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      10-28-2019, 05:33 AM   #1
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Limited Edition 330is Debuts in South Africa

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Hey All,

thought this might be of interest.

At the 2019 BMW M Festival in South Africa, BMWSA took the wraps off a limited edition G20 330is.

Production is limited to 300 units only.

The team at the show had no further information, it will be launched as a 2020 MY Car.

It is in all likelihood a nod to the cult status E30 325is which was SA specific as we didnt get the M3.

I had posted some Images on Instagram (@bmw_mpower_fans).

We also got a first look at the M8 GC in the Flesh.
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      10-28-2019, 05:48 AM   #2
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that looks pretty sick, i just wish the wheels were more concave. i dont know why they make them so flat...
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It's a limited edition model for the South African market.
Where iS has a history within the 3er for that particular market.
I can only imagine the debates in SA about this car living up to the iS name and if it's diluting the iS badge or not.
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Nice front lip!
this is the M Performance Front lip painted.

I have this lip on my M340 in gloss black and it looks incredible.

Front lips are always a win on these cars
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      11-05-2019, 10:50 PM   #5
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Nice front lip!
this is the M Performance Front lip painted.

I have this lip on my M340 in gloss black and it looks incredible.

Front lips are always a win on these cars
I completely agree. I have a front lip and splitter on my F30 and it looks so much more aggressive
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      11-07-2019, 02:35 PM   #6
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They said they didn't get the m3

Did they mean m340 so they get base car with some added plastic
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Looking good
Are there any engine enhancements or just exterior mods?
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They said they didn't get the m3

Did they mean m340 so they get base car with some added plastic
I think he means they didnt get an E30 M3 but got the E30 325is instead. A google search confirmed SA did not get the E30 M3.
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They said they didn't get the m3

Did they mean m340 so they get base car with some added plastic
they were referring to the e30 m3. SA created an IS instead off the e30 325.

https://www.e30zone.net/e30wiki/inde..._African_Model
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Nice. Is this paint Oxide Grey?
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They said they didn't get the m3

Did they mean m340 so they get base car with some added plastic
they were referring to the e30 m3. SA created an IS instead off the e30 325.

https://www.e30zone.net/e30wiki/inde..._African_Model
Thanks! Good to know!

This is hint that new m3 isn't coming either
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Did they get the m340i? Looks like it has 20" rims. Might be an issue on pothole ridden roads. What are the specs does it get some sort of tune? If it has the m135i tune that would make it a replacement to some degree for the m340 but not the M3.
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Nothing special about it. A 330i with parts from the M Performance catalogue.
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this gonna look better than the g80
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Does it have the 'is' badge on the trunk? Any photos of it?
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Painted front lip looks sharp. Prefer/wish BMW stayed the course with the "is" moniker vs M {insert series} i.

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Painted front lip looks sharp. Prefer/wish BMW stayed the course with the "is" moniker vs M {insert series} i.

X5 4.8is
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I absolutely agree with you.

So unfortunate.
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that looks pretty sick, i just wish the wheels were more concave. i dont know why they make them so flat...
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Wait until this very model comes to the US, it will be called 330i M Performance Edition

I kinda wish BMW made this version as well, 320is:

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Painted front lip looks sharp. Prefer/wish BMW stayed the course with the "is" moniker vs M {insert series} i.

X5 4.8is
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Yes, definitely better than the M Performance marketing gimmicks we have now. They're even listing those in ///M sections on their websites.

They also had the "si" moniker, too. E90 320si WTCC homologation special comes to mind.

E92 335is was a pretty special car too, in my opinion. Souped up N54 w/DCT and a great exhaust note.
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Meh, looks like more brand dilution to me!

Unless there is something special under the hood and/or some type of performance tweek over the standard 330, this is just another "special edition" car to justify BMW's corporate marketing dept. job security.

If it is indeed a unique edition why launch it to such a small market?

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