Another intoxicating chapter is about to be written in the success story of the BMW i8, as the updated version of the 2+2-seater – the world’s highest- selling plug-in hybrid sports car since its launch in 2014 – is joined by the new BMW i8 Roadster in the line-up. The open-top two-seater with electrically operated soft-top adds a whole new sensation of freedom to the combination of locally emission-free mobility and high-calibre performance. It opens the door to virtually silent motoring with zero CO2 emissions, bringing an extra edge of purity to the experience of open-top Sheer Driving Pleasure.

Like the new BMW i8 Coupe, the new BMW i8 Roadster is based on the LifeDrive vehicle architecture with aluminium chassis and carbon-fibre- reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell. The further optimised BMW eDrive technology employed in both models comprises a high-voltage battery with significantly expanded cell capacity and energy content, and an electric motor generating a higher peak output. The result is a noticeable increase in dynamic performance, operating range and the amount of driving possible using purely the electric drive system.

The proportions, lines and surface design mark out both the BMW i8 Coupe and BMW i8 Roadster as belonging to a new breed of sports car. On an individual level, the BMW i8 Coupe stands out as an extremely sporty 2+2 seater, while the BMW i8 Roadster oozes all the freedom of open-top motoring for two. The two models sport “Coupe” or “Roadster” lettering respectively on their C-pillars. The choice of exterior paint finishes now includes the new E-Copper metallic and Donington Grey metallic shades.

The BMW i8 Roadster: emotion-packed design, a character all of its own

The BMW i8 Roadster carries over the BMW i design language into another vehicle concept, and is awash with individual highlights that radiate elegance and fire the emotions. The soft-top roof has a visual lightness to go with its low physical weight and serves as a defining element of the silhouette in reinforcing the road-hugging impression made by the car’s low centre of gravity. The body’s dynamic wedge shape can also be best appreciated when viewing the two-seater in profile.

When opened, the BMW i8 Roadster’s broad roof retracts fully into the rear end. A unique mechanism allows the soft-top to be folded into a compact package and stowed away in a perpendicular position, creating around 100 litres of additional storage space behind the seats. The all-electric roof opens and closes very quietly in 15 seconds, a process which can be initiated while travelling at up to 50 km/h. Dropping down the roof raises the rear window by around 30 millimetres into a comfort position, where it can serve as a draught stop.

Innovative lightweight design cuts the roadster weight penalty. The familiar lightweight design measures used for previous BMW i models have been meticulously adapted to the specific requirements of the i8 Roadster. The open-top two-seater comes with newly designed frameless gullwing doors made from CFRP with an aluminium outer shell, while the windscreen frame is made entirely from CFRP. This ultra-strong high-tech material is ideally equipped to provide exceptional rigidity, maximising the car’s occupant protection even if it rolls over.

CFRP is also used to manufacture the side skirts with their extra-large cross- section. Additional struts and panels in the front and rear axles also help to maximise the body’s rigidity. The unladen weight of the new BMW i8 Roadster stands at 1,595 kilograms, meaning the design’s inherent weight penalty vis-à-vis the Coupe is limited to around 60 kilograms, a remarkably low figure for an open-top car.

Optimised BMW eDrive technology: more power, longer range, a further enhanced electric driving experience

Rigorously further developed BMW eDrive technology and the optimised operating strategy of the intelligent energy management lead to a significant increase in the number of driving situations where the electric motor can be solely responsible for powering the car. This underscores the ground- breaking character of the new BMW i8 Coupe and ensures that drivers of the new BMW i8 Roadster can enjoy silent and locally emission-free open-top motoring to the full.

Underpinning this new level of electric driving experience is an updated version of the lithium-ion battery developed for the BMW i8. The high-voltage unit is located centrally in the car’s underbody. Its cell capacity is up from 20 to 34 Ah and gross energy capacity rises from 7.1 to 11.6 kWh (net: 9.4 kWh). All of which means the electric motor has more energy at its disposal. The cell configuration allows a 9 kW/12 hp increase in peak output to 105 kW/143 hp, lacing quick sprints on pure-electric power with an even more vivid streak of dynamism.

In the standard driving mode, the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster can be driven exclusively on the electric motor alone – from step-off to a speed of 105 km/h, which is up from 70 km/h in the original i8. The combustion engine is only brought into play at higher speeds or when the driver stamps down hard on the accelerator, and is switched off again far more frequently when a measured driving style is maintained. Pressing the eDrive button allows both models to travel at up to 120 km/h on electric power alone. The electric range of the new BMW i8 Coupe in the NEDC test cycle has increased to 55 kilometres (34 miles)* and the new BMW i8 Roadster posts a figure of 53 kilometres (33 miles)*.

Engine with optimised emissions

The internal combustion engine has also undergone further optimisation to ready it for the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster. The three- cylinder unit extracts maximum output of 170 kW/231 hp from its displacement of just 1.5 litres, along with peak torque of 320 Nm (236 lb-ft). In the process, it generates an even sportier soundtrack. A particulate filter is now fitted to further reduce emissions by absorbing the particulate matter contained in the exhaust gases.

The system output produced by the electric motor and engine acting in unison is now 275 kW/374 hp. The new BMW i8 Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, while the new BMW i8 Roadster takes a tick longer with a time of 4.6 seconds. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Combined fuel consumption, as calculated in the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, stands at 1.9 litres per 100 kilometres * for the BMW i8 Coupe and 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres * for the BMW i8 Roadster, plus 14.0 kWh and 14.5 kWh of electrical energy respectively per 100 kilometres*. Petrol CO2 emissions come in at 42 grams per kilometre* for the BMW i8 Coupe and 46 grams per kilometre* for the BMW i8 Roadster.

Hybrid-specific all-wheel drive, precision-tuned chassis

The electric motor’s power is transmitted to the front wheels and the engine’s drive to the rear wheels, resulting in a hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive system that is controlled by the car’s intelligent energy management. In hybrid mode, the electric motor provides a power boost to assist the engine when the driver is accelerating with particular vigour. It is also able to recuperate energy and feed it to the high-voltage battery on the overrun and under braking. The petrol engine’s high-voltage starter-generator can likewise generate additional reserves of electricity, thereby ensuring sufficient energy is on tap at all times for the electric drive system in the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster.

When the navigation system’s route guidance function is activated, the intelligent energy management ensures the electric motor is employed as extensively as possible and as judiciously as possible from an efficiency point of view. The system analyses the route in full and sets up the powertrain management to run on purely electric power, particularly over low-speed sections of the journey.

The model-specific tuning of the suspension and damping systems, the specially configured steering characteristics, a firmer roll stabilisation set-up and targeted modification of the DSC parameters together guarantee that the new BMW i8 Roadster retains all of the plug-in hybrid sports car’s trademark handling and performance qualities. Dynamic Damper Control is included as standard on both models. The standard 20-inch light-alloy wheels fitted to the new BMW i8 Roadster feature a lightweight construction and each weigh around one kilogram less than the lightest wheels previously offered for the BMW i8.

Exclusive equipment with innovative style

The new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster come with Carpo interior trim as standard, comprising full-leather upholstery in Ivory White for the Coupe and Ivory White/Black for the Roadster. As well as Halo interior trim, the list of optional extras also includes new Accaro interior trim with an Amido/E-Copper colour scheme. Standard specification also includes features such as a leather sports steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles, electrically adjustable and heated seats, the multifunctional instrument display, the Driving Assistant including Surround View, the BMW Display Key and the Navigation system Professional. The main menu in the Control Display is now presented in the form of horizontally arranged tiles with a live mode.

