We recently reported on the F31 3 series touring hitting dealership floors, which meant that deliveries were not far behind. The first F31 deliveries are now underway and here is our very first F31 touring owner. This F30POST member just brought home a Mineral Grey F31 320d M Sport. Congrats to him and all our soon-to-be F31 drivers!
Nothing new was shown on this F30 with M Performance Parts at the 2012 Paris auto show, but it’s still good eye candy. Here’s a quick rundown of the parts you see in the photos below (we’ve also reposted photos we took at the 2012 AMI show in May). Also reference the full BMW M Performance Parts Catalog.
20 inch M Performance Wheels: 20” forged alloy wheel set (style 405M) – forged and reduces weight by 1 kg (2.4 lbs.) per wheel when compared to a similar size wheel.
M Performance Brakes: Brembo big-brake kit with painted calipers (in yellow, orange, or red). 4-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and 2-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear … CONTINUED
he Aachen-based experts from AC Schnitzer help the 3-series with Diesel engines 318d and 320d to achieve 126 kW/171 HP or 160 kW/218 HP. The performance upgrades for the 328i and 335i will realise 216 kW/294 HP or 265 kW/360 HP but both are still in the final development stage. One thing is for sure: with the AC Schnitzer performance upgrades the 3 series will have an even more impressive presence.
As appearances are also important, these inner values are reflected in the AC Schnitzer engine optics.
The saloon makes itself heard with the AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer with one or two chromed “Racing“ tailpipes. A pure optical enhancement is given by the AC Schnitzer “Racing” tailpipe
In the 3 series by AC Schnitzer, you ride out life’s … CONTINUED
We’re coming to you live from the 2012 Paris motor show and have had a chance to gawk at the beautiful 3 Series Touring (F31) in M Sport trim and in Estoril Blue II, which has become the quintessential color for the F30 and F31 M sport package.
The 330d touring produces 258PS and 560Nm torque, with fuel economy of 55.4mpg.
F31 deliveries have just begun in Europe (see our very first delivery) and they will hit the North American market in the Spring of 2013.
Full F31 technical info and official thread @ http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690502
One of the first head-to-head comparisons between the 2013 BMW F30 328i versus the Cadillac ATS (2.0T).
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the all-new Cadillac ATS against the car it was built to compete with, the dominating BMW 328i. Jonny uses test data to illustrate how similar these two cars are and then takes them out for a true drivers test on one of his favorite California back roads.
The KW DDC (Dynamic Damper Control) ECU coilovers remove the pain of getting out of the car and adjusting it manually. You can download the software app from iTunes for free and use it to adjust your coilovers via iPhone, iPad, or iPod. It has 3 settings (comfort, sport and sport+) or you can fine tune it yourself.
The 2013 3 Series Touring (F31) officially launched into European markets and hit dealerships this past weekend. The F31 touring will arrive at US / Canadian dealerships in Spring 2013.
Check out some photos of various F31 touring on display in European showrooms.
Unfortunate news for the BMW world. One of BMW’s prototype test drivers was killed a few days ago on September 21 on the A92 highway near BMW”s Dingolfing plant.
He was in high speed testing of the F30 3 series hybrid and passing a series of tractor trailer trucks when a truck entered into the test driver’s lane. The driver swerved to avoid the truck and crash into the rear of a truck. The driver was killed instantly.
Our condolences go out to the driver’s family.
With their expressive and unmistakeable design, BMW’s latest new models convince not only juries of experts at renowned competitions, but also the general public. Latest example of this is BMW’s double victory in the readers’ survey conducted by the trade magazine “auto, motor und sport”. In the vote for the best design innovations 2012, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé and the new BMW 3 Series Sedan each attained a top position in their respective vehicle segment. As a result, both models are now being honoured with the “autonis” award presented by “auto, motor und sport”. “We are very happy to receive the awards for the new BMW 3 Series and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé. Such a positive feedback from our customers and friends … CONTINUED