2019 BMW 330i Fights The Clock At The Hockenheim GP Track

In the good ol’ days, the 30i moniker in a BMW signified the presence of a straight-six petrol engine under the hood. However, the constant fight to keep emissions in check and meet the ever-tighter rules has inevitably led to downsizing.

Thus, the new 330i, like its predecessor, is powered by a four-cylinder, but it’s still capable of delivering a satisfying output thanks to the adoption of forced induction. The 2.0-liter engine produces 258 PS (254 hp / 190 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque and is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. From rest to 100 km/h (0-62 mph), it needs a very respectable 5.8 seconds, so despite its name not being representative of its capacity, it’s actually just as fast, if not faster.

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For a car powered by a four-pot, the sports sedan is more than capable of putting a smile on your face at the track. In SportAuto’s video posted at the bottom of the page, it was raced against the clock at the Hockenheim GP, with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires measuring 225/40 and 255/35 front and rear respectively, wrapped around its 19-inch alloys.

The clock stopped at 2:08.70, which makes the 330i about 3 seconds quicker than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, which also packs a turbocharged four-cylinder, and 4 seconds faster than the Abarth 124 Spider.

Moreover, according to the description of the video, the 2019 330i came 7 seconds behind the Ford Mustang GT, whose engine is more than twice the size, and was 8 seconds slower than the new Renault Megane RS Trophy. The sleek Hyundai i30 N Fastback and Seat Leon Cupra R ST were also 2 seconds faster, whereas the Audi TTS Coupe ran the course in 2 minutes and 3.4 seconds.

These, however, are much sportier cars, whereas the Bimmer is a compact family saloon that’s more comfortable and easy to drive on a daily basis, requiring almost no compromises. The fact that it can put in a fast lap is, therefore, testament to BMW’s engineers not putting that old “driving machine” adage to rest.


  • Kagan

    7s slower than mustang! Why would i want bmw for!

    Ofcourse we don’t know what tires mustang had but…

    • SteersUright

      Your comment is a bit ridiculous. A Mustang GT with PP2 at $55k would be better matched with either an M240i or base M2. They’re around the same weight, price, 2-doors coupes, etc. Also, the Mustang, with PP2 is very fast around a track and the very top version of the GT. Why would you expect BMW’s base sedan to match it? For a sedan buyer who wants 4-doors and a bunch of space and utility, the 330i doesn’t compromise driving fun.

  • Ermal Morina

    with wider tires I bet it would go even faster. I’d put atleast 265 at the back making it more stable and faster around the corners

  • SteersUright

    I drove this exact car, with the m-sport package, and it was fantastic on the track. Too large to be idea (its a big sedan) but despite that, it handled fantastic, was comfortable over bumps, the engine had very good torque (though a bit of horrible lag right off the line) and the brakes never let up. It also felt very solid, well made and luxurious. I was very impressed.

    • dumblikeyou2

      I drove a loaner from my dealer for the day. Despite it supposedly being lighter than the F30, it still had a larger feel to it due to its larger dimensions and just drove “large”. Where I thought my F30 was a little porky, getting out of a G20 and into the F30 makes it feel like you’re getting into a E90 after a day with it. It wasn’t an M-sport, but I didn’t quite think it felt all that much different than my F30. The engine sounded better though, but that was about it. The steering feel was still disappointing. I do believe the eco-focussed tires are the culprit.

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