What Car? give the new 2012 BMW 3 series a full five stars, saying that it shows just how dominant the current 3 Series is that the only car the new model has to beat is its predecessor – and that it does. In short, if you’re in the market for a compact executive, this is the one to go for. It’s a “Perfect Replacement” for the E90 as they call it.
Autoexpress rates the new 3 a full five stars. In sum, they feel that the F30 improves upon the E90 in virtually every area. “The best just got better,” as they said.
Autocar took a two day spin in BMW Sport Line F30 320d and 328i models during BMW’s press test drive days and came away calling the F30 still just a good-looking saloon that drives rather beautifully at heart. Why? Read on…
Automobile Magazine was also among the first group of the automotive press to drive the F30 3 series. Their verdict? They were relieved to experience that the overall character of the 3-series has been maintained in this latest form. Read on…
Motor Trend reviews the 2012 328i sedan and asks the question: Do this bigger BMW’s new turbo-four and electric steering compute?
Read on inside.
As we’ve mentioned, the first F30 press global drives recently began in Barcelona, and the first drives are now beginning to be posted.
First in is Edmunds Insideline’s review of the F30 328i powered by BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine. Inside are some of the highlights of what they have to say about the 2012 F30 328i sedan.
We’re attending the press drives for the BMW F30 3 series in Barcelona, Spain and to kick off the test drives, BMW has released a new set of high resolution photos of the F30 on location.
The photo sets inside feature: all model lines on location at the Circuit de Catalunya Formula 1 track, a 328i Sport Line, and a 320d Modern Line.
We’ll post our first drive impressions of the F30 soon, so stay tuned!
At a glance:
The new 3 Series Sedan: sixth generation … CONTINUED
BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine (the “N20″) may be down on cylinders and displacement compared to the inline 6 cylinder (N52) that it replaces across BMW’s model range, but even in factory form, it matches the outgoing N52′s horsepowers and features an extra 30 lb-ft of torque (in the X1 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, F20 128i, 528i, Z4 sDrive28i, and upcoming F30 328i).
And what the N20 loses in smoothness and top-end pull compared to the outgoing N52, it now looks like it will easily make … CONTINUED
German publication Autobild had a chance to get some personal time with the F30 3 Series Sport Line model. They’ve posted a set of photos which show some of the F30′s details and features. See inside.
Undoubtedly, the most important debut for BMW in 2011 was the new F30 3 series Sedan. BMW pulled the wraps off and published the first info on the new 3 back in October.
As with any new model, some of you have questions that haven’t been answered by the official materials. We’ve been trying to cover and answer most your questions so far but, despite our efforts and our guide of the different design lines HERE) you may still have unanswered questions regarding the new F30 3 … CONTINUED
This 2012 F30 3 series Modern Line was spotted at Holland’s Schiphol airport, the site of many a new BMW model preview/spotting in the past, where some BMWs make a stop before crossing the Atlantic ocean to North America.
This is a US spec model (note the orange bumper reflectors) and is a Modern Line model.
After the first F32 coupe photos, we now bring to you the first spy video of the upcoming BMW 4 Series (or 3 Series, as name change is not yet confirmed) coupe out testing in Munich.
The live look provided by a video always provides the best perspectives because we are able to see and perceive the physical aspects (size, proportions, transitions, and scale) of the car in one continuous moving view. Seeing a car in motion among other cars and natural elements also provides the most … CONTINUED
The 2012 3-series sedan product planning and strategy bulletin and ordering guide has been released (scans below).
Retails sales will launch on February 11, 2012. The first two months of production will be used to produce dealer’s initial stock – two 328i and one 335i. Here’s a breakdown of the ordering info available so far:
STANDARD EQUIPMENT on both 328i and 335i sedan will include:
8 speed auto transmission (6 speed manual is a no charge option)
6.5″ color display with … CONTINUED
The first F32 4 Series / 3 Series coupe prototypes were spotted for the first time ever just last month. And although it appeared in heavy camouflage, we’ve attempted to envision what the production form may look like underneath.
In producing the following images, we started from a real life F32 spy photo (attached below) and combined it with some elements from the F30′s styling, along with some educated guesses and imagination sprinkled throughout. We’ll be able to better assess the accuracy of the image’s detailed styling … CONTINUED
Here’s the first sighting we’ve seen of a US spec production Luxury Line F30 3 series sedan. This model was recently spotted at the BMW USA HQ in NJ and is the first look at how the US spec F30 will differ from the European version – namely the placement of the front bumper reflectors.
This F30 is a Luxury Line model which features: front and rear bumpers with speciﬁc features in high-gloss chrome, BMW kidney grille with 11 slats in high-gloss chrome, side window frames … CONTINUED
The F30 3 series world premiere event was streamed live from Munich on BMW’s facebook page, but in a fairly low resolution feed. We’ve now posted hi-resolution videos from the event. Have a look at the new videos in our Official F30 Information Thread.
The BMW UK F30 3 series configurator is now online, available for all those interested in spec’ing out their F30s and seeing how a particular configuration looks.
Available for configuration are F30 base, modern, luxury and sport lines, in a full array of colors, wheels, and interior trims. Packages and optional equipment are also listed, all with prices. The 335i Sport Line and M sport variations are not yet online, but it shouldn’t be long.
Production of the F30 recently kicked off at the Munich production plant.
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The BMW Group is investing half a billion euros in building the new BMW 3 Series at the Munich plant, where series production launches today.
“The BMW 3 Series is the most important volume-produced model from the BMW Group as well as the biggest-selling model in the entire premium segment. To ensure that the sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series likewise leaves the factory in flawless quality, we have invested around 500 million euros in our Munich home plant. And that means safeguarding 9,000 workplaces,” said … CONTINUED