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The new BMW 3 Series Touring will offer outstanding value when it goes on sale in February 2013 with increased luggage space and versatility, more luxury features, fuel-efficient TwinPower Turbo engines and more advanced technology. BMW Group Australia Managing Director, Phil Horton said that this latest 3 Series Touring sets a new benchmark in the premium mid-sized estate segment. “The 3 Series was the model for which the claim “the ultimate driving machine” was created and this hasn’t been diluted with the new 3 Series Touring. It takes the best of the 3 Series driving dynamics and blends this with the elegance and versatility of a sports wagon.” Mr Horton said. Both of the new BMW 3 Series Touring models available from launch demonstrate class leading efficiency and performance with the entry point 318d Touring boasting a BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine producing 105kW of power and 320 Nm of torque. Coupled with the standard 8 – speed automatic transmission the 318d accelerates to 100km/h in 9.2 seconds and boasts a staggeringly low fuel consumption figure of 4.7l/100km with emissions of just 123 grams of CO2 per km. The new BMW 320i Touring features BMW’s much-lauded new TwinPower turbo four-cylinder direct injection engine producing 135 kW and 270Nm of torque. The 320i comes standard with an 8-speed Sports Automatic Transmission (with steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters). The result is class-leading acceleration and efficiency with the 320i Touring sprinting to 100km/h from standstill in just 7.5 seconds whilst sipping a mere 6.2l/100km and emitting 145 g/CO2 per km. Nearly all dimensions have grown in the new BMW 3 Series Touring, compared to its predecessor and competitors it offers more cabin space and a larger cargo area whilst rear passengers will appreciate the additional rear legroom and improved access. Along with the extra room for passengers the cargo area has increased in size, now offering a best in class 495 litres loading which can be extended to 1500 litres with the rear seats folded down. But it’s the innovative flexibility of the luggage area that stands out with these new models, with a 40:20:40 split/folding rear seats and large aperture for the electric opening two-part tailgate, the combinations for cargo carrying demonstrate the impressive versatility of the new BMW 3 Series Touring. Following on from the 3 Series Sedan, BMW has introduced an eight-speed Automatic transmission as standard for the range, the 320i with gearshift paddles. Combined with other BMW EfficientDynamics technologies including the standard Auto Stop/Start, Brake Energy Regeneration and ECO PRO mode for the new Driving Experience Control, this highly efficient transmission helps the new BMW 3 Series Touring achieve its outstanding efficiency and emissions. Model for model the 3 Series Touring share similar standard specification with the Sedan variants. Comfort and luxury features for the 318d include dual-zone climate control, cruise control with brake function, power-operated windows and exterior mirrors, automatic lights and rain sensing windscreen wipers, rear Park Distance Control, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free mobile phone use with compatible devices, and MP3 compatible CD audio systems with Auxiliary and USB inputs. Also included is automatic operation for the split tailgate as an additional Touring specific feature. Additional to this the 320i also comes standard with electric seat adjustment including memory function, rear view camera, 17” Star-spoke alloy wheels, front Park Distance Control, Sports leather steering wheel and the interior lights package that provides additional reading, vanity and ambience lighting throughout the car. Safety is always a high priority in all BMW vehicles and for the new 3 Series Touring BMW includes the Active Protection system that initiates a range of protective measures if an accident is imminent. In addition to this, all models are fitted standard with six airbags, and Dynamic Stability Control that includes ABS, Brake Assistant, Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Traction Control. “The substantial increase in standard equipment and the latest technology evident in the new 3 Series Touring offers a huge improvement in value, both compared with its predecessor and its direct rivals in the market,” said Mr Horton. BMW 3 Series Touring Australian Pricing:
