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THE ALL NEW BMW 3 SERIES COUPE:
· Arrives in showrooms this September
Unique in its design and interior
New twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine with 300 hp and 300
lb-ft of torque
· Intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system available for the
first time in a coupe
· Xenon Adaptive headlights enhanced by four corona rings for
characteristic BMW look
· Exclusive interior with seating for four and an enhanced lighting
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
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 -
Designed to reflect performance and elegance in the tradition of BMW
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.
An elegant ambience is created in the interior by special lighting
and switches with a premium look and feel. The light contour edge on
the door and side panels, which runs from the door pillar all the
way to the rear passenger area, creates a particularly warm,
indirect lighting effect. Controls and switches used frequently by
the driver and passengers such as the door handles and gearshift are
finished in high quality metallic trim for an elegant appearance as
well as a premium tactile experience.
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
economical option to boost engine power and performance. For
example, the turbocharged inline six weighs approximately 150 lbs
less than an equally powerful eight-cylinder displacing 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
This new high-performance engine gives the light, aerodynamically
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
refinement 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
aspirated six-cylinder comes without any significant increase in
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 delay, 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
This extremely efficient increase in power and performance is
attributable in large part to gasoline direct injection. The
high-precision fuel injection concept developed by BMW ensures a
measurable advantage 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 immune to high exhaust gas temperatures in the
interest of a fuel-efficient 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
The new engine in the 328i Coupe offers 230 horsepower and 200 lb-ft
of torque. With
0 - 60 mph acceleration in just 6.2 seconds, this new “entry-level”
Coupe is quicker than the previous top-of-the-line 330Ci Coupe.
Both models come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox for the
pure driving enthusiast. For those who prefer an automatic a
six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic is available. When ordered with the
available sport package on the 335i Coupe, steering wheel mounted
shift paddles are included, maximizing the sporting potential of the
The new six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic uses an innovative torque
converter and enhanced management software to improve shifting
responsiveness. The response time of the automatic transmission on
the new BMW 3 Series Coupe is down by approximately 40 per cent
compared with a conventional automatic transmission. While fast,
responsive gear changes can make driving more fun, the optimized
selection of the appropriate gear for all driving conditions helps
to reduce fuel consumption. This new automatic is a textbook example
of BMW’s pursuit of Efficient Dynamics.
Chassis and suspension: where power becomes performance.
Even with great looks and outstanding performance, it would not be a
BMW Coupe if it did not also offer equally outstanding handling and
The new 3 Series Coupe offers class-leading agility through a
combination of significantly enhanced dynamic potential on one
hand, with the most sophisticated chassis control and assistance
systems on the other. Together they provide a margin of safety for
any situation in which the car might reach the limits of driving
physics. In other words, the driver and passengers in a BMW 3 Series
Coupe enjoy superior safety at all speeds.
Traditional rear-wheel drive and a near 50:50 front-to-rear weight
distribution give the new BMW 3 Series Coupe ideal qualities for
optimum driving dynamics. This, in combination with the high-tech
suspension, enables the driver to convert the power and performance
of the engine into an exhilarating driving experience. Boasting a
double-pivot front suspension with spring struts made almost
entirely of aluminum in combination with a five-link suspension at
the rear, the new BMW 3 Series Coupe has the most advanced and
sophisticated suspension in its class.
Reinforcement and support elements on the underfloor of the car
serve to optimize the stiffness of the chassis which enables the
suspension to work with the highest possible degree of precision.
Interacting with the low centre of gravity and the specific set-up
of the shock absorbers, the chassis and suspension work in perfect
BMW’s rack-and-pinion steering has been widely praised for its
precision and feedback and the steering in the new 3 Series Coupe is
no exception. For the ultimate balance between agility at lower
speeds and stability at higher speeds, BMW’s innovative Active
Steering will be available. By adjusting the steering ratio,
steering angle and power assistance to the speed of the car, Active
Steering enables the driver to maneuver the 3 Series Coupe with
minimum effort when parking and keep the car precisely on track at
The high-performance brake system requires 17-inch wheels to match
the larger diameter of the brake discs which ensure outstanding
stopping power and deceleration. Brake performance is further
enhanced by BMW’s latest Dynamic Stability Control. Introduced on
the 3 Series Sedan, BMW’s latest DSC incorporates several new
functions. For example, DSC works to counteract the slightest brake
fading effect even at extremely high brake temperatures by
increasing brake pressure accordingly. This ensures maximum brake
power even under the toughest conditions, without requiring the
driver to exert any higher pressure.
