For a few years now the BMW 3-Series have been honored with lots of prizes: Automobile Magazine name it "Automobile of the year", Car and Driver "Best luxury Sport Sedan" and "World car of the year" by an international jury of 46 automotive journalists. With its satisfying combination of power, performance and day-to-day practicality, the world’s first sport sedan is still the best.
For 2007 the world’s first sport sedan and wagon get even better with new engines, new model names, new transmissions, improved performance, new color and additional interior updates.
328i and 328xi come to replace the 2006 325i and 325xi Sedan and Sports Wagon. The 328i and 328xi will be powered by an improved version of the curent 3.0 liter Inline-6 engine that is used in the 325i and 325xi. it will be an aluminium-magnesium engine block that will have an output of 230 hp and 200 lbs-ft of torque. The curent version produce only 215 hp at 6250 rpm and 185 lbs-ft at 2750 rpm. So there is an improvement of 15 hp and 15 lbs-ft.
No change for the gear ration, it will be used the same as in the 2006 325i.
The top speed is electronically limited to 149 mph. Comparing to the 2006 model that made the 0 - 60 mph sprint in 6.7 second (manual transmission) and 7.2 sec (automatic transmission), the 2007 model will have an improvement of 0.4 seconds and 0.3 seconds, that will mean: 6.3 seconds for the manual transmission and 6.9 seconds for the automatic one.
The exterior will be also different: the Crimson Red will replace the Electric Red and the Montego Blue metallic will replace Mystic Blue metallic.
The interior will also be changed: the SA693 satellite radio will no longer be available.
Aditional galvanic silver trim that matches the trim arround the start/stop button will be added to the climate control knobs. This adds a premium touch to the center console. The optional sport steering wheel with the Sport package will change begining with September production. it will be the same style sport steering wheel that is in thr E92 Coupe, which has galvanic accents.
The 328i and 328xi will go on sale starting September/October 2006 at a price of 32400$ for the 328i and 34300$ for the 328xi.
A Sport package will be available fpr the 328xi only. This 300$ upgrade includes 17" Double Spoke wheels with performance tires (not suitable for ice and snow) and increases the electronic speed governor from 130 mph to 147 mph.