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The BMW M135i is the latest in the M Performance range and will be powered by a straight six-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. This technology is known for its spontaneous high revving performance, plus a level of efficiency that is unrivalled in this performance class. The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing. This 3.0-litre engine delivers a maximum power output of 235 kW at 5 800 rpm. This impressive power results from the maximum torque of 450 Nm that is available between 1,250 and 5,000 rpm. In standard 6-speed manual transmission form, the BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.0L /100 km, and the CO2 emissions level is 188 grams per kilometre. However, equip the car with the optional 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission and the figures become even more impressive with the sprint to 100 km/h taking just 4.9 seconds with the fuel consumption and emissions reducing to 7.5L/100 km and 175 g/km respectively. The unique power train for this BMW M Performance car also features a customised cooling system and M performance control dry sump lubrication for the six-speed manual transmission. The BMW M135i enables maximum agility combined with unparalleled precision by way of the M-specific suspension tuning. Thanks to the individual control of the suspension and damping systems as well as the specific elasto-kinematics of the front axle, the BMW M Performance vehicle boasts particularly sporty driving characteristics. In addition, its Variable Sport Steering system enhances those dynamic characteristics to the fullest. The BMW M Performance vehicle is also fitted with the M Sport Brake System as standard, incorporating four-piston fixed calipers on the front axle and two-piston fixed calipers at the rear, all in dark blue metallic paint bearing the distinctive M logo. The model specific 18-inch M Double Spoke alloy wheels on the BMW M135i are fitted with high performance tyres, specifically designed for this model. The 225/40 R18 front and 245/35 R18 rear tyres guarantee the optimum traction to support the dynamic driving capabilities of this car. Visually the M135i is treated with the M Sport package features such as a full M aerodynamics exterior body package, anthracite individual roof liner, door sills with M designation, Dakota leather upholstery on the standard Sports Seats, M leather steering wheel and high gloss shadowline. Additional standard features of this model include such highlights as Bi-Xenon headlights, Interior lights package, extended connectivity of bluetooth devices including voice control and the HiFi Loudspeaker system. “Combining M character and performance with everyday useability gives our BMW M Performance vehicles their own unique place in the market,” said Mr Horton. Australian pricing from July Production is $68,400
Citroen’s DS4 was first released in Australia without the option of an automatic. Now the company has released the coupe crossover with a more powerful engine and matched it to their six-speed automatic gearbox. The brand are claiming that the DS4 with the full automatic loses none of its performance as the state of the art six speed automatic and the new THP 120 engine are tuned specifically to match each other’s characteristics. The new engine boasts an additional five kilowatts and this, added to the punchy 240 Nm of torque, means that the DS4 THP 120 automatic actually has a better 0-100kmh time, down from 9.9 to 8.6 seconds, more than maintaining the DS4’s sporting credentials. Citroen Australia expects the new DS4 DStyle THP 120 kW to be the dominant variant in the Citroen DS4 range, but adds that it also complements the existing variants, each of which is tailored to specific customers from the advanced environmental credentials of the micro hybrid e-HDI to the performance of the THP 147, providing a DS4 variant for all. Citroën now has four different models in a market area in which it previously had just one body with a choice of three or five doors. By offering separate models, rather than variants of one model, the four new models are able to be tailored much more accurately to the market areas they serve and are not limited by compromises. The new Citroen DS4 DStyle THP 120 kW automatic slots into the DS4 range at a recommended retail price of $35,990, with the advanced micro hybrid Citroen DS4 DStyle e-HDi at $36,990, while the Citroen DS4 DStyle THP 115 kW opens the DS4 family at $35,990 and the DS4 DSport THP 147 kW tops the range at $49,990, all excluding statutory charges, delivery and dealer costs. The two mainstream models are the Citroën C4, which covers the traditional five door small car market sector and which, in its latest incarnation, offers more comfort and space, and the Citroën C4 Picasso, which, freed of the requirement of sharing a floor pan with the C4 hatchback, is a versatile, flexible and high capable seven seat people mover. The Citroën C4 AirCross, enables Citroën family of ‘4’ models to cross over into the all-wheel drive market. The Citroën DS4, meanwhile tackles the premium and prestige sections of this market sector. Occupying a unique position in the premium lower medium segment, DS4 offers a stylish coupé design that doesn’t suffer the negatives of long, heavy front doors, limited access or compromised versatility. The DS4 is a new proposition that will appeal to free-spirited drivers looking for a vehicle with dynamism, sophistication and a premium character. The car’s distinctive styling blends dramatic coupé lines with versatile hatchback functionality, together