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).
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.
Codenamed as the F36, the 4 Series Gran Coupe will be positioned and priced in the 3/4 Series lineup just as the 6 Series Gran Coupe is positioned in the 5/6 Series lineup (in between the coupe and convertible models). [See our recent article previewing the future … CONTINUED
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).
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW: “We made solid gains in many of our markets last month and were once again able to achieve record sales in September, despite the difficult environment in some European … CONTINUED
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.
Performance tuning features software tunes that bring the diesel engines 318d and 320d up to 126 kW/171 HP and 160 kW/218 HP, respectively. The upcoming performance upgrades (in final development stage) for the 328i and 335i will achieve 216 kW/294 HP and 265 kW/360 HP, respectively.
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.
2013 NACTOY Car short list
BMW 3 Series
2013 NACTOY Truck/Utility short list
Ford Escape… CONTINUED
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.