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    There were a lot of videos out there on the folding roof but none really focused in on the mechanism so we shot what I think is a unique angle on this so you can see the intricate maneuvers going on. This new one actually accelerates at the same pace as the horse, lb-ft is -- the one with two turbos and a fast-shifting twin-clutch transmission. The front A-pillar and the rest of the windshield frame act as a front roll over brace. It's capable enough to be compared to sports cars, but compliant and livable enough to be called "just" a luxury sedan.

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    Expectations run high for any new 3 Series -- almost unfairly so. Our expectations were such that when we found out the new BMW 3 Series would be slightly bigger, and its power steering system would use a fuel-efficient electric motor, we grew skeptical. What did we learn? That there's no reason for the roundel faithful to fret. Forget the last i. This new one actually accelerates at the same pace as the horse, lb-ft is -- the one with two turbos and a fast-shifting twin-clutch transmission.

    Our mere automatic i, down a turbo and supposedly 20 horsepower and 32 lb-ft, reached 60 mph in 4. That's right on pace with a Camaro SS, assuming it's driven well. Launching the i is a simple matter of turning traction control off, holding the brake while waiting for the tach needle to swing past rpm, and letting go. The rear tires chatter through first, and shifts happen with who-needs-a-twin-clutch-transmission immediacy.

    Stopping is equally impressive. The best stop we recorded from 60 mph took feet. With these additives, the i's best figure eight-lap time, at But beyond a respectable lap time, the i provides truly enjoyable handling characteristics.

    It can be backed into a corner, it can plow, and it can transition between these two extremes at the driver's preference. It's compliant and friendly. Versus the four-cylinder i, it carries extra pounds. Where do you think that weight comes from? A hundred points if you guessed the front axle. The added weight is noticeable after back-to-back drives with the i, but equally noticeable is the extra forward thrust the i so readily supplies. A slightly heavier nose or more power? On three occasions, the system deactivated itself while the car was stopped at a light with the engine off, leaving its driver stuck in neutral with a line of honking, angry drivers rapidly forming behind.

    This phenomenon happened once to yours truly, and that was all the impetus I needed to deactivate it every time I started the car. Beyond that one glaring issue, I spent much time on the side of a twisty mountain road trying to find other faults, but all I came up with were nitpicky quibbles. The stitching on the hand brake boot doesn't match the stitches on the hand brake lever. The red accent line that stretches across the dash doesn't look that great.

    You can get it in black. The fascia doesn't come across well in photographs, but it is rather attractive in person, blending cues from the i8 concept car with the svelte lines of the Z4.

    Instead of finding faults, I found myself thinking about the smart details BMW has added. Tug the hood release under the dash twice and the hood is unlocked; no fumbling around for the latch under the hood required. And they will be. This is just a luxury sedan with Expectations run high for the 3 Series because it repeatedly delivers such strong performances. Be it on a test track, a two-lane road, or during a daily commute, this new i continues that trend.

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