with the raised-stance of a cross over. The Citroën DS4 is positioned at an intersection of different competitor types – such as three-door coupés (e.g. VW Scirocco, Renault Mégane Coupé), 3 & 5-door hatchbacks (e.g. VW Golf, Honda Civic) and Crossovers (e.g. Mini Countryman). The DS4 is expected to attract attention from buyers in these segments. Key rivals also include five-door premium and semi-premium hatchbacks that offer a similar blend of status, dynamism and versatility, such as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 1-Series and Audi A3 Sportback. Citroën’s target of providing enhanced style, design and exclusivity with the Citroën DS4 is already well on its way to being met with the DS4 having already been voted “Most Beautiful Car of the Year” by more than 60,000 web users in 62 countries, a jury from the worlds of design, sport, culture and the media presented the DS4 with the “Most Beautiful Interior” prize at the 26th International Automobile Festival and the DS4 has been honoured at the 2011 Auto Bild Design Awards in Germany where it was named “Most Beautiful Car” in the City and Compact Car class. The DS4 combines head-turning good looks with an unrivalled driving experience – both fundamental to the DNA of the DS line. By abandoning the norms of conventional design, Citroën have created a pioneering and singularly desirable addition to the DS range. Designed first and foremost as a sleek coupé, but with 5-door flexibility and a commanding, raised stance, the DS4 takes ‘Créative Technologie’ to a whole new level. The DS4 is dominant, confident and powerful – a perfect sequel to the multi-award winning DS3. The DS4’s striking profile immediately portrays presence and prestige. Its eye-catching lines are enhanced by a chrome-finished waistline and dark tinted windows. Sculpted wheel arches emphasise the stylish alloys. The taut roofline and rear spoiler add extra prowess. Striking ‘always on’ light signatures at the rear and around the front fog lights ensure that the DS4 stands out from the crowd. The DS4’s defined coupé physique belies its versatile 5-door layout. Three full-size rear seats are accessed via seamlessly integrated rear doors with handles encased in the car’s extended window frames. When open, these rear doors reveal their angular shape as a uniquely elegant design touch. A sophisticated and well-appointed cabin offers exquisite comfort in a premium environment. The interior exudes a sense of status, innovation and finesse through meticulous attention to detail. From the carefully tailored acoustics to the premium cabin materials, the DS4 projects an air of confidence and sophistication. A large panoramic windscreen offers enhanced occupant visibility and illuminates the driver-focused cockpit, creating a bright and welcoming environment. In keeping with Citroën’s focus on ‘Créative Technologie’, the interior is home to a range of clever storage solutions for maximum convenience. The intelligent cabin design includes a raised centre console (available on models fitted with the EGS gearbox) with a cooled, illuminated and protected compartment that holds up to four 500 ml bottles and houses a connectivity area with a USB port and a 12-volt socket. With its raised, taut and agile stance, the DS4 is tuned for dynamic performance that will set the heart racing. The suspension and steering are engineered to be highly responsive and smooth, with exemplary control. Citroën’s new DS4 is powered by a range of four Euro 5 compliant engines, delivering refined performance with optimised fuel and CO2 efficiency. There are three petrol engines with a choice of 115, 120 or 147 kW and the 82 kW e-HDI is fitted as standard with Citroën’s micro hybrid system. The spirited 147 kW THP dispenses thrilling power and performance with a top speed of 235kmh and 0-100kmh time of 8.5 seconds. Efficient, this engine returns 6.4 l/100 km over a combined cycle with low CO2 emissions of just 149g/km. The Citroën DS4 e-HDi boasts Citroën’s innovative micro-hybrid technology, with second generation Stop & Start, boosts fuel economy by up to 15 per cent in city driving conditions and lowers the model’s official CO2 emissions to just 114g/km, while offering a combined fuel consumption figure of just 4.4 l/100 km. One of the safest vehicles in its class, DS4 has been awarded a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating with a 97 per cent score in the ‘Safety Assist’ category. An extensive range of safety features are available as standard, including ESP with Intelligent Traction Control, ABS with EBD and EBA and six airbags. Other safety enhancing technology includes programmable cruise control with speed limiter and Citroën’s new blind-spot monitoring system. Both trim and equipment versions of the DS4, the DStyle and DSport, are comprehensively well equipped with all the features expected in the premium end of the market as well as unique Citroën touches such as the extra-large windscreen that has become a Citroën touchstone, drinks coolers, a rechargeable torch and elegant interiors.
