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02/16/2012    2:00 PM
COMMENTS: 135

The 2012 328i (F30) impresses again as Motor Trend comes in with their review and performance results of the F30 328i Sport Line model they recently tested.

In performance results, the 328i with its touted N20 turbo 4-cylinder engine managed to achieve a 5.6 second 0-60mph, quarter mile in 14.2 seconds @ 97.8 mph, and 0.90g on the skidpad.

All in all, Motor Trend feels that the 328i is better than the 335i. As they put it: Want to know the real kicker? Don’t tell BMW, but the 328i is better than the 335i. I lapped both at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during BMW’s launch event. We brought both home to test (you’ll be seeing the 335i First Test soon), and we all agree. Yes, the 335i … CONTINUED

02/15/2012    8:30 PM
COMMENTS: 57

Well respected automotive reviewer Chris Harris drives the F10 M5 and the Nissan GT-R. He admits that the two are not really rival cars, but what’s important is that the two are both great cars he enjoyed immensely (just look at his reaction), and in which he appreciated every mile and every minute.

02/14/2012    1:35 PM
COMMENTS: 72

Site member clar, owner of both a frozen grey F10 M5 and E92 M3, has now completed run-in / break in on his new M5 and is able to give a proper performance review and comparison of his M5 versus M3.

See this excellent review inside as clar covers power, steering, handling, and more of his two M cars.

02/06/2012    9:00 AM
COMMENTS: 10

European Car reviews the new BMW M5 F10, which they call BMW’s twin turbo superhero. Their conclusion? The new M5 is every bit as tractable as the E60 M5 and its chassis and brakes are flat out superior. Unlike the E60 M5, the new M5 is more user friendly.

02/03/2012    12:33 PM
COMMENTS: 47

THE SETUP

Where: Monterey, California – January 30-31, 2012

What: F30 US Press Launch. First Test Drives of 2012 335i and F30 6 speed

How: 2 days with F30 3 Series, including a half day on the Laguna Seca track.

Background: I’ve owned an E90 325i (auto) and current car is E90 M3 (6-speed MT).

THE DRIVE

335i (With 6 Speed Manual):

The all new 2012 335i sedan is powered by the N55 single turbo twin-scroll turbo inline-6 cylinder engine (with direct injection and valvetronic), in the same form as the outgoing 2011 335i E90 sedan and current 335i E92 coupe. The U.S. 335i is quoted as producing 300hp / 300 lb-ft torque and achieves 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds for both auto and manual. Maximum horsepowers is achieved at 5800 RPM and max … CONTINUED

02/02/2012    1:05 PM
COMMENTS: 72

So, how do you properly test the performance of the new 2012 3 series F30 sedan? You take it out on a race track like Laguna Seca, as we did earlier this week.

But, if you really want to see the true limits of the F30′s performance, you hand it over to the professionals. BMW ALMS driver Bill Auberlen and ALMS+DTM driver Joey Hand were in attendance at Laguna Seca raceway to give us (and our members/readers) a wild ride around the track in both the F30 328i and 335i. Both the 328i and 335i were Sport Line models and had manual transmissions. The F30′s limits were phenomenal in their hands and we truly enjoyed their F30 review!

Both Joey and Bill were truly enthused about the … CONTINUED

01/30/2012    12:53 PM
COMMENTS: 118

Congratulations to our member clar for taking delivery of the first frozen grey F10 M5! This isn’t clar’s first frozen gray M car though as the M5 will join his frozen grey M3! He gives us his full owner experience so far, together with some excellent photos of the beautiful frozen gray and sakhir orange interior combination.

01/28/2012    3:30 PM
COMMENTS: 22

The results are in from Car and Driver’s sixth annual Lightning Lap Tests @ Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

BMWs tested in this year’s Lightning Lap include the 1M coupe, 335is, X5 M, and Z4 sDrive35is. How did each model fare? See inside.

01/26/2012    3:30 PM
COMMENTS: 45

The Range Rover Evoque has been a darling of the automotive press since its introduction, culminating in it winning 2012 North American Truck of the Year. But, in a recent Consumer Reports test, the 2012 X3 slaughters the Evoque in a road test, 80 to 60 in the point total.