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2011 BMW 3 Series

2011 BMW 3 Series Coupe Pics

2011 BMW 3 Series Coupe Pics

2011 BMW 3 Series

Internally known as the BMW E92, the new model is distinguished from its sedan counterpart by completely different headlights and taillights. Two models were initially offered on the E92 for North America — the 328 and the 335, but now there is a new 335is trim level in addition to convertible variants in the mix as well.

The 335i has a new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with a single twin-scroll turbocharger, high-precision fuel injection, and an all-aluminum crankcase, pushing the car to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. The motor produces 300 horsepower at 5800 rpm. Peak toque is 300 pound-feet, available from a mere 1,200 rpm, all the way up to 5,000 rpm.

BMW says the new N55 engine replaces the N54 with was the same displacement, but required twin-turbochargers. The new N55 single turbo setup produces the same peak power but with a lower starting torque curve, as well as better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

The 335i will be joined in the U.S. by the 230 horsepower 328i Coupe, which hits 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, making it quicker than the previous top-of-the-line 330Ci. The available 328xi model offers xDrive all-wheel drive for the first time ever in a BMW coupe.

For those seeking even more performance, the new 335 is offers a bump from 300, to 320 horsepower. When compbined with the new Double Clutch Transmission (DCT), which offers seven speeds, the 335is is capable of a zero-to-60 jaunt of just five seconds flat. The 335is uses a N54 turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, good for 332 lb-ft of torque to go along with its 330 horsepower.

Outside, the 3-Series Coupe gets new front and rear fascias, as well as standard Xenon headlamps. The new fascias create slightly longer overhangs — a bit over one inch up front and a scant tenth of an inch out back.

Traditional rear-wheel drive and a near 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution give the coupe great handling on the road and even on the track. A high performance brake system comes with oversized rotors ensures quick stopping.

The car has double-pivot front suspension with spring struts made almost entirely of aluminum in combination with a five-link suspension at the rear. The 3-Series Coupe comes with Dynamic Stability Control and optional Active Steering — a system that adjusts the steering ratio, steering angle and power assistance to the speed of the car.

The frontal, hip, side airbags along with curtain-type Head Protection System, belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters are activated by sensor-controlled electronics based on the type and severity of a collision.

2011 BMW 3 Series Review

2011 BMW 3 Series Review

Source: leftlanenews

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