Snap Shot: BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics

3-Series | March 16th, 2010 by 7
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New for 2010, the 320d receives an ED package that puts a further emphasis on frugality. Beyond engine tuning that reduces total horsepower output by …

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New for 2010, the 320d receives an ED package that puts a further emphasis on frugality.

Beyond engine tuning that reduces total horsepower output by a count of 20, the car also receives a longer final drive ratio, lowered suspension and slippery aero wheels. The result? A drag co-efficient of 0.26 and a stunning ultra-low emissions figure of just 109 g/km CO2.

With 162 hp on tap, a leather clad gear-shift selector in hand, and perfect 50:50 weight distribution left in tact, the 320d ED edition is a tempting prospect indeed; just another example of efficiency and dynamics co-existing in a fun but frugal package.

While the engine’s sporty intentions are evident, the 2.0 four cylinder is remarkably refined and smooth under all throttle loads. This turbine smooth rev characteristic is attributable to a new dual-mass flywheel which has a pair of ‘Centrifugal Pendulum Absorbers’ added to cancel out vibrations. Fuel consumption is impressive at 4.1 L/100km during highway driving (68.9 mpg). The 320d ED still manages an 8.2 second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time, arriving at a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph). Try that in a Prius.

It’s a real shame this BMW will not be making the trans-Atlantic trip to the North American Continent.

To read the complete report from AUTOCAR, click here.

7 responses to “Snap Shot: BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics”

  1. Babak says:

    Wow 69MPG combined!!! That’s insane. And this engine has 160hp, 280lb-ft torque. I remember a few years back we had a X3 2.5i and the thing had 184hp, 175lb-ft and although it wasn’t powerful, it was half-decent for general driving. This would a perfect city car. Put it in a 1er, and you’ll break 70MPG. Can anyone remind me why we need hybrids, other than the noise diesels make?

    • Mike says:

      The new diesels make NO noise at all, PLUS they’re CLEANER then most gasoline engines!

      We simply DO NOT GET IT in America! So sad…. :-(

  2. Philipp says:

    Thank Uncle Sam for not making it possible to have this here. In Europe, Diesels don’t have to meet the same strict emissions rules as gas engines, while here they do. Therefore expensive NOx reduction technology must be incorporated, which would make it too expensive. With the add on costs this car would probably end up costing the same as a 328i, so it wouldn’t save money, just make you feel better. And I guess that’s what Hybrids do too, since they don’t save money overall.

  3. Parker says:

    Ill take one :)

  4. Chantan says:

    It’s retarded. Many Bmw’s diesels have better mileage then their Activehybrids, yet so few are sold here because diesels just aren’t seen as the environmental “fad” despite the superior mpg and low CO2 figures. Maybe Diesels just aren’t as sexy as hybrids?

  5. Shawn says:

    Even better, a Diesel Hybrid as in the Vision Concept. This would no doubt be “overkill” for highway use, but those living in extra urban centers would benefit the most from this arrangement.

    This 320d ED just seems so pure and simple – I’m very intrigued by it, I’d love to see how it feels to drive.

  6. Mike says:

    OMG! A car that gets 68.9 mpg, and it’s NOT in America?! WTF is going on! Is our country REALLY serious about fuel efficiency? I think NOT!!!

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