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Old 01-14-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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New entry level 3 starts at $33,445 - F30 320i

Entry level F30 320i

BMW opened the latest chapter in the 3 Series story as it announced the new 2013 BMW 320i Sedan for the US market. Constructed with the near-perfect 50:50 balance afforded by BMW rear-wheel drive and priced from $33,445 (including $895 Destination & Handling), the new BMW 320i packs a content-rich punch in the marketplace for premium compact sport sedans. Sporting a 180-horsepower TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine, the new BMW 320i Sedan goes on sale in late-Spring 2013. Along with the new 320i Sedan, the BMW 320i xDrive Sedan featuring BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system will also be available from $35,445 (including $895 Destination & Handling). The broad palette of standard equipment includes Bluetooth smartphone integration and BMW's Auto Start-Stop function.

2013 F30 320i US spec

Owners will appreciate the incredibly flexible 8-speed automatic transmission, while drivers seeking maximum involvement may opt for a traditional 6-speed manual on the non-xDrive 320i. 17-inch BMW light alloy wheels are standard on the 320i and 320i xDrive, with two different styles of 18-inch light alloy wheels available in combination with Sport Package.

The engine of the new BMW 320i Sedan is BMW's award-winning 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine, rated in the 320i at 180 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 200 lb-ft of torque from 1,250 rpm - 4,500 rpm. 0-60 mph acceleration for the 320i Sedan is estimated to require only 7.1 seconds with either transmission choice. Top speed is an electronically-limited 130 mph. The class-leading fuel efficiency of the BMW 328i Sedan is expected to be sustained by the new 320i Sedan, meaning preliminary estimates for the 320i with 6-speed manual transmission are 22 City / 34 Highway, while 23 City / 33 Highway are estimated for the 320i equipped with 8-speed automatic. The 320i xDrive model is expected to achieve 22 City / 33 Highway (Note: all estimates are preliminary at publication).

Why is the 320i 60 horsepower less then the 328?

Most of BMW's leading ConnectedDrive elements and vehicle versatility options from the BMW 328i and 335i siblings will be available on the new 320i. These include the aforementioned 8-speed automatic transmission plus BMW Assist telematics services, BMW Apps, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, rear-view camera, xenon adaptive headlights, moonroof, split-folding rear seat, and BMW's Navigation system.

BMW 320i 180 horsepower

Befitting The Ultimate Driving Machine, a Sport Package is available for both the 320i and 320i xDrive. For the 320i the package includes 18-inch light-alloy wheels with summer tires and increased top speed limiter, sport seats, M sport suspension, M steering wheel and anthracite headliner. All-season tires with 130 mph speed limiter may be specified in place of the performance tires. For the 320i xDrive the Sport Package includes 18-inch light-alloy wheels with all-season tires, sport seats, M steering wheel, and anthracite headliner. Summer tires with increased top speed limiter can be ordered in place of the all-season tires.

Several other equipment packages are also available for the 320i Sedan, including Cold Weather Package, Premium Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Lighting Package. The full complement of exterior colors from the 328i Sedan is available, with exception of Estoril Blue Metallic which requires M Sport Line (unavailable on 320i). 320i buyers will also enjoy a choice of standard Leatherette or optional Dakota Leather upholstery, both in a choice of Venetian Beige or Black.

F20 320i sport package

BMW's innovative 8-speed automatic gearbox - which was a first in the segment when introduced last year on the 328i and 335i Sedans - opens up a whole new level of driving experience. Compact and exceptionally efficient, it allows the new BMW 320i to match or outperform models fitted with the standard six-speed manual gearbox in terms of fuel efficiency (actual results vary depending on drive cycle). The new 8-speed automatic brings together shift comfort, dynamic performance and efficiency of the highest order, making it the perfect partner for the new 320i sedan's dynamic potential.

Engine vs Engine - 320i to 328i - Where is the missing 60HP?

As components of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology line-up, the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, and need-based operation of ancillary components (including an on-demand air conditioning compressor) also play their part in reducing fuel consumption. Added to which, the Driving Dynamics Control switch, which allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Sport, and ECO PRO mode, gives both models the potential to further improve these figures. ECO PRO mode helps drivers maximize fuel economy through their driving style, thereby enabling them to increase the distance they can travel between visits to the pumps.

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:59 AM   #2
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Beat me to it, but its pretty good news I think. M Sport F31 320i under $40k please!
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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Beat me to it, but its pretty good news I think. M Sport F31 320i under $40k please!
The F30 320i isn't available with M sport. I don't think the F31 320i will be either.

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with exception of Estoril Blue Metallic which requires M Sport Line (unavailable on 320i)
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hmm, gonna have to tell my dad about this,thats actually a pretty reasonable price
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Savings aren't significant enough over 328i anyway. The power of the 328 is worth the money.
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I'd rock one. Sport package and manual transmission. I could be wrong....but speculating the only major difference between the 328 and the 320 is software.
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Why does the interior look like a slightly better Honda Accord ? Oh yeah, because the starting price is $33k. Nice car, but the lack of quality and finish as opposed to the previous models is tremendous IMO. Im sure it will grow on me a bit.
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i'd rock one. Sport package and manual transmission. I could be wrong....but speculating the only major difference between the 328 and the 320 is software.
i dont think that its just software. But i hope i am wrong
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I'd rock one. Sport package and manual transmission. I could be wrong....but speculating the only major difference between the 328 and the 320 is software.
More restrictive intake/exhaust manifolds perhaps. But same core N20 it seems. Should be interesting to see what can be safely unlocked.
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Save up a little more and pick up a 335i M Sport
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**** me. Seriously. I can't really help but be jealous of your car prices.

The same car, here in Denmark, starts at nearly $78,300 (not including any Destination & Handling fees). ;(
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**** me. Seriously. I can't really help but be jealous of your car prices.

The same car, here in Denmark, starts at nearly $78,300 (not including any Destination & Handling fees). ;(
wtf?
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wtf?
Danish car taxes.

Gas prices are bonkers over here, too. $2.18 pr. liter 95 octane at the cheapest here in the city today (a wee bit less for 92 octane), and they were even a bit higher during the summer/autumn last year.

EDIT: Sorry for going a bit off topic.
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**** me. Seriously. I can't really help but be jealous of your car prices.

The same car, here in Denmark, starts at nearly $78,300 (not including any Destination & Handling fees). ;(
Is that US$ or Danish Krone?
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Is that US$ or Danish Krone?
USD as stated, so nearly 440,000DKK.
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So the $4000 difference between 320i and 328i gives you:
-different software tune
-power seats
-fold down rear seats
-auto dimming mirrors
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i dont think that its just software. But i hope i am wrong
going to guess it's combo of software, maybe smaller turbo with corresponding smaller intake and exhaust, and maybe different cams.
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