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3 Series GT Spotted Again

06/18/2012 at 9:30 AM
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We spotted the upcoming 3 series GT (Gran Turismo) out on the highway recently. As you can see, it had its retractable spoiler extended while at speed.

Expect the 3 Series Gran Turismo F34 to debut sometime in 2013 and in both gasoline and diesel models.

Catch more spy photos @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/spyshots/

BMW Spyshot
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A BMW Driving Academy event was recently held at the famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Monza Track) which is located near the town of Monza, north of Milan, in Italy. The circuit’s biggest event is the Formula One Italian Grand Prix, but a fleet of BMWs recently took over the track for the BMW Driving Academy.

Available for the driving experience at the academy were many F30 3 series (with E90/E92 3 series for comparison), the F10 M5, the F12 M6 convertible, M550d xDrive 5 Series sedan, X5 … CONTINUED

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Earlier this month, BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) of Seattle held the annual Triple XXX Rootbeer BMW Event. Hundreds of BMWs were in attendance, of all models, years, and varieties.

We bring you some event photos inside.

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As announced yesterday, BMW’s N20, N54, S65, N18 engines have each picked a best engine award at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards [Full Award Results].

Here’s a brief overview of two of the technologies featured in most of the BMW engines available today – TwinPower Turbo and VALVETRONIC (variable valve timing) technology. Valvetronic was first introduced by BMW on the 316ti compact in 2001, and has since often been coupled with BMW’s double-VANOS.

Until 2012, no M model used Valvetronic, but instead continued to feature … CONTINUED

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More videos of the BMW M Performance Exhaust for the F30 335i, including some acceleration and drive-by sounds.

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Bought for £4000, Chris and pals take the 325 for its first gravel test. Many things go wrong. Watch the adventure (or misadventure) that results from their trip to rally this 170hp Alpina engined E30 325i for the first time.

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Four award-winners spanning a displacement range of 1.6 to 4.0 litres – BMW Group again emerges as the most successful auto manufacturer in the internationally renowned engine contest.

Unbeaten titleholders and triumphant newcomers have secured the BMW Group’s renewed pre-eminence at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards. Powerplants guaranteeing efficient power delivery in current BMW and MINI models topped no fewer than four out of eight displacement categories. The quartet of trophy-winners comprised two four-cylinder engines, a straight-six and an eight-cylinder. Scooping up best-in-class wins … CONTINUED

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Earl Duque of Los Angeles, CA, drove off in a brand new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan last week as the winner of the automaker’s “0 to Desir3 in 5.9 Seconds” contest. The contest asked participants to submit a video running approximately 5.9 seconds – a reference to the time it takes the vehicle to go from 0–60 mph – showing how much they “desire” a new BMW 3 Series Sedan.

Duque’s winning video, “Test Drive Nostalgia,” features him and a friend sitting behind the wheel of … CONTINUED

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A pair of Estoril Blue II F30 M Sport models were recently spotted by a site member at the BMW UK HQ in Bracknell. The two models were a 330d M Sport and a 320i M Sport xDrive.

The F30 3 series M Sport begins production next month.

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This summer a fleet of golden BMWs is taking to the streets all over the UK in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics. Spot one and you could win tickets to the Olympics. One lucky winner will also receive the Golden Prize – the chance to drive a BMW for a year. The prize includes use of four of the latest models from BMW’s London 2012 fleet.

A pair of tickets to the Olympics will be given out each day leading up to the games (until July … CONTINUED

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Looking for some great Friday afternoon or weekend reading? Follow along with F30POST member DrivenByE30 as he recounts his 17 day European Delivery ‘honyemoon’ with his F30 335i 3 series, in our most epic euro delivery journal yet. Hope your internet connection can handle this!

DrivenByE30′s F30 that he picked up was a 2012 335i Imperial Blue Luxury Line model, with 6 speed manual.

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Listen to the first video / sound clip of the BMW M Performance exhaust for the 2012 F30 335i 3 Series. Official BMW Description:

Developed using state-of-the-art CAD and FEM technology, this stainless steel exhaust system enhances the sound quality and volume of the hallmark BMW inline six-cylinder engine. A unique, high-tech look is provided by two chrome-plated 80 mm exhaust tips which are laser-engraved with the M logo. Exhaust backpressure is reduced and a sporty powerful tone is heard (without the droning noise typically associated … CONTINUED

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Here are comprehensive DIY instructions for F30 3 series (and other model) owners for the coding of many electronically controlled functions, such as Auto Start Stop, DVD player in motion, folding mirrors, and a myriad of other features.

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Inside is an installation photo guide for the F30 3 Series M Performance Interior Kit (the first installed on F30POST) which features a alcantara / carbon fiber dash trim, carbon fiber center console trim and carbon door handle trims.

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A great set of real life comparison photos between the F30 and F10, by Paul Tan.

Although the general styling of the newest 3 series and 5 series is now more consistent and shares more styling cues than the previous generation E90 and E60, there are still significant differences (in particular the front end) between the two designs as these photos highlight.

Here’s the tale of the tape for the F30 and F10:

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Height – 56.3 in
Length – 182.5 in
Width – 71.3 in
Wheelbase – 110.6 … CONTINUED

Stages of the BMW Paint Process

06/05/2012 at 8:30 AM
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BMW base paint steps for the 1 Series. Display seen at the AMI Leipzig show. This color was Mineral White which is an option for X1s made at Leipzig.

BMW’s six paint stages are:

1) Steel Panel
2) Cathodic Dipping Paint. Rust Protection.
3) Primer coat. Protection against stone-chipping. Color base for base coat.
4) Water based coat of final color. First layer.
5) Water based coat of final color. Second layer.
6) Clear coat. Brilliance and resistance against environmental influence.

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BMW recently revealed the 2013 7 Series LCI / facelift refresh model [official thread]. Along with the newly updated looks and technology (the most important of which is the Navigation Pro iDrive system), the US is also set to receive a diesel 7 Series model (according to C&D) sometime next year.

It will be powered by the same 3.0 liter diesel inline 6-cylinder engine from the X5 xDrive35d. Actual output for the 7 Series application isn’t yet known, but the standard configuration of this engine currently produces … CONTINUED

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BMW has been busy trademarking. Below is a list of some recent BMW trademark filings for future potential models. Remember, just because a manufacturer registers a trademark does not mean that the model will necessarily come to fruition. But, it makes for some fun speculation and certainly paints a rough map of what potential future models we may see out of Munich.

Recent Trademark List:

X2, X4
M1, M2, M7, M10
2 Series Active Tourer
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