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BMW at the 2004 Paris Motor Show
Mon Sep 13 12:00:00 CEST 2004 Press Kit
Attached is the detailed press kit issued by BMW AG on the occasion of the Paris motor Show ... with 4 world debuts - the new BMW M5; new BMW 1 Series; new 6 cylinder power units - 535d Saloon and Touring, 630i Coupé and Convertible; new BMW 320Cd Convertible.
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BMW at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. Contents. 1. BMW at the 2004 Paris Motor Show: World Debuts and Innovations. 2. The New BMW 1 Series: Sheer Driving Pleasure Now Also in the Compact Class. 3. World Debut of the New BMW M5. 4. BMW 535d Saloon and BMW 535d Touring with Variable Twin Turbo Technology. 5. The New BMW 630i Coupé/630i Convertible. 6. High-Tech Three Times Over: BMW Presents Three New Engines in Paris. 7. The BMW 320Cd Convertible. 8. The BMW Z4 Roadster Entering the 2005 Model Year. 9. The New BMW X3 2.0d: Making an Attractive Entry into the BMW X Family.
1. BMW at the 2004 Paris Motor Show:
World Debuts and Innovations.
.. World debut of the BMW 1 Series.
The first BMW in the compact class stands out through its particular drive
concept, excellent handling, and superior safety. And introducing numerous
innovations, the BMW 1 Series also sets the benchmark in its class in terms
of motoring comfort.
.. The new M5 entering series production.
The most powerful BMW 5 Series, the new M5 featuring a 507 bhp V10 power unit
developing maximum torque of 520 Nm or 383 lb-ft and boasting seven-speed SMG,
re-defines the extreme limit of a sports saloon fully suited for everyday use.
.. The new benchmark with 6 cylinders.
BMW's innovative 3.0-litre straight-six power units are writing a new chapter
in the history of engine technology. Just like the new petrol engine, the most
powerful car diesel in its class sets a new benchmark.
.. The first BMW Convertible with a diesel engine
- the BMW 320Cd Convertible.
The BMW 320Cd Convertible proves that elegance, sporting performance and
efficiency need not be a contradiction in terms.
.. Popular and safe - the BMW Z4 Roadster.
BMW's open two-seater with its unique design remains the most popular car in
its segment. The Z4 has passed the Euro-NCAP crash test with flying colours,
re-defining the standard of optimum occupant safety in the roadster segment.
.. New drive power for the X3.
Launching the X3 2.0d, BMW is offering a 4 cylinder power unit in its midrange
SAV for the first time: The 2.0-litre common rail diesel develops maximum
output of 110 kW/150 bhp and, with maximum torque of 330 Nm/243 lb-ft, ensures
dynamic driving pleasure at all times.
This clearly shows that the BMW Group's model offensive is continuing at full
swing. Indeed, at the 2004 Paris Motor Show BMW is presenting a whole range of
new models to the world public for the first time.
World debut No 1: the new BMW 1 Series.
Launching the 1 Series, BMW is entering the compact range for the first time,
combining the superior functions of a five-door with the sheer driving pleasure
so typical of BMW. Apart from remarkable driving dynamics and a high standard
of both active and passive safety, the new 1 Series offers supreme driving
pleasure and comfort on up to five seats. And with variable luggage compartment
capacity ranging from 330-1,150 litres, the 1 Series obviously offers the very
best in practical value.
The fundamental reason for this perfect blend of superior steering precision,
directional stability and agility is BMW's concept of rear-wheel drive,
a drive concept quite unique in the compact range. Together with ideal weight
distribution of 50:50, the newly developed suspension and the long wheelbase,
this drive concept quite unique in the compact class ensures optimum handling
at all times. The five-arm rear axle and the double-joint spring strut front
axle made largely of aluminium make a significant contribution to the car's
impressive directional stability and exemplary steering precision.
Drive technology of the latest standard.
The BMW 1 Series is entering the market with four engine variants covering a
performance range from 85 kW/115 bhp (116i) all the way to 120 kW/163 bhp
(120d). The 4 cylinder petrol engine featured in the BMW 120i develops maximum
output of 110 kW/150 bhp and is equipped with BMW's fully variable Valvetronic
valve management, with maximum torque of 200 Nm or 147 lb-ft. Like the
1.6-litre petrol engine in the 116i, the 120i power unit is also equipped with
double-VANOS. Maximum speed of the 120i is 217 km/h or 135 mph, with fuel
consumption of only 7.4 litres/100 km premium (38.2 mpg Imp) in the EU
BMW's diesel engines with common rail injection technology, two balance shafts,
a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, and an intercooler, develop
maximum output of 90 kW/122 bhp in the BMW 118d and 120 kW/163 bhp in the BMW
120d. With maximum torque of 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) and, respectively, 340 Nm (251
lb-ft), composite fuel consumption in the EU cycle is a mere 5.6 and,
respectively, 5.7 litres/100 km (50.4 mpg Imp/49.6 mpg Imp). Top speed is 201
km/h (125 mph) and, respectively, 220 km/h (136 mph).