The equipment options available include a model-specific BMW Head-Up Display, the non-dazzling BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam and acoustic pedestrian warning.

Seamless connectivity with BMW Connected and ConnectedDrive

ConnectedDrive Services are also included as standard, providing access to functions such as Real Time Traffic Information and On-Street Parking Information, as well as Concierge Services. The BMW Connected personal mobility assistant interfaces the vehicle with the customer’s selected touchpoints, such as a smartphone or smartwatch, via the flexible Open Mobility Cloud platform.

Numerous products and services offered as part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio are designed to help make electric mobility in the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster a convenient and practical experience in everyday life. Both models are supplied with a mode 2 charging cable as standard that enables the high-voltage battery to be recharged from a standard domestic socket in under four-and-a-half hours. Hooking the vehicle up to a BMW i Wallbox allows charging to be performed at a rate of up to 3.6 kW and completed in under three hours. The BMW i Wallbox Connect makes it possible to utilise the globally unique BMW Digital Charging Service – the key to intelligent charging which either optimises cost efficiency or ensures preferential use of self-generated solar power.

All figures relating to performance, consumption, emissions and range are provisional

*The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power consumption and operating range figures were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different sizes of the selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional equipment.

The values are already based on the new WLTP test cycle and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure comparability between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ from the values stated here (depending on national legislation).]

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the latest version of the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.

New mid-sized SUV, the BMW X3, enters the Australian and New Zealand markets with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

“The new BMW X3 offers high levels of safety for all members of the family,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. Credible scores were achieved in the areas of Adult Occupant Protection (93 per cent), Child Occupant Protection (84 per cent) and Pedestrian Protection (70 per cent) with ‘Good’ or ‘Acceptable’ injury risk ratings recorded for the majority of critical body regions. ‘Marginal’ levels of protection were recorded for the chest of the rear passenger in the full width test and the chest of the driver in the pole test.

“The X3 is also well-specified with active safety technologies offering a slightly higher standard safety specification than the X3 offered in Europe. Lane departure warning and intelligent speed assistance systems are offered as standard inclusions on Australian and New Zealand models,” Goodwin said.

“It is encouraging to see standard safety inclusions being prioritised for our market,” Goodwin added. This 5 star ANCAP safety rating currently applies to xDrive20d variants only.

BMW Group Australia is proud to unleash the sixth-generation BMW M5, available in Australian showrooms from the second quarter of 2018. BMW’s local arm has taken the opportunity to create a Launch Edition variant, limited to 50 units and priced at an exceptional $199,900*.

“Never before has BMW M brought such an advanced car to market,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “Its combination of awesome power and torque, switchable four-wheel drive system, innovative technologies and the ability to carry five passengers in comfort is truly unique. To bring this incredible package to market at such a strong price point is further proof of our standing among BMW’s M Division globally,” he said.

BMW M5 Launch Edition pricing: $199,900*

Heart of the matter: The new 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine

The new BMW M5 is powered by a further developed version of the M Division’s 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Designated S63B44T4, its actual displacement is 4395cc and it employs the latest M TwinPower turbocharger technology. Newly developed turbochargers combine with increased maximum injection pressure of 350 bar and a 10.0:1 compression ratio to generate 441kW from 5,600-6,700rpm, up from the 423kW figure recorded by the previous-generation M5 when fitted with the Competition Package.

Torque swells to a 750Nm peak, generated from only 1,800rpm all the way to 5,600rpm, ensuring smooth response and transition from maximum torque output to maximum power. As a result, the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint is achieved in only 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 305km/h when the M Driver’s Package is specified.

Specific cooling and lubrication systems have been employed to ensure the new BMW M5 can perform at its peak, even during sustained circuit use. The oil pump, for example, adopts a fully variable pump that is controlled by a specific electronic map to maintain peak lubrication in all conditions.

A lightened exhaust system has been specifically designed to further enhance gas flow, improving turbocharger spool times for increased throttle response, while the resonant exhaust note is amplified through the Australian-market standard switchable M Sport Exhaust system.

This powerhouse also offers impressive efficiency, with NEDC fuel consumption figures showing 10.5L/100km on the combined cycle, with 241g/km of CO2. (Note: Australian data will be confirmed closer to the launch date).

Switchable all-wheel drive power transmission for maximum control

For the first time ever on a BMW M passenger vehicle, the new BMW M5 incorporates M xDrive all-wheel drive. This highly adaptable system works in conjunction with the legendary Active M locking rear differential to provide optimum traction in all conditions. Three driving modes are available, selectable via the iDrive6 infotainment system. The default ‘4WD’ mode offers a static rear bias, but can distribute drive forward or across the rear axle as required.

Opting for ‘4WD Sport’ brings a further rear-ward bias. This further sharpens front axle response while generating a rear-biased feel on corner exit – with greater traction capability. For purists, the M xDrive system is also capable of decoupling the front axle, allowing the entire engine output to be controlled via the rear Active M Differential. BMW M engineers have ensured that in this mode the vehicle is faster than the predecessor model in terms of lap time.

Also debuting in a BMW M5 is the eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission. This torque converter-equipped gearbox offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, while offering similar shift speed and superior low-speed response to the previous M5’s dual-clutch transmission. Alternatively, the stunning new ‘floor-shift’ is exclusive to the M5.

The new gearbox offers Drivelogic, which enables the driver to set a pre-determined shift speed, ranging from smooth and unobtrusive to race-car like in response. These systems are integrated into the car’s electronic brain and work with the stability and traction control systems to deliver a superb blend of performance, response, safety and agility.

Familiar to BMW M, the new BMW M5 can be driven with its full suite of safety systems engaged as the default setting. Those seeking a more dynamic experience can opt for the M Dynamic Mode (default for 4WD Sport), which allows immaculately controlled power oversteer and a greater margin for driver involvement, while retaining a safety net.

Finally, the option to completely disable the stability control is offered in each xDrive mode.

Further performance-focused technology

Using BMW’s latest CLAR lightweight architecture, the BMW M Division was delivered a stiff, safe platform from which to develop the M5. For the first time, the BMW M5 sports a CFRP roof, saving 1.5kg over an aluminium equivalent and lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity.

The double-wishbone front suspension is based on that of the renowned G30 BMW 5 Series, specially adapted to suit the M Division’s demands, including increased front track width for greater stability. Increased rigidity and front-end response is further achieved by aluminium supports located between strut tower and bulkhead.

At the rear, the five-link arrangement has been modified and strengthened, with stiffer mounts, anti-roll bar and lower wishbones. Bespoke elastometer bearings are used on the rear axle mounts, ensuring no delay in the transfer of dynamic forces to the chassis. A steel rear cross-brace and additional aluminium transverse strut further enhance response.

The latest-generation M Dynamic Damper Control offers three adjustable settings (Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus), as does the M Servotronic steering with its electro-mechanical operation. All-up, the new BMW M5’s kerb weight is 1,855kg – 15kg lighter than the predecessor model, even including the M xDrive system and ancillaries. Unsprung weight can be further reduced by opting for the M Carbon Ceramic brake package.

BMW Group Australia is proud to announce the i3 LCI and the sporty i3s will be available in dealerships nationally from January, 2018.

The updated i3 range features sleek new styling and an enhanced level of connectivity across the board, while the i3s brings a performance element to table for the first time, with more power and torque than ever before, as well as a SPORT driving mode.

