M-Sport editions of X3 and new 3- and 1-series released
19 July 2005

Latest releases from Munich include a long-awaited M-Sport package for the 1-series, with the new 3-series also getting a makeover from the Motorsport division. The M-Sport pack brings external body styling accessories, fresh interior trim and sports suspension, and both go on sale in October.

If you want the performance to match the new butch looks, the 258bhp 130i should suffice. Powered by a hefty 3.0-litre straight-six, it weighs in at an equally hefty £25,745 for the SE or £26,515 for the M-Sport. Sources from the company have also hinted that the Mini’s new 1.6-litre engine may make an appearance in one of BMW’s rear-drive cars. A turbocharged unit, capable of producing 143bhp, would seem like an ideal fit for the 1-series range.

Another October arrival will be new entry-level petrol and diesel engines for the 3-series: the 127bhp 318i and the 120bhp 318d at £25,905. The X3 line-up is extended with a base 2.0-litre petrol and a new range-topping 3.0-litre diesel engines.

There are engine changes for the 5- and 6-series too, with a new 4.8-litre V8 develping 361bhp and 369lb ft of torque, enough to propel the new 650i from 0-62mph time in 5.4sec. The 550i SE will cost £43,550, rising to £45,750 for the M-Sport version, with the 650i available as coupe at £52,115, or convertible at £57,515.

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