The US press drives for the 2012 BMW 3 series sedan (F30) has kicked off in beautiful Monterey, California and we had the pleasure of taking a 335i Sport Line with 6-speed manual transmission out for a spin today. This is the first time that the F30 335i and F30 manual transmission has been made available for testing by BMW.
Our review will come a bit later, but we had a blast in the F30 335i. Enjoy the photos of our red 335i Sport Line, an Imperial Blue 335i Luxury Line, and a Alpine White base 328i. More photos, videos, and material to come in the next few days.
The US Department of Energy has released its official F30 3 series MPG figures. The 2012 F30 328i (4-cylinder) 8-speed auto gets 24 city / 36 highway. The F30 335i (6-cylinder) 8-speed auto gets 23 city / 33 highway.
As for the manual transmission versions, the F30 328i achieves 23 city / 34 highway and the F30 335i is good for 20 city / 30 highway.
The worldwide F30 market launch comes in just under 3 weeks from now – on February 11. We’ve put together our Official Color Photo Threads for the F30 3 series in time for the market launch so it can hopefully help aid you in deciding on your F30 color when/if the time comes to order.
We’ve got the standard colors so far: Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Estoril Blue II, Glacier Silver, Havana, Imperial Blue, Liquid Blue, Melbourne Red, and Mineral Grey/Gray.
Check out the photo threads inside, and be sure to add any photos you may come across which haven’t yet been posted!
At the 2012 Detroit NAIAS, we sat down and chatted with Oliver Ganser, the 3 Series Product Manager at BMW North America. As the F30 3 Series may now be ordered and will have its official worldwide market launch in just a few weeks – on February 11, we naturally had many questions for him (many directly from you, our members). Here are the F30 related topics we covered.
Are the aerodynamics of the F30 improved by the M-sport package, or is it only a cosmetic difference?
M Sport Package has same drag coefficient (Cd) value as the base models – 0.29 Cd for 328i and 0.30 Cd for 335i. Each F30 model has been optimized for minimum drag and turbulence and to create directional airflow. A … CONTINUED
The new BMW 3 Series Saloon has lived up to the legacy of its predecessor having been crowned What Car? ‘Best Compact Executive Car’ 2012, for the seventh consecutive year with the 320d SE.
The BMW 3 Series Saloon reigned supreme in the Compact Executive category, recognised for remaining ahead of the competition in every way. With its EfficientDynamics package making this ‘3’ the most economical car in its class it appeals to both business and retail customers. However, it was not just the BMW 3 Series’ outstanding economy that stood out for the judges; it was commended for being smooth and refined whilst still offering that sheer driving pleasure.
Chas Hallett, What Car? editor-in-chief, said: “The new BMW 3 Series is great to drive, with sharp steering … CONTINUED
Now that the US F30 3 series online configurator has come online, perhaps you could use a visual guide to the possible combinations with each of the different F30 lines (sport, modern, luxury).
Here is a combinations graphical chart to the three different F30 lines (for the US market), as well as our full guide.
During the course of more than three and a half decades, the face of the BMW 3 Series has constantly evolved. Designers have always managed to incorporate dynamics, innovation and aesthetics into a harmonious, modern and future-oriented overall concept, whilst at the same time preserving traditional values. As a result, each BMW 3 Series has retained its unmistakable brand identity and can be identified as a BMW at very first glance. However, the roots of the BMW Series reach back as far as the 1960s
Can’t get enough of F30 3 series info and material after configuring your F30 online today?
Have a crack at the F30 owner’s manual then. Just in time to provide some great weekend reading material.
Download the complete F30 Owners Manual inside.
As we promised by the end of this week, the US F30 Build-Your-Own online configurator is finally online!!
Now you can fully build out (and preview) your custom F30 328i and F335i. Also be sure to reference our pricing and ordering guides for additional guidance.
Enjoy and be sure to share your builds with us!