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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 26th 2011
MERCURY ON SATURDAY Saturday, November 26, 2011 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 LEXUS OF HOBART Cnr Argyle & Brisbane Street, Hobart Ph: 6230 1911 lexusofhobart.com.au 2011 L EXHIBITION Right now during L Exhibition, you can take advantage of factory incentives starting from $5,000 on a select range of models. * See your Lexus Dealer today or visit lexus.com.au/offer as L Exhibition must end November 30. IT COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR, LEXUS PREMIER SALES EVENT. *Not available on IS 350, CT 200h and Special Edition models. New vehicles only. Valid 2662 LEX00125/HM/20x8 Visit lexus.com.au/offer for more information SUPERB FACTORY INCENTIVES from $5,000 on a select range of models.* Executive sweet: BMW's sixth- generation 3 Series carries big hopes but has the engineering and styling to deliver steering: all are just . . . well, just so. We loved the old sixes, we love manuals but we wouldn't swap this drivetrain. Capably amiable in milder modes, a weapon when the wick is lit, it comes close to being all things to all people. With uber-direct steering --- 2.2 turns lock to lock --- through front wheels unburdened by the task of driving, this remains an intuitive handler, incredibly adept when pushing hard through a mountain pass and hugely adjustable and forgiving of even ham-fisted corrections. All torque kicks in from just above 1000rpm and it revs cleanly to 7000. It is a device that's thoroughly efficient grinding through the suburbs and wonderfully satisfying when the opportunity arises. In Sport mode throttle response is enlivened and feel through the wheel tautens. Comfort mode is more than adequate for 90 per cent of regular going. Ride on Catalonia's smooth roads was excellent even with low- profile 19-inch rubber -- you'd stick to 17s on our battered bitumen. You needn't gild this lily. The 328's brilliance is in its driving essence. VERDICT God, it's good. If driving a prestige car means half as much to you as owning one, then you have to try this. :03 320i The entry model is likely to be the sweet spot of the new 3 Series. It gets here mid-2012, priced about $58,000 at a glance BMW 328i PRICE $68,000 (estimate) WARRANTY 3 years/ 100,000km RESALE 65 per cent (est) SERVICE INTERVAL 12 months/15,000km ENGINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol, 180kW/350Nm TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic, 6-speed manual option, rear-wheel drive SAFETY 5 star (expected) BODY 4-door, 5-seat DIMENSIONS 4624mm (L), 1811mm (W), 1429mm (H), 2810mm (WB) Weight 1430kg
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