Although not full hi-res images, BMW has posted on its facebook page the first photos of M Performance Parts fitted on the F31 3 Series Touring and F11 5 Series Touring.
As expected, both the F31 and F11 generally share the M Performance Parts from the sedan versions – including black kidney grilles, front bumper splitters (carbon fiber for the F11), carbon fiber mirror caps, rear diffuser, side skirt trim, M Performance brakes, M Performance exhaust system and 20″ wheels (different styles for the F31 and F11).… CONTINUED
The 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36) has now taken its development to the Nurburgring for some high speed performance testing. It’s the first we’ve seen of the prototype on the Ring, as well as being fitted with M Sport Brakes.
As always, don’t worry about the headlights and tail lights of the prototypes at this stage of testing. They are merely fakes for testing purposes. Expect the 4GC to share the lights with the rest of the upcoming 4 Series lineup.
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Check out how the BMW M Performance exhaust for the F30 335i sounds in these videos from startup, idle, and revving at stop.
The BMW Group experienced growth in many regions around the world in September and achieved another record month in sales. With 177,716 (prev. yr. 159,223) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles delivered worldwide, sales were 11.6% higher than in the same month last year. It was also the best first nine months for the company, with sales up 8.3% compared to the same period last year. A total of 1,335,502 BMW Group vehicles were delivered during this time (prev. yr. 1,232,619).
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Insideline dyno tests the Cadillac ATS 2.0 liter turbo which is rated by GM at 272 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque from 1,500-5,500 rpm, and running at 20 PSI.
See how this engine dynos against the 2013 BMW 328i with its 2.0 liter turbo 4 cylinder engine rated from the factory at 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque.
Despite these factory numbers, are German horses larger than American horses in real world testing? See inside.
Studie AG has started work on their F30 3 Series, an Alpine White 328i. It’s been lowered on H&R springs and has taken on several different looks already with Hamann Anniversary EVO wheels, limited edition BBS LM wheels, BBS RZ-D wheels, ATS Superlight wheels, and M Sport package.
AC Schnitzer showed its full F30 3 series sedan program last week and now reveals its F31 3 series touring program, which features similar components to its F30 3 series.
It features a front spoiler, chromed front grille, rear roof spoiler, rear spoiler and rear skirt extension. The interior features aluminum pedals and trims, a gear knob with digital display and custom floor mats. The car is lowered on AC Schnitzer springs which drop the car 25mm.
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Just announced today is the short list for possible North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) winner, which will be announced at the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) in January. Per tradition, this list will be culled down to an even shorter finalist list prior to the show.
For the cars on this list that do not ultimately win, being named to the list is already a sign of distinction given the number of new cars introduced per model year. Below are the car and truck lists.
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The 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T tries to dethrone the 2013 BMW 328i from the front of the entry-level luxury segment on the latest episode of Car and Driver: Tested.
MORR Wheels and Precision Sport Industries have started on their F30 3 Series collaboration with this Estoril Blue F30 335i M-Sport on 19″ MonoForged VS8.2 wheels. Check out the initial photo set inside.
We recently reported on the F31 3 series touring hitting dealership floors, which meant that deliveries were not far behind. The first F31 deliveries are now underway and here is our very first F31 touring owner. This F30POST member just brought home a Mineral Grey F31 320d M Sport. Congrats to him and all our soon-to-be F31 drivers!
Nothing new was shown on this F30 with M Performance Parts at the 2012 Paris auto show, but it’s still good eye candy. Here’s a quick rundown of the parts you see in the photos below (we’ve also reposted photos we took at the 2012 AMI show in May). Also reference the full BMW M Performance Parts Catalog.
20 inch M Performance Wheels: 20” forged alloy wheel set (style 405M) – forged and reduces weight by 1 kg (2.4 lbs.) per wheel … CONTINUED
he Aachen-based experts from AC Schnitzer help the 3-series with Diesel engines 318d and 320d to achieve 126 kW/171 HP or 160 kW/218 HP. The performance upgrades for the 328i and 335i will realise 216 kW/294 HP or 265 kW/360 HP but both are still in the final development stage. One thing is for sure: with the AC Schnitzer performance upgrades the 3 series will have an even more impressive presence.
As appearances are also important, these inner values are reflected in the AC Schnitzer engine optics.
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We’re coming to you live from the 2012 Paris motor show and have had a chance to gawk at the beautiful 3 Series Touring (F31) in M Sport trim and in Estoril Blue II, which has become the quintessential color for the F30 and F31 M sport package.
The 330d touring produces 258PS and 560Nm torque, with fuel economy of 55.4mpg.
F31 deliveries have just begun in Europe (see our very first delivery) and they will hit the North American market in the Spring of 2013.
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One of the first head-to-head comparisons between the 2013 BMW F30 328i versus the Cadillac ATS (2.0T).
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the all-new Cadillac ATS against the car it was built to compete with, the dominating BMW 328i. Jonny uses test data to illustrate how similar these two cars are and then takes them out for a true drivers test on one of his favorite California back roads.
The KW DDC (Dynamic Damper Control) ECU coilovers remove the pain of getting out of the car and adjusting it manually. You can download the software app from iTunes for free and use it to adjust your coilovers via iPhone, iPad, or iPod. It has 3 settings (comfort, sport and sport+) or you can fine tune it yourself.
We have been reporting and referring to the upcoming F32 and F82 models as the 4 Series Coupe and M4 Coupe for months now, and Automobile now comes in with their ruminations on what the M4 and 4 series lineup will bring. Although much of this is not new information, it provides a good review of what to expect for the upcoming 4 Series and M4:
4 Series Coupe (F32), 4 Series Convertible (F33), and Gran Coupe (F36)
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The 2013 3 Series Touring (F31) officially launched into European markets and hit dealerships this past weekend. The F31 touring will arrive at US / Canadian dealerships in Spring 2013.
Check out some photos of various F31 touring on display in European showrooms.