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From Press Release) THE ALL NEW BMW 3 SERIES COUPE:

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· Arrives in showrooms this September
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· Unique in its design and interior
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· New twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque
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· Intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system available for the first time in a coupe
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· Xenon Adaptive headlights enhanced by four corona rings for characteristic BMW look
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· Exclusive interior with seating for four and an enhanced lighting package
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· Automatic seatbelt feed for added convenience

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - April 21, 2006… Introducing the latest expression of individual style - the all-new BMW 3 Series Coupe. With totally new looks, the newest BMW Coupe once again sets the benchmark for elegant design, luxury and value. In true BMW tradition, it also establishes a new standard of performance and driving dynamics with the introduction of an exceptional engine: the first inline six-cylinder with twin-turbochargers, high-precision fuel injection, and an all-aluminum crankcase.

The performance potential of this new 300 horsepower engine ensures that the 335i Coupe offers a significant improvement in performance while maintaining a level of efficiency for which the BMW 3 Series is renowned. The 335i Coupe will be joined in the U.S. by the 230 horsepower 328i Coupe.

In addition to the standard six-speed manual, both models will be offered with an available six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. Designed for responsiveness, the new automatic enhances driving dynamics without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

An additional dimension of driving dynamics, with the benefit of outstanding traction, will be offered with the introduction of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive. BMW xDrive is the most sophisticated and responsive all-wheel drive system on the market. It has proven its merits, in terms of agility and safety, in the ten models currently offered with xDrive in the U.S. Beginning this fall these merits will become available to Coupe drivers for the first time.

The premium character of the newest BMW Coupe is recognizable from the very first glance. Over and above the basic shape of the car and its elegant lines, the graphic design of the headlights, the detail of the rear taillights, the interior and even the exterior mirrors were specifically crafted for the new Coupe. These unique design elements reflect the unique character of this elegant and sporty new car.

The buyer who chooses a Coupe wants a car that satisfies their demand for elegant looks as well as driving dynamics. With all this in mind, BMW engineers and designers set out to create a unique yet unmistakable blend of design, features and - most particularly - driving pleasure.

The new Coupe is unquestionably a BMW 3 Series. Yet despite its close technical ties to the Sedan and Sports Wagon, the new BMW 3 Series Coupe is unique in its design details. A genuine BMW from every angle, the new Coupe is an individualist through and through.

The character of any coupe is reflected in its profile. On the new BMW 3 Series Coupe the profile is unmistakably BMW. The long hood reflects BMW’s adherence to its tradition of inline six-cylinder engines. The long wheelbase, the passenger compartment set back as well as the low, sleek roofline which slopes gently into the trunk, are all characteristic of BMW Coupes.

In addition to the classic proportions, the shoulder, character and sill lines serve to enhance the sleek appearance. Both the shoulder line and character line stretch uninterrupted to the back of the car, allowing one’s eye to move quickly and smoothly from front to rear along the entire length of the car. The sill line on the lower edge of the door also flows into the front and rear air dams, reinforcing the dynamic nature of BMW’s newest Coupe.

The combination of lines flowing into one another reflects the performance potential. While the shoulder line rises slightly but consistently from front to rear, the character line flows in a long, stretched arch all the way from the front fender to the taillights. As the sill line, by contrast, moves up slightly to the rear in a slow and gentle curve, the distance between the character and sill lines becomes smaller around the rear wheel arches. The flare of the fender around the wheel also serves to give the character line extra tension in both an upward and outward direction.

The front view also shows a significant distinction from the 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon. The contours of the hood as well as the design of the front air dam and headlights give the new BMW 3 Series Coupe a particularly low and sporty look. The powerdome on the hood foretells the performance potential which lies beneath. Its lines follow a powerful silhouette extending all the way from the A-pillars to the outside corners of the BMW kidney grill.

The kidney grille, a typical feature of every BMW, stands out from the surfaces around it. Interaction with the three-dimensional kidney frame creates a look of power and unique style.

The headlight units on the new BMW 3 Series Coupe also have a unique look. With the hood extending beyond the headlights as such, the characteristic four round headlights appear to have been cut-off at the top creating a sense of powerful, concentrated focus.

The new 3 Series Coupe will come standard in the U.S. with xenon adaptive headlights, accented by BMW’s corona light rings. The corona light rings not only serve as daytime running lights, but also draw attention to BMW’s characteristic four round headlights, making this new Coupe instantly recognizable as a BMW, day or night.

