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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.

BMWs will be well represented at the 2012 Essen Motor Show, at least in part due to the new programs German tuner AC Schnitzer will be presenting in Europe’s annual aftermarket auto show.

In addition to the M135i, AC Schnitzer has also built a package for the BMW 3-Series Touring with M Sport package. If you recall, the German tuner already releaseda program for the 3-Series Touring about a month ago. This time, though, the popular and sport package has been added into the mix.

Aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications are part of the program, as AC fitted the 3-Series Touring with a revised front bumper, new roof spoiler and rear skirts. The tuning company also added a spring kit with 25 mm (0.98-inch) lowering and a sports muffler with chromed tailpipe trims. Depending on the model 3-Series Touring, the tailpipes can be fitted in either the left or right side. Finishing up the exterior modifications, AC Schnitzer fitted the 3-Series Touring with wheels ranging from 18 to 20 inches, all of which are available in a number of finishes.

Moving onto the engine, AC Schnitzer is offering engine improvements across the whole range of 3-Series Touring trims, starting with the 330d, which increases to 309 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 318d receives its own power upgrades, up from 143 horsepower to 171 ponies. The 320d got its power bump too, hitting 218 horsepower from its standard 184. Finally the supercharged 328i and the 335i both get significant upticks in output, hitting 360 horsepower from their standard 294.

Just a few days ago, we brought you the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, which is set to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 in the Spring of 2013. The wait for the launch can be very aggravating, we know. To help satisfy your GTA thirst, Gevorg Karensky has created an awesome live-action short movie with a plot based on GTA — GTA IV and its main character, Nico Bellic, if you want to be specific.

His movie, called Grand Theft Auto: RISE, looks pretty true to the original and features one of our favorite cars — the BMW M3 — and not just a replica, like in the game. Unfortunately, the M3 meets a rather unhappy ending, but we still enjoyed every second of the car chase it was involved in.

Let us know in the comments section bellow if you like this movie, or you will rather wait for the GTA V for some "real" action!

Precision Sport Industries (PSI) has developed a sweet BMW M3 Coupe project. What makes this project so special are not the exterior or the interior kits, but what lies under the hood. under here, PSI has installed a G-Power SKII CS kit that increased the V-8 engine’s output from the standard 420 ponies to a supercar-like 600 horsepower. Peak torque has also been increased up from the standard 295 pound-feet to 427 pound-feet.

In order to obtain this amazing output the SKII CS kit includes an ASA T1-522 supercharger with the bracket system made from aluminum, a dual-flow air-intake box made from carbon fiber, a high-capacity air-to-air intercooler made from aluminum, eight fuel injectors with greater flow and eight racing spark plugs. There is also an Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust System that makes the engine sound better than ever. Capping off the build, PSI draped the air-intake tubes, resonator and valve cover in orange sherbert paint.

With the extra 180 horsepower, the M3 can now hit a top speed of 198 mph.

In order to handle the extra power, PSI also installed a set of 20-inch wheels, Eibach Race Springs and high-performance brakes. The interior received a series of new gauges — air-fuel ratio, boost and water temperature — developed in cooperation with VEI Gauges and 3D Design.

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Everyone in the U.S. is busy soaking up the 2012 SEMA Show, but in Europe, they have started preparations for the Essen Motor Show. At the 2012 Essen Motor Show., BMW will be unveiling a very cool 3-Series Touring equipped with BMW M Performance accessories. The model will go on sale in April 2013.

This new BMW M Performance 3-Series Touring is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine with its output bumped to 200 horsepower — up from the standard 184 horsepower. BMW also adds in a new M Performance suspension with a particularly sporty setup and a new M Performance brake system. This Bimmer sits on 20-inch light alloy wheels in a double-spoke design and painted in Ferric Grey.

On the inside, it boasts a sports steering wheel with Race Display, stainless-steel pedals, interior strips in Alcantara and carbon, and numerous other interior components finished in carbon.

More details on the new BMW M Performance 3-Series Touring will be unveiled during its debut and we’ll pass them on as we receive them.


Diesel models are quite a hit in Europe, but in the U.S. market, they have only just begun to gain momentum because people are still learning about them. Despite the relative novelty, it looks like BMW is preparing a diesel invasion in the U.S. market with no less than six new diesel models set to debut by 2014.

Back in June 2012, it was reported that BMW was planning to offer a diesel 7-Series to its U.S. customers, but apparently this won’t be the only model. Next to it, we will also get a 3-Series sedan in the first half of 2013 and a station wagon in the second half. A 5-Series diesel will arrive in the third quarter of 2013 and the X5d at the end of 2013. The 7-Series will be the first diesel to arrive in the first half of 2014 and it will be followed by a X3d .

In terms of powerplants, the 3-Series will likely use the new 130-horsepower, 3-cylinder diesel engine , while the rest of BMW’s diesel lineup will get a six-cylinder diesel engine.

