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The BMW F30 3 Series has been awarded the Autocar Asian Car of the Year 2013. It was given to both the standard BMW 3-series and the long wheelbase version, was presented to Ian Robertson, BMW chief of sales and marketing, and chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk, at the Shanghai motor show.

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We had a chance this week to drive a group of F30 335i equipped with the full complement of BMW M Performance Parts. On the performance side, these cars featured M Performance Power Kit (PPK), suspension kit, brakes and exhaust. Cosmetic enhancements include the M Performance front lip spoiler/splitters, sport stripes, carbon fiber mirror caps, black kidney grilles, side-sill decals, 20″ wheels (Style 405M), carbon fiber/alcantara interior and carbon fiber shift lever.

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How did the cars perform? With the M Performance Suspension Kit, the 335i handling … CONTINUED

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Video of BMW at the Auto Shanghai 2013, with press conferences showing the BMW X4 Concept, as well as visual highlights from the BMW display.

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The highlight of the BMW display at the 2013 Auto Shanghai show is the BMW Concept X4 [full gallery], but there are other highlights and (Asian) debuts at the show.

Here is a gallery showing some of these other models.

F30 with M Performance Parts
Concept Active Tourer
i8 Concept
i3 Concept
3 Series GT M Sport
M6 Gran Coupe

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And now the 700 WHP barrier has (amazingly) been cracked on the N54 engine!

A Vishnu with FFTEC 6466 single turbo 335i has hit 708 WHP.

Specs:

- Single Turbo – Precision Turbo 6466
- assuming full catless, FBO, 335 6MT
- 100 octane+Meth (700 WHP / 599 WTQ)
- 26 PSI

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The BMW N54 engine is turning out to be the 2jz engine (Toyota Supra) of this decade. It’s the darling of the BMW aftermarket tuning world and it’s now hit new horsepower heights.

Vargas Turbocharger Technologies has now hit 693 WHP on the N54 platform with its VTT-R63 Stage 3 upgraded turbo package (featuring Garrett turbos) for the E90/E92 3 Series. This was with a PTF Pro-Tuned COBB Flash on 98 Octane and NO Methanol.

Specs:
- Upgraded Twin Turbos – Garrett GTX-R63
- catless, FBO, 335 … CONTINUED

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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 HPF Stage 2 E46 M3 vs a JB4 RB Twin Turbo 335i.

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Check out this epic project by a 3 Series touring owner for his E91 wagon – a custom built trailer using an E36 3 series as a donor car!

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Some E9x and F3x 3 Series BMW Individual cars currently on display at BMW owned Munich dealership (BMW Niederlassung).

Seen here are BMW Individual colors: Phoenix Yellow, Neon Blue, Urban Green and Damask Red.

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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