The BMW 1 Series comes with a six-speed manual gearbox (116i: five-speed).
Six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option on the 120i and
The high standard of safety and comfort equipment setting a new benchmark in
the compact class is equally remarkable. Features fitted as standard include
runflat tyres complete with a tyre defect indicator, two-stage brake lights,
and a display presenting the remaining mileage of parts subject to wear and
BMW's iDrive control concept, sports seats with pneumatic backrest width
adjustment, keyless access, a Bluetooth mobile phone interface, a multifunction
steering wheel, outside illumination integrated in the door handles, as well as
the option to memorise personal settings in the keys to the car are all
available as options.
World debut No 2: the new BMW M5.
Discreet from outside, the new M5 is the most powerful BMW 5 Series there has
ever been: five litres capacity, 10 cylinders, 373 kW/507 bhp maximum output,
520 Newton-metres/383 lb-ft maximum torque, and engine speeds in excess of
8,000 rpm speak a clear language. The M5 also boasts the most innovative drive
concept in its class complete with seven-speed SMG transmission, the best
power-to-weight ratio, magnificent handling, and all the qualities required for
The V10 power unit is currently the only high-speed engine in the world in
a production saloon, making the M5 the most powerful standard production model
in the BMW range. Particularly its acceleration and driving dynamics give the
M5 truly impressive thrust and performance on the road: Acceleration from
0-100 km/h comes in 4.7 seconds and the needle on the speedometer reaches the
200 km/h-mark after approximately 15 seconds. Then, at 250 km/h or 155 mph, the
electronic speed limiter restrains the car's almost insatiable urge for power
Boasting maximum engine speed of 8,250 rpm and specific output of 101 bhp per
litre, the V10 offers racing qualities of the highest calibre.
The chassis and suspension perfectly matched to the enormous power of the
engine and fully equipped with extra-large racing brakes, together with
electronic control systems such as DSC, ensures active safety of the highest
World debut No 3: the new 6 cylinder power units.
BMW is proudly presenting two brand-new 6 cylinder engines in Paris: First, a
new high-performance diesel with revolutionary charge technology in the 535d
Saloon and 535d Touring, developing maximum output of 200 kW/272 bhp. Second, a
new 190 kW/258 bhp petrol engine making its debut in the 630i Coupé and
535d: diesel power in a new dimension.
Variable Twin Turbo charge technology solves the conflict of interests between
high torque at very low engine speeds and maximum power at high speeds. The
concept which brings these two worlds together is variable interaction of a
small and a large turbocharger: The small turbocharger develops high charge
pressure at low engine speeds, at high speeds the large turbocharger ensures a
steady, ongoing increase in power.
The 535d comes as standard with a particle filter and complies in full with the
EU4 emission limits. Maximum output of 200 kW/272 bhp comes at 4,400 rpm,
maximum torque of 560 Nm/413 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm.
The world's most powerful diesel in its class accelerates the 5 Series Saloon
with six-speed automatic transmission to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 6.5
econds. Top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph, high-performance 17-inch brakes
ensuring more than adequate stopping power. And despite the car's outstanding
performance, fuel consumption in the composite EU cycle is a mere 8.0 ltr/100
km or 35.3 mpg Imp.
630i: innovation at its best with the new 6 cylinder petrol engine.
BMW is presenting yet another revolutionary power unit in Paris, the new
straight-six petrol engine featuring innovative materials, systems and
ancillary units for even more power, fuel economy, and weight reduction than on
the former engine.
Displacing 2,996 cc, the 6 cylinder power unit develops maximum output of 190
kW/258 bhp at 6,600 rpm, with maximum torque of 300 Newton-metres or 221 lb-ft
at a low 2,500 rpm. Fully variable Valvetronic valve drive providing a 'beefy'
torque curve, a smooth response and superior fuel economy, is now also featured
on BMW's 6 cylinder power unit. Further innovations include the electric water
pump, a fully controlled oil pump, the composite magnesium/aluminium crankcase,
single-belt drive, and the magnesium cylinder head cover.
Featuring six-speed manual transmission, the BMW 630i Coupé accelerates from a
standstill to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 250 km/h or
155 mph. Fuel consumption of the 630i Coupé in the composite EU cycle is a mere
9.0 litres or 31.4 mpg Imp.
