. The horizontal flowing lines accentuate the wide track and low stance of the Coupe and Convertible.” Another new exterior design feature is “an additional horizontal contour line  added to the rear air dam to further accentuate the width of the Coupe and Convertible. It creates light-and-shade effects to give the entire rear end a flatter and smoother appearance.” There are some new colors for the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible as well: Deep Sea Blue Metallic, Vermillion Red Metallic, and Mineral White Metallic.

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