The sportier variant of the hot selling BMW 330e iPerformance has finally been introduced, expanding the model variant to two – Sport Line and M Sport. The M Sport costs just RM10k more, yet gives you more value than the premium suggests.
Exclusive to the M Sport variant are a sportier set of 18-inch lightweight M alloys, M-specific front and rear bumpers, chromed kidney grille with gloss black slats, BMW Individual Shadow Line, M badges on each of the car’s side panel and M Sport Suspension package. All the creature comforts from the Sport Line such as reverse camera and powered sunroof are retained.
Inside, you get a new three-spoke leather steering wheel, dark headliner and a blue stripe running across the dashboard. With the BMW Connected App, owners can remotely activate the car’s air conditioning system as well as monitor the battery’s charging status.
There’s no changes to performance, though. The same B48 engine resumes propulsion duties, mated to an electric motor to produce a combined output of 248 hp and 420 Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through the trusty eight-speed ZF automatic. In our own testing, the 330e is able to cover up to 25km in pure EV mode, at speeds of up to 120 km/h.
The sticker price for the 330e M Sport is RM258,800 (without insurance), and comes with 5-Year unlimited mileage warranty, free scheduled service and the 24-month BMW Tyre Warranty programme. Available colours are Black Sapphire, Mineral Grey, Alpine White and my personal favourite, Estoril Blue.
Those interested can visit the nearest BMW showroom to participate in BMW’s Test-Drive Lucky Draw programme and stand a chance to win up to RM88,888 to purchase a brand new BMW vehicle. The programme ends on 12 February 2017 (Sunday).