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A side by side look at how the BMW 3 Series and its sportiest front end designs have evolved in two generations – from the E46 M Tech to the F30 M Sport.

Photos courtesy of E46toF30.

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BIMMERPOST once again sponsored the most recent Airstrip Attack taking place on 4/6-4/7, a two day runway shootout race event held at the Coalinga Municipal Airport in Coalinga, California.

This race features a 335i Single Turbo (Vishnu/FFTEC) vs ESS VT2-625 M3.

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The BMW 328i has been selected as the winner of the Cars.Com Sports Sedan Challenge. The 3 Series emerged as the winner in a series of evaluations including race track testing, instrumented measurements, street driving and a long distance trip on different types of roads.

The BMW 3 Series and five competitor cars were judged by a panel of experts from Cars.com, MotorWeek, and USA Today. The cars were also judged by actual car shoppers who were in the market for a sport sedan and were … CONTINUED

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Check out some photos of this beautifully restored E30 325e with the S52 E36 M3 engine.

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The Team Afrox/ADF Motorsport F30 3 Series race team is off to a great start in the 2013 Bridgestone Super Production Car race series.

The two F30 finished in the order in which they qualified for the race – first and second.

Congrats to the team!

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An M3POST member recently took his frozen red M3 to BMW M headquarters in Garching, Germany for some photos, but stumbled upon something curious.

This is what looks to be a 3 Series GT body-in-white on the grounds at BMW M. Is BMW M up to something with the newest 3 Series variant?!

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Czech artist Andy Reiben was commissioned by DyCom Group, a BMW Dealership in the Czech Republic to create this F30 3 Series Art Car, which is expected to join the previous 17 official BMW Art Cars.

“Fluidum” is the name of his creation and it features a candy/psychedelic paint scheme with portions which glow in the dark. This is what Reiben has to say about the philosophy behind his design:

“I wanted to abstractly express passion and dynamism and therefore each part of the body is different … CONTINUED

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An F30POST member gives us his real life review of the just announced/released BMW M Performance Power Kit for the F30 335i sedan.

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Motor Trend shares their initial impressions of the BMW 328d (US model) and the B38 turbo 3 cylinder engine.

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Auto Express drives the BMW 3 Series GT (335i M Sport) for the first time and shares their thoughts on the newest 3 Series model.

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Although the F31 touring has been available in international markets, the U.S. will finally see it in dealers soon, in the form of the 328i xDrive, like the one seen here on the 2013 NYIAS showfloor. Specs and pricing listed in the information placard photo below. The F31 U.S. online configurator recently came online at BMWUSA.com. The 328 xDrive touring starts at $41,450.

Likewise, the BMW 320i has also been available outside the U.S. (since the launch of the F30 3 series), but will also be … CONTINUED

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This Estoril Blue F30 328i with M Performance parts and stripes is on display at the 2013 New York International Auto Show and represents the debut of a M Performance Parts equipped F30 at a North America auto show.

This F30 is equipped with the M Performance front splitters/lip, wheels (20″ Style 405M), brakes, sideskirts, trunk spoiler lip, rear bumper diffuser, and M Performance racing stripes. It rides on stock suspension (not M Sport suspension). It also did not feature any M Performance interior parts, nor … CONTINUED

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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
1.9 inches longer wheelbase than … CONTINUED

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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.