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News on E46 Coupe (archive)

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Posted by Don on March 04, 1999 at 23:41:06:

Just got the Feb 24th issue of AUTOCAR Magazine (British)with a preview of the new 3er Coupe. Some highlights of the article.
-The car will be called the 320/323/328Ci in Europe. Unknown if this will be the case in the US.
-Coupe is 55mm longer, 47mm wider and 3mm taller than the E36 coupe.
-Differences from Sedan (no panels shared): Thicker chome grille surround, different bumper facias, larger front air intake, round fog lights, lower/flatter taillights, lower/wider trunklid (smaller trunk then sedan)
-You sit 10mm lower in the Coupes (lower seats)
-Sports wheel standard (in Europe only?)
-Sports Suspension is standard in Europe, 15mm lower than the "standard" suspension, which is a no-cost option.
-M-Technic suspension (even firmer) will be an option available at a later date in Europe.
-AUTOCAR thought the Coupes are far superior in handling and ride to the Audi A4 quattro (no surprise)
-323Ci has the better sounding engine
-16" wheels standard(in Europe) with 17" and 18" optional.
-Standard tires (Europe) are Bridgestone Turanzas
-Different exterior mirrors from the sedans, lower and wider with small fins on top (like bumps) to reduce wind noise.
-328Ci top speed listed at 150mph.
-No "CSi" model planned - the M3 will take care of that.

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