BMW Malaysia has just launched the third variant of the ever popular 3 series, in the form of a Gran Turismo (GT). Think the new 3 series GT as a slightly larger and more spacious version of the sedan version, combined with some silhouette shapes from a coupe and you’ll get the idea. Comes in the 328iGT only for the time being, this is the car for those who desires a big boot at 520 litres and roomy spacious seats for driver and passenger and yet the drivers wants to experience the ultimate driving experience this marque is well known for.
Apart from the trade mark nine moulded black kidney grille that symbolized the Munich marque, key features on the new GT including 18 inch light alloy rims, air breathers, Xenon headlights, and the active rear spoiler, which activates when then car reaches 110km/h and retracts at speed below 70km/h.
Powering the GT is the in-line twin turbo four cylinder 2.0 litre engine capable of producing 245HP with 350Nm of torque. The GT is capable with producing 0-100kmh in 6.1 seconds and similar with it’s Germanic siblings, it is electronically limited to 250 km/h top speed. Four different driving modes can be chosen from ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT + which caters to driver’s needs depending on driving situations. Yet with such performance figures this car will only sip fuel at 6.4 liters per 100km with C02 emissions of 149 grams.
Well there’s no explanation needed for SPORT and SPORT+ mode. As for the ECO PRO it has unique features where apart of adjusting engine mapping to manage fuel consumption efficiently, the system will collaborate with the new Navigation System Professional to monitor the driver’s driving style and routes and will propose the most fuel efficient road and vehicle setup right away, boosting a 20% improvement on fuel consumption. The BM ConnectedDrive is standard for the GT as well.
With on the road price at RM348,800 for the 328iGT trim, in CBU form; and available in in Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue, and Mineral Grey with interior options including Dakota Black with Red highlighted leather upholstery. Buyers who chooses the Alpine White variant has an option for Dakota Coral Red with Black highlighted leather upholstery.
The car is launched in conjunction of BMW’s Ingress Auto new dealership launch of Ingress Auto Puchong, at the township of Puchong, Selangor. With BMW Malaysia target sales of 50 units for the GT variant for 2013, this is infact a applaudable and bold move by BMW Malaysia to introduce niche models, offering more choice for buyers, in which many marques don’t usually approach.