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Headlining today’s press day at the 2013 New York International Auto Show and making their North American debuts are the BMW 328d, 3 Series GT and Concept Active Tourer.

The 328d (info) and a 320i (info) will join the 335i and 328i this summer in the F30 3 Series lineup. The 328d will be powered by a TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder engine, outputting 180 hp / 280 lb-ft of torque and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.2 seconds, while getting mileage that could … CONTINUED

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Yesterday, we brought you news of the availability of the F30 335i M Performance Power Kit (PPK) [full details].

The PPK increases the 335i’s horsepower from 300 to 320hp (official factory quoted figures) on all models. Automatic transmission models will experience a +32 lb-ft peak torque increase (to 332 lb-ft), while manual transmission-equipped models benefit from a +17 lb-ft peak torque increase (to 317 lb-ft). 0-60mph acceleration is improved 0.2 seconds compared to standard 335i models, while 50-75mph times drop by a full half-second.

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BMW today announced a new M Performance Power Kit for the 2012 model year and later BMW 335i Sedan and 335i xDrive Sedan models. The M Performance Power Kit joins the existing M Performance Parts line which includes chassis, aerodynamics, exhaust system components, and trim accessories. Developed through consultation by the engineers at BMW M GmbH, the M Performance Power Kit is immediately available through all Authorized BMW Centers in the US, with MSRP starting at $1,100 (plus Installation) and retains BMW’s 4-Year / 50,000-mile … CONTINUED

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Now that we have seen the production 4 Series coupe fully uncovered, a natural comparison to draw is between the 4 Series coupe (F32) and the model that it succeeds, the 3 Series coupe (E92).

We do not yet know the official dimensions of the production 4 Series coupe, but for reference the concept 4 series dimensions are:

1.6 inches longer than E92 3 Series coupe
1.6 inches wider than E92 3 Series Coupe
1.3 inches lower than E92 3 Series Coupe
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Owner and Head of Sales & Marketing of Alpina, Andreas Bovensiepen, introduces and explains the new Alpina B3 and XD3 models in these first videos of Alpina’s two newest models.

The Alpina B3 is based on the F30 335i sedan and the XD3 on the X3 xDrive35i SAV, each recently making a showing at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The Alpina B3 bi-turbo features 410hp, which propels the B3 sedan from 0-62mph in 4.2 sec (4.0 sec for xDrive model) and the B3 touring in 4.3 sec … CONTINUED

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The online builder for the U.S. BMW 3 Series Touring (F31) is now online at BMWUSA.COM.

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Catch this intense BMW European Delivery journal and photo thread by F30POST member Jackson743 documenting his 9 day – 1,000 mile euro delivery adventure where he picked up his F30 335i M Sport.

Warning: intense amount of photos inside

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Hitting the spot: BMW Group Design wins four red dot awards in 2013. International jury recognises the excellent design quality of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW R 1200 GS.

The BMW Group can add another chapter to its successful history in the red dot awards, with BMW Group Design taking home four of the internationally renowned distinctions in the red dot award: product design 2013 competition. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series … CONTINUED

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BMW 335i GT Configurator Previews – in different available lines and colors, from several angles, and interior reviews.

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More first drive reviews of the 3 Series GT [official info] are now in, now from Edmunds and the other from The Telegraph. One likes it plenty, the other… not so much. It seems that the 3 Series GT is polarizing, even after hands-on driving experience. Read on…

BMW 3 Series GT Review by Autocar

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The first BMW 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) reviews are in and here’s one of the first – by Autocar in the UK. See what they have to say about the newest 3 Series model inside.

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BMW has announced some of the important models set for debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), which has its press days beginning on March 27.

With this comes the official announcement that a diesel powered BMW 328d will join the 3 Series lineup in the U.S. [already confirmed for Canada]. A prototype was spotted last September in the US.

The 328d will be powered by a TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder engine, outputting 180 hp / 280 lb-ft of torque and accelerate from 0 … CONTINUED

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Consumer Reports has issued its latest Best & Worst Used Cars report (for April 2013) and the 2009 BMW E90 328i sedan has been named the best sedan in the $20,000-$25,000 category. It shares the top pick with the 2009 Infiniti G and the 2010 Toyota Avalon.

Here’s what the report says about its picks:

The 3 Series combines agile handling, a taut ride, good brakes, and powerful six-cylinder engines in a comfortable, if slightly snug, interior. The Infiniti G is … CONTINUED

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This past weekend, BIMMERPOST members from many of our communities braved the cold Chicago winter weather to meet with other enthusiasts at Burnham Harbor by Soldier Field.

Check out their event photos inside.

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Had a nice lazy sunday today and decided to dream up what an M-Performance parts equipped 3-series GT could look like in various stages of kit. What do you all think?

Compare with the stock car photos which are all on the Official 3-Series GT Thread

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Just a programming note: 3 new videos have been added to our 3-series GT official thread.

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Have a look at the BMW 3 Series GT at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 together with Bruno Spengler, the racing driver who won the 2012 DTM Drivers’ Championship. He’s talking to Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design.

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To re-inject a dose of OEM goodness after seeing all the tuner produced BMWs, here is a F30 M Sport (Active Hybrid 3), looking great in Glacier Silver. Nothing fancy or new, just good ole factory OEM-ness.