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
Here is a new sighting of the F32 4 series / 3-series coupe. Compared to the F30 3 series sedan, the 4 series coupe will have a more muscular and sleek appearance. The shoulder line at the rear quarter panel is more pronounced and the roofline lower.
Keep in mind that the car looks larger than it actually is due to some of the camouflage paneling, particularly on the front fascia. The heavy camouflage on the front and rear also obscure the headlight and tail light shapes, so no, the lights will not be those round shapes
Expect 4- and 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines powering the 428i (or 328i) and the 435i (or 335i) and similar design lines as for the F30 3 series.
The … 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.
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!
The official starting base price (MSRP) for Canadian F30 models has now been announced. The 320i sedan will start at $35,900, the 328i sedan starts at $43,600, and the 335i starts at $51,200.
Seen here, at the Brussels auto show is the first sight of the F30 3 series M Sport looking great with the optional Style 403M 19″ wheels and the blue M sport brakes that we’ve been mentioning. As we just posted about, it hasn’t yet been decided whether the blue M Sport brakes will be a part of the M Sport Package or optional.
Also being displayed with this F30 M Sport model are some BMW Performance and M Performance – an M Performance alcantara dashboard cover with carbon fiber fabric trim, a performance flat bottom alcantara steering wheel with red center marker, and performance racing pedals. Some F30 exterior BMW M Performance and Performance parts were spotted for the first time just yesterday. See inside … CONTINUED
Now that the F30 3 series has been officially introduced to the world at the 2012 Detroit NAIAS, expect a lot more public sightings. Spotted just this morning in Toronto were three F30 3 series – a black 335i Sport Line model on the back of a trailer and a Melbourne Red and Havana Metallic F30 at the BMW Canada HQ in Richmond Hill.
Note by Admin (Jason):
Remember, because these are preproduction cars, we still see the development license plate base attached to these F30s. As we’ve confirmed via BMW, the production cars will not have any license plate base attached/molded from the factory.