What can $35,000 get you: BMW 320i ZSP+ZMT

3-Series, Featured Posts | April 15th, 2013 by 22
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US magazine Jalopnik says that $35,000 can buy the best sports sedan in North America. And that sports sedan is the new 2013 BMW 320i. …

US magazine Jalopnik says that $35,000 can buy the best sports sedan in North America. And that sports sedan is the new 2013 BMW 320i. Matt Hardigree of Jalopnik specced out a 320i with the ZSP and ZMT packages that give the ultimate sedan.

“What if I told you there’s a new, RWD, German sedan with a manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and 18-inch wheels that you could get for $34,745 with the destination?,” says Hardigree.

In bimmer geeky terms, ZSP stands out for the Sport Package while ZMT means that manuals are not yet dead in the United States.

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The cool part about the ZSP package for the  3 Series is that it adds high performance summer tires with 18-inch wheels, M sport suspension, increased speed limiter and Anthracite headliner.

Our own Hugo Becker said back in February that “the entry into the BMW brand in the US has always been the 3 series, and as the 3 series has grown in size, power and features, it’s affordability has declined. BMW has recognized this and has introduced the 320i (let’s think of it as the successor to the 318i). This is the car that a younger buyer can stretch the budget to get. It will deliver the essence of the Ultimate Driving Machine at a price that makes sense.”

Sporting a TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine, the new BMW 320i Sedan went on sale this Spring. The 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine produces 180 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 200 lb-ft of torque from 1,250 rpm – 4,500 rpm. 0-60 mph acceleration for the 320i Sedan is estimated to require only 7.1 seconds with either transmission choice. Top speed is an electronically-limited 130 mph.

And now the best part. Preliminary fuel consumption estimates for the 320i with 6-speed manual transmission are 22 City / 34 Highway, while 23 City / 33 Highway are estimated for the 320i equipped with 8-speed automatic.

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So, if you’re looking for a great bimmer and you’re on a budget, look no further. Especially since that four-cylinder banger can be tuned up, at a minimal cost.

If you had $35,000, what BMW would you buy today?

22 responses to “What can $35,000 get you: BMW 320i ZSP+ZMT”


    • Jim says:

      For the $34,745 configuration, you will NOT get:

      • leather interior
      • premium package (sunroof, power seats with lumbar, sirius radio, self-dimming mirrors, comfort access keyless entry)
      • heated seats
      • xenon headlamps with LED DRMs

      The sport seats are fully manual adjustable.

      No thanks!

      • barry hubris says:

        It’s a BMW, so it won’t sell for near MSRP – more like $100-200 over invoice before any discounts. So for under 35k invoice you can get a 320i with leather, zsp, manual and xenons.

        That’s got most of the useless garbage you added…

      • Luis says:

        Hence sports sedan. Not luxury sedan.

  2. Tom says:

    320i ZSP and ZMT for me. X1 sDrive 28i for the Mrs.

  3. Are you serious? says:

    Haha, are you serious? That is camaro ss money

  4. John says:

    Does anyone know if the ZSP package is available in Canada on the 320i ? I don’t see it listed on the online configurator.

  5. Haha says:

    Four cylinder bmws are the definition of badgewhoredom.

  6. scooternva says:

    For 35 grand I’d rather buy a low-mileage E39 M5.

    • Freddymertz says:

      For 35 grand you can get two near-mint e39 M5s! My 40K-mile one was $18K, bought less than a year ago, on eBay.

  7. bfd says:

    a better buy, that we won’t get in the US, is if BMW sold us the 320d w/ the six speed manual and sport suspension. The diesel has tons more torque and gas mileage would be way better too. Oh well, this is the best option for that engine. Good Luck!

  8. Dustin says:

    I think it’s great that BMW still offers a back-to-basics car such as this, where the focus is on the driving experience above all. Everything you want – RWD, 6MT, M-sport suspension – and no added fluff. Like a 4-door FR-S.

    And keep in mind, this is one of only 3 BMWs you can spec under 3300lbs.
    (128i – 3208lbs, Z4 28i – 3263lbs, 320i – 3295lbs)

    That said, the price pushes it out of “bargain” territory when you begin to look at what’s out there. Spec-wise, apart from RWD, this 320i is dead-on comparable to the Honda Accord Sport 6MT, of all things. In fact, the Accord has the slight edge on horsepower, weight, and 0-60… for over $10k less. You’d have to really like RWD and the BMW Roundel to justify that $10k. And if you’re into badge-snobbery, you likely wouldn’t be seen in the 320 anyhow.

    A good car that will be a hard sell, the way I see it.

    • barry hubris says:

      FWD = not worth it. you cannot say a Honda Accord handles anything like an F30. I don’t even like my F30 but the Accord is a far more loathsome thing.

    • Phew says:

      Except you can lease said BMW for about the same cost as the Accord. BMW subsidizes the hell out of their leases.

      Buying any BMW brand new is nearly as foolish an idea as leasing a Honda. With BMW, lease or buy CPO. With Honda, buy new and enjoy your reliability and resale value.

  9. when u say sport that kind of money means A Mustang with a 560 HP

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