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The all-new Performance Package for the 2003 330i
Sedan will make its debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on January 2nd, 2003.

The 330i sedan continues to win comparison test after comparison test on the strength of its
performance and handling prowess. Never being a company to leave well enough alone, the
introduction of the Performance Package will raise the driving experience of the 3 Series Sedan
to an even higher standard.

The 330i Performance Package has been created exclusively for the U.S. market for enthusiasts
by enthusiasts at BMW Individual, a division of BMW M GmbH.

There is no aspect of the driving experience that has not been enhanced by the Performance
Package. Modifications to the 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine, which include different
camshafts and performance-modified Digital Motor Electronics, yield a ten horsepower increase
to 235. For the first time in a 330i a six-speed manual transmission will be standard. With the
Performance Package it will include a short-throw shifter. The package also includes a shorter
final drive ratio. The benefits of these modifications are immediately apparent - the 330i with a
Performance Package will accelerate from 0 - 60 miles-per-hour in 6 seconds, about half a
second faster than a standard 330i. To match the straight-line performance a new sports
suspension, more aggressively tuned than the 330i's standard sport suspension, is mated to
18-inch wheels with mixed-size performance tires. In addition to the wheels and tires the
exterior of the 330i Performance Package is distinguished by its Aerodynamic Package, black headlight trim, high gloss shadowline trim and a new exhaust that not only appears but also
sounds more aggressive.

The look and feel of the interior has been refined with cloth and Alcantara sport seats matching
the Alcantara sport steering wheel. An anthracite headliner and Black cube aluminum trim
complete an ambiance tailored to the enthusiast. Silver cube aluminum trim is optional. The
instrumentation includes red needles while the tachometer reflects the modified engine's 300
higher rpm limit. Production of the 330i Performance Package will begin in March 2003 with the
first cars arriving at BMW centers in April.


 

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I know the info has been posted before, these pics are really big, 2400x1585.

I thought somebody could appreciate the extra detail or convert to a wallpaper
 

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I think it should come with clears, give it a little more sporty look
 

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tgravo2 said:
I think it should come with clears, give it a little more sporty look
Sedans can't meet DOT regulations when equipped with clears. Front clears would not comply with FMVSS 108.
 

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Oh thanks alee, I didn't realize that, I wonder if this package will be availible on the 330ci
 

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Oh thanks alee, I didn't realize that, I wonder if this package will be availible on the 330ci
Would be nice if it was, but I doubt it... sounds like this is BMW's answer to people wanting a 4 door M3, so it probably won't make it to the coupe without a strong demand.

Even then, BMW sells far more sedans than coupes... I doubt even a strong demand will be enough to warrant it.

I guess I'll just have to get an M3. :D
 

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Would be nice if it was, but I doubt it... sounds like this is BMW's answer to people wanting a 4 door M3, so it probably won't make it to the coupe without a strong demand.

Even then, BMW sells far more sedans than coupes... I doubt even a strong demand will be enough to warrant it.

I guess I'll just have to get an M3. :D
How about both :D I hope this package is here to stay for a while, I have a 325 now but when its time for an upgrade I would be very interested in this, I love those wheels
 

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WAM said:
In addition to the wheels and tires the
exterior of the 330i Performance Package is distinguished by its Aerodynamic Package, black headlight trim, high gloss shadowline trim and a new exhaust that not only appears but also
sounds more aggressive.

The look and feel of the interior has been refined with cloth and Alcantara sport seats matching
the Alcantara sport steering wheel. An anthracite headliner and Black cube aluminum trim
complete an ambiance tailored to the enthusiast.

With the exception of the exhaust sound and steering wheel, the above noted improvements are effectively a good part of the M-Sport package offered in the UK and Canada.

Given the improvements in the drive train and the wheels/tires, if this package sells for less than $5K US it will be a pretty good deal (IMHO). (The M-Sport package is a $5K CDN option on the 330Ci without the engine mods!)
 
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