BMW 3-Series

BMW 3-Series

  The BMW 3-Series began production back in 1975 and is one of the German automaker's luxury sedans. The 2012 model year will mark the 3-Series' sixth generation since its birth and will incorporate all of the current versions for the luxury car: 2-door coupe and convertible, 4-door saloon, 5-door touring, and 5 door liftback. The new 3-series is expected to be powered with new aluminum four-cylinder gasoline engines ranging from 135 to 220 horsepower. The current model is powered by a choice of four different engine. The 3.0L I-6 produces 230hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.0L twin turbo diesel gets 265hp and 425lb-ft of torque. Another option is the 3.0L twin turbo I-6 getting 300hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, and the final engine option is a 4.0L V8 producing 414hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Engines can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a six- or seven-speed automatic.

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Earlier this year, Leib Engineering unveiled the GT 500 tuning kit , which was based on the E92 BMW M3 . Now it’s time for its little brother - the 325i - to receive similar treatment. Though the new GT 300 kit is not as impressive as the GT 500, it still transforms the 325i into a more aggressive and more powerful sports coupe.

Most of the upgrades were made under the hood where the tuner focused on obtaining more power. To increase the power, the tuner took a standard 218-horsepower six-cylinder engine and modified the intake manifold and the engine software. Leib Engineering replaced the car’s standard exhaust system with a new one from Supersprint, a 330i performance rear silencer and valve control.

With these upgrades, the 325i delivers an additional 77 horsepower, plus another 15 horsepower that can be obtained by pushing a button on the M-multifunction steering. All put together, you get a final output of 310 horsepower, which makes it even more powerful than the top 3 Series: the 335i.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 3-Series by Leib Engineering.

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BMW Canada has announced the launch of the 335i M Performance Edition. This version can be ordered in either a rear-wheel-drive or xDrive format and includes an array of M Performance components designed to enhance the styling and performance attributes of the 335i.

The 335i M Performance Edition receives a new M Performance Power Kit and M Performance Exhaust that increases the engine’s output to 326 horsepower and 332 pound-feet torque. As a result, the sedan will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds – 0.5 seconds faster than the standard 335i.

BMW is also offering a full M Performance aerodynamics kit, including: black kidney grille; front and rear diffuser; side skirts; and 20-inch alloy wheels. The model can be ordered in four exterior colors: Laguna Seca Blue, Valencia Orange, Black Sapphire and Glacier Silver. For the interior, BMW offers either a Coral Red leather or Black leather trim combined with an exclusive Piano Black BMW Individual trim.

The 335i M Performance Edition is priced at $63,300 (rear-wheel-drive version) and $65,900 (xDrive version). The model will be produced in July and August of 2013 but all orders must be received no later than May 17, 2013.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW 335i.

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The 5-Series GT is one of the most unsuccessful models BMW has ever offered. However, the company is bound and determined to get the GT formula right and has now expanding this option to new generation 3-Series .

The difference between the unsuccessful 5-Series GT and the new 3-Series GT is that the latter will drop the twin-door hatch design in favor of a normal one piece hatch. It will also be 7.87 inches longer than the standard model and offer the added bonus of more headroom due to the shooting brake layout. The four-door coupe designed body will combine a set of raised, sliding rear seats with a high lifting tailgate that should make accessing the larger cargo area very trouble-free. This formula may very well make the car a bit more successful than the 5-Series GT.

The official debut will be made next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

UPDATE 04/05/2013: BMW has just released an all-new product presentation video of the upcoming 3 Series GT. You can see the video above.

Art cars have long had a history with BMW; after all, one of the most famous of these creatively designed models was made by Jeff Koons when he not only decked a BMW M3 GT2 in full artistic regalia but also proceeded to race it at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it eventually crashed.

Now new BMW Art Car, one for the BMW 3-Series, was unveiled recently. This one, though, doesn’t have ties to BMW; instead, it’s the work of a BMW dealership from the Czech Republic in collaboration with local artist, Andy Reiben. It’s quite psychedelic, if we do say so ourselves.

We all know that graphic designs on a car’s body are what make an art car. Forget about engine upgrades; these models are all about aesthetic enhancements and while some have failed in capturing our imaginations, others have succeeded in doing so.

And as far as details are concerned, the work done on this 3-Series, which has been re-christened as "Fluidum,” is pretty spectacular. The first order of business was to wrap the 3-Series in matte vinyl. From there, Reiben generously sprayed copious amounts of paint before finalizing the colorful details with a brush to go with a glow-in-the-dark treatment.

Pretty sweet art car, if you ask us, something Reiben should be very proud of. Heck, if this car ended up for sale, we might take a crack at purchasing it.

Or at least take lots of pictures with it.

Click past the jump to see a pair of BMW Art Cars that have graced our presence over the years.

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BMW 3 Series Sedan

If you own a 2012 or later BMW 335i Sedan and 335i xDrive Sedan and want a little more from the M Performance line than just the existing aesthetic, suspension and exhaust additions, BMW has an announcement for you. It is releasing an all-new Power Kit to accompany the existing line of M Performance accessories and give the 335i Sedan a much deserved boost in power.

Under the hood, both versions of the 335i push out a stout 300 horsepower from the factory and this M Performance Power Kit bumps it to 320 ponies. In terms of torque, if you have an automatic-transmission-equipped 335i you can expect a boost from 300 pound-feet of torque to 332 pound-feet and a manual-transmission-equipped model jumps to 317 pound-feet of torque. In addition to the power boost, you also get a remapped accelerator pedal configuration to increase throttle response.

