12.5 million – that’s all you need to know about the importance of the 3 series to BMW. Since the introduction of the first generation 3 series in 1982, BMW has sold 12.5 million units. That means every third BMW sold in 2010 was a 3 series. Unsurprisingly then, whenever a new 3 series launches, BMW knows they have to get it right. And we’re not talking about E89 Z4 right but about right in the sense of perfect.
BMW invited us over to Barcelona, Spain, to … CONTINUED
We recently asked our members to submit any questions relating to the F30 you may still have. We had the chance to get some answers for you from BMW during our F30 test drive in Barcelona last week, and here they are below.
If your question hasn’t made it to the list it’s probably because we don’t have an answer (yet).
Will the U.S. receive any diesel models?
There’s no official yet word on this. BMW feels that the Active Hybrid 3 attracts different buyers than a diesel … CONTINUED
Top Gear online takes their first drive of the F30 3 series, and like the other reviews they are impressed. So much so that they proclaim that “It’s the best car in its class. Still.”
For weeks we’ve been hearing that the F33 4 Series convertible (or 3-series convertible, as BMW has not yet officially confirmed a badge change) had recently begun public testing. And now we can now share with you the spy photos from its first ever sighting!
As clearly seen, the F33 4 series will retain its folding hardtop. The car is still heavily masked and it appears that it may feature a bit of a false trunk or heavy camouflage on the trunk lid, making it look more … CONTINUED
Missed the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas? No worries, Johnny Lin provides us with a mega gallery of BMW models at the event (along with some other fine looking German vehicles). Hope you got the bandwidth to keep up =)
The lovely M Sport Package for the all-new F30 3 series sedan made another appearance at the International Media Launch of the 2012 3 series sedan in Barcelona, from where we’ve just returned.
The M Sport Package will be available worldwide as of July 2012 production. This is the soonest that an M Sport package has been made available after a new BMW model launch. As BMW board member Harald Krüger explained to us, the advanced release date is to convince existing E90 M Sport customers to … CONTINUED
We’re at the LA Auto Show, where BMWNA has announced the U.S. base price for the 2012 328i and 335i sedans, as follows:
2012 328i – $35,775
2012 335i – $43,275
Compare this to the outgoing 2011 E90 sedan:
2011 328i – $34,600
2011 335i – $42,050
The base price increase over the 2011 models are just $1,175 and $1,225, which are very reasonable considering the increased standard equipment and features that the F30 3 series receive. And while option/package pricing has not yet been released, you can … CONTINUED
What Car? give the new 2012 BMW 3 series a full five stars, saying that it shows just how dominant the current 3 Series is that the only car the new model has to beat is its predecessor – and that it does. In short, if you’re in the market for a compact executive, this is the one to go for. It’s a “Perfect Replacement” for the E90 as they call it.
Autoexpress rates the new 3 a full five stars. In sum, they feel that the F30 improves upon the E90 in virtually every area. “The best just got better,” as they said.
Autocar took a two day spin in BMW Sport Line F30 320d and 328i models during BMW’s press test drive days and came away calling the F30 still just a good-looking saloon that drives rather beautifully at heart. Why? Read on…
Automobile Magazine was also among the first group of the automotive press to drive the F30 3 series. Their verdict? They were relieved to experience that the overall character of the 3-series has been maintained in this latest form. Read on…
Motor Trend reviews the 2012 328i sedan and asks the question: Do this bigger BMW’s new turbo-four and electric steering compute?
Read on inside.
As we’ve mentioned, the first F30 press global drives recently began in Barcelona, and the first drives are now beginning to be posted.
First in is Edmunds Insideline’s review of the F30 328i powered by BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine. Inside are some of the highlights of what they have to say about the 2012 F30 328i sedan.
We’re attending the press drives for the BMW F30 3 series in Barcelona, Spain and to kick off the test drives, BMW has released a new set of high resolution photos of the F30 on location.
The photo sets inside feature: all model lines on location at the Circuit de Catalunya Formula 1 track, a 328i Sport Line, and a 320d Modern Line.
We’ll post our first drive impressions of the F30 soon, so stay tuned!
At a glance:
The new 3 Series Sedan: sixth generation … CONTINUED
BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine (the “N20″) may be down on cylinders and displacement compared to the inline 6 cylinder (N52) that it replaces across BMW’s model range, but even in factory form, it matches the outgoing N52′s horsepowers and features an extra 30 lb-ft of torque (in the X1 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, F20 128i, 528i, Z4 sDrive28i, and upcoming F30 328i).
And what the N20 loses in smoothness and top-end pull compared to the outgoing N52, it now looks like it will easily make … CONTINUED
German publication Autobild had a chance to get some personal time with the F30 3 Series Sport Line model. They’ve posted a set of photos which show some of the F30′s details and features. See inside.
Undoubtedly, the most important debut for BMW in 2011 was the new F30 3 series Sedan. BMW pulled the wraps off and published the first info on the new 3 back in October.
As with any new model, some of you have questions that haven’t been answered by the official materials. We’ve been trying to cover and answer most your questions so far but, despite our efforts and our guide of the different design lines HERE) you may still have unanswered questions regarding the new F30 3 … CONTINUED
This 2012 F30 3 series Modern Line was spotted at Holland’s Schiphol airport, the site of many a new BMW model preview/spotting in the past, where some BMWs make a stop before crossing the Atlantic ocean to North America.
This is a US spec model (note the orange bumper reflectors) and is a Modern Line model.