Both the i3 LCI and the i3s will be available in two versions – Battery Electric Vehicle and Range Extender.

“The BMW i3 range has enjoyed refreshed interest since the upgraded 94Ah battery arrived in 2016, removing range anxiety,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “Now the ground-breaking premium electric i3 gains new styling and technological updates, as well as the exciting i3s sports model for the first time. Customers now have a great range of i3 options to choose from.”

BMW i3 LCI and i3s range pricing*

BMW i3 $68,700*
BMW i3 Range Extender $74,700*
BMW i3s $69,900*
BMW i3s Range Extender $75,900*

Modified design for sleek, sporty look

A number of deft touches have been added to the i3’s exterior styling to give the car an even more striking level of visual appeal. The trademark BMW i Black Belt now takes in the A-pillars and roof lines, adding to the sleek feel of the updated design.

The range of exterior paint finishes has also expanded and now includes Melbourne Red metallic and Imperial Blue metallic. Alongside these new additions, customers can also choose from the non-metallic shades Capparis White and Fluid Black, as well as Protonic Blue metallic and Mineral Grey metallic.

The restyling of the front and rear aprons places particular emphasis on creating a wider, sportier look. A chrome-design trim strip running across the full width of the rear and the positioning of the model and eDrive badges on the outer edges of the boot lid serves to reinforce the impression of width.

The new BMW i3 LCI and i3s also come equipped with all-LED headlights as standard, which employ LED bulb units for dipped beam and high beam, as well as the daytime running lights. The new turn signal indicators also feature LED technology, and are integrated into the front apron in the form of horizontal strips. The new BMW i3s is available with exclusive 20-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, 20 millimetres wider than previously available. They can be ordered in the Bicolour and Jet Black finishes.

In terms of interior, the ‘Lodge’ equipment line is standard for the new i3 range, with the Loft style available as a no-cost alternative.

For the next level of interior ambience the Suite line is also available, featuring full natural leather upholstery. The Lodge interior design option includes a new covering for the seat surfaces in Solaric Brown, which combines natural leather tanned using an olive leaf extract with a wool-based textile material.

A new BMW i blue seat belt option provides a further splash of interior colour.

Emission-free fun at the wheel with sporty new power option

The new BMW i3 LCI comes powered by the proven 125kW electric motor package, with the 94Ah high-voltage battery. That means a range of 300 kilometres based on the NEDC cycle, or up to 200 kilometres in everyday use. The combined electric power consumption of the new BMW i3 LCI on the NEDC cycle varies between 13.6 and 13.1kWh for every 100 kilometres (depending on options).

The BMW i3s is powered by a sportier version of the electric motor package, with an updated drive system that includes modified motor control and specific taper roller bearings, utilised to further optimise power delivery and the performance curve at higher rpm.

That equals a power boost to 135kW, as well as increased torque (270Nm over 250Nm), a higher top speed (160km/h instead of 150km/h), and a 0-100km/h time of just 6.9sec (compared to 7.3sec for the LCI). The combined electric power consumption for the i3s is 14.3kWh per 100 kilometres on the NEDC cycle. The electric range runs to 280 kilometres based on the NEDC cycle, and up to 200 kilometres in everyday use.

The 28kW two-cylinder range extender petrol engine is available as an option for both the i3 LCI and the i3s, increasing everyday range by up to 130 kilometres.

A more dynamic driving experience with the i3s

The performance upgrades for the BMW i3s go far beyond the increased power. The sporty new model comes equipped as standard with sports suspension that includes a 10mm drop in ride height, with specially designed springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. The additional 40mm track width compared to the i3 LCI is given added impact by the black wheel arch borders.

The i3s also features SPORT mode, which drivers can select with the Driving Experience Control switch. SPORT mode initiates more direct accelerator response and tighter steering characteristics, further accentuating the car’s dynamic feel.

Both the BMW i3 LCI and the i3s feature the further-optimised Dynamic Stability Control (DCS) system. This comprehensively revised, faster-acting traction control system guarantees confident handling under all driving conditions. The BMW i3 now features a globally unique form of wheel speed limiting that ensures increased directional stability, both under dynamic acceleration and on the overrun with strong regenerative braking.

Traction on wet roads has also been noticeably improved, with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode helping boost agility at higher speeds and during sporty cornering, even allowing mild and safely controllable drifts when grip levels are reduced.

Improved iDrive system, better connectivity

Both the i3 LCI and the i3s come with iDrive6, the latest version of BMW’s ground-breaking operating system. This provides an intuitive interface for controlling numerous vehicle, infotainment, communications, and navigation functions. All BMW i3 models come equipped with the Navigation system Professional as standard, complete with a 10.25-inch Control Display that features an increased 1440 × 540 pixel resolution.

The voice recognition system has also been further optimised; with the use of Natural Language Understanding, spoken instructions can now be executed faster and more precisely when searching for music and phone numbers, or dictating eMails and SMS messages, for example.

New to the options list is optional Apple CarPlay preparation, which allows additional smartphone apps to be integrated seamlessly with the vehicle’s operating system. Uniquely, the BMW-Apple CarPlay interface is conducted wirelessly. The unrivalled BMW i ConnectedDrive system ensures intelligent connectivity through services specially tailored to electric mobility. The digital On-Street Parking Information search service, now available for the first time in the i3, works effectively with the Real Time Traffic Information system. Public charging stations and information about their availability can also be displayed on the navigation system’s map.

When route guidance is activated, data about the route is also used to calculate the range shown in the instrument cluster as accurately as possible. The range map provides a visual representation of the current operating radius. It is also possible to display the different ranges achievable in each of the Driving Experience Control modes.

BMW i-specific navigation features also include intermodal route guidance. This helps users to quickly and efficiently reach their destination by factoring in local public transport timetables and connections. Regular, automatic updates of the navigation data are now also provided ‘over the air’ in the BMW i3, using a mobile network connection.

The new services introduced in July 2017 under the BMW Connected+ banner, which enable a highly personalised and more straightforward display of information inside the car, will be available in the BMW i3 and BMW i3s.

These span intelligent route planning, including stop-offs at charging stations or petrol stations (Send my Routes to Car), sharing of the car’s current location via SMS and live link (Share Live Trip Status), personalised display of relevant in-car information (BMW Onboard), seamless transfer of route instructions to the customer’s smartphone or smartwatch once the car is parked (Navigate Door-to-Door) and direct syncing of contacts and addresses to the navigation system (My Destinations).

Future proof charging options

Equipped as standard with a Type 2 charging system, the BMW i3 LCI and i3s are designed to take advantage of the increasing DC charging infrastructure in the Australian market. In addition the i3 can accept three-phase AC charging for efficient replenishment at the home, office or public charging stations.

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the BMW i3 range are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing enquiries.

BMW M GmbH is presenting another exclusive, limited-run special-edition model in the shape of the new BMW M3 CS (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 194 g/km*). With its accentuated sporting presence, the new M3 CS continues the decades-long tradition of successful M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution. At the same time, the four-door high-performance sedan serves up a perfect blend of dynamism and everyday practicality.

The 3.0-litre high-performance engine exceeds the output of the M3 with Competition Package by 10 horsepower, raising it to 460 hp. State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology propels the M3 CS from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the new special edition, which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is electronically limited to 280 km/h (174 mph).

With its two mono-scroll turbochargers, charge air cooler, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing, the six-cylinder in-line engine takes a clear and consistent aim at the higher echelons of performance, but is equally committed to developing significant torque from low engine speeds and achieving high levels of efficiency (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 194 g/km*). Pushing the new red start/stop button fires up the engine, and the distinctive sound produced by the specially tuned sports exhaust system of the new BMW M3 CS – with its quartet of tailpipes – proceeds to lay on a feast for the ears.

The new BMW M3 CS is equipped as standard with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This cutting-edge transmission has a separate oil cooler and enables both automated gear changes and manual interventions using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. It changes gears in fractions of a second with no interruption in the flow of power, but employs a long seventh gear to keep revs low and minimise fuel consumption over longer motorway journeys.

The suspension of the new BMW M3 CS largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package. The links and wheel carriers at both the front and rear axles are made from forged aluminium and are therefore extremely light. That keeps the unsprung masses low and benefits driving dynamics. The M3 CS is fitted as standard with Adaptive M suspension, whose geometry has been tuned to deliver optimised performance on both the road and track. Ensuring the best possible grip in all driving conditions are the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system – which includes M Dynamic Mode – and the Active M Differential.

The control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified to suit the dynamic requirements of the BMW M3 CS, as has the set-up of the electromechanical steering. The driver has the option of adjusting the steering and suspension settings to their personal preferences or the demands of the route at hand. The special edition’s light-alloy wheels (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20) are very much at home on the race track, fitted as they are (as standard) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20). These semi-slick cup tyres, which are also road-legal, provide unbeatable grip and supreme lateral stability at high track speeds. The M3 CS can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tyres.

Moving inside the new BMW M3 CS, the generous use of two-tone full leather in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara creates a compelling and well-resolved ambience brimming with sporting allure and undeniable class. No M3 CS driver will need to compromise on the nicer things in life. Indeed, among the standard features on board are automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional. True to form, the BMW M GmbH designers have given the new M3 CS looks that reflect the car’s sporting intent. The signature feature of its prominent front end, complete with cutting-edge twin LED headlights, is the front apron with large, three-section air intakes.

The Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid has been newly designed specifically for the new M3 CS, and teams up with the front splitter and the rear diffuser to help minimise dynamic lift. These components are made from the lightweight and extremely rigid high-tech material carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the bonnet and roof of the new BMW M3 CS.

Orders for the new BMW M3 CS can be placed from January 2018. The special-edition model – which will be limited to a run of approximately 1,200 units due to production factors – will be built from March 2018.

*Fuel consumption and CO2 figures are provisional, based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.

BMW Group Australia is proud to announce pricing and specification details for the all-new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle.

“This third-generation BMW X3 sets a new bar in the medium SAV segment,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “With an intelligent lightweight design, leading-edge infotainment systems and a spacious, family-friendly cabin environment, we expect the BMW X3 to be at the forefront of our brand for many years.”

Available from November 2017, the range will initially consist of the X3 xDrive20d, X3 xDrive30i and X3 xDrive30d variants. The launch range will be joined by additional models in 2018.

BMW X3 pricing*:

BMW X3 xDrive20d $68,900
BMW X3 xDrive30i $75,900
BMW X3 xDrive30d $83,900

By model: Performance and efficiency

Model Engine Power / Torque 0-100km/h Fuel Use CO2
BMW X3
xDrive20d
2-litre 4-cyl
turbo diesel
140kW / 400Nm 8.0sec 5.7L/100km 149g/km
BMW X3
xDrive30i
2-litre 4-cyl
turbo petrol
185kW / 350Nm 6.3sec 7.6L/100km 174g/km
BMW X3
xDrive30d
3-litre 6-cyl
turbo diesel
195kW / 620Nm 5.8sec 6.0L/100km 159g/km

Sleek, modern exterior with a touch of X factor

With a modern exterior design by Australian Calvin Luk, the new BMW X3 combines a capable off-road presence with a sleek, modern aesthetic. Featuring an Active three-dimensional double kidney grille that sits prominently ahead of the LED headlight arrays (Adaptive LEDs standard on xDrive 30i/30d), the new BMW X3’s frontend sets an impressive precedent.

The characteristic bumper design splits the air inlet into three distinct sections, contributing further to the sleek overall appearance. For reference, the new X3’s drag co-efficient is only 0.29cd. Moving to the side profile, the new BMW X3 further demonstrates its strong proportions, its short front overhang and bold shoulder lines combining confidently with the side air breathers, flared wheel arches and sculptured door elements.

The rear end’s bold expression melds nicely with the overall exterior design, its wide rear window allowing superb rear vision while the bold rear spoiler further underlines the new BMW X3’s dynamic prowess. All-LED tail lights give a three-dimensional impression with the characteristic L-shaped design that merges seamlessly into the side shoulder line. Finally, the lower section offers body-colour details and obvious underbody protective elements further reinforce the new BMW X3’s off-road capability.

BMW’s xLine exterior line is offered as standard-fit on the new X3, featuring prominent highlights in a sleek matt aluminium finish. New design 19-inch light alloy wheels are fitted as standard to the BMW X3 xDrive20d, fitted with 245/50R19 run-flat tyres. A new 20-inch light alloy wheel is fitted to the xDrive30i and 30d, shod with mixed run-flat rubber measuring 245/45/20 on the front axle and 275/40/20 at the rear.

Dimensions

Dimension Measure Increase on predecessor
Length 4,708mm 51mm
Width 1,891mm 10mm
Height 1,676mm 15mm
Wheelbase 2,864mm 54mm
Storage Capacity 550L (seats up) 1600L (seats down) Equal / Equal

A classy and flexible interior

BMW designers have managed to appreciably increase interior space and comfort with no detriment to the X3’s storage capability and versatility. Focused on the driver in the best BMW tradition, the new BMW X3’s interior apes the premium layout of the new BMW 5 Series.

Introducing new ‘X’ interior embossing, the X3 cabin is filled with sophisticated surfaces, the standard sports seats a particular highlight with their padded side bolstering and prominent shoulder supports. Galvanised interior trim embellishers add a further tactile layer to the interior’s ambience (fitted as standard on X3 xDrive30i and 30d).

Flexible storage plays an ever-more important role in the modern SAV segment, and BMW designers have created a flexible, adaptable and convenient family space for the new X3 as a result.

Front door storage compartments can hold bottles of up to one litre capacity, while ahead of the gear lever sits a pair of cup holders as well as a smartphone space that is complete with inductive phone charging capability. There is also a LED charge level indicator and reminder alert to ensure you never forget your mobile device again.

Second-row seats can be remotely operated from the rear and can be split into a 40/20/40 configuration for maximum flexibility. Despite the improved interior space luggage capacity remains unchanged from the predecessor model, with 550 litres in the boot increasing to 1,600 litres with the second-row seats folded flat.

Technology inspired by 5 Series

Taking inspiration from the BMW 5 Series, the new BMW X3 introduces the next generation of BMW innovations into the SAV segment. Intelligent lightweight design maximises high-tensile steels, aluminium, magnesium and durable plastics contribute to a weight reduction of up to 55kg against a comparable predecessor model.

Semi-automated driving capability is possible via BMW’s Personal CoPilot system. Available as part of the Driving Assistant Plus package (standard on xDrive30i and 30d), hands-free driving capability is possible for up to 30 seconds with this system. In addition, steering and lane control assistant, active cruise control with Stop&Go function, cross-traffic warning and Lane Keeping Assistant with collision prevention are featured in this package.

Inside, the X3 offers the latest iDrive6 infotainment system, accessed via a new 6.5-inch central screen with the navigation system Business package fitted as standard to the xDrive20d. Impressively, a new Head-Up Display, featuring 70 per cent larger surface area and impressive definition, provides another customisable information source.

