The full F30 3 series English catalog (international version) is now available. We’ve posted it in the “Catalog” portion of our Official F30 Info Thread for you to download. It’s 54 beautiful pages of F30 goodies and includes info on all the model lines (Sport, Luxury, Modern), as well as the F30 M Sport.
With the 3 series traditionally having the largest aftermarket support of any BMW model, it usually doesn’t take long for the first aftermarket parts to become available. And one of the first parts are usually suspension components.
H&R has now released its F30 springs application for the 2012 328i and 335i sedan. The lowering springs come in two varieties — Sport Spring and Super Sport Spring, with the latter being a more aggressive lowering.
The H&R Sport Springs (Part #28878-2) lower the F30 by 1.2″ front and 1.2″ rear.
The H&R Super Sport Springs (Part #28877-2) lower the F30 by 1.75″ front and 1.6″ rear.
Retail MSRP is $389.00 for both sets.
H&R also makes a whole catalog of wheel spacers for the F30 and BMWs, in many sizes - … CONTINUED
Now that the F30 3 series retail sales have launched worldwide, check out how the 6th generation 3 series sedan is manufactured and produced.
We bring you a set of five F30 production videos, covering the press shop, body shop, paint shop, assembly, and final assembly.
New commercial spot for the 2012 BMW 3 Series (328i) - Description: The all-new BMW 3 Series comes with Efficient Dynamics which means 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and 36 MPG. Which means this Ultimate Driving Machine has all of the performance you expect from a BMW along with the fuel economy you might not.
Now that the F30 3 series sedan has been released, testing continues on all the other F3x variants - the F32 coupe, F31 touring, and this F34 Gran Turismo (GT) model.
These photos provide the best look yet at the trunk, tailgate, and rear portions of the roofline. The 3 Series GT prototypes previously wore heavy camouflage paneling concealing the true shape and styling of the trunk. The loss of the rear deck camo has shortened and tightened the car’s size and proportions.
With its sleeker trunkline and frameless windows, the 3-series GT looks to be sleeker in shape than the 5-series GT and appears generally sportier in nature. The 3-series GT will offer a simple hatch function rather than the twin trunk arrangement on the 5er GT.
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We bring you the first dyno results from a 2012 335i (F30) sedan, performed by Challenge Mfg. USA (GTM_Challenge) on their recently delivered 335i. The F30 335i is powered by the N55 6-cylinder TwinPower twinscroll turbo engine and its factory quoted power figures are 300hp / 300lb-ft.
The 335i N55 dyno run resulted in 270whp and 273lb-ft torque. Note that the dyno was performed on a AWD Dynojet with linked AWD rollers. On a normal rear-roller-only system the numbers would be slightly higher (probably 5-10hp) given the less roller weight that would need to be moved.
What does this translate to in terms of crank HP (for comparison to the factory quoted figures)? Taking 275whp and 278lb-ft as the starting point and assuming a 15% drivetrain loss, it … CONTINUED
Insideline puts the 2012 328i (F30) through a battery of performance tests on their own track to get some real life test results. Here are the results:
0-60mph: 5.9 sec
0-60mph (with 1 ft rollout): 5.5 sec
1/4 mile: 14.1 sec @ 98.9mph
60-0mph braking: 115ft
Skid Pad: 0.88g
Respectable results, but a bit slower than some other outlets have tested.
Evolution Racewerks didn’t take much time to tear into their F30 328i’s N20 engine, removing the engine cover and revealing some of the plumbing underneath. Check out the photos inside.
The next 3 series variant to make its debut will be the 3 series touring / wagon (F31). We’ve now spotted it with virtually no camouflage remaining. Combined with the recently revealed F31 rear design patent CGIs (images inside), we now basically know how the F31 will look when it makes its debut at the AMI auto show in Leipzig in early June (for a likely market debut in the Fall).
Unlike the F11 5 series touring, the new 3 series touring model will make a return to the North American market. In an interview we had at the 2012 NAIAS with Paul Ferraiolo, Manager, Product Planning & Strategy of BMWNA, he confirmed that the next generation F31 3 series touring will make it stateside again:
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