During our US press launch drive of the 2012 3 Series (F30) we took the opportunity to meet with an E90POST member (SharkH8R) who is local to the Monterey area and owner of an E90 325i (on lowered suspension). We had the chance to photograph the F30 and E90 in various angles for a great comparison of the styling and visual differences.
Here is how F30′s physical dimension compares to a factory E90:
0.31 inches (8 mm) taller
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Congratulations to our first F30 owner! F30POST member Victor has just announced and posted photos of his brand spanking new F30 328i Sport Line in mineral grey (which he’s actually had since February 1).
Plenty of F30 models are now hitting dealers across the country (and worldwide), so be sure to drop in on your local dealer to see the F30 in person. And follow F30POST for plenty of delivery announcements as the official market launch comes this weekend!
Here is perhaps the best official F30 3 series video we’ve seen yet from BMW. The various model lines (Imperial Blue Metallic Luxury Line, Melbourne Red Sport Line, and Mineral Grey Modern Line) look great in motion. Be sure to check out the video directly below.
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).
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 … CONTINUED
We’ve posted the videos showing the external sounds of the F30 328i vs. 335i, now have a look at some internal driving footage showing the action and sounds of the 328i and 335i during acceleration and downshifts.
The 328i model shown is a Sportline model with 8 speed automatic and Sport Auto option with paddle shifters, driven in Sport+ mode. The 335i model is a Sportline model with 6 speed manual, driven in Sport+ mode.
The factory quoted 0-60 mph times for the 2012 328i are … CONTINUED
Six new commercials have been released by BMW for the 2012 F30 3 Series sedan. The ads use humor to showcase some of the F30′s technologies – heated steering wheel, email voice dictation, handless automatic trunk opening, memory seats, side view cameras, and keyless entry.
We’ve compiled a video showing how the sounds of the 2012 328i (with N20 engine) and 2012 335i (with N55 engine) compare. Below are some clips showing the F30 328i and 335i at speed and WOT on the Laguna Seca track’s back straight section, as well as engine and exhaust sounds throughout the rev range.
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 … CONTINUED
Here are the complete technical data and specs for the U.S. 2012 model 328i and 335i sedans (F30), including performance data, data on engines, transmissions, gear ratios, etc.
A must keep/read document for all future F30 owners and enthusiasts.
And here are the photos of the various Luxury Line F30 models shown at the F30 US Press Launch. There was a Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, and Havana Metallic.
The most prevalent model brought out by BMW NA to the US Press Launch is the Sport Line model (in both 328i and 335i forms), which makes sense considering that half the event consists of a track day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Here are photos of an Alpine White, Glacier Silver, and Melbourne Red sport line models. For a comparison of the different F30 lines, see our F30 Lines Guide.
BMW NA has brought out F30 models in all the lines (Sport, Modern, and Luxury) at the US press launch event. Here is the F30 modern line in Imperial Blue Metallic and Blue Water Metallic (Activehybrid). For a comparison of the different F30 lines, see our F30 Lines Guide.
Also on hand was the F30 M Sport which enters production in July, for September deliveries. We’ve compiled all the available F30 M Sport data so far at our F30 M Sport Guide.
As you’ve seen from our recent coverage, we were just in Monterey, California for the US press launch of the 2012 3 Series sedan (F30). We were given an opportunity to test all F30 lines (sport, luxury, modern), in both 328i and 335i, on the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as well as the breathtaking roads of the Monterey area, including Big Sur. We’ve already shared with you some photos and videos, but we promise more materials, as well as a review.
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From the US press launch and the first drives of the F30 335i (with N55 engine), here’s a video we’ve made showing how the F30 335i engine and exhaust sounds, as well as the shift action and throws on the 6 speed manual transmission.
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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED