2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Has a Premium Audio System
June 12, 2014
Our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has a premium audio system, when it's hauling two re-coned Jennings Research speaker stacks encased in walnut cabinets, that is. A defunct speaker maker started by a former JBL engineer, Jennings made really nice product, but apparently lacked the business sense to succeed. The speakers sing sweetly again, given new life by the pros at Orange County Speaker.
Sure, I could have used a 3 Series sedan with its rear seats folded for the same task, but I doubt the speakers would've loaded as easily. In this case, it was as simple as dropping them in and tucking a small towel underneath to protect from the metal tracks on the trunk floor.
I've had to swallow my general contempt for the shape and style of this oddball 3 Series when confronted with genuine moments of utility and usefulness like this. Still looks weird and I still question its existence, but it helped me get the speakers home so I could begin disturbing the peace, so it's not all bad.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor