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The 2013 Car and Driver’s Annual Lightning Lap Competition (#7) at the Virginia International Raceway has concluded and the results are in.

The F10 M5, F13 M6 coupe and the F30 335i sedan were tested and turned in the following times:

Full List by Times
Ferrari 458 – 2.49.9
Lexus LFA – 2.55.1
Chevy Camaro ZL1 – 2.57.5
Merc C63 Black Series – 2.58.0
Porsche 911 S – 2.58.9
Ford Shelby GT500 – 3.00.6
Chevy Camaro SS 1LE – 3.01.5
Jaguar XKR-S – 3.02.1
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2012 was a busy year for BMW and saw the company introduce many models. These include the LCI 7 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe, ActiveHybrid 5, F10 3 Series Sedan, F11 3 Series Touring, M135i hatchback, M Performance Automobiles, M6 Coupe and Convertible, and M6 Gran Coupe.

BMW revisits the 2012 year in this review video.

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Watch the F30 3 Series assembly process at the BMW Rosslyn Plant in South Africa. See the F30 in Body Shop, Paint Shop, Assembly, and Final Assembly.

The F30 is currently produced in three different BMW plants – Munich (Germany), Regensburg (Germany) and Rosslyn (South Africa).

How do you find out where your F30 (or any other BMW model) was built? The answer is located in your car’s VIN number. The 11th digit of your VIN indicates the plant of assembly.

F30 production video, 3 series production video, … CONTINUED

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Here is more detailed information for “Wave 2″ of the BMW M Performance Parts for the F30 3 Series, including full MSRP pricing and BMW dealer labor hours.

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See a photo gallery from Hilary’s Helpers Charity Rally, coordinated with the help of Active Autowerke, and which saw attendance from the BIMMERPOST community, as well as enthusiasts owning other makes.

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Via BMWUSA:

YOUR BMW COULD STAR IN A COMMERCIAL.

We’re making a new BMW commercial and your car could be the star.

All you have to do is share your photos of your 3 Series with us on Twitter or Facebook and we might just pick your photo.

We need photos of 3 Series from every year between 1992 to 2012 [E36 to F30]. Front shots, side shots, shots of you and your car; any shot of your 3 in all its glory. Just so long as the car … CONTINUED

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Release via 3D Design:

In recent months the F30 chassis has captured enthusiast’s imaginations, and has renewed our love for the BMW brand. The car’s excellent reception in the BMW community has resulted in numerous tuner specimens and a uncharacteristically aggressive kit from the BMW Performance division. 3D Design has worked diligently to create an aero package worthy of the M-sport kit.

The 3D Design M-sport sport kit consists of a urethane front lip, an optional carbon fiber front lip (in development), and a carbon fiber … CONTINUED

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BMW today announced the release of a second major wave of BMW M Performance Parts designed and tested for the new BWW 3 Series and current 5 Series Sedan models. On sale now through all Authorized BMW Centers, BMW M Performance Parts are accessories which have been carefully developed in collaboration with BMW M GmbH to ensure an authentic transfer of racing-derived M technology into everyday driving. In addition to the first wave of new 3 Series and 5 Series M Performance Parts which became … CONTINUED

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Enjoy this mega gallery from the 2012 Essen Motorshow featuring plenty of tuned and aftermarket equipped cars of all brands and makes.

BMW trotted out its latest BMW M Performance Parts wares and models.

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BMW TwinPowerTurbo technology again takes two of Ward’s 2013 10 Best Engines Awards. The 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder (N20) and 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 (N55) are both repeat winners.

“Nearly every BMW now sold in the US features TwinPower Turbo technology,” said Ludwig Willisch – President and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC. “In such a competitive market, to take two spots highlights the benefits of the BMW EfficientDynamics philosophy. It also shows that while we look for improvements in efficiency, we are still committed … CONTINUED

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With the 4 Series Coupe Concept being revealed to overwhelmingly positive reactions, the question on many a fan’s mind is what the production version may be priced at when it hits the market in late summer of 2013. With its 4 Series badging, the coupe has now been slotted above the 3 Series in the lineup and the presumption is that the 4 Series price premium above the 3 Series will increase more than ever (the coupe has always been priced higher than the sedan). … CONTINUED

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It’s been known for a while that BMW’s intention with the F32 4 Series coupe was to distinguish it from the F30 3 Series sedan more than a 3-Series-based-coupe-model has been with previous 3 Series generations. With the reveal of the 4 Series Coupe Concept, there’s little doubt that this has been accomplished.

In addition to the unique styling elements you can see on the F32 concept, the F32 is longer, wider and lower than the F30, giving it a squat aggressive look. We’ve put together … CONTINUED