In Reply to: Re: When is it planned to be launched in the US?(e posted by Don on March 05, 1999 at 08:51:52:
: My guess is autum 1999.
: : : 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 thought I saw in the US BMW website it showed June 1999 as the launch date.