E to the D of BMW

Published on August 25th, 2009

While we’re always on the lookout for more power from that turbine or a new custom extractor, sometimes we forget about our one and only earth, and since we’re always so green, we can’t help but to paste this on Trafficmagonline.

Ever heard of EfficientDynamics?

Well, to put everything in two sentences, it’s a technology created by BMW to give their cars a way to save mother earth without compromising driving pleasure. Hybrid? Well, BMW has come up with a way to tell the world that they don’t really need hybrid technology to be green-minded, but to use available technology and enhance them in a way you and I can’t think of (which is why you and I are not working for BMW), while still retaining what makes the car pleasurable to drive in the first place.

This doesn’t mean that BMW is not utilising any hybrid technology. Actually, we’ll be posting about ‘em hybrids soon.

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What we have here is the newest addition to the EfficientDynamics line-up; the all-new 320d – EfficientDynamics. The new 320d is boasting 4.1-liters of fuel for every 100km of journey and only 109grams CO2 per km. That means very low air pollution and you get to save a huge chunk of your wallet at the same time for your mistresses other than fuel.

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What’s interesting is that the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel cardiovascular organ of the 320d comes with an all aluminum crankcase, turbocharged with variable intake geometry with common-rail direct fuel injection for the blood flow, complete with piezo-injectors (high performance fuel injector that’s preferred by turbodiesel engine that reduces in-cylinder emission, boost performance and produces low noise).

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The engine will kick out 163 horses at 3500–4200rpm with its max torque rated at 360Nm from 1750–3000rpm, at 4.1-liter/100km. Can that possibly beat the legendary Perodua Kancil?

With the new EfficientDynamics enhancements, the car has been blessed with optimized aerodynamics, extra long final drive ratio, and an innovative two mass flywheel incorporating a centrifugal-force pendulum.

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The centrifugal-force pendulum helps in reducing vibrations that usually accompanies diesel engines at low rev, thus resulting in ultra-smooth experience. The component is integrated in the engine’s two-mass flywheel, where it’ll dampen any vibration caused from under the hood, thus ensuring a comfortable and acoustically optimised development of power and performance all the way from low engine speed.

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Coming straight from the 320d, the car can propel itself for a century sprint in just 8.2 seconds. Top speed is clocked at 225km/h.

Other EfficientDynamics technology that’s incorporated into this car, as well as other models in the 3-series range, are the Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop function, gearshift point indicator and Electronic Power Steering (EPS) that operates only when needed.

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Also available on the lower range is 318d and 316d, and for the 1-series as well.

Regarding the pricing, BMW has stated that it’ll not be priced higher than the other “normal” 3-series counterparts.

More info on BMW’s EfficientDynamics website.

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: BMW

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