Step up to the xDrive30i and 30d brings a 10-inch screen with intuitive touchscreen functionality. Also standard on the xDrive30i and 30d is a new multi-function instrument display. Housed behind the steering wheel, this 12-inch high-definition digital screen is adaptable to the Driving Experience Mode selected by the driver, accessible via a button array on the second console.

Driving Experience Mode enables the driver to switch between ECO PRO mode for maximum efficiency, COMFORT mode for a strong blend of smoothness, efficiency and response or SPORT mode for more focused dynamic performance. Integration with smartphone technology has never been more important, and the BMW X3 delivers with Connected+, the latest in personalised connectivity.

Through Connected+ owners can now perform the following in addition to the familiar ConnectedDrive functions:

  • Access BMW Connected Onboard (mobility information source)
  • Send my routes to car (Extended version of ‘Send to Car’)
  • Share live trip status
  • Navigate door-to-door (Gets you to your destination, even by foot)
  • Update ‘My Destinations’ (Enables importation of address book and calendar data, as well as third party app integration)

Remote 3D view forms part of the Parking Assistant Plus system that is standard on higher model grades. This allows the owner to access a view of their parked X3 remotely on their smart device. Upon request, the vehicle takes images of its surroundings to generate an adjustable view on the mobile device.

Smooth, efficient and powerful drivetrains

The new BMW X3 debuts with three efficient, responsive engine configurations. At the entry point is the xDrive20d, powered by the latest-generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. This produces 140kW and 400Nm for a zero-100km/h time in 8.0 seconds, with fuel economy of 5.7L/100km on the combined cycle.

The X3 xDrive30i houses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing some 185kW and 350Nm. Zero-100km/h is achieved in 6.3 seconds, and it consumes 7.6L/100km. Finally the X3 xDrive30d uses a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine to generate an impressive 195kW and 620Nm. The top-specification engine at launch, the xDrive30d accelerates to 100km/h in only 5.8 seconds while returning 6.0L/100km combined.

All variants use the latest-generation BMW xDrive system and eight-speed automatic transmissions to ensure strong response and impressive traction in all conditions. This system, which debuted in the 7 Series, combines a lighter and more efficient design with an enhanced response rate.

Hill descent control is also standard, allowing for fingertip speed control in low-grip, downhill situations.

Standard specification highlights

The new BMW X3 xDrive20d boasts an impressive array of specification and style as standard. Equipment highlights include:

  • xLine exterior trim with matt aluminium design elements
  • 19-inch light alloy wheels
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Electric sports front seats trimmed in combination cloth and leather upholstery
  • LED Headlights with extended contents
  • Full colour Head-Up Display
  • Parking Assistant with front and rear park distance control and rear view camera
  • Driving Assistant with Lane Departure Warning
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Navigation system Business with Real-Time Traffic Information and Speed Limit Info

Both the BMW X3 xDrive30i and 30d are matched for specification, with further highlights including:

  • 20-inch light alloy wheels
  • ‘Vernasca’ leather upholstery
  • Adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assist
  • Comfort Access System
  • Eight-speed sports automatic transmission with shift paddles
  • Driving Assistant Plus with galvanic embellishers
  • Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View
  • Multi-function instrument display with 12-inch display
  • Navigation system Professional with 10-inch touchscreen

Impressive option packages

Grouping several key options to create additional customer value has long been a key aspect of the BMW purchase experience. For the new BMW X3, the following option packages are available.

M Sport Package ($4,550* on xDrive20d, $3,800* on xDrive30i and 30d)

  • ‘Vernasca’ cloth/leather upholstery with black or blue contrast stitching (xDrive20d)
  • BMW Individual anthracite headliner
  • BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line
  • BMW Individual roof rails in high-gloss Shadow Line
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Interior trim in Aluminium Rhombicle pattern with Pearl Chrome highlights
  • LED fog lights
  • M Aerodynamics Package
  • M leather steering wheel
  • M Sport Suspension
  • 19-inch M light-alloy wheels (xDrive20d)
  • Eight-speed Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles (xDrive20d)
  • 20-inch M light-alloy wheels (xDrive30i and 30d)
  • M Sport Brake

Innovations Package ($2,500* for X3 xDrive20d)

  • Comfort Access
  • Parking Assistant Plus
  • Multi-function instrument display
  • Adaptive LED headlights

Exclusive Package ($3,800*, all variants)

  • Ambient interior light
  • Sensatec instrument panel
  • Woodgrain interior trims
  • Front seat Lumbar Support
  • Front seat heating
  • HiFi Sound System

Rear Comfort Package ($1,820, all variants)

  • Roller blind for rear side windows
  • Seat heating, front and rear
  • Rear seat backrest adjustment

Further standalone options are available, including a range of exterior metallic paint finishes, light alloy wheels and interior trim finishers. Please consult the specification guide for details.

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the BMW X3 range are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

The attractive, exciting, extrovert new BMW X2 will celebrate its market premiere in March 2018. With a design oozing individuality from every pore and a sporty suspension set-up, the BMW X2 pushes back boundaries, puts a firework under old habits and brings previously uncharted levels of driving pleasure to this vehicle segment.

In so doing, the BMW X2 appeals primarily to a young and young-at-heart target group. These customers live in urban areas, lead active lives and are fully connected with the digital world.

The design: a distinctive character.

The BMW X2 cuts a sublime figure from any angle. Its stance on the road recalls a finely-tuned athlete – and fuses the rugged profile typical of a BMW X model with the sporting grace of a coupe. Signature details include wheel arches with a squared-off look, striking exhaust tailpipes and accentuated side skirts, not to mention an elegant roofline, slick lines and slim window graphic.

Never does the BMW X2 betray its own unique character; this is a standalone model to its core, one which stands out positively from the crowd. Plus, M Sport and M Sport X models are available for the first time and allow owners to make the character of their BMW X2 even more individual.

Two design features, in particular, catch the eye. The X2 turns BMW’s familiar trapezoidal kidney grille form on its head, and it now broadens as it heads south; this is the first time a modern BMW has gone about things this way. And the additional BMW roundel on the C-pillars references a much loved detail of classical BMW coupes, such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL, highlighting the sporting DNA of the BMW X2.

Dynamics brimming with power and efficiency.

BMW TwinTurbo engines transfer these genes to the road in suitably dynamic style. Three variants are available from launch; the BMW X2 xDrive20i petrol model with 141 kW / 192 hp (fuel consumption combined: 5.9 – 5.5 l/100 km [47.9 – 51.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 134 – 126 g/km)*, plus the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant with 140 kW / 190 hp (fuel consumption combined: 4.8 – 4.6 l/100 km [58.9 – 61.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 126 – 121 g/km)* and X2 xDrive25d diesel with 170 kW / 231 hp (fuel consumption combined: 5.3 – 5.1 l/100 km [53.3 – 55.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 139 – 133 133 g/km)*.

Both diesel cars come as standard with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while the petrol model is fitted with the sporty seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission. All combinations make an urban adventure out of every journey.

Further attractive models will be added to the Sports Activity Coupe line-up in early 2018 – in the shape of the three-cylinder X2 sDrive18i and the four- cylinder X2 xDrive20i, X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d. The outputs of the petrol models range from 103 kW / 140 hp in the X2 sDrive18i (with manual gearbox, fuel consumption combined: 6.3 – 6.0 l/100 km [44.8 – 47.1 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 144 – 138 g/km**; with seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission, fuel consumption combined: 6.2 – 5.9 l/100 km [45.6 – 47.9 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 141 – 135 g/km**) up to 141 kW/192 hp in the X2 xDrive20i (fuel consumption combined: 6.2 – 6.1 l/100 km [45.6 – 46.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 142 – 138 g/km**).

