BMW 330e M Sport variant introduced – RM258,800

BMW 330e M Sport variant introduced – RM258,800

In conjunction with the Chinese New Year, BMW Malaysia has announced the introduction of the BMW 330e in M Sport guise. The new 330e M Sport variant joins the 330e Sport Line version that was introduced in August last year.

All that’s seen on the Sport Line model is to be found here, and the M Sport adds on a M Aerodynamics kit (front/rear aprons with diffusor inserts and sill covers at the side) and a stiffer M Sport suspension package (which lowers the car by 10mm, and is not to be confused with the adaptive units found on the 330i) as well as 18-inch M light double-spoke 441 M alloy wheels finished in ferric grey metallic.

Also on, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line elements and M logos on the side panels, and the entire kit provides the hybrid 3er with a sportier-looking exterior. Save the wheel design and a few bits, it’s identical to the 330e evaluator sampled in Munich last year.

Inside, the M Sport package introduces blue accent stripes across the dashboard and door panels, and is dressed in a Dakota black leather/Oyster dark highlight/black trim level. The variant also features variable sports steering, an M leather steering wheel with sport and multi-function buttons, BMW Individual headliner in anthracite and sports seats with electric memory for the driver.

As with the Sport Line, standard kit includes LED headlights and foglamps, Comfort Access, a rear view camera, an electric glass roof, head-up display and Park Assist. Also to be found, Navigation System Professional and an 8.8-inch display monitor as well as a suite of ConnectedDrive services. These include Intelligent Emergency Call and a range of tele, concierge and remote services.

The 330e is powered by a B48 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, which delivers 181 hp (184 PS) from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 290 Nm of torque between 1,350 and 4,250 rpm, the same output numbers as found on the 320i.

An 87 hp/250 Nm electric motor is sandwiched between the engine and the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, boosting outputs to 252 hp and 420 Nm. A permanent electric boost function ensures that a constant 100 Nm is always available to provide added accelerative zip. A 5.7 kWh (nett capacity, 7.6 kWh gross), 293 volt lithium-ion battery powers the motor. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.1 seconds, while the top speed is quoted at 225 km/h.

The 330e M Sport is available in four exterior colours, these being Black Sapphire, Mineral Grey, Estoril Blue and Alpine White. It’s priced at RM258,800 on-the-road without insurance, and comes with a 5-Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme package.

We’ve driven the 330e in Malaysia as well as in Munich. You can compare the BMW 330e M Sport specifications with the rest of the F30 3 Series model range at CarBase.my

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Anthony Lim believes that nothing is better than a good smoke and a car with character, with good handling aspects being top of the prize heap. Having spent more than a decade and a half with an English tabloid daily never being able to grasp the meaning of brevity or being succinct, he wags his tail furiously at the idea of waffling - in greater detail - about cars and all their intrinsic peculiarities here.

 

Comments

  • Basheer on Feb 01, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Drove behind a 330e once and noticed that the left of the twin tail pipes is actually fake i.e. no hole. Can anyone confirm?

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    • Hybird on Feb 01, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      It’s not fake, it’s just closed at that point of time when you saw it.

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      • Shahrol on Feb 01, 2017 at 2:22 pm

        Same $$$. BMW 330e M or pre-owned BMW 528 M.

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        • It really depends what you want. At this moment the 3 series is still the on going model whereas the 528 is already outdated. If you don’t care about the 528 being an old model, it is a superior car in every way. More power, more space, more specs.

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        • Where the hell did you get the 60K figure from? The battery module replacement for the BMW hybrids are RM5000 each, and both the hybrids X540e and 330e have 2 of these modules. So if both your battery fails, you’re looking at around 10k worth of replacement bills plus labour cost.

          Stop spreading nonsense and go drive your Proton. If cannot afford then diam diam.

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        • Kunta Kinte on Feb 02, 2017 at 12:13 pm

          dont lie bro. I just called BMW Malaysia and they told me RM48k.

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        • you must be pretty stupid to compare with a pre-owned i.e used 528i.

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          • Well the 330e M sport is 260K while the BMW 528i M sport can be bought at around 278k brand new (they call it 0 millage pre register but whatever).

            So at a difference less than RM20k, I’d say this is a worthwhile consideration.

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    • seancorr (Member) on Feb 01, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Nope it does have twin pipes but one pipe will be shut by he valve during acceleration n braking depending on conditions. It’s the same for all BMW’s with twin pipes

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    • Donald on Feb 01, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      in certain circumstances when speeding the both pipes will be opening up, otherwise it will auto shut one of the pipe. This applicable to 5 series etc as well. Not too sure how this system works, but it somehow come with BMW majority cars.

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  • heybadigol (Member) on Feb 01, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Does the suspension package come with adaptive dampers? Important for this heavy car to take corners like a proper BMW should. The C350e has air suspension.

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  • Mikey on Feb 01, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I wonder how many will still buy the 320i when this 330e cost ‘only’ an extra 27 thousands ?!

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    • backspace on Feb 01, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      got 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats?

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    • people who already stretched their budget and worked long & hard for a 320i and don’t have 27k lying around. Or people who needs every inch of boot space. or people who prefers the handling of the lighter 320i over the efficiency of the 330e

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      • Mikey on Feb 01, 2017 at 4:11 pm

        Seriously weee, if a chap already stretched their budget, better not buy a BMW. There are better ways to spend your hard earn $$$ bro.

