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BMW 320I Images

BMW 320I Images

BMW 320I Images

BMW 320I Images

In 1975 BMW introduced the 320i, which was the first of a long line of models known as the 3 Series. The car had an updated version of the strong overhead cam engine used in the 2002, but now with Bosch fuel injection. The MacPherson strut front suspension, semi-trailing arm rear suspension and front disc brakes were also improved 2002 components. The new 3 Series featured more interior room, a stiffer chassis and improved ergonomics, all in a body shell considered very stylish in its day.

In the U.S., sales of BMW automobiles took off in the late 1970s with the introduction of these two-door sports sedans. The 320i was BMW’s first large volume car in America. While the 2002 put BMW on the map in the sports sedan segment, the 320i helped make BMW a nationally recognized name.

The 320i was sold through the 1983 model year. The car shown here is the last version. Popular when new, the 320i is still prized by those who enjoy driving a true sports sedan.
The three-series was introduced as a replacement for the popular BMW 2002. The first three-series, internally referred to as the E21, rolled off the production line on May 2, 1975 and was an instant success. The first year, BMW’s worldwide production of vehicles neared 221,300, an increase of almost 37,000 vehicles from the prior year. In 1977 the three-series was available for sale in the United States, bringing production even higher.

The 320i borrowed many of the style cues from the BMW 2002 such as the distinctive forward-leaning grille. Both were two-door sedans but the 320i had a slightly wider stance and was 1.5 inches longer. Disc brakes were placed on the front while the rear had drums. The suspension was MacPherson struts in the front and trailing arm in the back. Under the hood sat a 2.0-liter Bosch K-Jetronic fuel-injected inline four capable of producing 110 horsepower. The Getrag four-speed manual gearbox was standard but a ZF three-speed automatic was optional.

Source: conceptcarz

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