The BMW 330i GT is rapid through the paces and
ritzy in its character. We find out more about the car.
To look at the new BMW 330i GT is as elegant
as Jennifer Lopez in a ball gown. Her curves are sensual and every line has
been intricately crafted to give this new 3 Series Gran Turismo a sensual
appeal. The gently sloping roofline and broad tailgate lend this beauty a
definite character. The BMW 330i GT sports new reworked headlamps, tail lamps
and rear apron. The twin circular headlamps and bold kidney grille give the
fascia a rather sharp look. The headlamp cluster houses Adaptive LED head
lights and LED DRLs, the design is alluring and quite striking. The headlamps
also get an auto high beam assistance function.
1998cc, 4 Cylinder, Petrol Twin Power Turbo
8-Speed Steptronic Sport Automatic
Double joint spring strut axle
Moving over to the side, a neatly chiseled
shoulder line ensures the drama continues seamless from front to back. Adding a
little more flavour are frameless windows on all four passenger doors. The side
profile is further enhanced with 18 inch alloys which add grace and beauty to
the charisma this 3 Series GT has going for it. The rear end is as exciting as
the front. Crisp LED tail lamps complement an already dynamic design formed by
the large tailgate which gradually slopes down into a flat end. The rear sports
an active aerodynamic system which gets a spoiler that automatically extends at
higher speeds to create more down force. The new 3 Series GT is beauty
personified. It is elegant and graceful with striking lines adding flair to a
very uncommon design.
The story on the inside is much like the
outside with exquisite materials adorning every corner of the cabin. This new
model sees an updated Centre Information Display. The screen looks slimmer and
longer making for a more elegant addition. The dash gets a contemporary design
and is definitely up market. BMW has ensured the cabin of this 3 Series
delivers a ritzy feel to occupants. The leather upholstery, chrome accents, piano
black finish and a host of finely crafted instrumentation boast of the grandeur
this saloon has to offer.
The cabin has been made extremely spacious
and the seating optimised for maximum comfort. The driver and passenger seat
offer adequate bolstering and support with a power adjustment function and an
additional memory function for the driver side seat. BMW has also included a
2-zone climate control setup with rear air conditioning vents, panoramic
sunroof, automatic start/stop with keyless entry, remote operated tailgate,
ambient lighting, multiple connectivity options and a host of functions to
improve the comfort and convenience of daily users. There are ample of cubby
holes and storage spaces which have been thoughtfully integrated all around
While the 3 Series GT has the looks, her
heart is what brings the real thrill of the ride out. Powering this saloon is a
2.0L, 4 cylinder, turbocharged, petrol engine. The motor is good for 252 horses
coming in at 5200rpm. The peak torque figure stands at 350Nm which ranges from
1450rpm and going up all the way to 4800rpm. 'Brutal' is the only word that can
really characterise the acceleration of the 330i GT. It clocks a 0-100kmph time
of 6.1 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 250kmph. Right from the word go
the 330i GT is quick and the massive torque ensures an extremely potent ride.
The engine has been mated to an 8-speed
Steptronic Sport Automatic transmission. The transmission is smooth and ensures
a seamless power delivery. BMW has also added different drive modes to suit
different driving moods. On offer are Comfort, Ecopro, Sport and Sport +
driving modes. The suspension leans toward the softer side and this saloon can
glide gracefully over most bad roads leaving the occupants quite unperturbed. Graceful
in its mannerisms, the BMW 330i GT is a treat to drive on open stretches of
highway and through winding country roads. It is well mannered and has been
loaded with just right driver aides to ensure a pleasant journey. The 330i GT
gets ABS, Corner Braking Control, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction
Control, tyre pressure indicator and runflat tires with reinforced sidewalls.
All of these features and a lot other safety elements go a long way in ensuring
safety of the occupants. Even if you have the desire to push her through some
tight corners and power down on an exit you can do so confidently with the
multiple driver aides kicking in at just the right time.
The 330i GT from BMW has been tuned to
deliver a very sporty and spirited drive. It gets just the right amount of
comfort and convenience features to ensure it stays at par with competitors.
However, the design and premium appeal of this 3 Series that puts it ahead of
competition. It is being offered for Rs. 47,50,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) which is
a tad bit pricey but what you get in exchange is a rapid and ritzy ride that will
certainly set you apart from the rest.
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