Melbourne Red Metallic Paint ($550); Premium Package ($3,600 -- includes universal garage door opener, keyless ignition, power moonroof, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors; power front seats with lumbar support and driver seat memory and Dakota leather upholstery); Technology Package ($2,550 -- includes hard drive-based navigation system, real-time traffic information, voice-activation capability, head-up display); Sport Line ($2,500 -- includes sports leather steering wheel, 18-by-8-inch double-spoke (style 397) light alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tires, black mirror caps, sport seats, sport suspension, Anthracite headliner, Sport Line aesthetic elements and increased top speed limiter); Cold Weather Package ($1,350 -- includes heated steering wheel, split fold-down rear seat, three-stage heated front seats, multilevel heated rear seats and retractable headlight washers); Premium Sound Package ($950 -- includes Sirius Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription, Harman Kardon surround-sound system with 420-watt amplifier and 13 speakers); Xenon Headlights ($900 -- includes xenon high-intensity-discharge (HID) high- and low-beam headlights with auto-leveling, adaptive light control and automatic high beams); Adaptive M Suspension ($900 -- includes electronically-controlled dampers); Park Distance Control ($750 -- includes front and rear sonar); BMW Assist With Enhanced BT & USB ($650 -- includes BMW Assist, 4-year subscription to BMW Assist Safety Services, Bluetooth wireless technology); BMW Apps ($250 -- BMW Apps allows an iPhone to access the BMW Connected app and certified 3rd-party apps)
Turbocharged, direct-injected inline-4 with auto-stop/start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing, variable intake-valve lift
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
240 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
255 @ 1,250-4,800
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.683; II = 2.062; III = 1.313; IV = 1.000; V = 0.809; VI = 0.677; R = 3.348; Final drive = 3.909
Rev-limited to 3,800 with ESC on; no limit (below redline) when it's off. Seems relatively indifferent to launch technique -- only a few hundredths of a second separate clutch dump from careful modulation by 60 mph. Shifter is less likable when rushed in this environment. Engine is done at 6,500.
Confident pedal every stop, but fade (+6 feet) present. Not the best braking in the segment.
Skid pad: Heavy steering with quite good communication at the limit. More body roll than expected makes sensing grip limits more difficult. Still, good balance. Adjustable, but slower to respond that I'd prefer. Slalom: Ample body roll makes quick transitions feel awkward. Even so, limits are reasonably well defined. Excellent ESC produces quickest slalom time by 0.01 sec.