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06/05/2012    11:30 AM
COMMENTS: 79

A great set of real life comparison photos between the F30 and F10, by Paul Tan.

Although the general styling of the newest 3 series and 5 series is now more consistent and shares more styling cues than the previous generation E90 and E60, there are still significant differences (in particular the front end) between the two designs as these photos highlight.

Here’s the tale of the tape for the F30 and F10:

F30
Height – 56.3 in
Length – 182.5 in
Width – 71.3 in
Wheelbase – 110.6 in

F10
Height – 57.6 in
Length – 192.8 in
Width – 73.2 in
Wheelbase – 116.8

06/04/2012    6:30 PM
COMMENTS: 44

BMW recently revealed the 2013 7 Series LCI / facelift refresh model [official thread]. Along with the newly updated looks and technology (the most important of which is the Navigation Pro iDrive system), the US is also set to receive a diesel 7 Series model (according to C&D) sometime next year.

It will be powered by the same 3.0 liter diesel inline 6-cylinder engine from the X5 xDrive35d. Actual output for the 7 Series application isn’t yet known, but the standard configuration of this engine currently produces 265hp and 425 lb-ft torque, with an available high output version outputting 308hp / 465 lb-ft torque.

It should be badged as either the 735d or 740d.

This is a good sign for 3 Series and 5 Series fans hoping for a … CONTINUED

06/03/2012    2:25 PM
COMMENTS: 81

BMW has been busy trademarking. Below is a list of some recent BMW trademark filings for future potential models. Remember, just because a manufacturer registers a trademark does not mean that the model will necessarily come to fruition. But, it makes for some fun speculation and certainly paints a rough map of what potential future models we may see out of Munich.

Recent Trademark List:

X2, X4
M1, M2, M7, M10
2 Series Active Tourer
M35, M40, M55, M300, M350, M400, M500
M130, M135, M140, M230, M235, M240, M330, M335, M340, M430, M435, M440, M450, M550, M650, M750
M50d
Compactive, … CONTINUED

06/02/2012    6:30 PM
COMMENTS: 32

The M550d xDrive F11 Touring is making its auto show debut at AMI Leipzig. THE 2013 X1 LCI / Facelift model is also making its European debut.

05/24/2012    2:55 PM
COMMENTS: 53

Many M Flight members had the opportunity to attend the 2012 M Festival at the Nurburgring during the 24hr Race (18-20 May 2012), which celebrated BMW M’s 40th anniversary.

The first day started out for the group at Pentagon Car Sales in Ramstein-Miesenbach, which they set out from for the Nurburgring. Upon arriving at the Ring, all members parked their Ms in the M Parking Garage. The M Shuttle then brought the group to the M Gallery where they were received by Brian Watts (BMW M Worldwide Marketing manager), Sarah Wild (MC) and Claudia Hurtgen (BMW Motorsports race driver). Claudia gave the group a briefing on the upcoming M Corso parade where 180 M drivers paraded on around the entire ring. All attendees also received … CONTINUED

05/20/2012    11:10 AM
COMMENTS: 316

BMW enthusiasts and tuners gathered for the 2012 Bimmerfest event yesterday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

05/18/2012    10:55 AM
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Starting as of July 2012 production, the next generation Navigation Professional system (609) will be available on the 5 Series Sedan, 5 Series Gran Turismo, 7 Series Sedan and ActiveHybrid 3. Although the link above doesn’t mention the F30, it will also be available on the F31 touring and should be available on the F30 3 series as of July.

This new system offers faster processing and an enhanced design over the current system and incorporates several great new features:

• Streamlined radio/media menu structure
• Improved navigation submenu structure
• Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information
• Weather information in navigation map
• POI enrichment*
• GoogleTM autocomplete*
* requires BMW Assist Convenience Plan.

More details and images inside.

05/15/2012    3:30 PM
COMMENTS: 26

Here are the official pricing guides for the 2013 3 Series Coupe (E92) and Convertible (E93) [download PDFs inside].

The pricing listed in the guides are effective July 1, 2012.

05/14/2012    8:14 PM
COMMENTS: 47

Here are the complete changes for the 2013 5 series sedan and GT. The biggest change for the F10 sedan will be the introduction of the BMW Individual Composition Package (ZL1). Full July production changes can be found inside.