The diesel X2 sDrive18d (with manual gearbox, fuel consumption combined: 4.6 – 4.5 l/100 km [61.4 – 62.8 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 121 – 119 g/km**; with eight-speed Steptronic transmission, fuel consumption combined: 4.7 – 4.5 l/100 km [60.1 – 62.8 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 124 – 118 g/km**) and X2 xDrive18d (fuel consumption combined: 5.2 – 4.8 l/100 km [54.3 – 58.9 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 137 – 128 g/km**) have 110 kW / 150 hp.

The sporty suspension of the BMW X2 transfers the fine agility and dynamics of the BMW drivetrain to the road. The M Sport und M Sport X models come as standard with M Sport suspension with firmer spring and damper settings and a lowered ride height. This feature is available as an option on the basic BMW X2. The optional Dynamic Damper Control (incl. a 10 mm drop in ride height) allows the suspension settings to be tailored even more closely to individual tastes or requirements.

Equipment: modern style.

Drivers can expect to find top quality included as standard. The interior of the M Sport and M Sport X models is trimmed in an enticing Micro Hexagon fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination with contrast stitching for the instrument panel and centre console. And the instrument cluster and large displays bring added flourishes to the interior and act as visual pointers to BMW’s digital expertise.

Which brings us to features such as BMW Connected and BMW ConnectedDrive Services, which are both available as an option for the BMW X2. Joining them on the options list is the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display. The BMW X2 also offers customers cutting-edge technologies when it comes to driver assistance systems. For example, the Traffic Jam Assistant eases the driver’s workload in tedious stop/start traffic on congested motorways.

This system is part of the optional Driving Assistant Plus, which comprises a series of camera-based driver assistance systems. The optional Parking Assistant is likewise designed to make life easier for the BMW X2 driver, automatically identifying suitable parking spaces and, if desired, manoeuvring the car automatically into parallel bays.

The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different size of the selected wheels and tires. The values of the vehicles labelled with (**) are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here (depending on national legislation).

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of charge from all dealerships and at https://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.

*Fuel consumption figures are provisional (in some cases), based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
** Fuel consumption figures are provisional, based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.

BMW Group Australia is proud to announce pricing and specification for the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo range. Building on a sporty yet luxurious theme established by the 3 Series GT and 5 Series GT, the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo range takes inspiration from BMW’s sedan, Touring and SUV ranges to create a unique motoring experience.

“The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo features a lot of technology we have seen rolling out in the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series in recent times,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “With a fresh take on exterior styling that is lower and longer, a generous and comfortable interior, leading-edge connectivity and high standard specification, the 6 Series Gran Turismo is a fantastic family proposition.”

BMW 6 Series GT range*:

  • BMW 630i GT: $123,500*
  • BMW 640i xDrive GT: $148,900*

Aerodynamic exterior aids function and form

Thanks to BMW’s Efficient LightWeight programme, the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is up to 105kg lighter than the predecessor model, including the addition of xDrive in the 640i variant. This thoroughly modern platform strategically deploys a mix of high-quality materials including high-strength steel and extensive use of aluminium.

Making the most of this rigid, lightweight structure is a newly-designed exterior that cuts through the air more effectively. Aerodynamically the 6 Series GT employs the latest interpretation of the BMW Active Kidney Grille. With this system, the grille can close or open depending on vehicle need. For example, it will close at a cruise to maximise efficiency, but can open for additional cooling as required.

Air Breathers situated behind the front wheels further aid aerodynamic efficiency. Air passing through the front air dams is channelled through the air breathers, creating an ‘air curtain’ around the wheel wells and further smoothing the air flow. All of this aids in Australian-specification 6 Series GTs achieving a drag co-efficient of only 0.28Cd, 0.02Cd less than the predecessor model.

Key measures:

Dimension Measure Difference to predecessor
model
Length 5,091mm +87mm
Wheelbase 3,070mm 0mm
Width 1,902mm 0mm
Height 1,539mm -20mm
Luggage Capacity 610 litres +110 litres

High-quality interior maximises comfort, technology and versatility

The 6 Series GT interior exudes quality, from its high-end trims to its technology and specification. Finished in Dakota (630i) or Nappa (640i xDrive) upholstery, the 6 Series GT cabin is spacious and filled with natural light, thanks to a standard panorama glass sunroof.

Luggage capacity has improved appreciably (by 110 litres) while the 40:20:40 throughloading system and automatic tailgate operation further aid versatility. BMW’s innovative iDrive6 infotainment system is standard. Operated via a 10.25-inch touchscreen, this customisable interface can also be controlled via the traditional iDrive rotary dial or by natural voice control.

iDrive6 is complemented by a 12.3-inch multi-functional instrument display screen. Offering a range of different appearances, this customisable interface integrates with the latest Head-Up Display system to centralise vital vehicle information to the driver.

Convenience features such as wireless smartphone charging, four 12-volt and two USB sockets and extended Bluetooth functionality make any trip more comfortable. BMW’s latest-generation semi-autonomous technologies, pioneered in the criticallyacclaimed new 5 Series, are also included across the 6 Series GT range.

Driving Assistant Plus features the following innovations:

  • Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, allowing semi-autonomous function for up to 30 seconds
  • Steering and Lane Control Assistant
  • Lane Keeping Assistant with Active Side Collision Protection
  • Front and rear Cross-traffic Warning
  • Crossroads Warning
  • Evasion Aid
  • Rear Collision Prevention
  • Lane Departure Warning

Parking Assistant Plus is also standard and features:

Parking Assistant (automated parking)

  • Front and rear Park Distance Control
  • Front View Camera
  • Rear View Camera
  • Surround View including Top, Panorama and 3D views

Optimised performance, dynamics and and efficiency delivered via lightweight platform and latest engine technologies

As well as the EfficientLightweight-inspired platform, the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo benefits from the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo range of petrol engines. The 630i GT is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. It generates an impressive 190kW and some 400Nm for an effortless combination of low-rev response and strong acceleration. Fuel economy is tested at 7.0L/100km on the combined cycle.

Underneath the 640i xDrive bonnet sits a thoroughly modern take on a BMW classic configuration: an inline six-cylinder petrol engine. Utilising a twin-scroll turbocharger, the 3.0- litre ‘six’ generates 250kW and 450Nm of torque while using only 8.5L/100km on the combined cycle.

To ensure the 6 Series Gran Turismo range drives like a BMW, Adaptive 2-axle Air Suspension with dynamic damper control is fitted across the range. This system offers an adaptable driving experience that provides exceptional ride quality with responsive handling.

Three modes are featured – ECO PRO, COMFORT and SPORT, the latter allowing the vehicle to lower itself by 10mm. In addition, the vehicle can be manually raised 20mm for slow-speed manoeuvres (up to 35km/h). Fitted as standard to the 640i GT is the intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system – this is the first non-M Performance BMW passenger vehicle to house this feature in Australia.

From a basic 40:60 per cent front:rear drive split, the system can send drive across the entire driving range: from 0:100 per cent to 100:0, for maximum traction in all situations. Augmenting this is the Integral Active Steering system. Taken from the 7 Series and 5 Series options list, Integral Active Steering is standard on 640i xDrive and optional on 630i.

