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by Chris Anderson-Peters

BMW Australia has announced the June arrival of a sportier redesigned 3 Series Coupe and Convertible with a new 335i M Sport model topping the new M range.

Powered by a new 3.0-litre turbocharged engine, the BMW 335i M Sport delivers the same 225kW of power and 400Nm of torque as its 335i predecessor, sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds.

A refreshed sporty exterior design showcases a full aerodynamic M Sport body kit with 19-inch double spoke light alloy wheels, while inside, M Sport doorsills, a Sports multi-function steering wheel and the option of lowered M Sport suspension.

BMW Group Australia Managing Director, Starvo Yallouridis says the new look M Sport brand will see it continue to remain the benchmark in their class.

“The M Sport brand is an icon in the world of sports sedans, coupes and convertibles…it was fitting to build upon that with the new 3 Series Coupe and Convertible and give the cars their own distinctive performance personality,” says Yallouridis.

Yallouridis highlighted the redesigned front, rear and side features and the inclusion the fitment of Auto Stop/Start for the first time to an M3, has given the M range an edge over the competition.

A substantially restyled of the 335i M Sport, 320d, 325i and 330d models, features a redesigned front bumper and bonnet with a wider BMW kidney grille.

Customers have an even wider choice of exterior colour options with three new exterior metallic paint colours.

Performance has also been enhanced to match the sporting styling of the new 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, with an upgraded 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder powerplant in the 320d, which delivers 5kW more power and 30Nm more torque combined with reduced fuel consumption.

Generating a maximum power of 135kW at 400rpm and peak torque of 380Nm between 1900rpm – 2750rpm, the new 320d offers a combined fuel consumption of 4.7l/100km for the Coupe and 5.1l/100km for the Convertible.

This is the first time the 320d has been offered with a manual gearbox and its fitment provides an opportunity to expand the application of BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies, including the standard Auto Stop/Start function.

Topping the BMW 3 Series range is the new M3. With improved efficiency through the application of the Auto Stop/ Start technology, the 309kW/400Nm 4.0-litre Automatic M3 coupe now delivers a combined fuel consumption of 11.2l/100km.

Standard features across the 3 series range include cruise control, climate control, power windows and heated exterior mirrors, dual front, side and full length side curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Antilock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and Cornering Brake Control (CBC), active front head restraints, Rain Sensor and rear Park Distance Control (PDC).

Additional features that come standard on the BMW 335I and M series but optional on the Innovations Package for the 320d, 325i and 330d, include Comfort Access System, Adaptive Headlights, automatic folding exterior mirrors, BMW Professional Navigation System, Voice Control and HiFi Loudspeaker system.

BMW 3 Series Coupe Australian Pricing:

BMW 320d $65,600
BMW 325i $84,900
BMW 330d $94,700
BMW 335i M Sport $116,700
BMW M3 $158,300

BMW 3 Series Convertible Australian Pricing:

BMW 320d $78,500
BMW 325i $98,700
BMW 330d $107,700
BMW 335i M Sport $129,900
BMW M3 $176,700




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