The design of taillights is also unique to the new 3 Series Coupe. Integrated flush into the body of the car, the lights are split into two sections and extend all the way up to the trunk lid, blending with the character lines from the side profile. Horizontal LED taillights give the car an unmistakable look at night. The horizontally flowing lines accentuate the wide track and low stance of the new Coupe.

The designers’ objective was to give the new 3 Series Coupe a balanced and harmonious look. The traditional “Hofmeister kink” at the bottom edge of the C-pillar now extends at an even more distinct angle into the shoulder line. To further accentuate this flow of lines, the window accent surround is now made in one single piece.

The exterior mirrors have been specifically designed and matched to the unique character of the new 3 Series Coupe. The contours of the mirrors reflect the profile lines while the mirrors blend seamlessly with the car’s overall design.

The emphasis on individual style, dynamic performance and exclusivity continues within the interior. Horizontal lines dominate the surfaces on and around the instrument panel which blend with the lines of the center console and door panels to give the interior a light but dynamic feel. In true BMW fashion the instrument cluster and key controls are angled toward the driver. Controls for the climate control as well as the audio and navigation systems are within easy reach of the front passenger. Given that the new Coupe is a four passenger car, the rear seat passengers are treated to a storage compartment between the rear seats.

Inline six-cylinder engines enter new dimensions of performance.

The first impression the new BMW 3 Series Coupe delivers is one of stylish elegance and powerful dynamics. Its long hood reflects BMW’s longstanding tradition of inline six-cylinder engines.

The new BMW 3 Series Coupe will arrive in the U.S. with a choice of two six-cylinder engines including the world’s first inline six with twin turbos, high precision fuel injection, and an all-aluminum crankcase. It is the most powerful engine within BMW’s wide range of inline six driving machines that does not wear an “M” badge. This brand-new version develops maximum output of 300 hp in US-spec from 3.0 liters and generates peak torque of 300 lb-ft for powerful acceleration in any situation.

The combination of turbocharging and direct gasoline fuel injection offers a new dimension to efficient dynamics. Featuring high-precision fuel injection, the engine boasts a highly sophisticated and advanced direct fuel injection system. In true BMW fashion this results in outstanding performance combined with a significant reduction of fuel consumption.

A further advantage of turbocharging is that this is the most eco*nom*ical option to boost engine power and performance. For example, the turbocharged inline six weighs approximately 150 lbs less than an equally powerful eight-cylinder displac*ing 4.0 liters. And this lower weight means a significant advantage not only in fuel economy, but also in balancing the weight distribution of the overall car.

This new high-performance engine gives the light, aerodynam*ically sculpted Coupe truly outstanding acceleration and flexibility on the road. The twin turbo powerplant in the BMW 335i Coupe develops its power and performance much more spontaneously than a turbocharged engine of conventional design. Thanks to their lower inertia, the two small turbochargers build up pressure much faster than a single, large turbocharger, thus eliminating even the slightest turbo “lag”.

At the same time the new engine offers all the smoothness and re*fine*ment which has made BMW’s award-winning inline sixes so admired. Last but certainly not least, the impressive increase in power on the twin turbo engine versus a conventional normally as*pirated six-cylinder comes without any significant increase in fuel consumption.

Featuring two turbochargers each supplying compressed air to three cylinders, the new turbocharged engine offers a new standard of spontaneity and responsiveness. Peak torque of 300 lb-ft comes smoothly and without de*lay, extending over a wide speed range from 1,400 - 5,000 rpm.

On the road, this power and torque result in outstanding performance. The 335i Coupe accelerates from 0 - 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. This sense of urgency continues all the way to the electronically-limited top speed of 150 mph, when equipped with sport package.

This extremely efficient increase in power and performance is attrib*utable in large part to gasoline direct injection. The high-precision fuel injection concept developed by BMW ensures a measurable ad*vantage in fuel economy, without limiting the dynamic qualities of the engine.

To enhance this efficiency to an even higher level, the turbochargers are made of a particularly heat-resistant material which makes them im*mune to high exhaust gas temperatures in the interest of a fuel-effici*ent combustion process particularly under full load. As a result, the twin turbo technology in the BMW 335i Coupe represents a significant achievement in terms of both performance and fuel economy. The advantages over a conventional turbocharged engine are not only clearly measurable, but also easy to feel on the road.