Working in conjunction with BMW’s electrically-assisted variable active steering, Integral Active Steering steers the rear wheels in opposition to the front axle at speeds up to 60km/h, enhancing manoeuvrability. Once 60km/h is achieved the rear wheels angle in the same phase as the fronts, improving stability.

Executive Drive (optional on 640i GT xDrive) adds active anti-roll bars for the complete combination of dynamics and ride quality.

Premium specification comes as standard

Building from the already impressive 5 Series, the BMW 6 Series GT sets a high specification standard.

The 630i is equipped with the following equipment highlights:

  • M Sport Package (Luxury Line available as a no-cost option)
  • 19-inch BMW M double spoke light-alloy wheels
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Automatic tailgate
  • Active rear spoiler
  • Panorama Glass Sunroof
  • Active kidney grille
  • Chrome Line exterior finishers
  • M Aerodynamics Package
  • M Sport Brakes
  • Adaptive 2-Axle Air Suspension with dynamic damper control
  • Ambient lighting
  • Comfort Access
  • Professional Navigation with iDrive6 and 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • 12.3-inch multi-function display with black panel technology
  • Head-Up Display
  • Speed limit info
  • High Beam Assist
  • Driving Assistant Plus
  • Parking Assistant Plus
  • Eight-speed sports automatic transmission with gearshift paddles
  • ConnectedDrive Freedom
  • Wireless charging
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 16-speaker harman/kardon surround sound system
  • Two-zone climate control air conditioning
  • Sensatec instrument panel
  • BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite
  • Leather Dakota upholstery
  • Heated front seats with lumbar support

The BMW 640i GT xDrive builds further on this strong base with additional equipment, including:

  • xDrive all-wheel drive system.
  • 20-inch BMW M double-spoke light-alloy wheels
  • Integral Active Steering
  • Metallic paintwork
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Front comfort seats
  • Active front seat ventilation
  • Four-zone climate control air conditioning
  • Ambient Air
  • Rear seats with electric backrest adjustment
  • Electric roller sunblinds to rear side windows

Luxury Line – available at no additional cost

For those seeking additional refinement over the M Sport Package fitted as standard, the Luxury Line is available as a no-cost option. This includes:

  • Luxury design 19-inch light alloy wheels (630i)
  • Luxury design 20-inch light alloy wheels (640i xDrive)
  • Specific front and rear chrome design elements
  • Chrome window frames and inserts for illuminated door handles
  • LED Fog Lights
  • ‘Luxury’ badging on front side panels
  • ‘Luxury Line’ door sill finishers
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Electric backrest adjustment to rear seats (630i)
  • Nappa Leather upholstery (630i)
  • Comfort seats for driver and front passenger (630i)
  • Active Seat Ventilation for driver and front passenger (630i)
  • Ambient Air Package (630i)
  • Automatic air-conditioning with four-zone control (630i)

Option packages

Innovations Package ($1,600 including GST and LCT)

For those seeking further futuristic technology, the Innovations Package equips the 6 Series GT with the BMW Display Key, Remote Control Parking functionality and Gesture Control, to add another layer of interaction with the vehicle’s systems.

Comfort Package (630i only, $3,000 including GST and LCT)

Equipping the 630i GT with the Comfort Package adds seat heating to the rear as well as the front, four-zone automatic air conditioning, electric roller sunblinds to the rear side windows and electric rear seat backrest adjustment.

Indulgence Package (640i xDrive only, $8,000 including GST and LCT)

For the ultimate 6 Series Gran Turismo experience, the 640i xDrive can be equipped with the Indulgence Package. This adds the Professional Rear Seat Entertainment Package, including two tilt-able, highresolution 10-inch rear screens and a Blu-Ray drive, operational via remote control.

Also included is a TV Function, Massage Function and soft-close door function. A wide range of exclusive standalone options are also available, including content sourced from the BMW Individual collection.

By model: Performance and efficiency

Model Engine Power/Torque Zero - 100km/h Fuel Use CO2
630i GT 2.0-litre 4-cyl
Turbo petrol
190kW/400Nm 6.3sec 7.0L/100km 159g/km
640i GT
xDrive
3.0-litre 6-cyl
Turbo petrol
250kW/450Nm 5.3sec 8.5L/100km 195g/km

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the BMW 6 Series GT range is controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

BMW Group Australia is proud to announce pricing and specification details for the all-new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle.

“This third-generation BMW X3 sets a new bar in the medium SAV segment,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “With an intelligent lightweight design, leading-edge infotainment systems and a spacious, family-friendly cabin environment, we expect the BMW X3 to be at the forefront of our brand for many years.”

Available from November 2017, the range will initially consist of the X3 xDrive20d, X3 xDrive30i and X3 xDrive30d variants. The launch range will be joined by additional models in 2018.

BMW X3 Pricing*:

BMW X3 xDrive20d $68,900
BMW X3 xDrive30i $75,900
BMW X3 xDrive30d $83,900

By Model: Performance and Efficiency

Model Engine Power /Torque 0-100km/h Fuel Use CO2
BMW X3 xDrive20d 2-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel 140kW / 400Nm 8.0sec 5.7L/100km 149g/km
BMW X3 xDrive30i 2-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol 185kW / 350Nm 6.3sec 7.6L/100km 174g/km
BMW X3 xDrive30d 3-litre 6-cyl turbo diesel 195kW / 620Nm 5.8sec 6.0L/100km 159g/km

Sleek, modern exterior with a touch of X factor

With a modern exterior design by Australian Calvin Luk, the new BMW X3 combines a capable off-road presence with a sleek, modern aesthetic. Featuring an Active three-dimensional double kidney grille that sits prominently ahead of the LED headlight arrays (Adaptive LEDs standard on xDrive 30i/30d), the new BMW X3’s front-end sets an impressive precedent.

The characteristic bumper design splits the air inlet into three distinct sections, contributing further to the sleek overall appearance. For reference, the new X3’s drag co-efficient is only 0.29cd. Moving to the side profile, the new BMW X3 further demonstrates its strong proportions, its short front overhang and bold shoulder lines combining confidently with the side air breathers, flared wheel arches and sculptured door elements.

The rear end’s bold expression melds nicely with the overall exterior design, its wide rear window allowing superb rear vision while the bold rear spoiler further underlines the new BMW X3’s dynamic prowess. All-LED tail lights give a three-dimensional impression with the characteristic L-shaped design that merges seamlessly into the side shoulder line.

Finally, the lower section offers body-colour details and obvious underbody protective elements further reinforce the new BMW X3’s off-road capability. BMW’s xLine exterior line is offered as standard-fit on the new X3, featuring prominent highlights in a sleek matt aluminium finish. New design 19-inch light alloy wheels are fitted as standard to the BMW X3 xDrive20d, fitted with 245/50R19 run-flat tyres.

A new 20-inch light alloy wheel is fitted to the xDrive30i and 30d, shod with mixed run-flat rubber measuring 245/45/20 on the front axle and 275/40/20 at the rear.

Parallel to the start of the largest model initiative in the history of the brand, BMW is also increasing the attractiveness and diversity within the range of existing series with a multitude of new features being introduced in the autumn of 2017. From November 2017, the new BMW M550d xDrive Touring (combined fuel consumption: 6.7 – 6.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 176 – 168 g/km) and the new BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo (combined fuel consumption: 6.2 – 5.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 163 – 153 g/km) will become available, whilst as from December 2017, two new petrol engine variants will be offered for the new BMW X3. Furthermore, the choice of special equipment features for the new BMW X3 will be complemented by exclusive exterior and interior options by BMW Individual.

