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Base Price:

318is $23,600 ($700 more than the new 4-door

318i coming soon) 325is $29,100 ($1,110 more

than the 4-door 325i, but the coupe base price

includes leather)

Performance:

When It Comes

to Your BMW,

You Shouldn't

Settle for Less

Than the Finest

Tires and Service

CUSTOM

4-WHEEL

ALIGNMENT

TIRE TRUING

AND SHAVING

(FAIRFAX ONLY)

Technical specifications are the same for

coupe and sedan. The cars both have 51/49

weight distribution and weigh within 1 pound of

each other, 3020 pounds. By the way, the new

1.8 liter 4-cylinder E36 BMWs have 138

horsepower, 4 more than the 16 valve E30. You

won't notice 4 horsepower, but you should

notice better low and midrange response. A

more sophisticated intake system and knock

sensors provide a broader power band. And

fuel economy is up about 10%. The EPA rates

the new 318, which is 264 pounds heavier, at

30 MPG highway, instead of 27. The 1992

325is coupe uses the same 189 horsepower 6

cylinder found in the 4-door 325i and 525i.

Subtle differences like the lower roof, longer

hood, and smaller tail lights make the coupe

PRECISION

WHEEL

BALANCING

ALLOY WHEEL

SALES, REPAIR

CRAVEN TIRE

18

der boyerische

ARLINGTON

5200 Lee Highway

536-4335

BAILEYS

CROSSROADS

5610 Columbia Pike

820-2300

FAIRFAX /

MERRIFIELD

2728 Dorr Avenue

698-8500

TYSON'S CORNER

8217Leesburg Pike

893-3530

look better proportioned than the sedan. The

Detroit show cars had a low stance, making

them look aggressive. I hope these were not

tricked out suspensions just for the show. Also,

these cars had special paint and interior trim,

available in Europe by special order. Hopefully

such individual options will become available

to American consumers. The special two-tone

leather interior trim really finished the show

cars nicely, making them very competitive with

interiors of Acura and Lexus.

The new M3 will be based on this coupe, but it

may be a long time before we see it. Old racing

rules mean BMW will be racing the old E30 4cylinder

M3 in Europe again this year, so

there's no need to rush the new 6-cylinder M3

(rumored to be 250 horsepower in street form)

into the new coupe body. BMW/NA has held

the price down fairly well on the new 3-series

sedan and coupe, but that may not be carried

through on the new M3. Maybe the car's slow

introduction will provide time to save for the

down payment. BMW dealers should have the

new non-M3 coupes starting in April.

DISCOUNT PRICES ON:

GOOD/YEAR

llRELLI

^YOKOHAMA

QniDGESTOIIE

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