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The official specs and photos of the first F30 3 series race cars have now been released. The twin F30 race cars by ADF Motorsport will debut on March 31st in the WesBank Super series and will go on to race in the upcoming 2012 24 Hour Nurburgring race. These F30 cars feature the new line of BMW M Performance Parts and these specs:

2,998 pounds (1360kg)
408hp / 443 lb-ft torque (600nm)
MoTeC ECU
Turbos boost lowered to maximum 0.7 bar and 40mm turbo … CONTINUED

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The new BMW 3 series F30 (320d) has been named by Autocar as its pick for the Best Car in the Real World, over the popular Range Rover Evoque.

The 320d F30 was given five stars by Autocar, the highest accolade their we-drive-everything testers can bestow on a car, and they are extremely careful not to spray it about. The last five-star verdict went to the Ferrari 458 Italia in 2010. Read about it inside.

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BMW Classic had a great showing of cars at the Techno Classica Autoshow held in Essen, Germany. The Techno Classica is billed as the worlds largest classic car show. It never dissapoints. At the BMW display area were some great cars from BMW’s glory days (and even some modern models). What makes it all so great is that most of the cars shown were BMW car club member’s cars. See our entire coverage of the Techno Classica below. Enjoy!

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BMW Group, the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, has now delivered the first 40 vehicles that will be used for this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

The newly-liveried vehicles will form part of the full fleet which will be used by LOCOG to help drive the Games. The fleet consists of electric, diesel, and hybrid cars, as well as a range of motorcycles and bicycles, and benefits from BMW’s sector-leading EfficientDynamics technologies meaning that it will achieve LOCOG’s strict … CONTINUED

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Have a look at how the new F30 3 series sedan was launched into the Australian market. The presentation featured snazzy light effects imposed onto the 3 series, similar to the BMW Moscow presentation.

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Autoexpress rightfully calls 3 the magic number for BMW. It’s BMW’s top selling model and has set the standard in the small-medium sports sedan class for decades. As such, any new 3 series model is always big news and the natural question to come to everyone’s mind is how it compares to its most direct rivals – traditionally the Audi A4 and Mercedes Benz C Class.

No surprise, the F30 comes out on top as it has in all the comparisons so far. See the full details/results … CONTINUED

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Check out some photos from the Revscene Annual Spring Meet 2012, taking place in Vancouver, BC, this past weekend. 1/3 of the cars in attendance wore the BMW roundel.

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BMW Classic presents a new short film “Three of a Kind” which will be premiered this week at the Techno Classica 2012 Show in Essen, Germany.

Three generations of 3 series are featured – the E21 coupe, E31 cabrio and E36 M3 (representing the 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s).

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The EPA has revised the 2012 328i (F30) MPG figures down by 3MPG to 33MPG. According to BMW:

All manufacturers are responsible for testing and submitting fuel economy figures each year to the EPA (based on physical tests following the EPA test cycle on a dynamometer). Occasionally, the EPA will validate the figures that we provide. When this happens, there are sometimes small changes in the published EPA fuel economy figures (usually 1 mpg up or down).

The EPA recently tested the 2012 328i Automatic and obtained … CONTINUED

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Development continues on the upcoming F34 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) model, which BMW is testing concurrently with the other future F3x variants – the F32 coupe, F31 touring.

We’ve now spied the GT model with its trunk/tailgate open, revealing its exact trunk line. These photos also confirm what we’ve said earlier – that the 3 series GT will feature a simple hatch function rather than the twin trunk arrangement on the 5er GT.

We also get some more looks at the F34′s retractable spoiler, the first on … CONTINUED

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Challenge undertakes their F30 development on powertrain and cosmetic parts to see what improvements they can make to the car’s powertrain and other mechanical systems (i.e. exhaust system, intercooler, intake system, oil cooling, etc.).

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We recently featured a video of the F30 328i running to 155mph, now watch and compare with this video of the F30 335i doing the same. Both feature very impressive acceleration and gear changes.