The BMW X1 xDrive20d (combined fuel consumption: 4.8 – 4.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 127 – 123 g/km) will in future come with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. Moreover, as from November 2017, the range of optional light alloy wheels for the compact Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) will be complemented by five new variants. In addition to the introduction of the BMW Connected Services Microsoft Office 365 with Skype for Business, the upgrade of BMW Connected+ with new personalised digital mobility services will ensure further advancement in the field of intelligent networking. Starting in the autumn of 2017, the number of cities in which the digital parking space search service On-Street Parking Information can be utilized will increase even further.

New BMW M Performance model: BMW M550d xDrive Touring featuring the most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine available worldwide

From November 2017, the fleet of exceptionally sporty BMW M Performance automobiles will be complemented by a fascinatingly powerful but also impressively efficient model variant of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. The new BMW M550d xDrive Touring will feature the most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine available worldwide. The M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology used on the 3-litre, straight six-cylinder power unit comprises multi-stage charging with four turbochargers and Common Rail direct injection operating at a maximum pressure of more than 2,500 bar. A maximum power output of 294 kW/400 hp and a peak torque of 760 Nm available between 2, 000 and 3, 000 rpm ensure spontaneous response and constant power delivery across the entire speed range.

The BMW M550d xDrive Touring brings its exceptional engine performance to the tarmac via an 8-speed sports transmission and intelligent rear-wheel oriented four-wheel drive technology and accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. The sporty diesel engine convinces not only with highly responsive performance characteristics, but also with impressive fuel economy. Combined fuel consumption of the new BMW M550d xDrive Touring is between 6.7 and 6.4 litres per 100 km with CO2 emission levels of 176 to 168 grams per km (figures as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size).

Included in the standard equipment range for the BMW M550d xDrive Touring are, inter alia, an M sports suspension, Integral Active Steering and model-specific exterior and interior features. Moreover, 19-inch M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres and the M sports brake system underscore the BMW M Performance model’s dynamic character.

Superior and efficient: The new BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo

As from November 2017, the model range of the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will be extended with the production start of a second diesel engine variant. The new BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo combines sporty performance and supreme ride comfort with a high level of efficiency. Its 3-litre straight six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology features multi-stage charging with variable intake geometry for the high and low pressure chargers as well as Common Rail direct injection. It delivers 235 kW/320 hp and a maximum torque of 680 Nm.

In conjunction with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and the intelligent four-wheel drive system xDrive, the powerful diesel engine allows the new BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo to accelerate from 0 to100 km/h in 5.3 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is between 6.2 and 5.8 litres per 100 km, with corresponding CO2 emission levels of 163 to 153 grams per km (figures as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size).

The BMW X3: Starting with two additional engines and special equipment features by BMW Individual

In December 2017, just a few weeks after the market launch of the new BMW X3, two four-cylinder petrol engines are to be added to the drive portfolio. In addition to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with Twin Scroll turbo charger, High Precision Injection, fully variable valve control VALVETRONIC and variable camshaft control Double VANOS, both 2-litre power units also boast a weight-optimised design and a new engine encapsulation system for optimising acoustic characteristics and warm-up behaviour. They come as standard with the combination of an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and intelligent four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive

The engine featured in the new BMW X3 xDrive20i delivers a maximum power output of 135 kW/184 hp and a peak torque of 290 Nm. The car’s sporty characteristics are reflected in an acceleration of 8.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, an exceptionally economical average fuel consumption of between 7.3 and 7.1 litres per 100 km and CO2 emission levels of 168 to 163 grams per km. The second petrol engine delivers a power output of 185 kW/252 hp and 350 Nm of torque, allowing the new BMW X3 xDrive30i to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is between 7.3 and 7.2 litres per 100 km with CO2 emission levels of 168 to 164 grams per km (figures as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size).

The extra dose of luxury and exclusiveness added to the new BMW X3’s character is also reflected in the extensive range of products offered by BMW Individual. The BMW Individual body colour variant Sun Stone metallic effectively accentuates the powerfully modelled surfaces of the Sports Activity Vehicle in a most impressive manner. The sophisticated interior ambience is created by the BMW Individual upgraded leather trim Merino in the colour combinations Fiona Red/Black, Ivory White and Tartufo, door sills bearing the BMW Individual lettering and BMW Individual interior trim strips in a black piano gloss finish.

BMW X1 xDrive20d now with 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard, new light alloy wheels for the compact SAV

Starting November 2017, the 140 kW/190 hp four-cylinder engine in the BMW X1 xDrive20d will come as standard in conjunction with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission, allowing the compact SAV to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. Average fuel consumption of the BMW X1 xDrive20d is between 4.8 and 4.7 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions 127 to 123 grams per km (figures as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size).

Furthermore, the range of light alloy wheels optionally available for the BMW X1 will be upgraded. The choice will comprise five new variants ranging from 17-inch wheels with aerodynamically optimised turbine styling to 19-inch M light alloy wheels in a double-spoke design and bicolour optics.

Enhanced networking and productivity inside the vehicle: Microsoft Office 365 with Skype for Business, On-Street Parking Information in further European cities

With the integrated function Microsoft Office 365, BMW is the first manufacturer to offer a safe server connection for the exchange and processing of mails, calendar entries and contact data. This function allows direct transfer of addresses from calendar entries into the navigation system and selection of telephone numbers via the connected mobile telephone. Moreover, from the end of September 2017, it will be possible to use the Unified Communication solution Skype for Business from Microsoft inside the car. This service is also fully integrated into the onboard iDrive control system. Upcoming telephone conferences are automatically identified. It is possible to participate simply by pressing the controller. During the journey, the name of those taking part in the discussion can be shown on the Control Display. The new BMW ConnectedDrive service will first be available in Germany, Great Britain and France. Additional countries are to follow at the end of 2017.

From the autumn of 2017, the number of European cities in which the unique On-Street Parking Information service, which assists the driver in finding a free parking space at the roadside, will be extended even further. The digital parking space finder, which is available in conjunction with the Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) service for all current BMW models, can be also used in the Swedish cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö as well as in the French cities of Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Nantes and Toulouse. Moreover, the cities of London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast in the UK have been added to this list.

BMW Connected with new services

The intelligent networking of the vehicle and the driver’s Smartphone will be further intensified with the service package BMW Connected+. Since July 2017 the extended range of digital services has been available for all current BMW models and BMW i models and comprises the highly personalised and simple display of Smartphone contents inside the car as well as new mobility services.

Overview of the new BMW models in the autumn of 2017*
BMW X1 Output (kW/hp) Fuel consumption according to EU (l/100 km) CO2 emissions (g/km)
BMW X1 xDrive20d 140/190 4.8 – 4.7 127 – 123

 

BMW X3 Output (kW/hp) Fuel consumption according to EU (l/100 km) CO2 emissions (g/km)
BMW X3 xDrive20i 135/184 7.3 – 7.1 168 – 163
BMW X3xDrive30i 185/252 7.3 – 7.2 168 – 164

 

BMW 5 Series Touring Output (kW/hp) Fuel consumption according to EU (l/100 km) CO2 emissions (g/km)
BMW M550d xDrive Touring 294/400 6,7 – 6,4 176 – 168

 

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Output (kW/hp) Fuel consumption according to EU (l/100 km) CO2 emissions (g/km)
BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo 235/320 6,2 – 5,8 163 – 153

*all new models available from the start of production in November and/or December 2017