Japanese subdivision of BMW decided to launch a couple of special edition models this year with a purpose of celebrating the company’s centenary. The eighth car in this exclusive line-up is BMW 330e plug-in hybrid named “BMW 330e Celebration Edition.”
6/30/16 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
Japanese subdivision of BMW is in a quite merry mood due to the fact that this year company is celebrating its centenary.
The company decided to celebrate this event with much fanfare and agreed on launching a couple of special edition models.
Well, I don’t know if this was a good idea, but 330e SE looks not bad at all, so, exclusive vehicles is not the worst idea the company could come up with.
Let’s learn more about the first one.
BMW 330e Celebration Edition
The first thing you notice is the Tanzanite Blue exterior paint that comes courtesy of the BMW Individual range and matches the car’s Luxury Line exterior perfectly and the 19″ Individual wheels.
Inside the cabin, you’ll also find more options from the Individual catalogue, such as the Merino white leather and Piano Black trims that adorn the dash, door panels, and center console. Other options included in the package are the Harman/Kardon sound system, BMW Head-Up display and dedicated interior badging that tells the world this is one of only 100 BMW 330e Celebration Edition models ever built.
Under the hood
Underneath the metal sheet, the specs remain the same. Under the hood you have a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine making 184 HP and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque working in tandem with an electric motor encompassed within the gearbox housing, making up to 88 HP and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.
Unfortunately, the two can’t deliver the full might of their performance at the same time, so, the total output of the car is rated at 252 HP and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque.
Nevertheless, everything is not as bad as it might look -- you should be able to cover up to 25 miles (45 kilometers) on electricity alone at speeds up to 75 mph (120 km/h), which is more than enough for your daily commute.
The pricing for the anniversary vehicle starts at 6,780,000 Japanese Yen which translates into roughly $61,000.
So, if you want to buy one, you’d be better be ready to pay through the nose –don’t forget that uniqueness is the thing that has to be paid for.
Sales of the BMW 330e Celebration Edition will kick off on July 9.
Other models will appear at around the same time or a little bit later.