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THE BMW ALPINA B6 BITURBO – CABRIO INDULGENCE AND COUPE CULTURE

DRIVE – FIRST CLASS PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY

For ALPINA, a technology driven company, standstill is a foreign word. Since the introduction of the B7 Bi-Turbo, the engineers from Buchloe, Germany, have been continuously working on the details of the turbo charging and intercooler system.

Consequently, the all-aluminium V8 power plant now produces 540hp (397kW) at a moderate 5200 to 6250rpm, with a maximum torque of 730Nm from 2800 to 5000rpm. Two turbo-chargers configured in parallel, each feeding one … CONTINUED

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The M Performance Parts party continues. Just minutes after our Live Gallery of the F20 125i equipped with M Performance Parts, BMW has published the full M Performance parts catalog to coincide with its official release/announcement at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow.

M Performance Parts carry the M name because they have been developed together with M engineers for both performance and aesthetics enhancement. This collaboration with M engineers began just last year. This is what sets M Performance Parts apart from what used to be called simply … CONTINUED

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Motor Trend has the 2012 F30 328i as the top gun among 8 sports sedans that it recently tested against each other. The 328i took first over the Volvo S60 T5, Mercedes Benz C250, Audi A4 Quattro, Lexis IS 250, Acura TSX, Infiniti G25 and Buick Regal GS.

MT editors spent all of three minutes declaring the BMW best in test and best in class. This was not just a win for the 328i — it was a massacre, a slaughter, doomsday, armageddon. Those are words … CONTINUED

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Some days ago, BMW has officially announced the M Performance Parts lineup for the F30 3 series (and the F10 and the F20). Today, we’re happy to share more information on the M Performance Brakes. Thanks to E90Fleet for this information!

The M Performance brakes are manufactured by Brembo, and calipers are available in three colors: Yellow, Orange, and Red. Front calipers are fixed 4-piston units while rear calipers are fixed 2-piston units. The rotors are drilled and slotted and measure 370×30 mm at the front and … CONTINUED

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Follow along as our first member to take European Delivery of an F30 documents his week long trip. John has already taken delivery and will be updating the thread throughout his and after with photos, reactions, and more. Be sure to subscribe to the thread for updates.

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Perhaps the 3 Series GT (F34) has sportier intentions than most would expect. If the retractable spoiler spotted on this F34 prototype for the first time is any indication, BMW expects the 3 Series GT to be driven with plenty of gusto and not relegated to only people and cargo hauling.

As seen clearly in the photos below, the spoiler is retractable and not fixed. When the spoiler is deployed, we can see the trunk cutout for it to slot into when retracted. Like other … CONTINUED

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Aftermarket tuners and fabricators are wasting no time in customizing and modifying the F30 3 series sedan. LTBMW has certainly wasted little time in customizing the look of their barely two week old Melbourne Red F30 335i. What you see inside features the following mods:

Front license plate bracket delete
Front bumper reflector delete
Painted roof
Painted rear diffuser
Painted grilles
Custom lowering springs
5mm spacers all around

The terrific photos are by site member jzhang.

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New F30 3 series commercial from down under which invokes the history and heritage of the BMW 3 series sedan.

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We continue our coverage of this past weekend’s Airstrip Attack. BIMMERPOST sponsored this past weekend’s Airstrip Attack, a runway shootout race event held at the Trona Airport near Death Valley, California. The event saw some of the most powerful European, Domestic, and Japanese cars from California go head-to-head on a half mile stretch of tarmac. The classes ranged from 400hp+ all the way to 1000hp+.

The following race featured two 335i going head to head – a JB4 powered 335i vs a Procede 2 powered 335i. Modification … CONTINUED

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Motor Trend’s performance review of the F30 2012 335i sedan. The review puts the 335i F30 through the performance tests 0-60mph, 60-0 braking, quarter mile, lateral G’s.

They were able to accomplish a 0-60mph of only 4.7 seconds and the quarter mile in just 13.3 seconds. They also conduct a broader general review of many of the F30 335i’s aspects. Check out the video review inside.

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The full F30 3 series English catalog (international version) is now available. We’ve posted it in the “Catalog” portion of our Official F30 Info Thread for you to download. It’s 54 beautiful pages of F30 goodies and includes info on all the model lines (Sport, Luxury, Modern), as well as the F30 M Sport.

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With the 3 series traditionally having the largest aftermarket support of any BMW model, it usually doesn’t take long for the first aftermarket parts to become available. And one of the first parts are usually suspension components.

H&R has now released its F30 springs application for the 2012 328i and 335i sedan. The lowering springs come in two varieties — Sport Spring and Super Sport Spring, with the latter being a more aggressive lowering.

The H&R Sport Springs (Part #28878-2) lower the F30 by 1.2″ front and 1.2″ … CONTINUED

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Now that the F30 3 series retail sales have launched worldwide, check out how the 6th generation 3 series sedan is manufactured and produced.

We bring you a set of five F30 production videos, covering the press shop, body shop, paint shop, assembly, and final assembly.

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New commercial spot for the 2012 BMW 3 Series (328i) – Description: The all-new BMW 3 Series comes with Efficient Dynamics which means 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and 36 MPG. Which means this Ultimate Driving Machine has all of the performance you expect from a BMW along with the fuel economy you might not.

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Now that the F30 3 series sedan has been released, testing continues on all the other F3x variants – the F32 coupe, F31 touring, and this F34 Gran Turismo (GT) model.

These photos provide the best look yet at the trunk, tailgate, and rear portions of the roofline. The 3 Series GT prototypes previously wore heavy camouflage paneling concealing the true shape and styling of the trunk. The loss of the rear deck camo has shortened and tightened the car’s size and proportions.

With its sleeker trunkline and … CONTINUED

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We bring you the first dyno results from a 2012 335i (F30) sedan, performed by Challenge Mfg. USA (GTM_Challenge) on their recently delivered 335i. The F30 335i is powered by the N55 6-cylinder TwinPower twinscroll turbo engine and its factory quoted power figures are 300hp / 300lb-ft.

The 335i N55 dyno run resulted in 270whp and 273lb-ft torque. Note that the dyno was performed on a AWD Dynojet with linked AWD rollers. On a normal rear-roller-only system the numbers would be slightly higher (probably 5-10hp) given the … CONTINUED

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Insideline puts the 2012 328i (F30) through a battery of performance tests on their own track to get some real life test results. Here are the results:

0-60mph: 5.9 sec
0-60mph (with 1 ft rollout): 5.5 sec
1/4 mile: 14.1 sec @ 98.9mph
60-0mph braking: 115ft
Skid Pad: 0.88g
Slalom: 67.1mph

Respectable results, but a bit slower than some other outlets have tested.

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Evolution Racewerks didn’t take much time to tear into their F30 328i’s N20 engine, removing the engine cover and revealing some of the plumbing underneath. Check out the photos inside.