2012 is coming to a close in the world of motor sport but there is always something going on in the background. The DTM season is one such championship that is entering the finishing straight however BMW Motorsport is already on course for next year. As of 2013, four BMW teams will do battle for points and victories in the popular touring car series. Like BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG, newly-formed BMW Team MTEK will also run two BMW M3 DTMs. By increasing its contingent to eight cars, BMW Motorsport is intensifying its commitment to the DTM and will now compete on a par with the other two manufacturers represented in the DTM. Dutchman Ernest Knoors will take the reigns as Team Principal of BMW Team MTEK, which is based in Garching near Munich. Now that BMW Team MTEK has officially been given the starting signal, the build-up process can take place over the coming weeks and months. “Our concept of running three teams on equal footing has proven to be ideal for our debut season,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “The very good results are confirming our decision to continue along the lines of equality across all the teams. Establishing the fourth team is another important step as we look to guarantee that BMW remains competitive over the coming years. “Our competitors are already running eight cars this season. Greater strength across the board is definitely an advantage in a fiercely-competitive series like the DTM. The new BMW Team MTEK means we are able to bridge this gap. The location on the outskirts of Munich allows BMW Motorsport to cooperate effectively with Ernest Knoors’ team. We are confident the synergies and efficiency gained will take the overall level of our DTM project to a new level.” Ernest Knoors is looking forward to his new task of guiding BMW Team MTEK to DTM success in 2013. “Over the course of my career I have experienced most forms of motor racing, and I know the high level of operation in the DTM,” said Knoors. “BMW Motorsport is currently contesting a fantastic debut season. We are also set to have our share in giving the BMW fans reason to celebrate regularly in 2013. It’s obvious there will be a lot for us to learn as a new team. I’m convinced we will have a steep learning curve. The current 2012 season has given impressive proof of the general competitiveness of the BMW M3 DTM.” This year’s teams – BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG – have so far produced a very successful comeback season for BMW, after 20 years away from the DTM. After eight of ten races, BMW has three wins, three pole positions, nine podiums and 247 points in the manufacturers’ standings to its name.
The first weekend in September brought with it the penultimate round of the Queensland Improved Production Championship at Morgan Park Raceway in Warwick. With the recently repaired new section of track open again for racing, the only thing hotter than the track temperature was the action on it. The first race saw 26 drivers take to the grid in what was to be a race where the top three would finish just over five seconds apart. David Skillender was out to show his dominance again at a track that seems to suit the V8 Commodore; however it was not a Sunday drive as in race one David Waldon, Mazda RX-3, and Troy Marinelli, Nissan Silvia, stuck with him for the seven lap dash to the chequed flag. Justin Wade in his BMW M3 was in a battle for fourth with the hard charging James Peck, Mazda RX-7, and fellow Mazda driver Adam Uebergang, RX-3, on his tail. The battle lasted the race and they finished in respected positions. A mid-morning start for race two saw a few drivers not take to the grid for various reasons. Most notably missing was second place finisher in the first race Waldon who would not race again for the weekend. The eight lap sprint was owned by one driver who left the field in his wake as he put a 20 second gap between himself and second place. Skillender destroyed the field with Ubergang pushing his RX-3 to the limit to try and catch him and to stay ahead of Wade who finished in third only 0.126 seconds behind. Marinelli was off the pace in the second race and fell to fifth behind Peck but was able to fight off Tony Isarasena, Mazda RX-7. A good battle which lasted the race was further back in the pack with Dean Rice, Paul Redman, Ford Focus, and Gavin McAlpin, Mini Cooper S, all fighting for 16th place. Rice was able to put almost a two second gap on Redman by the end of the race as McAlpin was fighting to pass the focus driver which cost Redman time with defending. The last race of the weekend for the Improved Production drivers once again saw Skillender drive away from the field. He finished the race just over 11 seconds ahead of the field. The third race also brought the third different second place finisher with Peck edging out Ubergang. Wade drove a solid race to finish forth ahead of Isarasena. It was a weekend to forget for the normally consistent Marinelli who finished just inside the top ten, only 0.149 seconds in front of 11th place getter Trent Spencer in his Mini Cooper S. By the end of the weekend only 20 cars started and 19 cars finished race three. The racing was hard fought and hard on cars and drivers but well and truly entertaining for spectators and officials. The last round of the championship will be at Lakeside Raceway just north of Brisbane this weekend, September 22-23. For more information and a full list of results and championship points visit http://www.ipraqld.com Photos by Phil Melvin