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2011 BMW Models Get Early Intro; BMW Z4 sDrive35is Priced

January 28, 2010

We've recently filled you in on both the new 2011 BMW 5-Series sedans and the new track-oriented 2011 BMW 335is Coupe and Convertible that will be arriving to U.S. dealerships this spring and summer. Now BMW has lifted the gate to give much of the rest of its 2011 lineup an early launch.

The 2011 BMW 1-Series Coupe hasn't changed significantly this year. In addition to an available Harmon Kardon Surround Sound system and a few other option-package changes the big news is the availability of BMW's seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) on the 135i Coupe and Convertible. Both models still have a six-speed manual standard, and 128i models retain the conventional Steptronic automatic as an option.

2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe

2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe

New, extensively revised 2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe and Convertible models get a new front- and rear-end appearance, which slightly extended overhangs and a new grille, headlights, and taillights; but most notably they get a new engine.

BMW M3 Coupe, Sedan, and Convertible models get a new Competition Package for 2011, which includes a lowered suspension, new 19-inch wheels, and remapped Electronic Damping Control and stability control systems—all aimed at improving the M3's handling for track use.

That new engine—featured on the 335i Coupe and Convertible and on several other models in the lineup—is a 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine, codenamed N55 by BMW, still making 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque but with a single, twin-scroll turbocharger (instead of a twin-turbo setup) and a new cylinder head with Valvetronic variable valve operation. It's the first engine to incorporate turbocharging, direct injection, and Valvetronic together, and it's about seven percent more efficient than the N54 it replaces.

Otherwise, on the 2011 335d sedan the M Sport Package is offered for the first time for 2011, and newly optional on all 3-Series sedans and wagons is a Harman Kardon Surround Sound system. Wagons for the first time get a Convenience Package option that includes Park Distance Control, xenon adaptive headlights, among several other features.

2011 BMW Alpina B7 Sedan

2011 BMW Alpina B7 Sedan

A revised 2011 BMW 7-Series lineup goes on sale in April, with revised options and packages, plus revised 740i and 740Li models that get a 315-horsepower version of the 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged (N54) six.

New to the BMW range in North America—and arriving later this spring—will be the 2011 BMW Alpina B7. Wih a 4.4-liter V-8 engine making 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the BMW promises 0-to-60 times of just 4.5 seconds. Aerodynamic improvements, a twin-tailpipe exhaust system, and big 20-inch Alpina Classic wheels create a more aggressive look on the outside, while inside blue illuminated doorsill trims, a Lavalina leather-finished, hand-stitched steering wheel, and Alpina-branded LCD instrument cluster are all unique to this model.

Also new for 2011 is the BMW Z4 sDrive35is that was officially introduced at Detroit. This racier new version of the Z4 gets a higher-boost version of the twin-turbo N54 version of that 3.0-liter six, making 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet, with a temporary overboost function that allows 369 pound-feet for several seconds and paired with the seven-speed DCT. For coverage in greater depth, please check out Motor Authority's preview on the 2011 BMW sDrive35is.

Prices for existing models won't change for 2011, while pricing for the 2011 BMW 5-Series hasn't yet been announced (it's expected to be about the same as for 2010 as well). The 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is costs $61,925, including a $875 destination charge.

Details regarding the 2011 BMW X3, X5, X6, M6, and 6-Series models will be announced at a later date, while the high-performance M5 is on hiatus for 2011.

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