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The most prevalent model brought out by BMW NA to the US Press Launch is the Sport Line model (in both 328i and 335i forms), which makes sense considering that half the event consists of a track day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Here are photos of an Alpine White, Glacier Silver, and Melbourne Red sport line models. For a comparison of the different F30 lines, see our F30 Lines Guide.

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BMW NA has brought out F30 models in all the lines (Sport, Modern, and Luxury) at the US press launch event. Here is the F30 modern line in Imperial Blue Metallic and Blue Water Metallic (Activehybrid). For a comparison of the different F30 lines, see our F30 Lines Guide.

Also on hand was the F30 M Sport which enters production in July, for September deliveries. We’ve compiled all the available F30 M Sport data so far at our F30 M Sport Guide.

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As you’ve seen from our recent coverage, we were just in Monterey, California for the US press launch of the 2012 3 Series sedan (F30). We were given an opportunity to test all F30 lines (sport, luxury, modern), in both 328i and 335i, on the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as well as the breathtaking roads of the Monterey area, including Big Sur. We’ve already shared with you some photos and videos, but we promise more materials, as well as a review.

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From the US press launch and the first drives of the F30 335i (with N55 engine), here’s a video we’ve made showing how the F30 335i engine and exhaust sounds, as well as the shift action and throws on the 6 speed manual transmission.

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The US press drives for the 2012 BMW 3 series sedan (F30) has kicked off in beautiful Monterey, California and we had the pleasure of taking a 335i Sport Line with 6-speed manual transmission out for a spin today. This is the first time that the F30 335i and F30 manual transmission has been made available for testing by BMW.

Our review will come a bit later, but we had a blast in the F30 335i. Enjoy the photos of our red 335i Sport Line, an Imperial … CONTINUED

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The results are in from Car and Driver’s sixth annual Lightning Lap Tests @ Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

BMWs tested in this year’s Lightning Lap include the 1M coupe, 335is, X5 M, and Z4 sDrive35is. How did each model fare? See inside.

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The US Department of Energy has released its official F30 3 series MPG figures. The 2012 F30 328i (4-cylinder) 8-speed auto gets 24 city / 36 highway. The F30 335i (6-cylinder) 8-speed auto gets 23 city / 33 highway.

As for the manual transmission versions, the F30 328i achieves 23 city / 34 highway and the F30 335i is good for 20 city / 30 highway.

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BMW UK has scooped six awards from one of the country’s leading fleet publications. BusinessCar magazine has honoured BMW with the headline accolade of ‘Manufacturer of the Year’, for the fourth year in a row, in recognition of BMW’s diverse product portfolio and class-leading running costs.

‘Business Car of the Year’ has been awarded to the new BMW 1 Series in honour of its appealing overall package with low running costs making the smallest BMW just as tempting as its larger family members. The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics … CONTINUED

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The worldwide F30 market launch comes in just under 3 weeks from now – on February 11. We’ve put together our Official Color Photo Threads for the F30 3 series in time for the market launch so it can hopefully help aid you in deciding on your F30 color when/if the time comes to order.

We’ve got the standard colors so far: Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Estoril Blue II, Glacier Silver, Havana, Imperial Blue, Liquid Blue, Melbourne Red, and Mineral Grey/Gray.

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At the 2012 Detroit NAIAS, we sat down and chatted with Oliver Ganser, the 3 Series Product Manager at BMW North America. As the F30 3 Series may now be ordered and will have its official worldwide market launch in just a few weeks – on February 11, we naturally had many questions for him (many directly from you, our members). Here are the F30 related topics we covered.

Are the aerodynamics of the F30 improved by the M-sport package, or is it only a cosmetic … CONTINUED

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The new BMW 3 Series Saloon has lived up to the legacy of its predecessor having been crowned What Car? ‘Best Compact Executive Car’ 2012, for the seventh consecutive year with the 320d SE.

The BMW 3 Series Saloon reigned supreme in the Compact Executive category, recognised for remaining ahead of the competition in every way. With its EfficientDynamics package making this ‘3’ the most economical car in its class it appeals to both business and retail customers. However, it was not just the BMW 3 Series’ … CONTINUED

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Per Scott26: Because of the controversy that will launch with this car [the F32 coupe]. The prototypes have underneath the camouflage, vacumned plastic sheets and foam moulds that hide the overall details, it makes the car look fatter and chunkier when underneath it combines the sportier profile of the E92 with the elegance of the 6er.

The good news is that underneath the disguise lies a very good looking car ,which really enhances the stylish and individual looks of the E92 with modern BMW design language and … CONTINUED

Single Turbo N54 is ALIVE!

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A single turbo N54 engined E90 3 Series is finally alive! HorsepowerFreaks recently fired up a forum member’s E90 335i with their HPF turbo system. Currently on the 335 is a Precision 6265. This N54 car has the HPF front mount intercooler, Evolution Racewerks BOV pipe with HKS BOV and the HPF exhaust. It is also running a Vishnu Procede and AEM gauges. Dyno results will be in soon, so stay tuned.

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Now that the US F30 3 series online configurator has come online, perhaps you could use a visual guide to the possible combinations with each of the different F30 lines (sport, modern, luxury).

Here is a combinations graphical chart to the three different F30 lines (for the US market), as well as our full guide.

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During the course of more than three and a half decades, the face of the BMW 3 Series has constantly evolved. Designers have always managed to incorporate dynamics, innovation and aesthetics into a harmonious, modern and future-oriented overall concept, whilst at the same time preserving traditional values. As a result, each BMW 3 Series has retained its unmistakable brand identity and can be identified as a BMW at very first glance. However, the roots of the BMW Series reach back as far as the 1960s

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Can’t get enough of F30 3 series info and material after configuring your F30 online today?
Have a crack at the F30 owner’s manual then. Just in time to provide some great weekend reading material.

Download the complete F30 Owners Manual inside.

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As we promised by the end of this week, the US F30 Build-Your-Own online configurator is finally online!!

Now you can fully build out (and preview) your custom F30 328i and F335i. Also be sure to reference our pricing and ordering guides for additional guidance.

Enjoy and be sure to share your builds with us!

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The official starting base price (MSRP) for Canadian F30 models has now been announced. The 320i sedan will start at $35,900, the 328i sedan starts at $43,600, and the 335i starts at $51,200.