E90Post member nlakind presents us with his fully matte E90 which he believes is the first in the world, we are inclined to believe the claim and the car is certainly a beautiful example!
Summary: turbo 4 and 6 cylinder engines are going to be an M staple along with a focus on lightweight. Gone will be the days of large displacement and high horsepower engines
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The new BMW Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo saloon has arrived on UK showroom floors priced at 29,950 GBP when equipped with a manual gearbox and at 31,585 GBP when opted with an automatic transmission. Based on the recently facelifted BMW 3-Series sedan, the Alpina D3 utilizes a modified version of the 123d’s 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine producing an output of 214HP at 4,100 rpm and an M3-beating 450Nm (332 lbs)of torque at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm.
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The 3 series was there as well…..
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Geneva 2009 with the Alpina 3!
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These are purported to be pics of a very early test mule for the next generation BMW 3-series (F30). If true, the modifications to an E90 body are likely for chassis testing only, but hint that the F30 3-series will have a wider (and perhaps longer) wheelbase. Expect the actual final sheet metal to be different, of course. The F30 3-series is expected in 2012.
And please, please dont make posts such as “its hideous.” If this is truly a test mule, its only undergoing chassis testing and what you see here is not at all indicative of what the F30 will resemble. This was only posted because it would be an interesting bit of news to know that the next generation 3-series is already undergoing testing.
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In case you didnt see the other threads, I was at the Essen Motor Show yesterday. It is mainly an aftermarket & tuner show, so there are some amazing cars that people have spent tons of time and money on. It was a bit disappointing that Audi was the only mainstream German auto maker there (no Merc, Porsche, or BMW), but there were several M3s throughout the exhibits. Anyway, this thread is dedicated to those. Inside youll find AC Schnitzer, Brembo, Brabham, Rieger, Akrapovic, & Inn.Vent (never heard of that one before).
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Ward’s Auto has released its annual list of Ten Best Engines for the new year, and our first assessment is that it’s just as interesting for what isn’t present as for what is. First of all, let’s get the official list out of the way:
* Audi AG: 2.0L TFSI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (A4 Avant) * BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (135i Coupe) * BMW AG: 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbodiesel (335d) * Chrysler LLC: 5.7L Hemi OHV V-8 (Dodge Ram/Challenger R/T) * Ford Motor Co.: 2.5L DOHC I-4 HEV (Escape Hybrid) * General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS) * Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe) * Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.: 4.6L DOHC V-8 (Genesis) * Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350) * … CONTINUED
The newly released BMW Performance Parts division is proving to be a viable alternative to the traditional tuners. Here are some nice high quality photos of the parts they have on initial offering.
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