Hartge steps up to the plate once again as they want to show what their tweaked version of the entry level F30 BMW 328i can do.
It may be a current entry level model and it may only be a four cylinder engine but thanks to BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology it does itself proud.
With 245 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque available on tap, the newest of the 3 Series is no slouch. Still, Hartge went one up on that.
The German tuner doesn’t mess about with too many of the components in that engine but the results can’t be denied.
Having tweaked the ECU “properly” 45 more horsepower pop into view, thus giving the car 290 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque.
The figures seem a little tricky to understand which is why Hartge have very nicely provided a video meant to be a little more conclusive.
Since the new Hartge tweaks apply to BMW’s N20 engine rather than the F30 3 Series specifically, the kit is available in more than one car.
You can have the same powerplant in a 528i, 528i xDrive, Z4 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X3 xDrive28i. The same performance figures are available.
What you should take note of is the fact that the differences in acceleration, top speed and fuel consumption are pretty important between these models.
The only problem with this new launch is that while Hartge are pleased to tell us that the F30 BMW 328i conversion isn’t going to cost much, we’re not getting an actual figure to study.