BMW has announced some of the important models set for debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), which has its press days beginning on March 27.
With this comes the official announcement that a diesel powered BMW 328d will join the 3 Series lineup in the U.S. [already confirmed for Canada]. A prototype was spotted last September in the US.
The 328d will be powered by a TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder engine, outputting 180 hp / 280 lb-ft of torque and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.2 seconds, while getting mileage that could well exceed 40 mpg (official US EPA estimates will be available closer to the launch of the 328d).
Also joining the 328d in making their (North American) debuts will … CONTINUED
Testing and development of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36) continues, with the prototypes undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden.
As always, don’t worry about the headlights and tail lights of the prototypes at this stage of testing. They are merely fakes for testing purposes. Expect the 4GC to share the lights with the rest of the upcoming 4 Series lineup.
Codenamed as the F36, the 4 Series Gran Coupe will be positioned and priced in the 3/4 Series lineup just as the 6 Series Gran Coupe is positioned in the 5/6 Series lineup (in between the coupe and convertible models). [See our recent article previewing the future 4 Series / M4 lineup].
Like the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 4 Series Gran Coupe combines the convenience … CONTINUED
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Consumer Reports has issued its latest Best & Worst Used Cars report (for April 2013) and the 2009 BMW E90 328i sedan has been named the best sedan in the $20,000-$25,000 category. It shares the top pick with the 2009 Infiniti G and the 2010 Toyota Avalon.
Here’s what the report says about its picks:
The 3 Series combines agile handling, a taut ride, good brakes, and powerful six-cylinder engines in a comfortable, if slightly snug, interior. The Infiniti G is a similarly sporty alternative. Look for the Toyota Avalon if you want a roomy interior and lots of comfort.
The E90 3 Series was refreshed (LCI facelift) for the 2009 model year.
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Had a nice lazy sunday today and decided to dream up what an M-Performance parts equipped 3-series GT could look like in various stages of kit. What do you all think?
Compare with the stock car photos which are all on the Official 3-Series GT Thread
Just a programming note: 3 new videos have been added to our 3-series GT official thread.
Have a look at the BMW 3 Series GT at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 together with Bruno Spengler, the racing driver who won the 2012 DTM Drivers’ Championship. He’s talking to Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design.
To re-inject a dose of OEM goodness after seeing all the tuner produced BMWs, here is a F30 M Sport (Active Hybrid 3), looking great in Glacier Silver. Nothing fancy or new, just good ole factory OEM-ness.
AC Schnitzer has brought its updated F31 3 Series Touring to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The F31 3 Series Touring M Sport kit includes a center bumper metal grille, front splitter lips, painted rear diffuser, roof spoiler, and exhaust tail pipes.
Interior bits include painted trim, ACS iDrive knob, hand brake handle, shift knob, and aluminum pedals.
They also showcase their forged wheels and front splitter construction, as well as the company’s N20 engine tune (see specs and dyno plot below).
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Austrian tuner MS Design unveiled its F30 program today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed the “B36″, this F30 335i tuning program comes with both go and show.
Release by MS Design:
World Premiere in Geneva the B36 by MS Design
This September the Austrian car styling and individualization specialist MS Design celebrates its 30th Anniversary. And of Course such an occasion deserves a very special project. The B36 by MS DESIGN!
B36 by MS Design
Based on a BMW 335i MS Design created a special project, combining a dynamic and elegant design with an extra plus in performance and power. Or simple: Usain Bolt in a designer suit.
The elaborate exterior package harmonizes perfectly with the lines of the BMW base and adds a touch of alpine wilderness making … CONTINUED