Brake Standby positions the brakes closer to the discs after sudden
lift off of the accelerator pedal to further reduce stopping
distances in an emergency. Dry Braking, in turn, optimizes brake
performance in the wet by using the brake pads to periodically dry
the brake discs. Dynamic Brake Control automatically maximizes brake
pressure whenever required in an emergency stop. Start-Off Assistant
briefly holds the car when setting off on an uphill grade.
In a 3 Series Coupe equipped with Active Steering, DSC helps keep
the car stable and under control when applying the brakes on
surfaces varying in their frictional coefficient. DSC corrects the
steering quickly and precisely for optimum control.
Dynamic Traction Control is another feature of DSC. Activation of
DTC raises the threshold for intervention by the brakes, enabling
the driver of a BMW 3 Series Coupe to set off smoothly on low
friction surfaces such as snow. A benefit of DTC for the enthusiast
is that it allows slight, easily controllable slip on the drive
wheels even on a dry surface.
Of course, as in all BMWs, the driver also has the option to
completely deactivate DSC in the new 3 Series Coupe.
BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system will be available as
an alternative to rear-wheel drive for those who need an extra
measure of traction with BMW responsiveness. Acknowledged as the
most sophisticated and responsive of all-wheel drive systems, BMW
xDrive allows the new 3 Series Coupe driver to enjoy the ultimate
driving experience in all types of weather and driving. xDrive not
only distributes power to each of the four wheels as road conditions
require, it partners with DSC to play an active role in helping to
stabilize the vehicle at the onset of oversteer or understeer. It
will be available this fall in the 328xi Coupe.
The new BMW 3 Series Coupe comes standard with runflat tires for
both models. Featuring the most advanced failsafe running
qualities, these tires allow the driver to continue for up to 150
miles even under complete loss of pressure. The standard Tire
Pressure Monitor gives plenty of warning and alerts the driver when
the pressure of any tire falls 30 percent below the ideal level.
Ultra-modern body structure: lower weight, greater safety, improved
The new BMW 3 Series Coupe is light, strong and stable at once. Its
structure is tailored to improve agility, safety and comfort while
also contributing to overall vehicle efficiency.
Low vehicle weight and a high standard of torsional body stiffness
is also crucial to the car’s agility. In the event of a collision,
the use of high-strength steel in critical areas, together with the
exactly defined deformation zones, ensures effective absorption
and, respectively, transfer of forces acting on the body of the car.
Reinforced B-pillars are a particularly impressive example of the
high standard of development and excellence in design that the new
BMW 3 Series Coupe has achieved, with a tubular structure
throughout the B-pillars featured for the first time for added
strength. This tubular reinforcement is made of ultra-strong steel
in a warm-molding process and is heat-treated for top quality while
still in the mold. The reinforcement tube is variably contoured in
its cross-section, exactly matching the space available. Together
with the crash box tailored to the loads, which act on the body,
this ensures maximum safety.
The choice of materials and the arrangement of components at other
points on the body also serve to optimize crash safety. The various
properties of different types of steel and other materials are used
to best effect. The space available for deformation on the new BMW 3
Series Coupe is used to minimize even the slightest impairment of
the passenger cell. In a head-on collision, for example, dynamic
deformation areas at the front keep impact energy away from the
bulkhead and, accordingly, from the car’s footwells. In the event
of a side-impact collision, the specially designed floor assembly
ensures controlled transfer of forces acting on the car to the
opposite side of the body.
The bulkhead support is made of innovative multi-phase steel
offering outstanding strength and stability even on thin-gauge
panels. Efficient interaction of the doors, the reinforced
b-pillars, the seat structure and the instrument panel between the
A-pillars serves likewise to maximize the strength of the side
structure. The consequences of a collision from the rear are
minimized by longitudinal carrier bars, a wide range of
reinforcement elements, as well as the extra-strong luggage
compartment floor panel, rear panel and side walls. Stable pillars
and crossbars also help protect the passenger area in a rollover.
Naturally, BMW’s safety engineers sought from the start to fully
maintain the passenger cell as a safe environment even in the most
severe crash impact. Centrally masterminded restraint and support
systems within the passenger compartment ensure individual
occupant safety tailored for any contingency. The frontal, hip, side
airbags along with curtain-type Head Protection System, belt latch
tensioners and belt force limiters are activated by
sensor-controlled electronic safety systems as a function of the
type and severity of a collision. With its robust body enhanced by
a wide range of active and passive safety features, the new BMW 3
Series Coupe meets all requirements for optimum results in all crash
With active driving calling for optimum visibility at night, the new
BMW 3 Series Coupe comes standard in the U.S. with xenon adaptive
headlights. Light rods in the rear light clusters stand out
distinctly for a significant improvement of safety in the dark.
