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.

Hyundai Genesis

We all know that Hyundai and Kia both have been making huge strides in both volume sales and luxury cars. The latter of the two have been compounded, thanks to the Equus and Genesis Sedan from Hyundai, and it looks the Korean automaker has set its sights on slightly higher-volume luxury models.

First on the docket is a new 3 Series /C-Class competitor; a small, luxurious and (relatively) affordable sedan. According to a report from Auto News, this compact, luxo-rig is codenamed the "RK" and it was softly confirmed when the CEO of Hyundai America said "I think it’s fair to say that within a couple of years there may be another premium nameplate."

Also mentioned was a subcompact crossover to compete with the Juke , Kia Soul and Encore . Hyundai’s CEO is a little concerned about entering too many segments, but is "intrigued" by the B-segment.

For now, there is nothing confirmed, but the 3 Series competitor looks to be a sure thing. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.

Click past the jump to read about one of Hyundai’s current luxury car, the Genesis.

BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid

Our spy photographers have yet again captured the 3 Series Hybrid out in the wild – this time, with even less camo on. The recharging door just aft of the driver-side front tire is clearly visible. Even with the missing camo, the 3 still sports its “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door; eliminating all doubt of this car’s future green intentions.

Like we said before , not much is know about the hybrid system that BMW is employing here, but our best guess is something similar to what the X5 eDrive was testing with: a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 95-horsepower electric motor and advanced Li-ion battery pack. In the X5 application , the combo was good for a 0 to 60 time of less than seven seconds. An all-electric range of roughly 20 miles and a reported average of 62 mph combined when both systems worked simultaneously.

The 3 Series Hybrid would likely outperform its SUV brethren, as its lighter weight and lower center of gravity would help it achieve better fuel consumption numbers and better times around a track.

With all these pictures surfacing, it’s highly likely that BMW will bring a hybrid model to its wildly popular 3 Series lineup. Only time will tell, however. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the latest spy photos and info as it becomes available.

Hybrids and plug-ins are becoming big business these days and even the generally performance-oriented big dogs are getting in on the action. Spy photographers just recently snapped these photos of a modified 3 Series during some cold-weather testing.

If the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door didn’t spell it out well enough, the hint of an electric charging port door just aft of the left, front tire should provide a hint to what BMW ’s working on. BMW’s iconic 3 Series is going electric. At least just partially.

Not much is know about the powertrain of this test mule, but we’d suspect it’s a similar set up to what BMW was testing with in the X5 eDrive . It featured a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 95-horsepower electric motor and advanced Li-ion batter back. The combo was good for a 0-60 time of less than seven seconds and an all-electric range of roughly 20 miles. Fuel consumption is said to average 62 mpg when both systems work simultaneously.

That gas engine, electric motor-combination would likely result in more impressive performance numbers in the lighter, smaller 3 Series. Pure speculation through educated guessing have us figuring the BMW 3 eDrive could achieve closer to 25 miles of all-electric driving and an increased overall fuel efficiency of 65 mpg. The X5’s all-electric top speed is 75 mph, but with less wind resistance, the 3 would likely reach closer to 80 or 90 mph.

Only time will tell as BMW develops this and it i-line vehicles, like the upcoming i3 and smokin’ hot i8 .

Click pas the jump for info on the standard BMW 3 Series sedans

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The Japanese market received another BMW special edition: this time based on the 3 Series and called "Exclusive Sport." The new model will be limited to only 320 units, and BMW will put on sale in late January 2014. Prices will start from ¥5,490,000 — about $52,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new 3 Series Exclusive Sport features design elements seen on the BMW M Sport models, including an updated exterior look and a high-quality interior equipped with tons of innovative driver assistance systems. The 3 Series Exclusive Sport can be ordered in only two colors: White and Carbon Black.

For the exterior, the updates are limited, and they only include 19-inch M light-alloy wheels and side window frames in a satin aluminum finish. Most of the Exclusive Sport updates are found on the inside, where BMW focused on making the 3 Series sportier and more luxurious.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 3 Series Exclusive Sport.

The BMW M3 has been tearing up racetracks and back roads since its introduction in 1983. Its small size, nimble handling, and powerful engines have propelled the two- and four-door sports car into the hearts of hotshoe drivers and hall-of-fames everywhere.

The M3’s many changes over the years have never seem to hurt its sparkling reputation, although some models are more sough-after than others. The outgoing 4.0-liter V-8, for instance – was something not quite befitting the M3 badge. Power? Yes, it had it, but delivery was never as smooth or predictable as the legendary 3.2-liter inline 6 cylinders of the E36 and E46 model M3s.

So when it came time BMW rework its premiere sports sedan, judicious marksmanship was needed to hit the intended target labeled ‘perfection.’ Follow along as we dive deep into the all-new 2015 BMW M3.

Update 12/17/2013: This review has been updated with all of the official specs and images.

Updated 01/15/2014: BimmerFestreports today that on the U.S. market the M3 will be priced from $62,000, not including $925 destination and handling. If these prices are for real, then the new M3 will priced pretty much identical to the old M3 sedan.

Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW M3.

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BMW stopped production of the M3 Convertible a while ago, and it is now preparing for the release of its replacement, the M4 Convertible , next year. Until the M4 drop-top hits the market, German tuner Leib Engineering is giving M3 Convertible owners a chance to push their hard-top 3er to the next level.