BMW’s new twin-turbo inline six is making its debut in the new 335i Coupe. One cannot overlook the new 328i Coupe with its normally-aspirated inline six-cylinder engine. This is the latest model to take advantage of BMW’s weight-saving blend of magnesium and aluminum for the crankcase. The cylinder head cover and the bedplate are also made of aluminum. Fully variable Valvetronic valve management, an electric coolant pump and a fully controlled oil pump are features which serve to enhance the 328i Coupe’s efficiency and responsiveness.

Source: BMW
I'll post pics in a bit.
 

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LevelSevenCivic said:
It even has a seatbelt feed... that's some messed up stuff right there.
Leave it to the euro's to add crappy redundant features in the name of Luxury (imo laziness).

Overall, it's looking good though. This is the ONLY bengle (sp??) design that i really like from top to bottom.
 

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Sweet car! I'm having a bit of trouble understanding whether the car will be awd only or if awd will be an option. Please tell me that car will come in a rwd configuration.
 

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LoPeY said:
Sweet car! I'm having a bit of trouble understanding whether the car will be awd only or if awd will be an option. Please tell me that car will come in a rwd configuration.

I think AWD will be optional.

The model code for the Twin turbo coupe pictured is "335i". If it were AWD, there'd be an "Xi" in place of the 'i" so this should be RWD. With AWD, it'd badged something like "335xi".
 

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They make a 3 series sedan too.

divinewisdom said:
id take one if they offer it in sedan.
 

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ck98vteC said:
They make a 3 series sedan too.
i think he was referring to the motor, not the car. i wish the sedan would look as good as the coupe. it looks good but man, when will they stop inventing crap to encourage laziness - meaning the seatbelt thing. :confused that's just stupid. they could have put the money spent on that thing towards somethign more useful, like a boost gauge :rolleyes .
 

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Mercedes had it in the 80's on the big pillarless coupes.

dil2502 said:
who even thinks of a seat belt feed?
 

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Hmm so we're not getting the 330i? I read yesterday on Top Gear's site that they're getting a 270hp 330i coupe... I can see the redundancy of a 270hp one if there's already a 230hp 328i and a 300hp 335i.

At first when I read "seatbelt feed" I had horrific flashbacks to the automatic seatbelt era, but this I think is actually a good idea. In 4-seat coupes, the long doors make it so that the front seatbelts hang in no-man's land - too far back for the front passengers to reach easily, yet right in the way of people trying to get into the back. My mom has an Audi TT, and for anyone who's sat in one, you know what I'm talking about. The belt is so far back I can't even reach it with my left hand, I have to reach across my body and way back with my right hand in order to snatch it. I'm definitely against extraneous, unnecessary luxury items, but contrary to what everyone seems to be saying, I actually think this is a very good idea.
 

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I think AWD will be optional.

The model code for the Twin turbo coupe pictured is "335i". If it were AWD, there'd be an "Xi" in place of the 'i" so this should be RWD. With AWD, it'd badged something like "335xi".
That's what I figured, I just wasn't positive. BMW has been getting tricky lately being that the 325i is a 3L just like the 330i etc.
 

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Hmm so we're not getting the 330i? I read yesterday on Top Gear's site that they're getting a 270hp 330i coupe... I can see the redundancy of a 270hp one if there's already a 230hp 328i and a 300hp 335i.

At first when I read "seatbelt feed" I had horrific flashbacks to the automatic seatbelt era, but this I think is actually a good idea. In 4-seat coupes, the long doors make it so that the front seatbelts hang in no-man's land - too far back for the front passengers to reach easily, yet right in the way of people trying to get into the back. My mom has an Audi TT, and for anyone who's sat in one, you know what I'm talking about. The belt is so far back I can't even reach it with my left hand, I have to reach across my body and way back with my right hand in order to snatch it. I'm definitely against extraneous, unnecessary luxury items, but contrary to what everyone seems to be saying, I actually think this is a very good idea.
a better solution, which some companies have already practiced, is include the seatbelt with the seat. problem solved with existing technology and no added crap to increase the price.
 

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a better solution, which some companies have already practiced, is include the seatbelt with the seat. problem solved with existing technology and no added crap to increase the price.
Very true.
 
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