Nothing new was shown on this F30 with M Performance Parts at the 2012 Paris auto show, but it’s still good eye candy. Here’s a quick rundown of the parts you see in the photos below (we’ve also reposted photos we took at the 2012 AMI show in May). Also reference the full BMW M Performance Parts Catalog.
20 inch M Performance Wheels: 20” forged alloy wheel set (style 405M) – forged and reduces weight by 1 kg (2.4 lbs.) per wheel when compared to a similar size wheel.
M Performance Brakes: Brembo big-brake kit with painted calipers (in yellow, orange, or red). 4-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and 2-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear … CONTINUED
One of the first head-to-head comparisons between the 2013 BMW F30 328i versus the Cadillac ATS (2.0T).
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the all-new Cadillac ATS against the car it was built to compete with, the dominating BMW 328i. Jonny uses test data to illustrate how similar these two cars are and then takes them out for a true drivers test on one of his favorite California back roads.
The new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon has fought off tough competition to once again be crowned Best Executive Car of the Year at the What Car? Green Awards 2012, going on to top the field and be awarded the prestigious accolade of Green Car of the Year.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon won over the judges with its unconventional statistics, combining outstanding fuel efficiency and emissions with impressive performance. With a combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km, the 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon is still capable of travelling from zero to 62mph in 8.0 seconds. It was this no-compromise blend that ensured the most parsimonious 3 Series model took the top green honour.
Not to be left in its big brother
With F30 3 series deliveries chugging along, it was only a matter of time before our members started gathering with their F30s.
This weekend saw our Toronto area members gather for the first substantial F30 meet, with 9 owners making it out with their F30 models of all different varieties and colors.
New feature video on the Afrox / ADF F30 race car where the viewer gets a great look and listen at the race car with its Akrapovic exhaust system and BMW M Performance Parts.
2,998 pounds (1360kg)
408hp / 443 lb-ft torque (600nm)
Turbos boost lowered to maximum 0.7 bar and 40mm turbo inlet restrictor
M Performance front brakes (370mm)
18″ BBS wheels
GPS data logging system
6 weeks to complete, at cost of 196,300 Euro
Previous features on the ADF / Afrox F30:
Ever wonder how the BMW F30 3 Series would look with an M6 style front bumper or the front apron/fascia from the 1M coupe? No further imagination needed as both have now been done! LTBMW in Los Angeles has custom produced each style for the F30 3 series, giving 3 series owners some great aftermarket aero kit options to give their F30 sedans a touch of M styling.
Check out the excellent photos by John Zhang of 1013mm (owner and photographer of this car) inside!
Here is the F30 328i M Sport looking beautiful in a recent photo shoot. The car belongs to site member scott@bmwhn and looks especially good with Style 373M OEM wheels (from the 6 series M Sport) fitted, paired with yellow M Performance brakes.
Style 373M (found on the 650i Msport)
Front: 245/35 R20x8.5 ET33
Rear: 275/30 R20x9 ET44
H&R Sport Springs
French auto magazine l’Argus strip away the 4 Series Gran Coupe prototype camouflage digitally to give us a preview of what the F36 4 series gran coupe may resemble once it is revealed. An M4 Gran Coupe may also be in the cards if the confirmed M6 Gran Coupe is any indication.
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