This F30 3-series test mule was spied at BMW’s M Test Center at the Ring this past weekend. No more revealing except a new set of wheels, but we again see its balanced proportions and shape. The F30 3-series is expected to debut publicly at the 2012 Geneva Autoshow in March 2012.
C&D drives the 2011 335i with N55 motor, focusing specifically on comparing the N55 to the N54 engine (of the earlier 335i model years). 0-60 times were equal, N55 was 1/10 sec. slower in quarter mile and N55 was 1 sec. faster to 140mph.
Winding Road Magazine undertakes the latest review of the 3-series ranging topping 335is and asks whether it might be the best all-around 3 there is (M3 included).
No car has had as much consistent appearances on C&D’s Top 10Best list as the BMW 3-series, but did you know that this means that the 3-series is currently carrying a 19 year consecutive title on C&D’s annual Top 10Best List? So, naturally the 3-series makes C&D’s latest 10Best of the decade list.
Studie AG has a history of producing custom BMWs mimicking genuine BMW Motorsport race cars. Their latest project is converting the 2009 335i sedan to an endurance race car look, complete with Schubert carbon fiber widebody parts, BMW Motorsports sideskirts, Active Autowerke ECU, Arqray exhaust, and aFe’s intakes. Full list of modifications, details, and photos inside.
The cover of the latest auto moto, a french auto magazine, features their prediction of what the 2012 F30 3-series sedan may look like. This render seems to draw heavily on cues from the newest BMWs such as the F10 5-series, F07 5-series GT, F01 7-series, and even E89 Z4. Opinions?
Here are the first clips we’ve seen of the BMW Performance Exhaust matched to a N55 motor and it sounds terrific! N55 BMWs come from the factory with a throatier exhaust than the N54 due to the absence of two mid cats. Paired with a Performance Exhaust, the N55′s growl is amplified beautifully.
BMW’s color offerings are fairly standard throughout its cars. But owners do have the option of choosing a BMW Individual color, which are always a joy to see. E90POST member tbensous has taken delivery of a Diopside Black Individual E90, the first we’ve seen of this color and we’re in love.
Another N54 turbo upgrade is underway. The specific upgrade plan has not yet been determined, but upgraded turbine and compressor wheel, bearing and waste gate are being considered. We hope this project will be an exception and see a successful ending. Be sure to subscribe and follow the project.
The E90 sedan has turned 5 yrs old and members have already reported hitting 100,000 miles (some as early as last year). Impressively, these original owners have mostly reported no unexpected major issues and have indefinite ownership plans. Have you turned 100k miles on your E90 or E92? Chime in.
BMW has released an updated BMW Performance promo video, now also featuring the X6 and X5. The original clip featuring just the E90 3-series and E82 1-series portion of this video was released back in November 2008.
Take a look at this BMW 335i Convertable which looks to be part of the BMW Individual lineup and uses the exclusive paint color called “Fire Orange”