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Published on March 22nd, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


BMW New 3-Series In Malaysia NOW. This 6th generation Model Loses Its 6-Cylinder Engine

For this best-selling BMW model series, the new-generation 2.0-litre petrol engine will be available in two output ratings. The new four-cylinder units, which provide noticeably livelier power for maximum driving enjoyment, also come with lower fuel consumption and emissions than their predecessors.

Set to yet again re-ignite the passion of driving enthusiasts BMW Malaysia launches the all new 3-Series in 2 engine variants. Both versions will carry BMW’s 2-litre turbo engines with twin-scroll turbocharging, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control, equating to outputs of 135 kW/ 184 hp and 270 Nm’s of Torque in the BMW 320i and 180 kW/ 245 hp and 350 Nm’s of Torque in the BMW 328i Sport. Through the use of lightweight all-aluminium crankcases both variants also feature lower front-axle loads which have further improved agility and handling compared to their predecessors.

The new BMW 320i achieves the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.2 seconds whilst the new BMW 328i Sport is able to do so in a astonishing 5.7 seconds. Both the variants also feature BMW’s revolutionary 8-speed automatic transmission.

This new engine is the most powerful in a new generation of four-cylinder petrol units based on the same reduced-friction core engine, their different output ratings being achieved principally by modifications to the injection and turbocharging technology.

In technical terms, this core engine is modelled on the current multi-award-winning six-in-line engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which is the benchmark in its class for dynamic power delivery and impressive efficiency. Key features of this world-exclusive technology include High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, twin-scroll turbocharging, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve timing.

These features give the new BMW 328i the sort of power which with a naturally aspirated engine would require more cylinders and larger displacement. At the same time, with its all-aluminium crankcase, this engine is lighter and more compact than a six-cylinder engine of equivalent power.

This has obvious benefits for driving dynamics: the reduced load on the front axle gives this BMW sports sedan greater agility and further improved steering and cornering characteristics.
Visit a showroom now for a test drive and options.

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