Driving Dynamics & Efficiency of the BMW 3 Series Sedan.


Driving Dynamics & Efficiency of the BMW 3 Series Sedan.

A BORN SPORTSMAN. WITH PLENTY IN RESERVE.Driving Dynamics & Efficiency of the BMW 3 Series Sedan.

The BMW 3 Series Sedan offers dynamics in many facets. Optional Adaptive M Suspension or variable sport steering guarantee the utmost agility, providing you with maximum handling and precision even during sporty driving. BMW TwinPower Turbo engines and the 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission ensure outstanding driving pleasure. These and other BMW EfficientDynamics technologies enable impressive performance and, at the same time, help to reduce fuel consumption.[1]

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Get more out of every litre of fuel with BMW EfficientDynamics: better performance, greater efficiency and a heightened driving experience. Technical innovations that lower fuel consumption while simultaneously increasing driving pleasure mean that pure dynamics come standard in every BMW.



The automatic 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission adapts to suit individual driving styles. It is perfect for everything from comfortable cruising through to a very dynamic drive. In addition to automatic gear selection, it is of course possible to shift gears manually at any time – optionally with the assistance of the Optimum Shift Indicator. The driver can change gears using the shortened gear lever or the gearshift paddles on the Sport leather steering wheel.
In SPORT mode, the gear shifts are configured for the best possible performance. Fast engine speed transitions between the gears bolster powerful acceleration. The engine always maintains a speed at which it can access very high power output at any time.



Commanding power delivery and silky smooth running are the hallmarks of the BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engine from the BMW EfficientDynamics engine range. This powerful 3.0-litre engine combines the Valvetronic fully variable valve control including Double-VANOS, High-Precision Injection and a TwinScroll turbocharger to optimally fill the cylinders. The result: a peak performance of 240 kW and a maximum torque of 450 Nm at 1,380–5,000 rpm. This means that the Turbo petrol engine accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km/h in a breathtaking 5.1 s, reaching a top speed of 250 km/h. Thanks to various intelligent technological innovations, its combined fuel consumption rate is just 6.8 litres per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of only 159 g/km.
A drive train destined to delight every driver: optimally efficient delivering a high-performance across a wide rev spectrum along with a direct response even at low engine speeds – a typical BMW engine in other words.


The BMW 320d Sedan EfficientDynamics Edition with BMW TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine delivers impressively on fuel efficiency and thrift. The engine generates 140 kW (190 hp) at 4,000 rpm and delivers maximum torque of 400 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Enabling the BMW 320d Sedan EfficientDynamics Edition to reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 7.9–7.8 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is only 4.3 to 3.8 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions are just 113 to 99 g/km.
The BMW TwinPower Turbo 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel engine is incredibly responsive, even at low engine speeds, and equipped with new generation CommonRail injection has exceptionally smooth running. A variable turbine geometry turbocharger supplies high boost pressure and consequently high torque and powerful thrust across a wide rpm spectrum.
The vehicle's exceptional efficiency is partly due to its optimised transmission, adjusted optimum shift Indicator and various aerodynamic improvements.


When it comes to driving dynamics, the BMW 3 Series has been setting new standards for generations. Further developments in damper technology, a revamped chassis and more sophisticated steering guarantee considerably more driving pleasure. Fine-tuning of the suspension has boosted both the longitudinal and lateral characteristics. This applies not only to the standard suspension, but also to the M Sport suspension and the Adaptive M suspension. In addition, steering precision has been improved, rolling movements reduced and directional stability optimised. The BMW 3 Series Sedan impresses with its excellent roadholding, perfect handling and outstanding agility while, at the same time, offering the utmost comfort in all driving situations.

  • Adaptive M suspension

    The Adaptive M suspension is set ten millimetres lower, further increasing the BMW 3 Series' full dynamic potential. The driver can adjust the driving characteristics to enable whichever driving style is most appealing at the time – from comfortable to extremely athletic. Whichever setting is chosen, the Adaptive M suspension's electrically controlled dampers calibrate to suit the road conditions within fractions of a second. The system also uses numerous sensors that measure wheel vibrations, as well as vehicle speed, in order to achieve optimal damping and vehicle safety.
    COMFORT mode can be selected for relaxed travelling. SPORT mode enables a distinctly athletic suspension setting with noticeably tighter damper settings. For extremely dynamic driving, SPORT+ mode is the best choice: the DTC function (Dynamic Traction Control) is activated, which allows more wheel-slip on the drive wheels, for athletic driving that pushes the limits of the car's dynamics. However, the DSC function isn't completely disabled; rather it intervenes much later – within the limits of what is physically possible and safe – in order to stabilise the vehicle.

