The next generation M3 is still at least 3 years from its debut, but it’s never too early for speculation, particularly about its powerplant. While the current E9x M3 is powered by the marvelous high-revving V8 engine (S65), it’s been widely speculated that that the next generation M3 will return to using a 6-cylinder engine. Emissions regulations have forced the move, much like the new upcoming F10 M5 getting the more efficient S63 V8 Twin-turbo engine instead of continuing to use the iconic V10.
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We bring you the most revealing F30 3-series FEP (final evaluation phase) test car video yet — 2 minutes of spy footage. The video reveals the following things: Fixed piston calipers, Possible lightweight calipers being tested, LED turn signal indicators, Regular bulb brake lights, Appears to be undergoing sound check/testing. Enjoy the video inside.
We bring you the first photos of a red F30 3-series sedan spied, showing the best F30 interior photos yet. The interior photos are telling, revealing a semi-black panel display, lane change assistant, and auto-start stop technology.
See our analysis and photos inside.
Here are some new renders of the F30 3-series sedan, by German publication Auto Test. These are some of the more attractive renders we’ve seen and are clearly based off the F10 5-series, but with some attention to paid to previous F30 spy photos.
The rear 3/4 view is particular attractive. However, the renders are missing some new styling features revealed in the most recent F30 spy photos, such as the double character lines.
We continue bringing you what may appear to be live coverage of the various F30 3-series FEP test cars driving around the streets of Munich. This new set features in-action photos of a Carbon Black F30 and Alpine White F30. Enjoy the entire gallery inside, now 40+ photos.
We have added yet another set of BMW F30 3-series photos, with the best closeups available yet. This model is an Alpine White F30 325i/328i caught while parked, which provides us some great looks at certain camouflaged elements such as the headlights, grilles, front bumper, side view mirrors, and rear lights. Check out the new set of photos inside.
The F30 3-series FEP (final evaluation phase) stage sedans were out testing in force today! This is the third sighting we are bringing you photos from, and this time the F30 was spotted in Alpine White. Enjoy the photos!
Sometimes when it rains it pours. We bring you even more F30 spy photos today – this time of a black/dark blue F30 335i showing off F30′s double character lines, aggressive front end with squared off angel eyes and some new wheels. Check out the photos inside.
The 2012 F30 3-series sedan has finally dropped its heavy camouflage to reveal a handsome and evolutionary design from the current E90 3-series sedan!
As expected, the F30 3-series retains its sporty and squat design, with short overhangs and wheels pushed to the corners. However, the front end adopts BMWs current design language, with a sleeker sloping front fascia with widened kidney grilles. The rear lights remain classic L-shapes and the car retains the prominent character line throughout its doors.
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Here is an updated F30 3-series generation debut and sales timeline, as speculated by SCOTT26. The F30 3-series sedan will be announced in November of this year, coinciding with the Olympics. It will then make its public debut at the 2012 Geneva autoshow in March of 2012 and be on sale shortly thereafter.
Catch the rest of the timeline, including some insight into the 3-series Gran Turismo model inside…
The next generation F30 3-series is nearly upon us (we’re expecting info on it later this year), so what is your improvements wishlist for the next 3 series? BMW does read the site and comments, so come share… you never know, your wish may be granted.
Here is a new rumor regarding the next generation F30/F32 M3′s powerplant – that a 3.3L V6 tri-turbo motor is a possibility! One turbo would power the motor generally, and the other two turbos would each be dedicated to 3-cylinders each.
Here are some of the clearest shots yet of the F34 3-series GT in testing, from some different perspectives than we’ve previously posted. We must say, the F34 GT looks much better in motion than at standstill.
Here are a couple new photos of the F34 3-series GT in testing runs on the streets. The 3-series GT will offer a simple hatch function rather than the twin trunk arrangement on the 5er GT. Spotted here is a 6 cylinder turbo version (335i or 335d).
We’re excited to bring you the first spy photos of the 3-series Gran Turismo (GT) which will be released with the next generation of 3-series vehicles. With a sleek trunkline and frameless windows, the 3-series GT looks to be much lower and sleeker in shape than the 5-series GT and appears to be generally sportier in nature. The 3-series GT will offer a simple hatch function rather than the twin trunk arrangement on the 5er GT. Spotted here is a 6 cylinder turbo version (335i or … CONTINUED
While BMW continues development of the new F30 3-series set to debut in Spring 2012, German Auto Motor und Sport now reports about an interesting rumor: BMW is said to expand their lineup with a 4-door coupe based on the F30 platform. Internally called F36, BMW seems to consider 4-series for the name of this model. According to AMS, BMW is currently working on a first design model to showcase the car internally. Compared to the F30, the 4er is said to be 4cm or … CONTINUED
Car and Driver renders the F30 3-series sedan, one of the better ones that we have seen. We’ll know soon enough as official F30 pics and details should be released by late this year, and its its world public debut just a few months later at the 2012 Geneva autoshow in March of 2012. The F32 coupe will be unveiled a year later in 2013.
Follow our complete F30/F32 coverage at: http://www.bimmerpost.com/3-series/f30/
These are the first pictures of a early hybrid prototype for the next generation 3 series from BMW, as indicated by the “Rescue” stickers on its doors (which has been present on past hybrid BMW test vehicles).
The F30 3-series will be the first 3-series hybrid from BMW and will adopt much of the technology from the upcoming hybrid F10 5-series. The F30 hybrid will be released some time after the diesel and petrol F30 versions are released next year.
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