An Exploration in Diesel, Courtesy of BMW
I’m excited to announce that this week I will be test-driving a BMW 328D and reporting back to you, dear readers, on the experience. When BMW first approached me and offered me their new diesel sedan to test-drive, I was a little confused. Knowing virtually nothing about diesel, except the mental image in my head of giant 18 wheeler diesel freight trucks spewing sooty black smoke, I wondered why would a green-car enthusiast like myself would be interested in diesel. Then I started wikipediaing…
Turns out that diesel is highly efficient, much more so than traditional gasoline.
A diesel engine is built differently than a regular gasoline engine, and the internal combustion process happens through compression instead of a spark plug, which generally means you can go further with less fuel. BMW’s new 328D sedan gets up to 45 highway miles per gallon – which is as good an MPG as a hybrid electric vehicle like a Toyota Prius! It releases 14% less CO2 emissions than a typical gasoline car, and it can go up to 675 miles on a single tank of gas. Too bad I’m not planning to drive down to Miami this week (from New York), because, in theory, I could, on a single tank of diesel. Instead, I’ll be testing out how well the BMW 328 diesel transports oversized pumpkins and shrieking children from Long Island to New York City, as well as how it handles city driving, traffic on the BQE, schlepping to the IKEA in Red Hook, and more fun stuff like that.
Stay tuned for more to come!
thanks to Niels (shown in top pic) for so charmingly surprisingly me with this BMW 328D parked in front of my house this weekend!
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