What a great story this is! A guy with no previous WRC experience buys a $500 1991 BMW 318i beater off Craigslist, swaps in a M3 engine, and enters into the WRC Rally Mexico race. He has no pit crew, a co-driver that he never had any driving time with, and course notes from a Peruvian team in Spanish. He comes in third place in his class!
According to Automobile Magazine, the next generation F30 / F32 3-series will spawn 5 variants, including a Gran Turismo (GT) version. Also, the next gen M3 will no longer come in sedan form, leaving only a coupe and convertible version.
C&D stacks the BMW 328i convertible up against its 4-seat convertible rivals – the Audi A5, Infiniti G37, and the Lexus IS350C. Despite having the least power of the bunch, the 328i still manages to come out on top, a testament to the car’s BMW driving dynamic and overall feel.
French publication Automobile Magazine has just published these new renderings on what a possible next generation F30 3-Series could look like. While my first gut instinct when looking at these was that they took the concept 5-Series GT Clay Models very sleek front end design and applied it to the future 3-Series I have to say the result does work. The details are still a bit to concept-ish and aggressive for a production 3-series, but the general underlying theme does flow quite nice and could be a success if something like this was taken to production by BMW. But you be the judge!
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Consumer Guide Auto speculates on the design changes and major technical changes for the next generation 3-series (F30). While the design will not be a radical departure from the current E90 3-series, there may be several new technologies implemented.
This matte black Hamann styled E92 coupe was spotted in Geneva Switzerland. It seems to combine elements of a regular E92 coupe and an M3. There’s an M3 hood bulge and high performance rotors, but the rest of it appears to be a regular 3-series – mirrors, fenders, etc. Ok fine, it’s a regular 3-series, but we figured it’s cool enough a car to show and feature anyway
For the first time ever in the US, you can purchase authentic BMW Motorsport parts at select BMW centers, including parts from the E92 M3 GT4, E46 M3, E36 M3, 2008 Z4, and E90 320si. Parts include Akra exhaust, AP brakes, Sachs (F)/Ohlins (R) dampers, BBS wheels, and many more!
Here is the first reported 335is spotted in public, near BMWNA HQ in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. The member who spotted this car described the exhaust as sounding great and the car looking better in person than any photos.
Yahoo Autos has chosen the BMW 3-series as one of the past decade’s most noteworthy vehicles – cars which have each played an indisputable part in the evolution of the automotive landscape. The 3-series is called the best entry-level luxury sedan money can buy.