In Reply to: News on E46 Coupe 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.
I've just received my invite from my dealer in Frankfurt for the e46 coupe launch (April 24th). I'll be going along to check it out. I've sen the offical brochures, but he would not let me have one as the car was not officially launched yet. It really looks great. I've put my name down for a e46 cabriolet. Currently driving 98 e36 cab. After i've been to the launch, I 'll keep you posted.