This should settle once and for all the debate on whether the US spec F30 models have the ungainly front license plate mounting base molded to the front bumper from the factory, or whether it’s a separate part and therefore, removable. Many photos of US spec F30 3 series proved to be inconclusive in providing an answer. So we went Sherlock Holmes on the matter.
The front license plate base is indeed a separate part. The US license plate base shows up as part # 51 11 7 293 034.
For those curious, the European plate base is part # 51 13 7 279 708.
Those who were holding their breath over possibly having to export a European spec bumper in order to get rid of the unattractive license … CONTINUED
The F33 4 series convertible prototype continues testing and we bring you another set of photos from the second spotting. As clearly seen, the F33 4 series will retain its folding hardtop. The car is still heavily masked and it appears that it may feature a bit of a false trunk or heavy camouflage on the trunk lid, making it look more extended or larger than the actual design underneath. This is the reason for the odd-looking gap and space in the transition area to the rear lights.
Aside from the roofline, the trunk, and the roof-to-trunk transition, the F33 appears to share similar lines and size with the F32 coupe (prototype pics pictured below for comparison). As always, with prototypes at this early stage of … CONTINUED
Have a look at the designing process of the new BMW 3 Series (F30) together with the designers. They explain the ideas behind the car-design. Karim Habib (head of exterior design at BMW), Christopher Weil (exterior designer), and Christian Bauer (interior designer) explain the process of bringing the F30 3 series to life.
From 2D sketch, to 3D clay mockup and computer modelling, see how the F30 3 series goes from idea to product.
EVO UK magazine’s January issue features their full review of the F30 2012 328i and 320d. Improved refinement and first-rate handling grace the review’s headline.
EVO rates the 328i a 4.5 stars and gives the 320d 4 stars (out of 5). The 328i is called an impressive machine which manages to pull off the difficult trick of improving refinement and ride quality without diluting the dynamic entertainment.
For our Canadian readers and members, here is the Canadian F30 3 Series ordering guide. F30 ordering in Canada has started and F30 Canadian pricing will be released “on time for the official Canadian launch of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan at the Montreal Autoshow in mid-January 2012.”
Compared to the US model, the 335i comes standard with Sport Line and 328i is standard with Luxury Line.
Check out the full order guide and product bulletin inside.
Resident photochopper Harold Wood imagines the BMW F30 Alpina D3 Bi Turbo sedan. The current B3 S Bi-Turbo yields 294kW (400hp) at 6000rpm with a maximum torque of 540Nm (397lbs-ft) at 4500rpm.
We bring you the best live video look yet at the BMW F32 4-series/3-series in motion. The video shows the F32 from various angles settings around several locations throughout Munich.
Despite the heavy camouflage you can see a very sleek and sporty design. As usual for BMW coupes, there are frameless windows and a B-pillar for structural rigidity.
We expect the F32 to get the same engines as the F30 3 series sedan – the N20 4-cylinder turbo engine in the 28i and the N55 6-cylinder turbo in the 35i. As the F32 is supposed to take on a more upmarket image than the F30, perhaps BMW will offer a higher output for the 35i. Just speculation for now however.
Another uncertainty at this point is the … CONTINUED
Here it is, the first of many F30 3-series vs. competitor shootouts we’re sure to see in the coming months. As the reigning king of sports sedans, the 3-series has a reputation to uphold and automotive publications will be most interested in seeing if the new 3 series sedan can fend off its competitors.
If this first comparison review is any indication, the answer will be an emphatic YES. The F30 trounces the Mercedes Benz C Class in this first shootout comparison. Autocar was not shy in its effusive praise of the F30, saying that it is the remarkable, standout car in its field, and by several lengths over the C-class.
Read on inside….
The 2012 3 series sedan (F30) is slightly larger than the outgoing E90 3 series (3.66 in longer, 1.45-1.85 in wider), while at the same time being lighter. But just a few physical dimensions don’t tell the whole story or show exactly how the bodywork has changed.
This excellent F30 vs E90 animation shows precisely and visually how the exterior evolves in all aspects, as well as the interior layout.