Per BMW: The first BMW 3 Series followed the successful and sporty BMW 2 Series in 1975. It is the beginning of a success story, that continues to present day. This is how it began.
Now that we’ve posted the F34 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) official photos and info, here’s a look at how the GT compares against its smaller and older brothers – the F30 Sedan and F31 Touring, physically and visually.
The GT’s physical stats are:
200 mm (7.87 in.) longer than 3 Series sedan and touring
180mm (7.08 in.) longer wheelbase than 3 Series sedan and touring
81mm (3.18 in.) taller than 3 Series sedan and touring
17mm (0.66 in.) wider (without mirrors) than 3 Series sedan and touring
1,715 kg / 3,780 lb (335i – unladen EU)
1,645 kg / 3,626 lb (328i … CONTINUED
We introduce to you the BMW 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo).
BMW Press Release:
The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo adds an innovative new concept to the successful BMW 3 Series line-up. The third body variant in the current model family combines the Sedan’s dynamic, sporting genes with the practicality and versatility of the Touring, qualities which are backed up by a palpable increase in space and driving comfort. The Gran Turismo exudes aesthetic and emotional appeal, boasts a distinctive presence on the road and offers similarly pronounced driving pleasure. All of which allows the new Gran Turismo to make a compelling case for itself as both an elegant business carriage and a dynamic, comfortable tourer.
Typical BMW proportions, four doors with frameless windows, a … CONTINUED
Here is an E92 M3 coupe looking ultra smooth in a custom Satin Pearl vinyl wrap.
Here is a DIY install guide for installing N55 mid pipes on a N54 powered model and deleting the secondary cats.
The main benefit of deleting the N54′s secondary cats is more flow, better faster spool up of the turbos, and a louder more deeper tone of the exhaust note.
And in the latest monthly episode of BMW halo / super car rumors, comes a rumor (from CAR) that plans for a 600HP M8 supercar may be firming up.
If the report is to be believed, the car is now referred to as the M8 internally at BMW and may see a launch in 2016 – to commemorate BMW’s 100th anniversary.
The report goes on to claim that M division head Friedrich Nitschke has proposed that the M8 share the exotic carbon fiber/aluminum construction of the upcoming i8 hybrid sports car (which has a combined power output of 349bhp and 405lb ft of torque from its electric motor and 3 cylinder petrol engine, good for an estimated 4.6 sec 0-62mph).
For the M8, however, the 3 cylinder petrol … CONTINUED
Here’s an ad spot cross-promoting the just released zombie movie Warm Bodies and the BMW Z4 sDrive35is.
Its tagline asks: “What makes you feel the most alive?” The answer of course is the Z4 sDrive35is, with its 335hp N54 inline 6 engine and performance suspension.
We bet this M3, constructed from mostly carbon fiber, is the most comfortable one in the world, and something you’ve never seen before.
This M3 is one of a kind and when finished it will feature an auto reclining bed, sports seats, LED disc brakes, dry ice, and full ICE hooked up. Under the hood, it is a computer workshop.
And it’s mostly carbon fiber.
According to an Autocar source, Arnd Meyer, the head engineer responsible for chassis engineering of all recent AMG models, including the SLS AMG Black Series, has left Mercedes and joined BMW M.
The source says that Meyer will eventually head BMW M’s chassis, powertrain and electronics development, although an AMG spokesperson has suggested that a contractual agreement (presumably, a non-compete clause in his employment contract) may prevent him from doing so for some period of time.
This news comes on the heels of this recent report that BMW M may be looking into offering models that compete with AMG Black Series models, in terms of exclusivity. Could BMW M’s pickup of Meyer be related? We shall see…
Here are some details for the F10 5 Series LCI facelift update, via VIN information found by a BIMMERPOST member. This list is by no means exhaustive, and there may be details and models not listed here, or the information may be outdated.
The first VIN below shows the LCI 550i touring with uprated N63Tu 445-bhp/480-lb.-ft engine (just as the 650i Gran Coupe and 5GT already received last year), good for +45hp / +30 lb-ft torque over the N63 engine.
The second VIN shows the 535d coming to US.
VIN long WBAHR92090D000000
Type code HR92
Type 550I (EUR)
Dev. series F11 (MUE)
Body type TOUR
Door count 5
Cubical capacity 4.40 … CONTINUED