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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.
Unfortunately, the BMW 7 Series makes the list of cars … CONTINUED
3D Design Japan has worked at a rapid pace in an effort to create a comprehensive aero program for F30 owners of all trims. Whether your vehicle is Sport line, Modern line, touring model, or M-sport the Japanese manufacturer has a solution for you. Furthermore, 3D Design will continue to develop new products throughout the chassis life cycle so stay tuned for more!
The most recent addition to their F30 program is a carbon fiber diffuser that accommodates the BMW 335 split single tip as well as a carbon variant for their F30 m-sport front lip spoiler. Both the urethane and carbon front lip can be fitted with the carbon fiber under splitters.
3D Design also created a fully integrated gauge pod, 328i 4 x 76mm JASMA … CONTINUED
Release via 3D Design:
In recent months the F30 chassis has captured enthusiast’s imaginations, and has renewed our love for the BMW brand. The car’s excellent reception in the BMW community has resulted in numerous tuner specimens and a uncharacteristically aggressive kit from the BMW Performance division. 3D Design has worked diligently to create an aero package worthy of the M-sport kit.
The 3D Design M-sport sport kit consists of a urethane front lip, an optional carbon fiber front lip (in development), and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. Along with the release of their M-sport line 3D Design also completed a F31 hatch spoiler and a fully integrated gauge pod for all F30 models.
The urethane M-sport front lip brings some of the design elements of … CONTINUED
The following race featured a a JB4 G5 ISO 335i with upgraded RB Turbos against a Lamborghini Gallardo with Exhaust - E Gear.
BIMMERPOST once again sponsored the most recent Airstrip Attack, a two day runway shootout race event held at the Coalinga Municipal Airport in Coalinga, California.
BIMMERPOST sponsored the most recent Airstrip Attack, a two day runway shootout race event held at the Coalinga Municipal Airport in Coalinga, California.
The following race featured two 335i head to head - a JB4 G5 ISO with upgraded RB Turbos (6AT) vs a Vishnu E85 335i with stock turbos (6AT).
Here are the official pricing guides for the 2013 3 Series Coupe (E92) and Convertible (E93) [download PDFs below].
The pricing listed in the guides are effective July 1, 2012. All models see a $200 price increase over the 2012 model year prices (as of September 2011). Production of the 2013 3 Series will begin in July.
Here is some footage of Alpina’s B3 GT3 limited edition (of 99), which is based on the Alpina B3 S Bi-Turbo, but with 8 more HP. Re-designing sections of the exhaust system and installing a new enhanced Akrapovic rear silencer increased output in the B3 GT3 by this 8 HP. The direct petrol injected N54 engine delivers a total power output of 408hp at 6000rpm and 540Nm of torque at 4500rpm.
The Alpina B3 GT3 sprints from 0-62mph (0-100kmh) 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 192mph (309kmh), which the driver, Sport Auto’s test drive editor Christian Gebhardt, hits in this video.
See also inside for our coverage of the B3 GT3 from the 2012 Geneva auto show.
We continue our coverage of this past weekend’s Airstrip Attack. BIMMERPOST sponsored this past weekend’s Airstrip Attack, a runway shootout race event held at the Trona Airport near Death Valley, California. The event saw some of the most powerful European, Domestic, and Japanese cars from California go head-to-head on a half mile stretch of tarmac. The classes ranged from 400hp+ all the way to 1000hp+.
The following race featured two 335i going head to head - a JB4 powered 335i vs a Procede 2 powered 335i. Modification details for each car are listed in the video.
We’ll be posting many more shootout videos from the event, so stay tuned to our homepage for updates.