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BMW spices up 3 Series coupe and convertible with sport package


Even the “ultimate driving machine” needs to pick up the pace every now and then if it’s to maintain its self-proclaimed title.
With the rest of the range evolving, BMW feels its bread-and-butter, “Un-Bangled” 3 Series is also due for a bump in excitement. Come December 29 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the German automaker will announce a performance package much like the one introduced in January on the 330i sedan for the 330Ci coupe and convertible.

Like with the sedan, horsepower jumps 10 notches to 235 horsepower thanks to modified camshafts and engine electronics. The six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but it now comes with a short shifter and a shorter final drive ratio.

The suspension also gets recalibrated to compliment the extra grunt. BMW claims the massaging shaves half a second off the stock 330Ci 0-to-60 time to 5.9 seconds.

But how are your neighbors going to know you’ve spent the extra money? The first clues are the 18-inch wheels and the aerodynamic skirt package. Upon closer inspection you’ll notice slightly more distinguished exhaust tips and hear more accentuated combustion sounds from the muffler.

The interior takes a more subtle approach with cloth Alcantara sport seats and steering wheel along with aluminum trim. A trained eye will detect a tachometer that reads 300 rpm higher, the only other hint of the extra character under the hood.

The go-fast goodies will begin production in March 2004 with the first examples hitting dealerships a month later. While final pricing has not been set, BMW said we can expect the price to hover around the 330i performance package, which retails for $3,900.
 

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:thumbup: 330Ci ZHP. It's funny how so many doubted if this would ever be an option on the coupes. Time to save your pennies.
 

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you mean de_new performance package for the ci. I wish I can retrofit this ta my car. New cams, ecu, 6-speed, and a shorter final. But wait Im almost half way there:)
 

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ilovebmw said:
bye bye g35 n 350z lol
I completely agree $10,000 more and a G35 coup/sedan will still humiliate you...Way to little to late. Hopefully the E90 will not be near the bottom of class in power.
 

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kinda funny when you think about it.. it is kinda like all the bolt ons we do...SSK, Software(300rpms), diffs, and cams..seriously though i ahve all the mods of the new Ci ZHP except the cams but if i were to add a benfer CAI and Pulleys id be right back to where BMW is with this now package minus the bodykit
 

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G35 coup/sedan will still humiliate you. Hopefully the E90 will not be near the bottom of class in power.
Forget factory-spec hp, power at the wheels is where it matters. Also, weight, powerband, etc.

Dynos show the 330 has a very efficient drivetrain while G35 dynos show an inefficient drivetrain. The 3-Series is also lighter.

The 330 has a wide powerband, whereas the G35 has a narrow powerband compared to other naturally aspirited cars w/ similar hp.

Test figures, along w/ owner 1/4 mile times show the 2 are very close. Consumer Reports, the most unbiased source, has the 330i as being faster than the G35 sedan.

The 3-Series is at the TOP of its class, not counting the G35. Acura states the new TL is aimed at the 5-Series.

330i is much faster than: A4 3.0, IS300, C320, X-Type 3.0
325i is much faster than: A4 1.8T, C230, TSX, X-Type 2.5
 

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Actually compare the best times of both the G35 and 330Ci, and you will see the 330Ci either matches it or beats it.

350Z is another story ;)
 

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Actually compare the best times of both the G35 and 330Ci, and you will see the 330Ci either matches it or beats it.

350Z is another story ;)
But the most important thing is that the 350Z is an another category. The 350Z is a roadster. Not a coupe that easily and comfortably fits 4-5 adults, has a large trunk, is comfortable on 1000 mile road trips, and is practical for everyday life.

The 350Z can be compared to the Z4 3.0 (not in price), but in performance. In which case the performance difference is a matter of opinion. The Z4 will give the 350Z a run for its money, and in my opinion the ease of drive of the Z4 will give it an advantage over the 350Z which has a very strange and difficult transmission.

My question is, will dealers sell the short shifter and will it fit on our cars?
 

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Latest issue of Roundel examined the 330i ZHP. They found the shifter to be lacking and satated that BMW would have been better off outsourcing that to ACS or UUC. Still kinda mushy and not that much shorter throws. Other than that they loved the package!!!
 

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Latest issue of Roundel examined the 330i ZHP. They found the shifter to be lacking and satated that BMW would have been better off outsourcing that to ACS or UUC. Still kinda mushy and not that much shorter throws. Other than that they loved the package!!!
That statement about the shifter is totally subjective. I do not find it at all mushy. As a matter of fact it is a lot notchier and more aggressive than the 5 speed 330i's I have driven. I think they got the shifter just right!

Now they should go back to supplying all ZHP cars only with Manual transmissions, and no choice of Auto/SMG. At least that will maintain the exclusivity a little more, now that coupes and cabrios can join the fun :D
 

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Not a coupe that easily and comfortably fits 4-5 adults, has a large trunk, is comfortable on 1000 mile road trips, and is practical for everyday life.
I think if you're looking to purchase a sport/sporty coupe, a lot of these do not apply to your decision. And how often do you take 1k road trips? :confused: I could care less if the passenger are comfortable in the back (less passengers, less gas :D) but a decent trunk is nice for ICE! I think life is good if chics are checking you out practically everyday :)
 

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I think if you're looking to purchase a sport/sporty coupe, a lot of these do not apply to your decision. And how often do you take 1k road trips? :confused: I could care less if the passenger are comfortable in the back (less passengers, less gas :D) but a decent trunk is nice for ICE! I think life is good if chics are checking you out practically everyday :)
Precisely why for you, the 350Z would be a much wiser choice, since it is cheaper.

Reason there are different cars, is that there are people with different needs and tastes. My best friend has a 350Z and as long as I can afford 40k for a car, I wouldnt trade my car in for a Z. Now if my budget was 27-30k, the Z would be my car of choice.
 
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