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Powerful design full of character to the last detail.
Despite its close technical ties to the Saloon and Touring, the new BMW 3 Series Coupé is more unique and outstanding in its looks than ever before: This exclusive two-door model clearly stands out as a genuine BMW from every angle, but is nevertheless an individualist through and through. In its design, the body is completely free of any superficial effects, instead conveying a lasting impression of positive class. The overall balance of the car is smooth and harmonious, its proportions are absolutely perfect, and every feature has been enhanced to perfection. So it is fair to say that the new BMW 3 Series Coupé represents powerful elegance in its most modern and advanced style.

The character of a coupé is borne out in particular by the car’s side contours. On the new BMW 3 Series Coupé, the flowing silhouette particularly distinctive from the side clearly conveys a passion for dynamic motoring. The long wheelbase, the passenger cell moved far to the rear, as well as the low and sleek roof line merging gently into the rear end all characterise the stretched and dynamic look of the entire vehicle, while the voluminous and extra-large wheel arches emanate a touch of power and solidity.

Apart from the car’s proportions, particularly the shoulder, character and sill lines highlight the optical effect of the car’s side view: Both the shoulder line and character line flush with the door handles stretch all the way back to the flat rear end of the car, none of the lines being shortened or interrupted and thus allowing the eye of the beholder to move quickly and smoothly from front to rear along the entire length of the vehicle.

The sill line on the lower edge of the door also flows into the front and rear air dams, helping to give the new Coupé a particularly sleek and sporting look.

The combination of lines flowing into one another ensures a particularly dynamic impression: While the shoulder line moves up slightly but consistently from front to rear, thus conveying a touch of true elegance together with the flat roof line, the character line follows a long and stretched arch all the way from the front wing to the rear lights. With the sill line, by contrast, moving up slightly to the rear in a slow and gentle curve, the distance between the character and sill lines becomes smaller around the rear wheel arches. Here, the powerful design of the wing wrapped around the wheel also serves to give the character line extra tension in both an upward and outward direction.

This interplay of lines and surfaces ensures a truly striking, three-dimensional effect, guiding not only a lot of light, but also the eyes of the beholder to the area around the rear axle. This effect is indeed intentional, with the optical impression of the car – its clear and straightforward looks – reflecting the actual driving experience: As in the other models, the rear axle of the BMW 3 Series Coupé sets the foundation for truly outstanding driving dynamics.

The front view again shows a significant distinction from the Saloon and Touring, the contours of the engine compartment lid as well as the design of the front air dam and headlights giving the new BMW 3 Series Coupé a particularly low and sporting look. The powerdome bulging above the drive unit is particularly dynamic in its contours, its lines following a powerful silhouette extending all the way from the A-pillars to the outside edges of the BMW kidney grille.

The kidney grille itself, the typical feature of every BMW, stands up steeper than the surfaces around it, interaction with the threedimensional kidney frame creating a beautiful look of power, unique style, and refined value.

The headlight units on the new BMW 3 Series Coupé also come in a new, individual look. With the engine compartment lid extending beyond the headlights as such, the double round headlights would appear to have been cut off at the top, creating the impression of a powerful, self-confident and concentrated focus.

The new BMW 3 Series Coupé comes as standard with bi- xenon headlights, a further feature of the round headlight units being corona rings for daytime use. Hence, the new BMW 3 Series Coupé offers an optically attractive option for switching on the headlights during the day, now a legal requirement in many countries. Thanks to these striking light rings, the Coupé is easy to recognise also at dusk and can be immediately identified as a genuine BMW with all its distinctive features.

Through their design alone, the rear lights ensure safe perception and a truly individual look. Integrated flush into the rear end of the car, the lights are split into two sections and extend all the way up into the rear lid, the character lines at the side continuing all the way to the rear light clusters as such.

Horizontal light rods with bright LED illumination give the car an unmistakable look also at night, ensuring particular night design like the corona rings around the headlights. The entire rear view is thus characterised by horizontally flowing lines accentuating the wide track of the car and its flat, sporting look also from this angle.

The designers’ objective was to give the new 3 Series Coupé a perfectly balanced look full of harmony to the last detail. Precisely this is why the legendary “Hofmeister kick” at the bottom of the C-pillar now comes in new design extending in an even more distinctive angle into the shoulder line of the car at the front. To further accentuate this flow of lines highlighting the dynamic appearance of the new Coupé, the chrome surround on the side window frame is now made in one single piece as yet another highlight of sophisticated class and value.

Yet a further point is that the exterior mirrors have been specially designed and matched to the 3 Series Coupé, their contours taking up the side lines of the car and the mirrors themselves blending harmoniously with the car’s overall design.

Such individual style is ultimately also borne out by the colours of the car’s body, with a choice of no less than six new paintwork colours marking the launch of the BMW 3 Series Coupé.

This emphasis on individual style, dynamic performance and exclusive class is continued also within the interior. Horizontal lines dominating the surfaces on and around the instrument panel, as well as flowing surfaces along the centre console and side panels, give the interior a light but dynamic touch. At the top the instrument panel is angled towards the driver, and at the same time the controls for air conditioning, the audio and navigation systems are within easy reach also from the front passenger’s seat. The surfaces on the side panels are characterised by a smooth swinging flow extending all the way from the dashboard to the backrests on the two rear seats. The form and function of the centre console, in turn, are reflected by the storage compartment between the rear seats.

Special light effects, carefully matched colours, and the choice of materials all interact in the new BMW 3 Series Coupé to ensure a truly unique atmosphere. The light contour edge on the door inner and side panels, in turn, adds a particularly touch as an optional extra. The row of lights extending upwards flows above the armrests from the door pillar all the way to the rear, offering a particularly warm, indirect light effect. Controls and switches used frequently often by the driver and passengers such as the door openers and gearshift lever are finished in exceptionally high-class metallic trim ensuring not only very attractive looks but also an exclusive touch.

Given the low-slung roof and the high-rising shoulder line, the new BMW 3 Series Coupé has smaller windows than its Saloon counterpart. This reduces the level of direct sunlight within the interior, presenting the designers with new challenges in designing the interior and its principal features. The choice of colours for the interior and upholstery in the BMW 3 Series Coupé, for example, not only has a significant influence on the atmosphere on board the car, but also offers numerous options for personalisation and individualisation. New colour schemes are therefore available for the upholstery, roof lining and other interior trim features, specially designed and tailored exclusively to the BMW 3 Series Coupé.
Light colours within the interior emphasise in particular the elegant style of this two-door model, while a darker ambience enables the driver to highlight the sporting and dynamic character of his Coupé.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 10:38  

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