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by Rex Roy
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The turbos are absolutely quiet.
No whine. No huffing. No waste gate popping. Nothing but power accentuated by a perfectly flat, electronically modulated torque curve that peaks just off idle and doesn't fall off a Newton-meter until the tach needle swings past 5000 rpm.
One can imagine BMW engineers scoffing at the typical noises associated with high-strung turbocharged cars, especially tuner specials. (If your mind is searching for a soundtrack, pick any scene from The Fast and The Furious franchise.) With the top and windows down, we would have heard anything that was there to be heard. But the only thing audible was the smooth and refined note of BMW's most powerful non-M-series six-cylinder engine. MORE--
Topping it off
We've driven several of the all-new 3-Series, so the news for this story is the retractable hard top. It's a beauty that goes up and down in cycles lasting not even 25 seconds. The "Dance of the Roof Panels" will mesmerize your friends or those stopped with you at a traffic light. The three-piece assembly folds neatly into the trunk, with the reverse-hinged deck lid opening wide like a snake to swallow it all.
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