From autumn 2011, the BMW 3 Series Coupé and BMW 3 Series Convertible will be available in Edition Exclusive and M Sport Edition guises. Here are the highlights of each edition:
Edition Exclusive Model Highlights:
18-inch V-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in Space Grey
Exclusive exterior paint shade Mineral Grey (or any one of the other color variants offered as standard or as an option)
Exterior mirror caps in Oxide Silver
Dakota leather can be ordered in the exclusive Pearl Grey with grey contrast stitching, or in Black with white contrast stitching.
Floor mats with color coordinated piping
Interior trim strips in Bamboo Grain … CONTINUED
The next generation BMW 3-Series sedan is only months away from full reveal, and in typical BMW fashion the camo striptease continues during vehicle testing.
The overall level of camo on the cars appears to remain the same as previous photos demonstrated, however with better lighting and angles, a more realistic picure of the F30 appears before our eyes. The true “mini F10″ look of the car is much more obvious, especially when looking at the headline photo. That is to say a mini F10 5-Series with more taught lines and short overhangs. Modernizations to the design also include the newer tighter designed headlamp clusters that will include the squared off angel eye design first seen on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics and BMW M1 Hommage cars.
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You typically don’t see manufacturers testing vehicles in Manhattan, but a BIMMERPOST member spotted the new F30 testing in the big apple. The vehicle does seem to be wearing California license plates, suggesting a long road trip as part of the evaluation phase.
We bring you a realistic look at the upcoming 2012 3-series F30 sedan’s rear view, revealed by reference to real life spy photos and using our talented artists’ skills. What’s revealed is a not-revolutionary, yet stately and handsome rear.
The F30 3 series will feature rear tail lights in the classic L-shape, lit by LED light bars. The trunk will feature a very slight integrated bill, toned down from the E90 3-series’ more aggressive trunk bill. All F30 3-series have been spotted with the same rear lower bumper trim as seen in this render.
From this rear 3/4 view, the side double character lines are again evident and provide a smooth transition for one’s eyes from the rear lights all the way into the front fender and hood.
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The BMW 335is has been available for a while now, but it’s never too late (and always fun) to see another review. Motorweek reviews the 335is. Video inside.
BMW F30 3-series continues testing and a black test mule was recently photographed. This prototype wears the same camouflage level as the recently spotted F30 sedans, but its black paint set against the camouflage tape shows off the car’s lines better than a lighter color.
Squared off LED halos adorn the front headlights on this particular model, and overall the front headlights look to have a stylish and aggressive shape, as on the F10 5-series. Low and wide kidney grilles sit at the front at a sleek and sloping hood.
The F30′s side double character lines are again evident in the looks of the car from the sides. These double lines should give the F30 a distinctive look among current model BMWs, as it’s a styling element not … CONTINUED
Following our earlier coverage, we share with you photos of even more beautiful Individual BMW 3-series models. Dackelone made another trip to the factory-owned BMW dealer in Munich, and caught even more stunning Individual models. Starring today are E93 models in St. James Red, Mora Metallic and Dakar Yellow as well as an E91 335i in Orinocco Metallic, a Fir Green E90 and an Aegean Blue E92.
As usual, we’ve included the spec sheets to give you an idea of options and costs (in Germany). Stay tuned for more Individual cars! Again a big thanks to Dackelone for the photos!
We’re able to share that the F30 3-series sedan will begin production in November 2011, shortly after the E90 3-series stops production. The F30 2012 Model Year will run until June 2012, upon which point it will switch to the 2013 Model Year.
As the schedule shows, the F30 3-series will come as 328i and 335i models. The 328i will most certainly be powered by the ‘N20′ turbo 4-cylinder inline engine (as found in the Z4 28i, details) and the 335i by a turbo 6-cylinder inline motor. Output will be in the ballpark of 245hp and 306hp, respectively.
Production will continue at BMW’s Munich and Regensburg plants. The South African produced F30 328i (denoted by “SA”) begins later, in February 2012.
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The Houston ///M Club and other BMW owners in the Houston area organized and participated in a meet this past Saturday in the Uptown district of downtown Houston. Check out their photos inside.