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        • I would buy the 320i over this every time, I don’t want to plug my car in and if you don’t it’s just a 320 with extra weight

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          • Why? You scared of electricity?

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          • hellhole on Feb 03, 2017 at 8:58 am

            If you can afford a 3 series you might as well buy a proper landed house, hence the charging station.

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      • I think this H20 dude is just Cheah in disguise. So let me repeat what I told Cheah: if you don’t have a charging point at home or work it is just dead weight and consumes more petrol, is slower accelerating and less well handling than a standard 320i.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Feb 01, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Great car just heavier…quite interested to see what the G20 330e will be like when it arrives in 2019. Hopefully it does come with adaptive dampers calibrated for additional weight and comes with rear foldable seats since the boot space has been compromised.

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    • I asked a sales guy why this 330e does not have the adaptive M suspension and he said people complained it causes vibrations. Don’t know whether to believe him, you know half of what dealers here say is bull.

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  • Muscle Anak Ikan on Feb 01, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I can see myself driving this car next month.My sugar daddy is rich.

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    • Lembugini on Feb 02, 2017 at 3:34 am

      Driving a 4 door sedan has no class. Go for real super car

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  • Katak Kinte on Feb 01, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    It’s 2017 and BMW Malaysia still refuses to fit Adaptive Suspension on their mid range cars. This really irks me because the adaptive suspension is almost a “must” on BMWs, it is that good.

    If BMW Malaysia does not want to bear the cost of including the suspension, then at least give the buyers the choice on BUYING it as an OPTION!!

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    • By looking at what you said, I’m quite sure you have no idea the total cost of replacement for these adaptive/air suspension.

      With the chances of encountering any sort of pot hole in our MY road, you don’t want to have your car fitted with adaptive/air suspension.

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      • Katak Kinte on Feb 07, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        If one can afford a 250k car, he can afford to replace the shocks. If you can’t then you’re clearly driving the wrong car.

        Pot holes are the EXACT reason why you need the adaptive suspension. Have you ever driven a M sport suspension over pot holes? It’s bone shattering! Which is why the adaptive suspension is so important, it gives you the best of both worlds.

        Before you say pot holes will destroy your air shocks, your rims will be more likely to crack first before the shocks go.

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    • I asked a sales guy why this 330e does not have the adaptive M suspension and he said people complained it causes vibrations. Don’t know whether to believe him, you know half of what dealers here say is bull.

      This car costs 10k more than the standard 330e but all they did was change the aero kit and interior trim. There is not a single piece of extra equipment unlike the previous 320 and 330i M Sport. 18 inch, NBT, HUD are already on the standard 330e. Boo!

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      • the M sport steering wheel is different. also the article seems to mention variable ratio steering rack.

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        • Yeah I counted the steering wheel in the Sport trim. Variable Sport Steering is brought back!? Oh hell no. That’s the most hated BMW feature of our time.

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      • Katak Kinte on Feb 07, 2017 at 6:31 pm

        Bullshit. The only reason they didn’t include it is to save cost.

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    • The issue is Adaptive M suspension requires extra chassis wiring (refer to database). As you know the local assembler does not want to make 2 versions and a retrofit is beyond BMW Malaysia and most workshops. M Sport passive suspension is a factory option, not sold for retrofit worldwide. That leaves M Performance which is available for retrofit. But one thing is ask them for the parts list- it should include a new anti roll bar and some other items. Make sure they give it all to you. Take all the old parts back too.

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  • Mazda6D on Feb 01, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Interior needs a refresh already

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  • 330e vs c350e on Feb 01, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Still the one to buy over the c350e at 300k.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Feb 02, 2017 at 12:54 am

    finally it makes sense….

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  • newbies on Feb 02, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Hi all,

    A newbie question, what is the difference between adaptive (M sport?) suspension and the mention here M sport suspension? Please elaborate in terms of technical difference and also how it affect real life driving?

    sorry if I ask a stupid question.

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    • Adaptive suspension mean the suspension which adjust damping electronically according to driving condition.Where normal suspension have fix damping.Btw,this is nothing to do with additional weight.As long as the spring rate and damping can handle the weight will fine.

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  • Vsing Heng on Oct 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    No a good car. 3months and u will visit the service centre every 2 weeks. Starter faulty, drive train, brake vacuum and etc. Even the technician cant answer u what happen.

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  • Vsing Heng on Oct 20, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    A car for bosses in the company. Need to be easy to take leave to visit the service centre. Bmw cant differentiate 5 years warranty and 5 years warranty with hazards that u have to visit the service centre every 2 weeks. Its easy for the technician to tell u..is on warranty so to change the parts. But your parts have to order so u will have to drive back to the service centre once the parts reach. Sorry for the comparison..but my old accord didnt give me such trouble.

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  • exhaust on Oct 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Wondering this 330e its twin pipe is actually semi-dummy or both pipes are working? Notice that the left side of the twin pipe has no hole. And heard that 1 of the pipe is closed by purpose depending on driving condition, is this true and how does it works? Please advise!

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  • twinpipes on Nov 10, 2017 at 12:08 am

    hi all otai otai,

    mind to explain how the BMW twin pipe works? seems the 330e one of the pipes is closed… in what situation it will opened or it is just a dummy pipe?

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