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F30POST member dd1981 shares yet another great and useful DIY for the F30 3 Series, this time providing a details guide for hardwiring a radar detector in the F30.

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In-car video and track data from the 2012 BMW 335i’s lap at Virginia International Raceway for the 2013 Lightning Lap competition by Car and Driver.

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AC Schnitzer has revealed its F31 3 Series Touring and 6 Series Gran Coupe set to show at next week’s 2013 Geneva auto show. These appear to be very minor updates of the previously revealed ACS F31 and ACS 6 Series Gran Coupe.

The F31 3 Series Touring M Sport kit includes a center bumper metal grille, front splitter lips, painted rear diffuser, roof spoiler, and exhaust tail pipes. The 6 Series Gran Coupe M Sport gets a center bumper metal grille, carbon fiber front lip, … CONTINUED

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Here are some new photos and updated specs of the Alpina F30 B3 Bi-Turbo.

The F30 B3 boasts more power and torque than the E90 B3, yet is 20% more gas efficient.

The new B3 Bi-Turbo delivers 410 HP (301 kW) starting at 5500 RPM (compared to the US F30 335i with 300 HP), and and 442 lb-ft (600Nm) torque. Transmission comes in the form of a ZF 8 speed automatic.

0-100kmh (0-62 mph) takes only 4.2 seconds.

Top speed is 305 km/h (189 MPH).

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Here’s a nice and simple F30 335i M Performance Exhaust Install DIY.

It’s not very difficult and you can save yourself hundreds of dollars (what the dealership charges). Approximate install time should be under one hour.

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Bored at work or home? Burn away hours on this BMW (and other makes) online tuning configurator.

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A look at the ‘old’ versus ‘new’ – an E46 M3 in Steel Grey next to the F30 M Sport in Mineral Grey.

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In early 2011, we reported on Jaguar’s plans to bring a small sedan to directly target the 3 Series. Jaguar feels a need for different and lower priced models. “We need to play in that world,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s global brand director. Jaguar needs a small sports car for image and a sedan for volume, he said. “We have to do both. Whether we do one, two or three body styles, we can still decide. But we have to be in the lower price.”

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Alpina has revealed the specs and first full photo of its new B3, based on the F30 335i sedan.

The F30 B3 boasts more power and torque than the E90 B3, yet is more gas efficient.

The new B3 Bi-Turbo delivers 403 HP (301 kW) at 5500 RPM, paired with the ZF 8 speed automatic.

0-100kmh (0-62 mph) takes only 4 seconds.

Full specs (and photos) of the car will be revealed when it debuts at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show early next month.

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Autobild is the first to get its hands on the recently revealed 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) (F34) for a side by side comparison with the 3 Series Touring (F31).

Their conclusion? After scoring several categories, they have the 3GT squeaking by the touring by just one point overall (67 to 66). The GT gets the nod for easier access, better features, usability, and versatility; but loses on cargo loading.

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A F30POST member shares his feedback and review of the F30 3 Series M Sport Adaptive versus M Sport Passive suspensions, on otherwise identical cars.

The test cars were both F30 330d M Sport, Servotronic Steering, 18″ Wheels, Bridgestone tires, and in Sport Mode.

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Now that we’ve posted the F34 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) official photos and info, here’s a look at how the GT compares against its smaller and older brothers – the F30 Sedan and F31 Touring, physically and visually.

The GT’s physical stats are:

200 mm (7.87 in.) longer than 3 Series sedan and touring
180mm (7.08 in.) longer wheelbase than 3 Series sedan and touring
81mm (3.18 in.) taller than 3 Series sedan and … CONTINUED