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BMW Teases New 3 Series Ahead of Paris Reveal

BMW Teases New 3 Series Ahead of Paris Reveal

Only God knows how we survived all this while

Given how the last couple of months have unfolded with spy shots, leaks, teasers, and what not, the 3 Series is finally here to address all the hype. The seventh-generation of the BMW 3 Series will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next week. In fact, even BMW has left no stone unturned to make sure that the 3 Series gets the royal treatment it deserves. In a tweet today, the Bavarian teased us again with three new images.

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Does This Image Showcase the 2019 BMW 3 Series?

Does This Image Showcase the 2019 BMW 3 Series?

We hate spoilers, but this one is an exception

This is as scandalous as an iCloud leak. There are pictures on every other website. And, it’s of a very well-known celeb. Earlier this week, an image of the alleged new BMW 3 Series started surfacing the auto world. The car under the covers boasts the larger-than-life kidney grille with chrome outers, so it seems to be the upcoming M340i M Performance model. The very same one that is expected to debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

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A Chinese Property Developer is Offering a BMW If You Buy Its Property

A Chinese Property Developer is Offering a BMW If You Buy Its Property

Would you take the developer up on offer?

A Chinese property developer is offering a BMW 3 Series or a BMW X1 to anyone who buys a three-bedroom unit or townhouse at its development property in Shanghai. The developer, China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co., is pulling out all the stops to lure buyers in the wake of lending curbs and funding constraints that have squeezed their finances. The giveaway is just one example of the lengths Chinese property developers are going to for the sake of boosting sales.

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Video: Watch a Tuned 3 Series Give a Ferrari 430 Scuderia a Run for its Money

Video: Watch a Tuned 3 Series Give a Ferrari 430 Scuderia a Run for its Money

This isn’t your typical E92 335i

On paper, a BMW E92 335i has no business engaging a Ferrari F430 Scuderia in a drag race. It’s a hilarious mismatch if both cars come in standard form. Fortunately for the Bimmer, it’s not just a typical E92 335i. It’s been tuned to compete with Maranello’s finest on a drag strip.

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Next-Gen BMW 3 Series to Debut at Paris Motor Show

Next-Gen BMW 3 Series to Debut at Paris Motor Show

The iconic German sedan is about to enter a new chapter

Forty-three years and six generations in, the BMW 3 Series remains the standard-bearer among compact luxury sedans. It’s gone through multiple iterations, but the 3 Series still holds court in a segment that has no shortage of rivals. Now that the sixth- and current-generation model is on its last legs, the seventh-generation model with chassis code G20 is about to enter our lives when it makes its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show this October. Ready, get set, go. The seventh-gen BMW 3 Series is coming.

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Rumors Say that the BMW 3-Series GT Isn't Long for this World

Rumors Say that the BMW 3-Series GT Isn’t Long for this World

The odd, but beautiful-looking car has been craving for takers all these years

It looks like the BMW 3-Series GT might not see the light of day in the coming decade. According to BMW Blog, the 3-Series GT will be dropped from BMW’s lineup once the current generation goes out of production in 2020. This is solely because of poor sales figures, and the fact that the widely spread 3-Series has enough on its plate already.

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6 Game-Changing Cars Coming in the Second Half of 2018

6 Game-Changing Cars Coming in the Second Half of 2018

The second half of the year should be a doozy for car debuts

2018 is halfway done, and just as fast as time flies, so too is our insatiable need to see the newest cars hit the street. The first half of the year gave us some incredible debuts. That’s a list that includes the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Jeep Wrangler JL, the Jaguar I-Pace, the Volvo S60 and just about every new pickup that was unveiled in the last six months. It’s an eclectic list, sure, but that’s the beauty of the industry. You never know what you’re going to get on any specific day. You just sit back and enjoy the ride. And so, as we embark on the second half of the year, we have some new cars that we’re really excited to see, including a few models that are scheduled to appear at the 2018 Paris Motor Show later this year.

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Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series

Comparison: 2019 Volvo S60 vs BMW 3 Series

Volvo finally has what it takes to give BMW a run for its money

After years of struggle to make a stand in the premium market, the S60 finally has a shot against the leading nameplates in this niche: the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Audi A4. We’ve already compared the S60 to the Merc, so now it’s time to pit it against the 3 Series, the vehicle that has set the benchmark in this segment for many years.

