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BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition runs 1013 miles on single tank

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Motoring journalist and TV presenter Tom Ford has managed to complete what he claims to be a record-breaking journey from the UK to Munich and …

Motoring journalist and TV presenter Tom Ford has managed to complete what he claims to be a record-breaking journey from the UK to Munich and almost back to Britain with a BMW 320d EfficientDynamics saloon on a single tank of fuel.

Filled up at the Channel Tunnel, the new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon made it to Munich, then as far as Lille on the return leg – a staggering total of 1,013 miles on a single tank of fuel – before needing to be refuelled.

The full story was presented today in a press release by BMW. The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition is available only in Europe.

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition runs 1013 miles on single tank

BMW’s cleanest and greenest 3 Series ever has just completed a record-breaking journey from the UK to Munich and back – on one tank of fuel.

Filled up at the Channel Tunnel, the new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon made it to Munich, then as far as Lille on the return leg – a staggering total of 1,013 miles on a single tank of fuel – before needing to be refuelled.

To put it in a UK geographic context, the distance achieved would have meant being able to drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and still having 200 miles range left in the tank.

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition runs 1013 miles on single tank

Just as impressive was that the intrepid driver – motoring journalist and TV presenter Tom Ford – didn’t use efficient driving techniques such as coasting, or drive deliberately slowly for the trip, coverage of which appeared in yesterday’s Sunday Times newspaper.

Although switching the air con and radio off as a concession to fuel saving, Tom managed a reasonable motorway pace all the way there and back, proving that in the real world, the new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon delivers what its promises on paper – an official combined figure of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of only 109g/km.

On the way to Munich, Tom achieved highs of 75.9mpg, and didn’t dip below 65mpg for the entire trip. With an average speed of 59.3mph, the car achieved 68.9mpg overall.

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition runs 1013 miles on single tank

He said: “I was prepared for this car to fail in the real world. I was wrong.Although I did try and be careful and drive in a feather-footed manner, I did cruise at a reasonable 65ish mph on the autoroutes and autobahns, so faster than the usual economy run pace.

“Think about it in the context of everyday motoring: comfortably more than 1,000 miles on one tank of diesel means just 12 fills a year for the average motorist – and even driven normally I still think you’re looking at 750-800 miles per fill. BMW’s EfficientDynamics: it does what it says on the tin.”

The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon develops 163hp between 3,500rpm to 4,200rpm and 360Nm of torque from 1,750rpm to 3,000rpm. This equates to a zero to 62mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 137mph ensuring that while it might be extremely efficient, it still offers sporting performance – a fact not lost on Tom.

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition runs 1013 miles on single tank

He said: “It’s difficult to tell the difference between this model and a standard 320d in terms of driving performance which is brilliant. It means that as well as the obvious financial advantages, this special 320d is a car for the environmentally conscious who still want a car that drives superbly.”

For drivers choosing the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon, there is no VED to pay for the first year of purchase due to its low CO2 figure and a 13 per cent benefit-in-kind company car tax rating and sporting ability thanks to its 163bhp. For a business buying one, the sub 110g/km emissions mean 100 per cent first year writing down allowances, allowing the model’s full first year depreciation against to be offset against Corporation Tax.

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition runs 1013 miles on single tank

The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon comes with the existing suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, including Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and Electric Power Steering for optimum performance. However it also achieves its class-leading emissions with the addition of innovative engine construction, a longer transmission ratio, lowered suspension and the use of specially designed aerodynamic alloy wheels with Michelin EnergySaver tyres.

To watch a short video of the Sunday Times 1,000-mile drive log on to: www.facebook.com/sundaytimesingear

  • Tom

    That is fantastic range! BMW, please bring it over to the States!

  • Chantan

    It’s about time we get more diesel options here and put an end to this nonsense that only hybrids can give you good mileage.

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  • badger

    Bring it states side..California? :D
    and it this 1013 single tank acheived by care driving?.
    such as not braking , no rapid accerlations, no ac, no heated seats etc

    • plaxico

      Clue: read the article, or even the preview here on this page. ;)

  • http://cialis.la Oliver

    Love it…

    I just saw some commercial on TV where BMW was touting the “most fuel efficient range of luxury vehicles” or something like that. I thought I saw a 3′er in the picture too….

    I’m curious, what are the main reasons that might prevent BMW from bringing this car to the US? California emissions?

    • Jag

      Money talks ,money walks !

  • plaxico

    lets just hope f30 is gonna be better b/c this car……i mean ,cmon. Disaster

    • DP

      disaster? disaster for being arguably best car in its class?

  • JL328i

    I would buy this car in a heartbeat if it were brought to the states! A BMW with 65 MPG, whats not to love?!!

  • paul

    i managed 700 miles on my 10 year old E46 320d…and wasnt even trying!!!
    And in winter with snow through a blizzard in spain with wheel spin everywhere.

  • Antonio

    BMW please bring that car to the states, with stick shift option.Sales will improve, unless you are really a diesel lover there are no really to many incentives to get 335d vs 335s, in fact you cannot even get the stick shift; that for a lot of BMW lovers is almost a deal breaker, my 2 cents

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  • viper

    I dont buy this carp. its got 61liters capacity and he got 1600km with that? with what?
    please…if he was driving a bmw 3 he might as well be driving in a trabant at that average speed..I know the car is very efficient but who gives a f about this? would you try this?

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  • Dom

    @Viper, I have a 520d from 2008 (about same power and torque as this 320d) and it has already a fantastic range (1100 km on average and up to 1200 km on a tank of 65liters) and I am not too efficient driver ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Nice BMW car you have there! :) I’ve always been fascinated with this car because aside from they have stylish and classy BMW parts and other accessories, They are also powerful, fast and reliable cars. Looking for their upcoming models this coming 2012. :)

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