Just like with the rest of the M3 family, the convertible version is powered by a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine with a total output of 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which was good enough to sprint the cabriolet to 60 mph in under five seconds. Leib Engineering obviously was not satisfied by these numbers, and pushed the M3 to 610 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque.

Getting the extra 196 ponies and 140 pound-feet of torque from the V-8 engine required a G-Power SK II CS supercharger, an additional fuel pump system, high-performance injector nozzles, colder spark plugs, induction air track made of carbon/stainless steel and an ECU remap.

The kit also includes a new sports exhaust system with double 100-cell sports catalytic converters from HJS and an exhaust valve that can be controlled through the M button on the steering wheel. The exhaust system features 65 mm (2.55-inch) diameter pipes, which is a nice jump from the factory 60 mm (2.36-inch) pipes.

The final step in creating this amazing M3 was to update the suspension and chassis to handle all of the extra power. This includes a KW DDC coilover setup that the driver can adjust via the M button or through the Electronic Damper Control button.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 Cabriolet by Leib Engineering.

In the latest episode of The Downshift, MotorTrend follows the guys at GSR Autosport and Formula Drift champion Mike Essa as they tune a BMW 335i with loads of go-fast parts for a big reveal and give-away at the 2013 SEMA show next week.

Concentrating mostly on the suspension and brakes, GSR Autosport added Bilstein’s new IRC suspension, which uses the latest technology and can be controlled via a smartphone. The suspension continually adapts to changing conditions, using a g-load sensor in an onboard computer, along with the g-load sensor within the smartphone. Other suspension parts were swapped out with upgraded BMW M components for greater handling.

The BMW’s engine was treated to a few additional horsepower, thanks to a cold-air intake and larger intercooler, while the stock 335i brakes were tossed in favor of huge Brembo calibers and cross-drilled rotors.

“This isn’t just a track day car,” says Michael Essa. “This is a car you can go to the track with and drive everyday.” With the adjustable suspension, the driver can put it into sport, track, street, or comfort modes depending on the situation.

The lucky winner of the raffle, David Smit, will be driving home the GSR Autosport/Bilstein BMW 335i after the companies show it off at this year’s SEMA auto show.

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BMW Concept M4 Coupe

The new BMW M4 and M3 sedan go on sale early next year. The buildup to the launch has been an exciting one, partly because the car in question is a rather special automobile and partly due to the slow stream of information that has been coming out in the media. More recently, a dealer order guide was leaked revealing most of the optional packages, colors and trims.

This time, we will see a clear differentiation between the coupe and the sedan , which marks the debut of the M4.

The M3, on the other hand will retain the performance of the M4 and add four-door practicality. Looking at the history of M cars, one would expect certain performance upgrades that have always been a part of the package. The M differential, launch control system, ceramic brakes and a dual-clutch transmission would never be left out.

Apart from the usual M performance systems, BMW has added a host of personalization options, along with new illumination systems and driver interface. Three distinct packages are on the option list: Driver Assistance Package, Executive Package and Lighting Package.

Most of the driving aides, including lane departure warning, blind spot detection and exterior cameras, are part of the Driver Assistance Package. The Executive Package includes premium leather, heater steering wheel, Park Distance Control, Heads Up Display, Satellite Radio subscription, etc. For the first time, BMW will offer full -LED headlamps with automatic high beams, which is part of the Lighting Package.

A separate options list has been included wherein large diameter M Carbon Ceramic Brakes, an M Adaptive Suspension and an M Double-Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic would be fitted to the car for a few extra bucks over the base price.19-inch alloy wheels are also a part of the options list, as is a Harman/Kardon surround sound system.

Click past the jump for a detailed look at the 2014 BMW M3 /M4 US Dealer Order Guide.

Source: Bimmerpost
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Imagine the scenario: The sun is shining somewhere exotic, and you have keys to a Ferrari or perhaps a GT-R and Carrera GT to choose from.

The cars are already on the building’s roof with the models. Time to put on that multi-pocket camera vest, and get to work on this dream job.

The cars sit near the heli pad and have never looked hotter. The babe in the passenger seat is not half bad either.

Talented photographers really get all the perks sometimes. They not only get to spend hours with some of the most beautiful women in the world, but they collaborate closely and have these model’s undivided attention as everyone on set tries to make great art.

Of course, a wardrobe change or five is part of every photo shoot. But some guys really do have it all behind the Nikon lens. Not just supermodels, but supercars too.

All of the best exotics in the world seem to be in the ItzKirb portfolio.

ItzKirb Photography, is one of those very talented and lucky individuals behind the camera. His talent is clear to see, and he loves two model subjects more than anything: cars and ladies.

Put the two together, and the recipe is sure to spark a thrill. One that is safe enough for work, at least.

Feast your eyes on all of ItzKirb’s beauties after the jump.

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Alpina announced its first D3 program back in 2005 and the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show brings the next logical and consistent step: the new D3 Bi-Turbo. During its short history, the D3 was sold in more than 2,000 units, making it the best sold Alpina to date.

The new D3 is based on the BMW 335i sedan and station wagon, and updates the model to outstanding performance numbers. On top of the awesome performance numbers, the D3 is also rather easy on fuel, making it the perfect combination.

As with any other Alpina model, updates on the exterior and the interior are kept to a minimum, as the tuner focuses most of its job under the hood. There is a highly update engine and transmission, refined chassis, upgraded suspension and brakes, and a new, optional all-wheel-drive system.

Updated 10/11/2013: Alpina unveiled a new video (above) in which it explains the technological features behind the new D3 Biturbo. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo.


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