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2012 NYIAS: 2013 328i xDrive Debut

04/05/2012 at 12:00 PM
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On display at the BMW section of the 2012 NYIAS is the 2013 328i xDrive (AWD) in its first public showing.

The F30 3 series xDrive models will begin production with the 2013 model year which begins in July, for September delivery.

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World premiere – the new BMW 3 Series sedan in the long wheelbase version.

Developed at BMW head office in Germany, it will be rolling off the production line in the new Shenyang production plant and celebrating its world premiere at Auto China 2012 in Beijing – the new BMW 3 Series sedan in the long wheelbase version.

With its wheelbase extended by 11 cm, a conspicuously elegant design, and the best rear seat travel comfort among the competition, this new model fulfils precisely the expectations of Chinese … CONTINUED

Holy Hail!! First F30 Totaled

04/03/2012 at 4:10 PM
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We’re sad to report what is likely the first F30 3 series totaled (at least on BIMMERPOST). Only this one isn’t due to driving error or accident as is usually the case. This loss is a casualty of the natural elements – a freak hail storm.

The body damage may look bad, but what’s worse is that the engine somehow managed to suffer water damage as well.

Here’s hoping that this member picks up a replacement F30 quickly.

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We’ve spied the upcoming 3 series F31 touring again, but this time we get a look at it against the outgoing 3 series E91 touring model. As one can see, the two share similar rooflines and tailgate shapes. However, the F31′s tailgate appears more sculpted, extending out to a more pronounced trunk lip than the E91. The F31′s roof spoiler is also flatter than the E91 roof spoiler, giving the F31 roofline a sleeker shape near the C pillar.

The F31′s side character line is also deeper … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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Rosenthal Automotive has shot and produced some very enjoyable BMW reviews and it continues with this 2012 335i (F30) review.

Be sure to watch in extra high quality “4K”

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At the Malaysian launch of the new F30 3 Series, BMW showcased a 328i partially adorned in some M Performance Parts.

As we can see, not all F30 M Performance Parts are featured here, with the exterior aero kit parts missing (M Sport bumpers, carbon fiber front splitters, carbon fiber mirrors, sideskirts, trunk spoiler, and rear diffuser).

Featured however are the the M Performance gloss black grilles, M Performance racing stripes, 20″ Style 405M M Performance wheels, M Performance brakes in orange (4 piston front, 2 piston rear, … CONTINUED

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The 30 finalist entries have been announced for the win a 3 series contest (Zero to Desir3 in 5.9 Seconds contest) and public voting is now open @ http://facebook.com/bmwusa and http://youtube.com/bmwusaon until April 9 at 11:59 am ET. The winner will be announced on April 13.

We have members who have made the finalist list so be sure to vote and help one win a new F30 3 series!

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The official specs and photos of the first F30 3 series race cars have now been released. The twin F30 race cars by ADF Motorsport will debut on March 31st in the WesBank Super series and will go on to race in the upcoming 2012 24 Hour Nurburgring race. These F30 cars feature the new line of BMW M Performance Parts and these specs:

2,998 pounds (1360kg)
408hp / 443 lb-ft torque (600nm)
MoTeC ECU
Turbos boost lowered to maximum 0.7 bar and 40mm turbo … CONTINUED

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The new BMW 3 series F30 (320d) has been named by Autocar as its pick for the Best Car in the Real World, over the popular Range Rover Evoque.

The 320d F30 was given five stars by Autocar, the highest accolade their we-drive-everything testers can bestow on a car, and they are extremely careful not to spray it about. The last five-star verdict went to the Ferrari 458 Italia in 2010. Read about it inside.

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BMW Group, the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, has now delivered the first 40 vehicles that will be used for this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

The newly-liveried vehicles will form part of the full fleet which will be used by LOCOG to help drive the Games. The fleet consists of electric, diesel, and hybrid cars, as well as a range of motorcycles and bicycles, and benefits from BMW’s sector-leading EfficientDynamics technologies meaning that it will achieve LOCOG’s strict … CONTINUED

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Have a look at how the new F30 3 series sedan was launched into the Australian market. The presentation featured snazzy light effects imposed onto the 3 series, similar to the BMW Moscow presentation.

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Autoexpress rightfully calls 3 the magic number for BMW. It’s BMW’s top selling model and has set the standard in the small-medium sports sedan class for decades. As such, any new 3 series model is always big news and the natural question to come to everyone’s mind is how it compares to its most direct rivals – traditionally the Audi A4 and Mercedes Benz C Class.

No surprise, the F30 comes out on top as it has in all the comparisons so far. See the full details/results … CONTINUED

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The EPA has revised the 2012 328i (F30) MPG figures down by 3MPG to 33MPG. According to BMW:

All manufacturers are responsible for testing and submitting fuel economy figures each year to the EPA (based on physical tests following the EPA test cycle on a dynamometer). Occasionally, the EPA will validate the figures that we provide. When this happens, there are sometimes small changes in the published EPA fuel economy figures (usually 1 mpg up or down).

The EPA recently tested the 2012 328i Automatic and obtained … CONTINUED

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Development continues on the upcoming F34 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) model, which BMW is testing concurrently with the other future F3x variants – the F32 coupe, F31 touring.

We’ve now spied the GT model with its trunk/tailgate open, revealing its exact trunk line. These photos also confirm what we’ve said earlier – that the 3 series GT will feature a simple hatch function rather than the twin trunk arrangement on the 5er GT.

We also get some more looks at the F34′s retractable spoiler, the first on … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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Challenge undertakes their F30 development on powertrain and cosmetic parts to see what improvements they can make to the car’s powertrain and other mechanical systems (i.e. exhaust system, intercooler, intake system, oil cooling, etc.).

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We recently featured a video of the F30 328i running to 155mph, now watch and compare with this video of the F30 335i doing the same. Both feature very impressive acceleration and gear changes.

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The 2012 F30 328i sedan is put to a 0-155mph high speed acceleration test by Option Auto. Watch how the mighty little 2.0L turbo 4 cylinder N20 engine does at the various speeds and RPMs throughout the run on video.

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Turner Motorsports has fitted the F30 H&R Springs onto their new F30, giving us the first real life look of the F30 stance after fitting H&R lowering springs.

The H&R lowering springs come in two varieties — Sport Spring and Super Sport Spring, with the latter being a more aggressive lowering.

The H&R Sport Springs (Part #28878-2) lower the F30 by 1.2″ front and 1.2″ rear.
The H&R Super Sport Springs (Part #28877-2) lower the F30 by 1.75″ front and 1.6″ rear.