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BMW launches Z4, 3-Series coupés

BMW launches Z4, 3-Series coupés image

Text: Jude P. Morte / Photos: | posted November 02, 2006 00:00

The coupé has a long tradition at BMW. The 1930s BMW 327 was lauded as a truly outstanding two-seater, particularly as a sporting grand tourer with two doors and a fixed roof. With that as inspiration, BMW shows that even traditional classic coupe designs can be given modern interpretations, such as the recently introduced BMW Z4 and 3-Series Coupés.

Hardtop hearthrob

The entire front section of the BMW Z4 Coupé like that of the BMW Z4 Roadster shows a thrilling power sense and forward-urging dynamism. Powerful lines on the hood flow towards the signature kidney grille, while the air intake contours move up to the said grille from beneath and guide the eyes towards the car's wide track. The classic, middle-placed low-contour roof design is characteristic of a genuine sports car and further gives an image of speed.

Built of a magnesium-and-aluminum block casting, the inline-six engine produces 265 horsepower and 315 NMs of torque. Mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel, the BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si accelerates from 0100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and gets a top speed of 250 km/h.

Available by special order is the BMW Z4 M Coupé, powered by a 3.2-liter straight-six engine that sports the following: 343 hp, a maximum engine speed of 8,000 rpm, 365 NMs of torque, a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.6 kilos/hp; acceleration to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and top speed of 250 km/h.

The BMW Z4 Coupé comes chock-full of BMW safety features: DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), ASC (Automatic Stability Control) that controls drive wheel slip, CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control, which enables the driver to improve traction at the touch of a button on surfaces with a low frictional coefficient) and DBC (Dynamic Brake Control) to maximize brake pressure during emergency braking. And for night driving, bi-xenon headlights provide optimum visibility.

E90 with elan

The BMW 325i Coupé sets a new benchmark in style and elegance. Taut, sleek, muscular and boasting of a silhouette markedly distinct from the four-door version, the E90 (chassis code for the new BMW 3-Series) coupé offers a brand-new look of gentlemanly character. The long wheelbase, the moved-far-to-the-rear passenger cell and the low and sleek roofline (tapering out gently to the rear end) characterize the stretched and dynamic look of the entire vehicle. The voluminous, extra-large wheel arches exude solid and powerful feel.

Under the hood is a 2.5-liter straight-six engine, toting a maximum output of 218hp and 250 NMs of torque. True aficionados may opt for (by special order) the powerful BMW 335i Coupé, featuring the first-ever twin turbocharged DOHC, 24-valve, six-cylinder engine with double Vanos variable valve timing in an all-aluminum crankcase. A true athlete on the road, it delivers 306 hp and 400 NMs of torque at 1,300 rpm, providing performance quicker than a conventional turbocharged engine. On the road, this means impressive acceleration from 0100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). And while performance is paramount, safety is never overlooked by the 3-Series coupé. DSC and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard safety, along with DTC, DBC, Brake Fade Compensation and run-flat tires.

The Z4 3.0si Coupé is priced at P 4.62 million, while the 325i Coupé is priced at P 3.88 million.