• This 2011 BMW 328i Sport Wagon is one of fewer than 400 3 Series wagons with the M Sport package.
• The wagon’s naturally aspirated 3.0-liter straight-six engine is less powerful than BMW’s turbocharged engine, but less complicated and more reliable.
• The result is a car that is fast, practical and fun to drive. The icing on the cake here is his 6-speed manual transmission between the seats.
“They don’t do it anymore” is a cliché and a double-edged sword. Hyundai, for example, would be willing to point out that its factory no longer makes things like the old Sonatas and Excels, and that’s a good thing, too. But the 3 Series is styled like a visual headbutt. Meanwhile, here’s the enthusiastic secret handshake that BMW has always been known for.
It will be put up for auction on Bring a Trailer (which is car and driver part of Hearst Autos), This 2011 BMW 328i wagon checks all possible boxes. First of all, this North American wagon is one of his few wagons equipped with the desirable M-Sport package. In addition to 18-inch wheels and more aggressive bodywork, the M Sport also got sportier seats and his three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in nice leather.
Even better, and rarer, is the manual. Of course, most 3 Series sold in 2011 had automatic transmissions. Nowadays, even stick shift M cars are no longer seen. In this case, the 6-speed manual and 3-pedal setup unlocks more fun while sitting behind the wheel.
Spec-wise, the engine looks unremarkable, but it does the trick. The naturally aspirated straight-six engine has a maximum output of 230 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive draws some power through parasitic losses, but that’s enough. After all, this is BMW’s straight-six, middle is essentially a perfectly balanced engine built by a German company whose name literally begins with “Motoren.”
Hit the throttle on the M4, go straight to jail, and don’t collect $200. But in this wagon, I was able to twirl my favorite back roads and redline that straight 6 over and over. Then back to Monday’s Rat Race, it’s a capable cruiser with gutsy torque.? Plus, there’s enough cargo room to carry groceries, dogs, and road bikes. Throw in all-wheel drive for four-season driveability and you’ve got a car that looks like a Swiss Army knife made in Munich.
As far as the rest of the crossover-driving masses around you know, it’s just another car on the road. people will know it. A nod of approval. know the smile Oh is it manual? sweet. Unfortunately, wagons don’t come here. Yeah they don’t do that anymore.
There are six days left until the auction ends on Thursday, September 29, with an early bid of $13,400. Whoever wins the auction can get their hands on a very special machine.
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