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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.

Next generation BMW 3-Series rendered

Next generation BMW 3-Series rendered

Chrome'd up BMW 328 too fancy for our liking

Chrome’d up BMW 328 too fancy for our liking

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Video: MT’s new Fatal Four-Way Topless Drag Race

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2011 BMW 335is

2011 BMW 335is

Vorsteiner V-MS Aerodynamic Package for the E92 BMW 3-Series

Vorsteiner V-MS Aerodynamic Package for the E92 BMW 3-Series

2011 BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible

2011 BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible

2011 BMW 3-Series M-Sport

2011 BMW 3-Series M-Sport

BMW 3-Series Coupe takes a plunge on a cliff; driver and passenger escapes unhurt

BMW 3-Series Coupe takes a plunge on a cliff; driver and passenger escapes unhurt

Video: 2012 BMW 3-Series caught testing in Europe

Video: 2012 BMW 3-Series caught testing in Europe

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AC Schnitzer BMW 335d becomes the fastest street legal diesel at the Nardo Ring, w/ video

BMW E90 3-Series gets buried in snow

BMW E90 3-Series gets buried in snow