A couple of new BMWs have landed on our shores but all but one are quite well over the RM300k mark so they’re not something the upper middle class can be excited about.
The bulk of the product line-up update comprises of the facelifted E92 3-Series Coupe and E93 3-Series Convertible models. The baseline Coupe is the 156 horsepower 200Nm torque 320i Coupe priced at RM289,800. It doesn’t come with iDrive though – for that you have to add RM20,000 for an ‘Innovation Package’ that adds an 8.8 inch iDrive monitor, satellite navigation with HDD storage for maps and audio, and Bluetooth connectivity.
There’s also the new 325i Coupe, which finally gives the E92 range some decent mid-range positioning. So before this you either had to go with the 4-potter or jump up to the very expensive 6-cylinder turbo model. The 325i Coupe is priced at RM378,800 and features a 2.5 litre 6-cylinder N52 engine producing 218 horsepower and 250Nm of torque, taking the car up to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds. The 325i Coupe can be equipped with a “Glass Roof Package” which adds an lectric operated glass roof with slide and tilt function. This can also be equipped to the 320i Coupe for the same money.
The top of the line Coupe is the BMW 335i Coupe M Sport, now featuring the new N55 single turbo engine, which replaces the outgoing pre-facelift 335i’s N54 twin turbo engine. Official rated power remains the same at 306 horsepower and 400Nm of torque. Peak torque is achieved at a lower rpm as compared to the N54 model, and while it loses one turbocharger it gains Valvetronic.
This N55 engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters. The M Sports package includes 19 inch M light alloy double spoke 313 wheels, M sports suspension, Sports seats in Dakota leather, M entry sills, an M footrest, Aluminium Glacier Silver dark interior trim and an Anthracite headliner.
The E93 325i Convertible is the sole drop top 3-Series sold here in Malaysia. It’s powered by the same 2.5 litre 218 horsepower engine as the 325i Coupe but because of the extra weight of the convertible metal roof, 0 to 100km/h acceleration time drops to 8.4 seconds. The 325i Convertible and 335i Coupe both share special headlamps that feature ight rings with two brightness settings used as parking lights or daytime running lights as well as LED indicators.
The most special and most expensive model of all is the new BMW Z4 sDrive35is M Sport which tops the Z4 range. The sDrive35i is still available in Malaysia though, but at a price of RM598,800 for the sDrive35is M Sport compared to the sDrive35i’s RM558,800.00 price you might be tempted to spend that 10% more.
In sDrive35is tune, the N54 twin turbo engine’s power is upgraded to 340 horsepower and 450Nm of torque – which is the same torque as found in the BMW 740i but with a little more horsepower. This is the most powerful version of the N54 engine when it comes to factory BMW tuning so far. 0 to 100km/h takes just 4.8 seconds thanks to both the twin turbo engine and the fast-shifting 7-speed twin clutch transmission, which also features Launch Control.
The M sports package on the Z4 sDrive35is M Sport comprises of an M aerodynamics package as well as the Adaptive M Suspension package. The M aerodynamics package highlights modified front and rear aprons, a rear diffuser, Oxide Silver mirror caps and five spoke 18 inch alloy wheels in its exterior and wheel specifications, whilst showcases unique design in its interior offering.
Adaptive M Suspension, meanwhile, features a central control unit which processes the data delivered by three acceleration sensors and controls the dampers for added agility without loss of comfort. Additionally exclusive to the M Sports package on the BMW Z4 sDrive35is M Sport is the option of the special Melbourne Red exterior colour.
BMW 320i Coupe – RM 289, 800
BMW 325i Coupe – RM 378, 800
BMW 335i Coupe M Sport – RM 498, 800
BMW 325i Convertible – RM 439, 800
BMW Z4 sDrive35is M Sport – RM 598, 800
Here’s a bit of trivia for you, the previous generation Z4 M which was a true M-blooded coupe used to go for RM 538,000 until it was retired. The new sDrive35i and sDrive35is are more expensive than the Z4 M! Look after the jump for a gallery of the Z4 sDrive35is in Melbourne Red as well as photo galleries of the facelifted E92 and E93.
GALLERY: BMW Z4 sDrive35is
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GALLERY: BMW E92 Coupe and E93 Convertible Facelift
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