We have recently spied the F36 4 Series Gran Coupe (4GC) out testing again and although it wears the same camouflage as before, we get a first look at the F36 against the F30 3 series sedan and the F34 3 Series GT (gran touring).
What’s clearly confirmed by the photos is the expected difference in roofline heights and shapes between the different models, which mirror the differences between the 6 series gran coupe, 5 series sedan and 5 series GT. The 4GC features the lowest and sleekest roofline, followed by the slightly taller F30 sedan, and then the GT. The 4GC will also add some centimeters in its overall length compared to the F30 sedan.
Codenamed as the F36, the 4 Series Gran Coupe will top the … CONTINUED
F30 M Sport models have hit dealer and owner’s driveways in force and that gives us some even more opportunity to see how the F30 M Sport looks against the E90 M Sport model.
Town & Country BMW in Toronto gives us a great comparison photo set comparing virtual twins from different generations – an Alpine White F30 M Sport with red interior versus Alpine White E90 M Sport with red interior.
Autocar India conducts its annual Autocar Trackday 2012, pitting India’s 11 best driver’s cars against each other at the hands of Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.
Three BMWs were included in the competition, including the 2013 F10 M5, F30 328i, and 640d Coupe. See the results inside.
The segment for each car starts at:
F30 328i – 5:57min
640d Coupe – 7:36min
F10 M5 – 9:54min
F30 328i – 2:5.7 (car was suspension blocks!)
640d Coupe – 2:1.9
F10 M5 – 1:57.1
Here’s how the 328i, 640d, and M5 compare on paper (factory quoted specs):
F30 328i – 240hp / 255lb-ft / 0-60 5.4s
640d Coupe – 315hp / 465lb-ft / 0-60 5.2s
F10 M5 – 560hp / 501 lb-ft / 0-62 4.4s
BMW maintains that the sometimes maligned 5-Series GT is a good seller despite the public perception, so much so that a scaled down 3-Series iteration has been under development for some time. Now it seems the development of this car is nearing the point of public release and so BMW has dropped the typical body cladding and now only covers the car up in a minimal amount of camouflage tape.
While the general shape of this car has been known to follow the 5-Series GT lines, what has not been known until now are the details. First and foremost, this car should not be confused with the upcoming 4-Series Gran Coupe. The 4-Series GC will be a ‘four door coupe’ in a similar fashion to the 6-Series … CONTINUED
Congrats to Luke on being our first member to take european delivery of an F30 M Sport. This Alpine White with red interior 335i M Sport was picked up earlier this week and is already back with BMW being prepared for its cross-atlantic journey to be reunited with Luke.
Check out some euro delivery pics inside.
Have a first real life comparison look at how the F30 3 Series M Sport (in Estoril Blue II) compares to the E90 3 Series M Sport model. You be the judge – which do you prefer?
A month ago, a new BMW prototype was spied for the first time. At the time, given its fastback shape and substantial similarities to the 3 Series GT (3GT) prototypes we’ve been spying for months, we deemed it to be a 3GT with some camouflage removed or altered. But, the prototype has been spotted again and the additional looks at the prototype have us convinced that it is indeed the F36 4 Series Gran Coupe (4GC) being tested.
Here’s a brief analysis of the clear differences between the two prototype models. The comparison photos below should also be helpful.
The hood and cowl height and hood slope of the 4GC prototype is different than the 3GT.
The shorter front bumper … CONTINUED
Video feature from BMW featuring the a 2012 335i outfitted with F30 M Performance Parts, including front spoiler lip splitters, sideskirts, and rear diffuser. Also features M Performance wheels, M Performance brakes, M Performance interior trim and shift knob. The M Performance exhaust can also be heard. The full F30 M Performance Parts catalog can be found inside.
KW has released its V2 and V3 (Variant 2 & 3) “inox-line” coilovers for the BMW 3-series Type 3L (F30) & BMW 1-series Type 1K4 (F20/F21)
For more than five generations the BMW 3-series is one of the most successful models of the Munich manufacturer. Also for the new BMW F30, KW automotive has developed a wide range of coilovers in high quality stainless steel finish. The BMW F30 can be continuously lowered up to 65 mm within the TÜV approved adjustment range. Depending on the variant, the KW coilover kits can be adjusted in damper characteristic by the BMW driver himself.
The reference for coilovers is the KW coilover kit Variant 3 “inox-line” which is part of the worldwide Top-aftermarket products. With its patented valve technology for … CONTINUED