Probably direct injection. I still don't know about Infiniti. I see them in the magazines and they look sorta nice and makes me wonder why they aren't as popular as a Lexus. On paper they seem to be a good match, if not better than a Lexus. It all doesn't make sense until you look at one in person and take a seat. To me, they are a little cheap feeling inside and the exteriors have too much of a funky Fenchy look. You get the sense it could look so much better if they did something different here, or didn't do that there. The last thing I don't really care for is unlike Lexus or Acura, Infiniti tries to pull the German car maker trick where they make options that should come standard like other Japanese makes just to print lower prices in automags and advertizing.Steve Theodore said:I kind of like it, and want to know more about the new developments to the VQ35 engine.
My ZHP 330i had a bad alternator two hours after buying the car. After that I had no problems. I think BMW still has a damn nice car with the 330. You don't know until you drive one. I always thought it was all hype, but it's true. I enjoyed driving that car more than my S4 and C32 even though it had a 100HP deficit. I think BMW is safe, until some else figures out how to make their cars drive like a BMW.STAGED said:Even though car mags. love the 3-series I truly think the BMW reign to mass appeal of compact entry premium sports sedans is over. Look at the interior of this and the new IS. Add in good reliability scores (the 3-series is not bad, but somehow asking around in the real world I think the disparity is greater than surveys lead to believe) and the minute handling joys of a 3-series seem trivial.
Well Sam, you are a true driver's car man into BMW's handling/driver feedback nuances and not a mainstream buyer looking for BMW's snoot appeal.BPUKiller said:My ZHP 330i had a bad alternator two hours after buying the car. After that I had no problems. I think BMW still has a damn nice car with the 330. You don't know until you drive one. I always thought it was all hype, but it's true. I enjoyed driving that car more than my S4 and C32 even though it had a 100HP deficit. I think BMW is safe, until some else figures out how to make their cars drive like a BMW.
I don't think they are less sporty. I just think there are more car makers with sporty cars, doing so by copying BMW's. All cars are a litte heavier now days in the name of ridgidity and safety, this has a negative effect on tossibility and pureness, but huge payoffs in everyday driving. I think most people want a comfortable and sporty car and that's what BMW and everyone else is doing. The difference is BMW still offers those hardcore cars, like my ZHP or M cars and so far Lexus and Infiniti have no such offerings. I agree with you that power is down compared to the competition, hell a new Camry is faster than a 330, but speed isn't everything. I'm sure BMW has some tricks up it's sleeves to address the power issue.Olivier Caza said:Sam,
the problem with BMW is their lack of "hardcoreness" nowadays. Their cars are becoming more and more like the G35 and IS350. The dont look as different, both interior and exterior, and they are also now slower and less sporty they used to be compared to the competition. They will have to fix this IMO to get back to the all-around, best entry luxury class leader.