Whether in the dark or during the day, two-stage adaptive brake
lights make an important contribution in enabling following drivers
to recognize a dangerous situation well in advance. Whenever the
driver applies the brakes particularly hard, and when the ABS
function is activated, light intensity in the two-stage taillights
is increased accordingly, prompting drivers following from behind to
brake harder, too.
Impressive standard and optional equipment
The list of comfort features boasted as standard equipment in the
new BMW 3 Series Coupe is just as long and impressive as the list of
safety elements. Particularly in the area of top-quality audio,
navigation and telematic solutions, BMW offers optional high-tech
concepts originally developed for the most outstanding luxury
Here again, the focus is on the actual driving experience. The
seating position at the rear is lower than in the Sedan, for
example, gives the car’s occupants optimum headroom despite the low
roof line of the Coupe. At the same time not only the driver and
front passenger, but also the rear passengers will immediately feel
and enjoy excellent side support.
The door handle trim, gearshift lever cover and vent grille
adjusters, as well as the decorative trim in the leather sports
steering wheel all come in Pearl Gray chrome surface finish
developed exclusively for the new BMW 3 Series Coupe. The starter
button is also finished in this material.
Through its design and configuration, the cockpit emphasizes the
sporting and driver-oriented character of BMW’s new Coupe. Taking a
seat behind the wheel, the driver will immediately focus on a newly
designed instrument cluster which includes an oil temperature gauge
positioned below the tachometer.
Buckling up in the new BMW 3 Series Coupe, both the driver and front
passenger benefit from the newly developed belt feeder arm: The seat
belt integrated in the B-pillar, moved back in typical coupe
fashion, is automatically “delivered” to the driver and front
passenger once they close the door and once the key has been
inserted into the ignition slot. Connected to the seat occupancy
detector, the passenger-side belt feeder arm is only activated when
the front passenger has actually taken a seat. With the belt
delivery unit housed conveniently within the side panels, this new
system does not impair the elegant look of the interior.
Access to the two seats at the rear has been made even easier. The
lever for releasing the seat position is fitted in perfect ergonomic
arrangement at the top on the outside of the backrest.
The new BMW 3 Series Coupe was conceived from the start as a four-seater.
Comfort for rear seat passengers is further enhanced by the center
console which includes individual storage boxes with a cover on
top, additional air outlet vents and footwell lights.
The world of the BMW Coupes: combining traditional and new values
The mission to develop a coupe has always been a particularly
demanding but interesting challenge for the automotive engineer.
After all, the driver opting for a coupe is a truly discerning
driver looking for the ultimate driving experience. With this in
mind, BMW has succeeded time and again over the years in meeting the
great demands made of the coupe buyer while, at the same time,
consistently resetting the benchmark in this segment.
The coupe has a long tradition at BMW. Even back in the 1930s, the
BMW 327 was lauded as a truly outstanding two-seater and remains a
legend to this day. Even back then, the coupe was widely
appreciated as a particularly sporting grand tourer with two doors
and a fixed roof.
These fundamental features remain virtually unchanged to this day.
The lines typical of a coupe combine a long and sleek front section
with a dynamic roof line tapering out gently to the rear. Unlike a
thoroughbred sports car, the typical coupe offers ample space for
more than just two occupants as well as a separate luggage
compartment providing room for ample luggage.
The new BMW 3 Series Coupe takes up proven traditions in terms of
drive technology as well. Developing a coupe, BMW always seeks to
enter new dimensions in driving dynamics. This is why particularly
powerful engines and new chassis control systems regularly make
their debut in a coupe. Now the new BMW 3 Series Coupe is continuing
this tradition with BMW’s new twin-turbo inline six featuring
high-precision fuel injection.
As a modern interpretation of a traditional car concept, the new BMW
3 Series Coupe is unquestionably a very special car. Even more than
its predecessor, the new 3 Series Coupe stands out from its Sedan
counterpart through its distinctive design. In the process the new
BMW 3 Series Coupe ensures a particularly refined combination of
active driving pleasure and visual appeal.
The new BMW 3 Series Coupe is, above all, a BMW designed to deliver
the ultimate driving experience. The all new BMW 335i Coupe and 328i
Coupe will arrive in U.S. showrooms this September.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States
since 1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing
vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to
include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for
the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor
Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a
technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations
throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina
is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the
exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 Roadster and X5 Sports
Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented
in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car centers, 334
BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers,
80 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car dealers.
BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for
North, Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New