December 10, 2003
3-Series Performance Package now offered on coupe and convertible
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey – The widely-acclaimed BMW 330i Performance Package, originally introduced on the 330i Sedan in January 2003, will make its debut on the 2004 330Ci Coupe and Convertible at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on December 29th, 2003.
The 330i and 330Ci Performance Package has been created exclusively for the North American market for enthusiasts by enthusiasts at BMW Individual, a division of BMW M GmbH. Engine modifications, which include different camshafts and performance-modified Digital Motor Electronics, yield a 10 horsepower increase to 235 for the 3.0-litre in-line six. A six-speed manual transmission is already standard; however, with the Performance Package it will include a shorter shift lever. The package also includes a shorter final drive ratio. The 330Ci with Performance Package will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in 5.9 seconds – about half a second faster than a standard 330Ci.
A new sports suspension-more aggressively tuned than the 330Ci’s standard sport suspension-is mated to 18-inch wheels with mixed-size performance tires. In addition to the wheels and tires, the exterior of the 330Ci Performance Package is distinguished by its Aerodynamic Package, high gloss Shadowline trim and an exhaust that looks and sounds more aggressive.
The look and feel of the interior has been refined with cloth and Alcantara sport seats matching the Alcantara sport steering wheel. Attractive aluminum trim is optional at no extra cost. The instrumentation includes red needles while the tachometer reflects the modified engine’s 300 higher rpm limit.
Production of the 330Ci Coupe and Convertible Performance Package will begin in March 2004 with the first cars arriving at BMW dealers in April, 2004.