Purchased by Geely in 2009, Volvo was subject to a makeover in recent years that saw most of its important models redesigned from the ground up and all engines that weren’t four-cylinders discontinued. The Swedish firm also developed a hybrid drivetrain under Chinese ownership. The first vehicle to sport all these novelties, the XC90, entered production in 2014, but the design and tech expanded to include the S90 and XC40 too. Come 2018, and Volvo redesigned the S60 compact sedan using the same features and technologies, turning it into a shrunken S90.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW M3 CS

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW M3 CS

The next-gen BMW M3 is already in the works with a debut planned to happen sometime around the turn of the decade. That means there’s only a couple more years to enjoy the current M3 and more intense M3 CS. That CS essentially stands for weight loss, new exhaust, and new wheels, among other things. It’s not just the addition of carbon fiber and the shedding of a few pounds that makes the CS stand out, though. It’s the extra power output too, which accounts for an extra 28 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque. That brings total output figures up to 453 ponies and 443 pound-feet of torque; enough for a sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 174 mph. Of course, there’s no choice but to flick some paddles for shifting purposes as a real manual transmission has been left off the options list.

Be that as it may, the M3 CS is one mean, light, carbon-fiber-toting machine and it’s more than worthy of some screen time on your home or office computer. So, we’ve hand-picked our favorite wallpaper and included a nice little gallery at the bottom with more awesome choices just for you. Go ahead and take them all if you want.

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Potential Power Figures for the 2019 BMW 3 Series Hit the Web

Potential Power Figures for the 2019 BMW 3 Series Hit the Web

Two hybrid models in the works

Already seven years old as of 2018, the current BMW 3 Series is getting a bit long in the tooth, especially when compared to the much newer Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. Fortunately, a brand-new model is in the works for a couple of years now, and it’s expected to break cover by the end of 2018. While the test cars are still camouflaged inside and out, the upcoming 3 Series isn’t much of a mystery design-wise, as it will be heavily based on the latest 5 Series. It might take a while until we see the actual car, but a recent leak may have just uncovered the entire engine lineup of the new compact.

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BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW has been watching the reported problems for a while now..

BMW is recalling a whopping one million vehicles in North America over two separate issues involving fire risks. Both recalls include cars produced from 2006 to the 2011 model years. One recall covers 670,000 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011 model years, while the second recall is issued for 740,000 cars from 2007 to 2011 model years. The latter includes the 128i, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5, and Z4 models. Although these figures amount to more than 1.4 million units, BMW says the recalls overlap and cover about one million examples. Nearly all cars have been sold in the United States, while about 15,000 are from Canada. The recalls may expand to other countries in the future, but no specific announcement has been made as of this writing.

The first recall for the 3 Series models only will address a wiring issue for heating and air conditioning system. According to the company’s report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the systems may overheat and could increase the risk of a fire in the car. BMW has reportedly been monitoring the issue since 2008 and has made some improvements in 2011, but some incidents from 2015 and 2016, which led to injuries, prompted a mass recall. The second recall is about a valve heater issue that may cause damage to the engine compartment. No injuries or crashes related to this problem have been reported so far. All cars involved will have their wiring harnesses and valve heaters replaced at BMW dealers, free of charge.

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Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy these performance cars

Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.

But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.

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The BMW 3 Series is the German brand’s best-selling model with around 30-percent of the company’s sales being derived from it alone if you exclude motorcycles. It’s been in constant production since 1975 and served as a successor to the BMW 02 Series of way back when. Over the years, the 3 Series has gone through a total of six generational shifts with the seventh-generation model being introduced in 2018.

If you know anything about the history of the 3 Series, then you know that it has been offered in a number of different forms. It started life as a two-door sedan as BMW called it (it was really just a coupe) and that held true until the second-generation E30 model made its debut. By 1983, the four-door sedan came to life with the 3 Series convertible following suit in 1985 and the 3 Series Wagon debuting in 1987.

BMW has a funny way of justifying new models, and back in 2013, it decided it would differentiate its sedans from its coupes and convertibles. As such, the 3 Series is no longer offered as a coupe or convertible as those models are reserved for the 4 Series name. In its current form, the 3 Series is sportier than ever, but with this generation being introduced in 2018, the model line is far from complete yet. For now, the only models you can get your hands on are the entry-level 330i and the M340i, both of which can be had with xDrive AWD, and the latter of which borrows some M DNA but is far from a budget M3.

The 330i is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The M340i has a larger, 3.0-liter inline-six that’s good for 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Pricing for the 330i starts out at $40,750 while the M340i commands $54,000. Add $2,000 to the base price of either for xDrive AWD and expect the full-fledged BMW M3 to run somewhere in the area of $63,000 when it launches sometime in early-to-mid 2020.