Source: VW Vortex

So what do cars and Snow White have in common? Absolutely nothing, right? Well, not according to Miami based tuner Mode Carbon who unveiled a pretty cool Snow White package for the BMW M3 Coupe. Mode Carbon’s Show White has been upgraded on both the exterior and the interior, but that’s not all. Carbon Mode also slapped a few upgrades under the hood.

For the exterior, the tuner added a carbon fiber GTS front spoiler, a carbon fiber rear diffuser, and a set of gloss black Competition wheels. As a final touch, the tuner also added a Vorsteiner bootlid - a reminder of the original CSL. The Bimmer’s interior has been modified with some help from Sonic MS, which provided a Performance Steering wheel with Verstrabe aluminum extended DCT shifter paddles, to bring the car back to its pure racing roots.

Under the hood, the stock 414-horsepower, V-8 engine has received a Dinan ECU tune in order to increase the output level a little bit — as if 414 ponies isn’t enough already. Unfortunately, Carbon Mode has yet to reveal just how many horses the ECU tune unleashed. There is also a new set of KW sleeves, wider competition wheels, and Michelin SS tires.

You won’t see as many European cars on the SEMA show floor as their American counterparts, but that doesn’t mean that the cupboard is dry as far as Euro representation is concerned. One German model that’s making the trip to Vegas is the BMW 335i and it’s doing so by way of H&R Springs.

H&R Springs have really perfected the craft of building programs that may not look fancy from the outside, but completely overwhelm the rider once he straps on and goes for a ride in one of them.

That’s what they managed to accomplish with their set-up of this BMW 335i. There’s nothing on the outside that makes you think somebody did work on it, but once you get inside and feel the improved handling dynamics of the car, you’ll be convinced that this car was provided with an upgrade.

That’s the beauty of H&R Springs. They’re not about the style; they’re about the substance.

Find out more about H&R Springs’ program for the BMW 335i after the jump

BMW has announced the launch of a new special edition M3 specially designed for its US customers. The new M3 Coupe Frozen Limited Edition will be available in a choice of three frozen exterior colors - Frozen Red, Frozen White, and Frozen Blue - and will be priced at $76,395. Only 150 units will be built and production will begin in January 2013.

The new M3 Coupe Frozen will be offered with the standard Competition Package that includes a lowered suspension and new 19" alloy wheels painted in matte black. The car’s frozen exterior will be combined with high-gloss black on the kidney grills, side grills, and the exhaust pipe tips.

For the interior, the BMW will receive black Extended Novillo leather with contrast stitching in the vehicle’s chosen exterior color on the seats, headrests, door inserts, armrests, middle console, and door pulls.

Hit the jump for a full list of specifications for the BMW M3 Coupe Frozen Limited Edition.


It’s not every day the words "BMW M3 " and "Electric" get thrown together, but today is one of those days. Rimac Automobili - yes, the same guys that introduced the Concept One - have taken a 1984 BMW M3 and converted it to an electric piece of automotive wonder.

The idea came about when Mate Rimac - the founder of Rimac Automobili - blew out the engine of his Bimmer while racing. He then started to read about how to develop electric vehicles and after one year of work, his end result netted him a heavy and not very powerful vehicle with a very limited range. Sin Sin ce that time, Rimac’s BMW has gone through five development phases during which almost everything about the car was changed. The time Rimac spent on this vehicle and the help he received from experts in the electric car field, gave way to the Rimac e-M3, which has become one of the fastest and most exciting electric cars in the world. Its electric motor delivers a total of 600 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque, which sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds up to a top speed of 174 mph. It also has a range of 111 miles.

The Rimac e-M3 has already smashed five world records (three of which are still waiting for official FIA approval) when he took the car on a two-mile long military runway near Zagreb on April 17th, 2011.

Hit the jump for a full list of the Rimac e-M3’s new world records and a list of performance specs!

BMW 3-Series GT

BMW is trying to come back from it 5-Series GT disappointment by offering a GT of its most popular model: the 3-Series . The 3-Series GT is the third model in the 3-er lineup and is taking its turn on the Nurburgring, providing a spectacular show of lifting its wheel during the famous Karussell turn.

BMW has seemingly learned from the 5-Series GT’s less than stellar sales by adopting a sleeker design for the new 3-er GT. The model will be built on the LWB platform from the Chinese version of the 3-series sedan and will therefore offer more interior room for the rear passengers. The new 3-Series GT will drop the twin-door hatch design in favor of a normal one piece hatch. It will also be 15 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 trouble-free.

The engine and transmission line-up will be shared with the standard 3-Series, meaning that customers will have a choice between four engines - two petrol and two diesel - with power ranging from 163 HP to 306 HP. It is rumored that BMW will also offered a range of smaller engines, but we do not expect to see an M version for it.

The significant drop in cammo for the BMW 3-Series GT leads us to believe that the launch will be here sooner rather than later, so stay tuned!


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