The output bump is thanks to advanced software upgrades, a new ECU, a high-capacity air-intake system, an M Performance engine cover and rocker panel decals. This all helps drop the 335’s 0-to-60 mph time by 0.2 seconds and the 50 to 75 mph time by 0.5 seconds for each model. This puts the 335i at 5.2 seconds to 60 mph with a manual transmission and 4.9 seconds with an automatic transmission, while the 335i xDrive drops to 4.9 seconds with a manual transmission and 4.6 seconds with an automatic transmission.

The kit is available immediately and starts out at $1,100 over the base model’s MSRP. Additionally, this will not affect the 4-year/50,000-mile warranty that BMW offers on the 335i.If you choose to add the package on post-sale, you get a 2-year/unlimited-miles warranty on the components included with the kit.

The official debut of the new generation BMW M3 is still months away, but at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Alpina came with the proof that even the base version can be upgraded to something cool. Its new Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo tuning kit, based on the F30 335i sedan delivers pretty much the same output as the M3 and performance figures even more striking. Also, Alpina is offering an optional all-wheel-drive system that adds even more traction and active safety in every and any driving situation.

Next to the power upgrades, the new B3 Biturbo received an aerodynamic kit that transforms it into a real eye catcher. Alpina is also offering a nice list of standard equipments, that will transform your B3 into a model better than a standard M3.

Updated 03/06/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Hit the jump to read more about the new BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo.

With MS Design celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Austrian tuning company has prepared a pretty fabulous program for the BMW 3-Series , called the B36.

They describe the program as “Usain Bolt in a designer suit.” Hyperbole notwithstanding, the program did do a good job combining dynamic and elegant styling with an extra bump in performance and power.

Outside, the B36 program features an aerodynamic package that includes new front and rear aprons, side skirts, fender flares, and a rear spoiler lip. Taken together, the new components do a good job highlighting the 3-Series’ curves, and further complemented by a set of 20-inch light-alloy wheels.

Moving to the interior, MS Design opted for a high-quality Ultra Suede interior, dressing up the front seats, rear seat, side panels and the center armrest in some pretty classy albeit dust-collecting suede finish.

Finally, the extra boost in power MS Design gave to the 3-Series allowed the sports car to improve its output from 306 horsepower to 360 horsepower. According to the tuner, the B36 program will be available later this year just in time for its 30th anniversary.

The program looks like a stand out. Our only question is: does it come with a cake and a party hat?

The GT version of the new BMW 3-Series has been caught testing many times, but each time the car was heavily camouflaged. Today, however, an image has surfaced on the internet and it appears to reveal the real 3-Series GT .

The 3-Series GT version will be about 15 inches longer than the standard model, meaning it will offer increased interior and cargo room. Unlike the 5-Series GT , the new 3-Series GT will drop the twin-door-hatch design in favor of a normal one-piece hatch.

Under the hood, the 3-Series GT will be offered with the same engine lineup as the sedan version, meaning customers will have to choose between four engines - two gasoline engines and two diesel engines- with power ranging from 163 horsepower to 306 horsepower.

If the image posted on a French forum turns out to be real, we should expect the official details in the upcoming days. Of course, this might also be just a Photoshop’d image…

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The Land Down Under is fixing to get an infusion of M awesomeness after BMW’s Australian division launched a series of limited-run M Sport models as part of the company’s "Festival of M".

That’s really great, made even more so by the fact that the M Sport lineup will feature a number of models, each coming with their own unique modifications. The biggest of the bunch is the X5 M Sport Limited Edition and BMW Australia decked with a bevy of new components. The M Sport body kit is obviously fitted into the SUV, as was a chrome M Sport tailpipe finisher, bi-xenon headlights and a set of 20-inch M double spoke alloy wheels. Looking at the photo of the SUV, though, there doesn’t appear to much of a difference from the standard model.

Meanwhile, the interior is dressed up too, at least to a certain extent. There’s the M leather-wrapped steering wheel with gearshift paddles and electric seats. Other components include a Navigation Professional package, an automatic tailgate, a rearview camera, voice control and anti-dazzle exterior mirrors. This one isn’t exactly our cup of tea, at least compared to what the other M Sport limited edition models.

The next two are the 5-Series and Z4 , both of which will receive an M Sport package that includes an M Sport suspension, a new aero kit, a leather steering wheel, a set of bespoke 18-inch alloys, blue leather-piped velour floor mats, chrome-plated "Limited Edition" door sill finishers, an anthracite headliner for the coupe, and blue-stitched upholstery. Now this is more like it. The mixture of aesthetic and aero upgrades is definitely right in our wheelhouse. If you can get aftermarket performance upgrades on that Z4, then you really have something there.

Finally, the 1-Series and 3-Series Coupe and Convertible have received M Sport Plus packages, comprising of an aluminum glacier silver interior trim with glossy-black kidney grilles. The 3er, in particular, also has new sport seats, black exterior mirror caps, and stainless steel foot pedals.

If given a choice, we’re definitely rolling with the Z4 M Limited Edition. Its program is comprehensive enough without being too tacky.

Check out the price list of all M Limited Edition models after the jump.

BMW has added a new entry-level model to its 3-Series lineup and it has debuted it at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. That’s right, the 320i returns yet again…

The new 320i brings back the tradition of Bimmer using the engine size in the model numerals, as the new entry-level model boasts a 2.0-liter four-banger. With BMW now excelling with advanced twin-scroll turbocharger technology, we expect this model to be a top performer in its class – both in speed and efficiency. The 320i will sit just below the current base model, the 328i, meaning we expect it to come in well below that models $36,850 base price.

As is typical for BMW, it can’t just offer up one base model and leave it at that, so it is also offering up a 320i xDrive model, which will feature BMW’s famed all-wheel-drive system. We also anticipate a slew of optional features and packages to come along for the ride, making the entry-level 3-Series even more desirable.

The real test is whether the 320i can stick around this time or if it will disappear yet again.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW 320i Sedan.

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