The best and...worst of german engineering : Valvetronic 6 cylinders <>
iDriveiDrive, the control for all entertainment and communication has been improved; now you can get to the main menu with a single button. Well, it still sucks. The Microsoft embedded operating system is not real time at all. Yes, it is very easy to use and learn, but requires too many actions from the user.
The 6 cylinders, on the other hand, has the fastest throttle response I ever experienced from a "non-M" engine. Quite frankly, that is a good move.
Performance Wagon ParagonThis car is longer and wider, has a longer wheelbase and wider track, has more interior room and trunk space, more hip, knee and shoulder room, has a much more powerful engine, a more rigid chassis, a more refined and technologically advanced suspension.The new 330i coefficient of drag has been improved as well.
False identity!This M stands for "Marketing"...
Sport WagonThe new 3-Series, while continuing the angular look, is more conservative than the other recent Bimmers. No sheet metal directly interchanges, but the shape is very similar to the previous 3-Series, with a moderately-long hood, long, arched passenger cabin, and short, high rear deck. Sharp, angular character lines in the hood and at the beltline give it definition as a contemporary BMW, without being over-styled. The sides are relatively plain, with only moderate fender flares. and the wheels and tires fill the wheel arches well. Rear quarters and the rear panel show 5-Series influence. Perhaps, the first good looking design since the beginning of the Bangle era.
Just bettert was clear from the outset that the new 3-series is a driver's car through and through, perhaps even more so than its predecessor. That's not to say that the 3-series is raw and as focused as say a Lotus Elise, but BMW has got the basics just so. Take the steering; it is simply sublime, full of feel and communication, but never uncomfortably so. BMW has been setting benchmarks with the handling characteristics of its 3-Series sedans and coupes over the years, and the 2006 330i is the culmination of that effort. It has a near perfect 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution to compliment its independent aluminum front suspension and five-link rear setup. Overseeing the entire chassis arrangement is the automakers Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) technology, which intervenes if a loss of vehicle control is imminent - and believe me, getting there requires pushing the thoroughbred to extreme thresholds.
AngularThe 330i's new angular styling brings it more in line with the company's larger cars; it's modern and edgy, with deeply sculpted doors that draw the eye up from the classic nose and out to the muscular rear flanks. Park it against the last generation, and the 2005 model suddenly looks old. The sport package's 18-inch, seven-inch spokes really make the car, filling the wheel wells and giving it a commanding stance.
Cluster An efficient analog gauge cluster keeps you informed. Matching large gauges in the center are the speedometer and the 7000+ RPM redline tachometer. The tach also has the trademark BMW gas mileage indicator that bounces to an fro relentlessly as you drive. A fuel is also in the dash, but there is no temp gauge.
From start button to exhaust pipes
The most obvious change is the starter. The 3 Series sedans no longer have a keyed ignition switch, relying instead on a slot-type key fob and a starter button. The fob goes in a slot next to the steering column, and you push the button to fire up.
The car sounds great, with an emphasis on clean mechanical noise from the engine bay rather than the tone of the muffler.
The benchmark redefinedBMW's 3 Series has always been about the driving. It has many of the attributes of a sports car with the practicality of a sedan. It offers rear-wheel drive and manual transmissions in a class increasingly dominated by front-drive and automatics. Driving has never been much better than the 3 Series, or at least not with seating for five, decent mileage and a high level of performance. This is the prototypical sports wagon, or about as close as you can get to sports-car driving dynamics in a practical car.
M Sport Package At the front, M Sport models have a lower front spoiler styled for increased aerodynamic efficiency while at the side, sculpted sills change the profile of the car. At the rear, a venturi cut-out in the rear bumper further accentuates the sporting theme. M Sports suspension and high-gloss Shadow Line finish the exterior package.
Standard interior trim for M Sport models includes Sports seats in an exclusive cloth / leather combination, M leather steering wheel, M doorsill finishes and an Individual anthracite headlining.
AppearanceTo watchers of the automotive press (or those who work as one of its members), observing all of the scribblers in the club come to the same conclusion about BMW's 2006 3 series has been more than amusing. When photos of the car debuted this past spring, every car scribe was so pleased it wasn't a styling clone of the 7 and 5 series, they all but forgot to take stock of how much the new 3 had actually changed. This car is longer and wider, has a longer wheelbase and wider track, has more interior room and trunk space, more hip, knee and shoulder room, has a much more powerful engine, a more rigid chassis, a more refined and technologically advanced suspension, gains less than 100 kg in added weight and still maintains excellent mileage (10.8 l/100km for the 330i).