Here is perhaps the best official F30 3 series video we’ve seen yet from BMW. The various model lines (Imperial Blue Metallic Luxury Line, Melbourne Red Sport Line, and Mineral Grey Modern Line) look great in motion. Be sure to check out the video directly below.
Where: Monterey, California – January 30-31, 2012
What: F30 US Press Launch. First Test Drives of 2012 335i and F30 6 speed
How: 2 days with F30 3 Series, including a half day on the Laguna Seca track.
Background: I’ve owned an E90 325i (auto) and current car is E90 M3 (6-speed MT).
335i (With 6 Speed Manual):
The all new 2012 335i sedan is powered by the N55 single turbo twin-scroll turbo inline-6 cylinder engine (with direct injection and valvetronic), in the same form as the outgoing 2011 … CONTINUED
We’ve posted the videos showing the external sounds of the F30 328i vs. 335i, now have a look at some internal driving footage showing the action and sounds of the 328i and 335i during acceleration and downshifts.
The 328i model shown is a Sportline model with 8 speed automatic and Sport Auto option with paddle shifters, driven in Sport+ mode. The 335i model is a Sportline model with 6 speed manual, driven in Sport+ mode.
The factory quoted 0-60 mph times for the 2012 328i are … CONTINUED
Six new commercials have been released by BMW for the 2012 F30 3 Series sedan. The ads use humor to showcase some of the F30′s technologies – heated steering wheel, email voice dictation, handless automatic trunk opening, memory seats, side view cameras, and keyless entry.
We’ve compiled a video showing how the sounds of the 2012 328i (with N20 engine) and 2012 335i (with N55 engine) compare. Below are some clips showing the F30 328i and 335i at speed and WOT on the Laguna Seca track’s back straight section, as well as engine and exhaust sounds throughout the rev range.
So, how do you properly test the performance of the new 2012 3 series F30 sedan? You take it out on a race track like Laguna Seca, as we did earlier this week.
But, if you really want to see the true limits of the F30′s performance, you hand it over to the professionals. BMW ALMS driver Bill Auberlen and ALMS+DTM driver Joey Hand were in attendance at Laguna Seca raceway to give us (and our members/readers) a wild ride around the track in both the F30 … CONTINUED
Here are the complete technical data and specs for the U.S. 2012 model 328i and 335i sedans (F30), including performance data, data on engines, transmissions, gear ratios, etc.
A must keep/read document for all future F30 owners and enthusiasts.
And here are the photos of the various Luxury Line F30 models shown at the F30 US Press Launch. There was a Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, and Havana Metallic.
The most prevalent model brought out by BMW NA to the US Press Launch is the Sport Line model (in both 328i and 335i forms), which makes sense considering that half the event consists of a track day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Here are photos of an Alpine White, Glacier Silver, and Melbourne Red sport line models. For a comparison of the different F30 lines, see our F30 Lines Guide.
BMW NA has brought out F30 models in all the lines (Sport, Modern, and Luxury) at the US press launch event. Here is the F30 modern line in Imperial Blue Metallic and Blue Water Metallic (Activehybrid). For a comparison of the different F30 lines, see our F30 Lines Guide.
Also on hand was the F30 M Sport which enters production in July, for September deliveries. We’ve compiled all the available F30 M Sport data so far at our F30 M Sport Guide.
As you’ve seen from our recent coverage, we were just in Monterey, California for the US press launch of the 2012 3 Series sedan (F30). We were given an opportunity to test all F30 lines (sport, luxury, modern), in both 328i and 335i, on the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as well as the breathtaking roads of the Monterey area, including Big Sur. We’ve already shared with you some photos and videos, but we promise more materials, as well as a review.
This video was shot … CONTINUED
From the US press launch and the first drives of the F30 335i (with N55 engine), here’s a video we’ve made showing how the F30 335i engine and exhaust sounds, as well as the shift action and throws on the 6 speed manual transmission.
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!
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 … 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 … CONTINUED
For BMW, the BMW 3 Series is the focus of attention at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan is world’s best-selling premium car. Have a look at the wide range and the different lines, together with BMW Group Chief Designer Adrian van Hooydonk.