In the latest episode of Head 2 Head (by Motor Trend), Jonny Lieberman compares the BMW 328i with its N20 240hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine versus the Mercedes C250, also powered by a turbo 4 cylinder (1.8L turbocharged I-4 with 201 hp).
Which car redefines the segment according to Lieberman? View the video inside to find out.
Last week we posted the 2013 3 Series Sedan (F30) Pricing and Ordering guides. For those wondering exactly what equipment and options changed between the 2012 and 2013 model year, here is a comprehensive list.
In the latest set of Euro NCAP results, the BMW 3 Series has received Euro NCAP’s maximum five star rating. The BMW 3 Series in particular achieved a commendable 78% in pedestrian protection, a good result for a compact executive car with no active bonnet.
The F30 3 series scored 95% in adult occupant protection, 84% in child occupant protection and 86% in safety assist technology.
Full results, photos, and videos of the crash tests are inside.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today named the all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan a “Top Safety Pick”, continuing the company’s long-standing commitment to offering class-leading safety with each new model. In order to earn “Top Safety Pick”, a car must receive a rating of “good”, the Institute’s highest rating, in all of four tests – 40 mph frontal offset impact, side impact, rear impact protection/head restraint and rollover protection – and must be equipped an electronic stability control system like BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control.
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One of the more exciting items from the full BMW M Performance Parts catalog for the F30 3 series are the M Performance Brakes. These are Brembo 4-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and 2-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear axle. They come in red, yellow, or orange and feature the M logo on the calipers.
The internally-vented lightweight sports rotors measure 370 x 30 mm (diameter x thickness) on the front axle and 345 x 24 mm on the rear axle. Unlike the … CONTINUED
Here are the official ordering and pricing guides for the 2013 3 Series Sedan (F30) [download PDFs below]. The pricing listed in the guide is effective July 1, 2012.
The 2013 328i sedan sees an increase of $1600 and the 2013 335i sedan will cost $400 more than the 2012 models. The new models will include the 328i and 335i xDrive models. The 328i xDrive starts at $38,500 and the 335i xDrive is priced at $44,800.
Production of the 2013 3 Series will begin in July.
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Enclosed are the complete set of changes for the 2013 F30 3 series, as well as the 2013 E92/E93 3 series, as of July production. The F30 model line expands with the 328i and 335i xDrive and the F30 M Sport Line has been announced and priced.
The M Sport line is priced at $3,850 for the 328i and $3,200 on 335i model. See the full package details and all 2013 changes inside.
Just in: the base price of the 2013 328i xDrive Sedan is $38,500 and the 335i xDrive Sedan base price is $44,800. Production of the F30 xDrive models will begin in July. More details inside, and pricing guide to come.
From the summer, BMW xDrive will be available for the first time in conjunction with three petrol engine variants of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. A fourth model is expected to be available from autumn, the BMW 320d. Furthermore, with the BMW 330d, the first model of the latest generation will be offered with the straight six-cylinder diesel power unit. Another model in preparation is the highly efficient BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition.
New BMW 3 Series Sedan with BMW xDrive as from the summer.
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Meisterschaft has released its exhaust systems for the F30 335i (N55) 3 series. The two systems are the Meisterschaft Super GT and Meisterschaft GTC complete down-pipe back exhaust systems (section 1,2, & 3), with exhaust tip options of 4x90mm and 2x102mm.
The focus was placed on achieving a smoother flow with less “vortex” turbulence and more linear exhaust flow. The exhausts are hand-crafted and features 3.5″ inch piping from down pipe connection all the way throughout the rear muffler section (start to end).
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