BMW Compact | First Impressions | NEW CAR NET

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BMW Compact

First Impressions

The new BMW Compact range is the second generation of compact hatchback saloons from BMW following the success of the original Compact launched in 1994.

It is an all-new car from the ground up. With a body shortened by 21 cm versus the Saloon, a sports tuned suspension, a quick steering rack and the most advanced engine technology in the market, the new 3 Series Compact offers a unique combination of sporting performance and practicality.

The new four-cylinder BMW 316ti Compact is faster, more economical and better equipped in every respect than its predecessor. Producing 116 bhp and 180 Nm torque (133 lb ft), the 316ti knocks one second off the 0-62 mph sprint at 10.9 seconds and achieves an increased top speed of 125 mph. The new Compact exceeds the already high standards set by the former model.

The 316ti will be the first production car in the world to feature Valvetronic engine technology. Built in the UK at the Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham, this newly built state-of-the-art engine plant will build all the four cylinder petrol engines worldwide for the new Compact.

BMW Compact

Valvetronic technology eliminates the need for a throttle butterfly. Instead, fully variable intake valves control the airflow giving the optimum fuel/air mixture for any given driving conditions.

The result is at least a 10 per cent improvement in fuel consumption and a corresponding reduction in emissions, whilst actually improving performance and speed of engine response. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is extremely efficient recording 40.9 mpg.

The 325ti SE is the top of the range model within the Compact range. It is powered by BMW’s 2.5 litre straight six power unit producing 192 bhp at 6000rpm. Maximum torque is 245 Nm (181 lb ft) at 3,500 rpm. The 325ti SE reaches 62 mph from zero in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 147 mph. With a power to weight ratio of 129 bhp per tonne, dynamic rear wheel drive and perfect front to rear weight balance, the 325ti SE has typical BMW poise and a prodigious performance.

Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 31.7 mpg. Both the 316ti and the 325ti SE comply in full with the EU3/D4 emission standards.

In September two new models will join the Compact line up – the 318ti petrol and 320td diesel. The 318ti is powered by the second four-cylinder Valvetronic engine to be produced at Hams Hall. It is a 2.0 litre unit producing 140 bhp and 148 lb ft (200 Nm) of torque. Fuel consumption is a frugal 39.2 mpg. Even more parsimonious is the 320td, returning an amazing 51.4 mpg on the combined cycle.

But economy does not come at the expense of power and performance. The new 320td engine, now with common rail, develops 148 bhp and 243 lb ft (330 Nm) of torque, 18% more than the existing 320d engine.

The entry-level 316ti will be priced from £16,280 and the more powerful 325ti SE will cost £22,610. Both of these models will be on sale in the UK from 16 August, 2001. Two additional models, the 318ti and the 320td, will join the new 3 Series Compact range from September.

Prices and specification for these models will be announced later.

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