With F30 3 series deliveries chugging along, it was only a matter of time before our members started gathering with their F30s.
This weekend saw our Toronto area members gather for the first substantial F30 meet, with 9 owners making it out with their F30 models of all different varieties and colors.
New feature video on the Afrox / ADF F30 race car where the viewer gets a great look and listen at the race car with its Akrapovic exhaust system and BMW M Performance Parts.
2,998 pounds (1360kg)
408hp / 443 lb-ft torque (600nm)
Turbos boost lowered to maximum 0.7 bar and 40mm turbo inlet restrictor
M Performance front brakes (370mm)
Ever wonder how the BMW F30 3 Series would look with an M6 style front bumper or the front apron/fascia from the 1M coupe? No further imagination needed as both have now been done! LTBMW in Los Angeles has custom produced each style for the F30 3 series, giving 3 series owners some great aftermarket aero kit options to give their F30 sedans a touch of M styling.
Check out the excellent photos by John Zhang of 1013mm (owner and photographer of this car) inside!… CONTINUED
Here is the F30 328i M Sport looking beautiful in a recent photo shoot. The car belongs to site member scott@bmwhn and looks especially good with Style 373M OEM wheels (from the 6 series M Sport) fitted, paired with yellow M Performance brakes.
Style 373M (found on the 650i Msport)
Front: 245/35 R20x8.5 ET33
Rear: 275/30 R20x9 ET44
H&R Sport Springs
French auto magazine l’Argus strip away the 4 Series Gran Coupe prototype camouflage digitally to give us a preview of what the F36 4 series gran coupe may resemble once it is revealed. An M4 Gran Coupe may also be in the cards if the confirmed M6 Gran Coupe is any indication.
We have recently spied the F36 4 Series Gran Coupe (4GC) out testing again and although it wears the same camouflage as before, we get a first look at the F36 against the F30 3 series sedan and the F34 3 Series GT (gran touring).
What’s clearly confirmed by the photos is the expected difference in roofline heights and shapes between the different models, which mirror the differences between the 6 series gran coupe, 5 series sedan and 5 series GT. The 4GC features the lowest and … CONTINUED
F30 M Sport models have hit dealer and owner’s driveways in force and that gives us some even more opportunity to see how the F30 M Sport looks against the E90 M Sport model.
Town & Country BMW in Toronto gives us a great comparison photo set comparing virtual twins from different generations – an Alpine White F30 M Sport with red interior versus Alpine White E90 M Sport with red interior.
Autocar India conducts its annual Autocar Trackday 2012, pitting India’s 11 best driver’s cars against each other at the hands of Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.
Three BMWs were included in the competition, including the 2013 F10 M5, F30 328i, and 640d Coupe. See the results inside.
The segment for each car starts at:
F30 328i – 5:57min
640d Coupe – 7:36min
F10 M5 – 9:54min
F30 328i – 2:5.7 (car was suspension blocks!)
640d Coupe – 2:1.9
F10 M5 – 1:57.1
Here’s how the 328i, 640d, and M5 … CONTINUED
BMW maintains that the sometimes maligned 5-Series GT is a good seller despite the public perception, so much so that a scaled down 3-Series iteration has been under development for some time. Now it seems the development of this car is nearing the point of public release and so BMW has dropped the typical body cladding and now only covers the car up in a minimal amount of camouflage tape.
While the general shape of this car has been known to follow the 5-Series GT lines, what … CONTINUED
Congrats to Luke on being our first member to take european delivery of an F30 M Sport. This Alpine White with red interior 335i M Sport was picked up earlier this week and is already back with BMW being prepared for its cross-atlantic journey to be reunited with Luke.
Check out some euro delivery pics inside.
Have a first real life comparison look at how the F30 3 Series M Sport (in Estoril Blue II) compares to the E90 3 Series M Sport model. You be the judge – which do you prefer?
A month ago, a new BMW prototype was spied for the first time. At the time, given its fastback shape and substantial similarities to the 3 Series GT (3GT) prototypes we’ve been spying for months, we deemed it to be a 3GT with some camouflage removed or altered. But, the prototype has been spotted again and the additional looks at the prototype have us convinced that it is indeed the F36 4 Series Gran Coupe (4GC) being tested.
Here’s a brief analysis of the clear differences between … CONTINUED
Video feature from BMW featuring the a 2012 335i outfitted with F30 M Performance Parts, including front spoiler lip splitters, sideskirts, and rear diffuser. Also features M Performance wheels, M Performance brakes, M Performance interior trim and shift knob. The M Performance exhaust can also be heard. The full F30 M Performance Parts catalog can be found inside.
KW has released its V2 and V3 (Variant 2 & 3) “inox-line” coilovers for the BMW 3-series Type 3L (F30) & BMW 1-series Type 1K4 (F20/F21)
For more than five generations the BMW 3-series is one of the most successful models of the Munich manufacturer. Also for the new BMW F30, KW automotive has developed a wide range of coilovers in high quality stainless steel finish. The BMW F30 can be continuously lowered up to 65 mm within the TÜV approved adjustment range. Depending on the variant, … CONTINUED
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will be upping its crash test standards for 2013 and the new standards have proven challenging for the nearly one dozen 2012 entry-level luxury sedans the agency tested, so far.
Only the Volvo S60 and the Acura TL earned top marks. The Infiniti G received an acceptable rating, while the BMW 3 Series (F30), Acura TSX, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC all earned a marginal grade. The Audi A4, Lexus ES, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranked … CONTINUED
It has now been 6 months since the official launch of the new F30 3 series and its second model year (2013) has already started. We’re curious as to the issues (or lack thereof) that our F30 owners are experiencing. Cast your vote inside and let us know.
BMW has issue a service bulletin (SIB / TSB) which will allow dealers across the country to reprogram / code all BMW models with the Auto Start-Stop feature so that the system defaults to the “Last User mode” (last used setting) the next time that the car is turned on. Check out auto start stop SIB 12 15 12 inside.
Watch the gauge clusters (speedometer and tachometer) of the 2012 328i and 335i accelerating side-by-side in full out acceleration runs from a stop. Gives a good idea of how the two compare in terms of acceleration.
We’ve also added previously posted videos of our experience with the two models from the BMW press drives, both at our own hands and with the skills of professional BMW drivers Joey Hand and Bill Auberlin.