Watch the beautiful BMW 3 Series 330d touring (F31) M Sport model in motion.
The 2013 Car and Driver’s Annual Lightning Lap Competition (#7) at the Virginia International Raceway has concluded and the results are in.
The F10 M5, F13 M6 coupe and the F30 335i sedan were tested and turned in the following times:
Full List by Times
Ferrari 458 – 2.49.9
Lexus LFA – 2.55.1
Chevy Camaro ZL1 – 2.57.5
Merc C63 Black Series – 2.58.0
Porsche 911 S – 2.58.9
Ford Shelby GT500 – 3.00.6
Chevy Camaro SS 1LE – 3.01.5
Jaguar XKR-S – 3.02.1
Porsche Boxster S – 3.04.2
Audi RS5 – 3.04.3
BMW M6 – 3.04.7
BMW M5 – 3.05.2
Audi S6 – 3.09.8
BMW 335i sedan – 3.13.2
Hyundai Genesis 3.8 R – 3.13.9
Dodge Charger Pursuit – 3.17.8
Subaru BRZ – 3.18.6… CONTINUED
Watch the F30 3 Series assembly process at the BMW Rosslyn Plant in South Africa. See the F30 in Body Shop, Paint Shop, Assembly, and Final Assembly.
The F30 is currently produced in three different BMW plants – Munich (Germany), Regensburg (Germany) and Rosslyn (South Africa).
How do you find out where your F30 (or any other BMW model) was built? The answer is located in your car’s VIN number. The 11th digit of your VIN indicates the plant of assembly.
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Here is more detailed information for “Wave 2″ of the BMW M Performance Parts for the F30 3 Series, including full MSRP pricing and BMW dealer labor hours.
BMW today announced the release of a second major wave of BMW M Performance Parts designed and tested for the new BWW 3 Series and current 5 Series Sedan models. On sale now through all Authorized BMW Centers, BMW M Performance Parts are accessories which have been carefully developed in collaboration with BMW M GmbH to ensure an authentic transfer of racing-derived M technology into everyday driving. In addition to the first wave of new 3 Series and 5 Series M Performance Parts which became available in Spring 2012, the latest offering includes exclusive chassis, aerodynamic, and cockpit components to further intensify The Ultimate Driving Machine®.
Aero: Form follows function.
The BMW 3 Series and 5 Series Sedans both benefit from this release of parts … CONTINUED
Car and Driver has released its 2013 10Best Cars list and making its 22nd straight appearance is the 2013 BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30).
Here is what Car and Driver has to say about the newest 3 Series.
For months now, some F20 1 Series and F30 3 Series owners have been reporting a rust issue with their front seats. For some, it’s just a nuisance and a bad feeling about the build quality of their BMWs, but for others it’s a serious defect.
One Korean F30 3 Series owner was so fed up with the issue that he has destroyed his F30 in protest. Driving to the BMW offices in Korea, he smashed his front windshield and spray painted his 3 Series with the words “Rust BMW.” BMW Korea offered to replace the rust parts as new, but this particular owner wanted his 320d replaced in full instead.
BMW Korea has issued an information bulletin to its dealer network with the … CONTINUED
The 2012 Essen Motor Show is underway and BMW has trotted out many of its models showcasing BMW M Performance Parts. Of particular note is the debut of the F31 3 Series Touring with M Performance Parts.
The F31 and F11 generally share the M Performance Parts from the sedan versions [recent F30 gallery] – including black kidney grilles, front bumper splitters (carbon fiber for the F11), carbon fiber mirror caps, rear diffuser, side skirt trim, M Performance brakes, M Performance exhaust system [recent sample video] and 20″ wheels (different styles for the F31 and F11). The F31 also features side body pinstripes.
We’ll have photos from the event soon, but for now have a look at this walk-through video of BMW’s section.
From BMW’s November 2012 sales numbers, here are some updated sales stats for the 3 series.
10,776 3 Series were sold in November 2012, representing a 42.4% increase over November 2011.
88,857 3 Series have been sold year-to-date in 2012, an increase of 3.5% over same period last year.
It appears that 3 Series sales are doing just fine, contrary to what some naysayers may claim.