World debut No 4: the BMW 320Cd Convertible.
BMW's first diesel-powered convertible is also celebrating its world debut in
Paris. Indeed, the BMW 320Cd Convertible proves very clearly indeed that
elegance, sporting performance and efficiency need not be a contradiction in
BMW's 4 cylinder diesel engine, which has already proven its merits in other
models in the 3 Series, offers a truly outstanding combination of motoring
refinement, harmonious power, and quick acceleration from low engine speeds.
The 2.0-ltr four-valve power unit develops maximum output of 110 kW/150 bhp and
gives the 320Cd a top speed of 211 km/h or 131 mph. Maximum torque of 330 Nm or
243 lb-ft, in turn, comes at 2,000 rpm.
Benefitting from its six-speed manual gearbox with short transmission ratios
for sporting performance, the new convertible accelerates to 100 km/h in just
9.7 seconds, sprinting in fourth gear from 80-120 km/h (50-75 mph) in just 7.5
seconds. And despite this remarkable performance, the 320Cd consumes just 6.3
litres/100 km (44.8 Imp gals) of diesel fuel in the composite EU cycle, thus
covering a distance of up to 1,000 kilometres or well over 600 miles on one
Successful and safe: the BMW Z4 Roadster.
Remaining very popular indeed in the market, the BMW Z4 is once again the most
successful roadster in its segment in 2004. And to keep things this way, the
unique design of the car is being refined for the 2005 model year by discreet
improvements and the addition of an even more special touch: The interior, for
example, is being upgraded by metal-like surfaces with a high-quality flair on
the rollbars, the light switch and the radio, the centre ventilation grille, as
well as the trim panels in the centre console and doors. A further point is
that the CD player in the Z4 is now MP3-compatible. And yet another new feature
is the optional Business telephone complete with a Bluetooth interface for
mobile phones and the BMW Assist telematics service.
The Z4 is not only very popular, but is also one of the safest cars in the
market, achieving the best results ever recorded in the roadster segment in the
Euro-NCAP crash test. No surprise, therefore, that the BMW Z4 holds the
Best-in-Class Award for optimum occupant safety, the forces acting on the car's
occupants, as measured in the test, being lower than in most modern fixed-roof
Attractive entry into the BMW X family: the new X3 2.0d.
Introducing the X3 2.0d, BMW is offering a 4 cylinder power unit in one of
its Sports Activity Vehicles for the first time. With maximum output of 110
kW/150 bhp and maximum torque of 330 Nm or 221 lb-ft available from just 2,000
rpm, the 2.0-litre common rail diesel powering the X3 2.0d ensures dynamic
driving pleasure at all times.
The X3 2.0d accelerates to 100 km/h in just 10.2 seconds, sprinting from
80?120 km/h in fourth gear in an equally impressive 8.3 seconds. Top speed of
the X3 2.0d is 198 km/h or 123 mph, with superior fuel economy of 7.2
litres/100 km (39.2 mpg Imp) of diesel fuel in the composite EU cycle.
First gear of the six-speed manual gearbox harmonising perfectly with the
two-litre engine is laid out for superior muscle and pulling force, enabling
X3 2.0d to start off in superior style and with adequate power on gradients or
with a trailer. And like all BMW X3s, the new model comes straight from the
factory with BMW's xDrive four-wheel-drive system, an electronically controlled
multiple-plate clutch, Trailer Stability Control, as well as Hill Descent
This and that.
Apart from new models as such, BMW as is also presenting lots of attractive
accessories on all model series. A retrofittable front-end and back-up camera,
for example, as well as Adaptive Headlights, enhance active safety to an even
higher standard than before. Streamlining packages, light-alloy wheels and rear
lights with white direction indicators, for example on the BMW X family, make
the various models even more attractive and appealing. And features such as
solar ventilation on the 3 Series, a hardtop for the Z4 and various roof boxes
help to enhance motoring comfort and practical value to an even higher standard
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Contents.doc DOC, EN, 71.5 KB
Sec1_Overview.doc DOC, EN, 86.5 KB
Sec2_1Series.doc DOC, EN, 94 KB
Sec3_M5.doc DOC, EN, 92.5 KB
Sec4_535d_variable_twinturbo_technlgy.doc DOC, EN, 76 KB
Sec5_630i.doc DOC, EN, 74 KB
Sec6_three_new_engines.doc DOC, EN, 116.5 KB
Sec7_320Cd_Conv.doc DOC, EN, 78.5 KB
Sec8_Z4in2005.doc DOC, EN, 89.5 KB
Sec9_X3_2,0d.doc DOC, EN, 76 KB