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2005 Blue BMW 330CI Convertible, MSport (ZHP)

145,000 miles, VIN WBABW53405PL51635 and in good overall condition, 6 cylinder engine with very desirable MSport Performance Package (ZHP) suspension, paint with minor chips and interior with light scuffs and wear to leather, convertible top has abrasions to fabric and works well with recent replacement of hydraulic rams, recent replacement of shocks, brake pads, rotors and tires, serviced regularly, runs and drives well

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In January 2003, at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, BMW of North America introduced the 330i Performance Package, order code ZHP. This was a trim-level upgrade that included engine modifications for an increase of 10 hp (7 kW), 8 lb·ft (11 N·m) of torque, and a redline increase to 6,800 rpm (from 6,500 in the regular 330i). The ZHP option also provided a 6-speed short-throw manual transmission, a higher final drive ratio and speed limiter setting, a suspension tuned for better handling, and various BMW M interior and exterior trim elements. The color option of Imola Red replaces Electric Red when ordered with ZHP Performance Package, otherwise only available in the M-series. Europe received slightly more cosmetic upgrades with the UK Clubsport Package, available only for the 330Ci (Coupe) models. The ZHP package helped BMW fill the gap from the departure of the four-door E36 M3 in 1998, as the E46 M3 was only available in coupe and convertible form.

The ZHP package was available for the E46 platform beginning with mid-2003 330i sedans, and the following year for 330Ci coupes & convertibles. It has become a highly sought-after model due to its unique modifications. Car and Driver magazine track-tested the car, which returned a 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds and passed through the 1/4 mile in 14.2 seconds.

Specific details on the order package include:


·          Lightweight flywheel 

·          More aggressive camshaft

·          Free-flowing exhaust with 35 mm matte stainless steel dual exhaust pipes

·          3.07 final drive gear ratio in rear differential

·          Tachometer with 300 rpm-higher redline

Suspension (comparisons are made to sport package suspension)

o    New M suspension, more "sporty" than standard sport package

o    Firmer springs (front +6%, rear +8%)

o    Firmer shocks (jounce: front +50%, rear +20%), (rebound: front +35%, rear -8%)

o    Larger diameter anti-roll bars: 23.5 mm front (v. 23.0), 18.5 mm rear (v. 18.0)

o    Lower ride height by 15 mm (.6 inches) utilizing shorter auxiliary springs

o    -.5 degrees of camber

o    Reinforced right & left front lower control arms with all-metal ball joints (more rigid forward bushings)


·          Interior

o    Sport seats in Alcantara/cloth combo (optionally in leather)

o    Anthracite interior headliner

o    Thicker ///M 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel in perforated leather or Alcantara with fingertip cruise, audio, and accessory phone controls

o    Short & weighted ///M shift knob

o    Aluminum black/silver cube interior trim

·          Exterior

o    M-Tech II aerodynamic package

o    M-Tech II front bumper with M-tech fogs and M-tech reflectors

o    M-Tech II rear bumper with diffuser

o    M-Tech II side sills

o    M-Tech lip spoiler

·          Double-spoke (Styling 135M) cast alloy wheels

o    18 x 8.0 front with 225/40R-18 performance tires

o    18 x 8.5 rear with 255/35R-18 performance tires

·          High-gloss shadowline trim around the windows


Last edited by bimmerlifestyle; 02-16-2009 at 02:35 AM.

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Provenance:Private Collection Asheville, North Carolina

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
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