IF you want speed, luxury, good looks and are willing to fork out close to R1 million, the BMW 330is Edition will give you all the thrills.

It’s inspired by the legendary Gusheshe, the 325is from the 90s.

Under the hood of the 2-litre 4-cylinder engine is 190kW and it delivers a mighty 400Nm of torque. It dashes the 0-100km/h race in a blistering 5,8 seconds.

And trust me, this machine has plenty of power.

BMW claims a combined fuel consumption of 6.6L/100 km, and these figures are excellent for a sports car.

In all fairness, I was enjoying the brute force of the beast too much to come close to these figures.

Jump inside and you’ll find yourself in comfortable leather sport seats. The front passenger seat is also a sport seat. The black leather Vernasca seats are only some of the many luxuries in the cabin.

The 330is is fitted with a Harman Kardon surround soundsystem, which is top-notch.

Other luxuries include a wireless charger for your cellphone, cruise control with brake function, intelligent emergency calling, parking assist, adaptive M suspension, a glass sunroof and BMW gesture control.

It’s nice to have all these luxuries, but quite pricey to pay almost R200 000 for extras.

But it’s behind the wheel you want to be as the driving experience is out of this world. The handling is excellent and 330is sticks to the tar like a thief’s hands in the cookie jar.

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The aggressive grille of the 330is. Photo by Johan Vos
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The BMW 330is Edition. Photo by Johan Vos
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The BMW 330is Edition. Photo by Johan Vos
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The BMW 330is Edition. Photo by Johan Vos

The 330is is a limited edition and will probably become a collectable later on.

In terms of looks, it’s striking and sporty. The 330is is now a four-door sedan, not like the two-door Gusheshe. The aggressive grille and 20-inch Performance M alloy wheels adds to the 330is’ sporty appearance.

The 330is Edition offers enough decent leg- and headroom, not always the case in sporty cars.

I enjoyed the 330is Edition thoroughly, as it was great to be behind the wheel of a model that the Gusheshe had breathed to life.

BMW made this review possible.

Pricing

BWW 330is Edition – R947 676