Beginning with March production, the following changes take place for 3-series:
* New M-sport package (which expands to include additional wheel styles) will be called ZM2, replacing ZMP
* Sport Package (ZSP) no longer available on coupe and convertible (the equipment from this package is already included in M-sport package)
* 328i coupe and convertible M-sport package receives new 18″ wheel style 152
* 328i xDrive coupe M-sport package includes 17″ … CONTINUED
We bring you the most revealing photos yet of the upcoming 2012 3-series (F30)! Until now, the F30 has been fully cladded with little showing other than its general lines, shape, stance, and proportions. The strip tease has now commenced with part of the headlights now visible – showing beautiful LED angel eyes. The tail lights have now also been partially unveiled, showing a wrap around design featuring upsweeping light bars, LED indicators, and regular brake lights.
The production rear bumper has now also been installed … CONTINUED
Here is another F30 3-series render, courtesy of Bimmer Magazine. The front front fascia’s more upright stance and lower bumper borrows from the current 5 and 7-series bumper. We hope the headlights come out as sleek as the ones in this render.
The BMW Group UK has scooped seven awards from one of the country’s leading fleet publications. Business Car magazine has honoured the BMW Group with the headline accolade of ‘Manufacturer of the Year’, for the third year in a row, in recognition of BMW’s diverse product portfolio and class-leading running costs.
The title ‘Business Car of the Year’ was awarded to the new BMW 5 Series for its combination of superior build quality, driving dynamics and class-leading economy, while ‘Green Car of the Year’ was scooped … CONTINUED
On the heels of the big BMW turbo 4-cylinder news yesterday, SCOTT26 has provided some dates for the switchover of certain BMW models from the current inline 6-cylinder to the new twinpower turbo I4 motor, as well as the end of production of the current 3-series, M3 and 1-series.
Here is the I4 switchover and end of production schedule (inside).
We reported earlier about the rumor that BMW was considering to build a fourth model at the US plant in Spartanburg, SC. Ian Robertson, member of the BMW board of management responsible for sales and marketing, now confirmed with FAZ that they were actually looking into this. While there’s no final decision, Robertson said they “would by no means put that off the table.” The US market continues to be the most important market for premium vehicles, so an US production would make sense for either … CONTINUED
Autocar Magazine in the UK is speculating that the rumored 3-cylinder engine that BMW has been working on for some time now, will be seen under the hood of the F30 3-Series. This should come as no surprise, as the 3-Series is the bread and butter volume car in the BMW brand, and such an efficient engine would go a long way into promoting BMW as THE brand for sustainability.
The engine itself is rumored to be a 1.5L 3-Cylinder diesel engine … CONTINUED
A new N54 tuning platform (for N54 motor based 135i, 335i, and 535i) has hit the market. The COBB Tuning AccessPORT is a hand-held ECU flash tuning solution for the N54 motor, allowing custom reprogramming of the ECU at the push of a button. N55 compatibility is currently in development.
Car and Driver has published the results of its annual 2011 Lightning Laps showdown at VIR, which includes several BMWs including the M3, 335i, Z4, and 135i. Check out their full lap time results inside.
Although this is not the most technical of 335is test drive reviews, it still contains some good info for those interested in the 335is. Here are some notable comments.
Mercedes-Benz released the first details and pictures of the facelifted C-Class yesterday. As always, it’s a fun exercise to compare direct competitors, so let’s see how the new facelifted C class fares against the E90 LCI which was presented back in 2008.
Motortrend has posted its speculations on the 2012 F30 3 series, ruminating on the F30′s size, wheelbase, styling, suspension, and powertrain.
The next generation F30 3-series sedan is currently undergoing winter testing in northern Sweden. It wears the same heavy camouflage as the previous sightings, so these photos are best for determining proportions, size, and stance. Thus far, the F30 test mules spied have all had great proportions and stance. The F30 will be slightly larger and have a longer wheelbase than the current E90 sedan but features shorter overhangs to maintain sporty and squat proportions. Consistent with current BMW design language, the F30 will have wider … CONTINUED
114 grams of CO2 per kilometre and 120 kW/163 hp – this relation between emission levels and engine output can only be achieved with BMW EfficientDynamics. BMW has realised it in a premium vehicle of the medium range which also offers a luggage compartment volume of up to 1,385 litres (48.9 cu. ft): the new BMW 320d Touring EfficientDynamics Edition.
The new combination of efficiency, driving pleasure and versatility is possible due to the use of technology for the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions involving a … CONTINUED
Add another to the E90/E92 BMW 3-series already crowded award mantel. Automobile Magazine has named the 3-series to its 2011 All-Stars list, for the 21st time. Perhaps the best summary from Automobile – “As the car enters the sixth year in its current form, it still has no equal.”
“Fantastic chassis balance, beautiful steering, lovely shift action,” gushes senior editor Joe Lorio. “Add in the phenomenal performance — and surprisingly good fuel economy — and you’ve got the segment’s standard-bearer. Again.”
Edmunds Insideline has track performance tested the 2011 335is, achieving some great performance numbers, nipping at the heels of the E90 M3. Here is their performance test video and test results:
0-30 (sec): 2.0
0-45 (sec): 3.5
0-60 (sec): 5.0
0-75 (sec): 7.3
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 13.3 @ 104.6
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 4.7
30-0 (ft): 27
60-0 (ft): 111
Slalom (mph): 67.2 (66.0 stability control on)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.91g ( 0.85g stability control on )
Autoexpress previews the 2012 F30 3-series sedan and 2014 F32 M3 coupe. Not much info is new here than what we have previously posted, but their renders are a fun look at what the next generation F30 and F32 3-series and M3 may resemble.
Consistent with what we have posted in the past, the front fascia features a more upright angle, consistent with BMW’s current designs seen in the Z4, 5-series and 7-series. The F30/F32 3-series is also expected to be slightly larger in size, but with … CONTINUED
CNN Money and collector car experts at Hagerty Insurance has compiled a list of the 10 cars it believes may be sought after collectibles in the future. The 335is is the only current BMW to make their list.