  • Variable sport steering

    The variable sport steering with Servotronic creates a direct and agile steering response and ensures less physical effort is required to turn the wheel. It reacts to the angle of the steering wheel independently from the current speed with various steering ratios. This reduces the steering movement required when steering at particularly large angles. It features speed-dependent, variable power steering. This significantly increases agility and improves handling when driving dynamically through sharp bends and corners, or when swerving to avoid obstacles. It also makes parking, turning and manoeuvring easier. For small steering angles, the system provides excellent directional stability and a very high degree of steering precision.


The Driving Experience Control lets the driver choose between the standard engine and transmission settings of COMFORT mode, the more efficient ECO PRO mode, the dynamic SPORT mode, or the SPORT+ mode, which pushes dynamic driving to the limits. ECO PRO mode adjusts the characteristics of the Steptronic transmission and the heating/air conditioning settings to make the drive as fuel-efficient as possible. It reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 percent.
The engine is more spontaneously responsive, the gears are shifted at higher speeds, and on the whole the vehicle reacts much more directly and dynamically.


The intelligent energy management in the BMW 3 Series Sedan is provided by a number of standard-feature BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, including the Automatic Start/Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, electric power steering and Optimum Shift Indicator. The interplay between these technologies ensures sustainable mobility and maximum efficiency.

  • Automatic Start/Stop function

    The Automatic Start/Stop function ensures that fuel is only used when the car is actually moving. When the vehicle comes to a temporary standstill, for example at traffic lights or in stop-and-go traffic, the Automatic Start/Stop function saves fuel by switching off the engine as soon as the car brakes to a complete standstill.
    A signal in the Info Display indicates that the Automatic Start/Stop function is active. As soon as the driver or takes their foot off the brake, the engine springs back to life automatically.
    This function never compromises driving comfort or safety, as it remains inactive if the engine has not reached its optimal running temperature, the interior has not yet been sufficiently heated or cooled, if the battery level is too low or if the steering wheel is being turned. If necessary, a central control unit restarts the engine even when at a standstill, for example if the car begins to roll or if condensation starts to form on the windscreen. The Automatic Start/Stop function can be switched off at any time with the push of a button.


  • Brake Energy Regeneration

    Every braking process generates kinetic energy; and until recently this energy went unused. Brake Energy Regeneration takes advantage of this long-overlooked potential. It harnesses the coasting energy that is generated whenever the driver brakes or takes their foot off the accelerator, and turns it into electricity. This electricity is then used to charge the car battery. This intelligent energy management system means that the alternator no longer needs to run constantly, which reduces the strain on the generator. The result: reduced fuel consumption and increased propulsion power – classic attributes of BMW EfficientDynamics.

  • Electric power steering

    Electric power steering optimally adjusts the steering support to the current speed. This results in direct, precise steering behaviour at high speeds and effortless manoeuvrability when parking. The steering only consumes energy when it is really necessary. This saves fuel and reduces emissions.
    Instead of a hydraulic pump, it relies on an electric motor. In conventional systems, this pump must be constantly powered by the engine, but this electric support only runs when the steering wheel is being moved. When driving straight ahead or maintaining the same steering angle (e.g. on long bends), the electric motor is not active and does not consume any energy. By flexibly adjusting the steering support to match the current driving situation and speed, steering comfort is improved.

  • Optimum Shift Indicator

    Perfectly timed gear shifts can significantly help save fuel, particularly in urban traffic and over long distances. Change gears at the right time, use less fuel – the engine’s electronics system identifies the most efficient gear, based on road conditions and engine speed. An arrow lights up in the Info Display to show when it would be more efficient to shift into a higher or lower gear. The system also recognises quick acceleration, and will delay its recommendation accordingly until the engine speed has increased. Drivers using a Steptronic transmission in manual mode also receive relevant shifting suggestions. BMW internal comparative tests have shown that vehicles with the Optimum Shift Indicator use around four percent less fuel.