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Double Knockout: BMW Debuts A Pair Of Twin Turbo Crackers In Queensland

January 2nd, 2008

  • 135i Coupé Australian debut
  • X5 3.0sd Australian debut
  • Queensland debut for M3 Coupé, revised 6 Series, 520d and X3 2.0d

BMW is in the delightful position of being able to shower the Brisbane Motor Show with not one but two terrific twin turbo debutants.

The first, the all new 1 Series Coupé, is powered by the world’s best engine, as acclaimed by the panel of eminent judges at the annual ‘International Engine of the Year Awards’ (or the ‘Engine Oscars’ as they are known colloquially).

The compact, sporty and very elegant 135i Coupé is power-packed in its Twin Turbo, 225 kW straight-six guise, delivering sublime performance, smoothness and economy. With the 3.0-litre twin turbo engine BMW has conquered the previously incompatible functions of rapid fire acceleration and impressive economy and low emissions.

The new BMW 135i Coupé body style will sling-shot to 100 km/h from standstill in just 5.3 seconds, making full use of the 400 Nm of torque available between 1,300 rpm and 5,000 rpm.

This multi-award winning engine is also found throughout the 3 Series range, in the 335i Sedan, Coupé, Convertible and most recently the new 335i Touring.

Joining the 135i Coupé in the limelight will be the most powerful diesel vehicle BMW has ever offered in Australia, the 200 kW 3.0-litre straight six twin turbo
X5 3.0sd.

This amazing engine has been tuned to deliver 565 Nm of torque which results in sportscar style acceleration, but with very frugal fuel use. In fact the X5 3.0sd returns an amazing 8.8 litres/100 km on the combined cycle, while acceleration from 0-100 km/h is a sensational 7.2 seconds. Top speed is a heady 230 km/h.

The X5 3.0sd is highly equipped with the same standard specifications as the X5 3.0d Executive and an additional optional Sport Package is available for drivers seeking to extract the ultimate in driving excitement and performance.

The new X5 was one of the success stories of 2007, and this new generation Sport Activity Vehicle is set to win over even more drivers during 2008.

These two new models underline the BMW EfficientDynamics philosophy of continuing to push the performance envelope but not at the expense of consumption and therefore emissions.

Also lining up before an appreciative audience at the show, will be the new BMW M3 Coupé making its Brisbane debut, armed with it amazing high-revving V8 309 kW engine, while the 5 Series Sedan and X3 Sports Activity Vehicle ranges both welcome the latest generation four-cylinder diesel engine to their ranks, in the form of the 520d and X3 2.0d. Both models create new entry niches for their respected ranges, bringing high torque, low consumption engines to these markets for the first time.

Given Brisbane’s reputation for perfect weather, the timing is thus perfect for BMW to show off the latest incarnation of the 6 Series Convertible; powered by the creamy smooth 270 kW V8 4.8-litre engine delivering muscular driving dynamics from within one of the most luxurious interiors available.

The Brisbane Motor Show opens to the public on Friday 1st February and runs until Sunday 10th February 2008.

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