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2016 BMW 3 Series

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  • BMW 3 Series
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    180 @ 5000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    280 @ 1350
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    146 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    33000 (Est.)
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Around for about three years, the current BMW 3 Series has just received its mid-cycle facelift. Not surprising, the new sedan remains true to its predecessor styling-wise, with only minor updates operated inside and out. As with most facelifts, this upgrade aims to keep the sedan fresh for a few more years against competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Cadillac ATS, and the Audi A4.

While enhancements are rather subtle on the outside, BMW opted to improve the interior as to exude a more premium feel, likely as a reply to the 2015 C-Class’ gorgeous cabin. As usual, the Germans are offering even more customization options and I’m not only talking about the expensive Individual goodies.

More important news comes from the drivetrain department, with two new powerplants ready to move the 3 Series around the world. An all-new six-cylinder will arrive Stateside to replace the 335i’s older unit, while a three-cylinder will act as the new entry-level unit. Unfortunately, the three-banger isn’t for U.S. consumption. The facelift also brought the much-anticipated plug-in hybrid model, but more on that in my review below.

Updated 05/07/2015: BMW unveiled the official details on the revised 3 Series.

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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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2020 BMW 3 Series Touring

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring

Adding extra roof to the next Bavarian standard

The current BMW 3 Series, otherwise known as the F30, is up for replacement this year, giving way to the upcoming seventh-generation model. Also known as the G20, the fresh Bimmer ‘3 is expected to appear in full production form at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and with it, a selection of body styles and powertrain configurations will follow. Chief among these will be the Touring model, otherwise known as the “estate” body style. Over here in the U.S., we know it as the Sports Wagon. The new 2020 3 Series Touring was recently spied out and about, undergoing testing in real-world conditions to shake down any possible problems ahead of its debut, so read on for our full speculative review.

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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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2019 BMW 3 Series

2019 BMW 3 Series

The Once And Future King

BMW’s next-generation 3 Series sedan was just caught on camera romping through the snow during a cold-weather testing session, giving rise to speculation about what’s in store for the up-and-coming luxury four-door. The new sedan is expected to arrive sometime in 2017 and replace the current F30 model, which was launched in 2011.

All things considered, that’s still quite a long time from now, and details are scarce, but we aren’t completely in the dark when it comes to putting together a few expectations. At this point, it’s safe to say that updated styling, lower weight, larger dimensions, more power, new autonomous drive features, and M-style performance will all make an appearance.

We also know that the upcoming model is designated as the “G20” behind closed doors.

Once the standard-bearer for compact luxury sedans, the 3 Series is facing rather stiff competition from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Jaguar XE these days, and BMW needs to bring the heat with this next-gen car. As is, the Bavarian bestseller is under heavy fire on all fronts, so what will it take to regain its past dominance? Read on to find out.

Updated 10/17/2017: We just got our hands on a fresh batch of spy shots! Check them out after the jump…

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Car Throttle Looks At Six Fantastic Facelifts: Video

Car Throttle Looks At Six Fantastic Facelifts: Video

A nip and tuck never looked so good

As we get deeper and deeper into auto show season (get ready for Tokyo!), we are often reminded of that age-old industry practice known as the facelift. In order to keep older models feeling fresh and new, automakers will often apply an update wherein certain exterior design features get tweaked ever so slightly, thus creating a somewhat different appearance. These design reworks are usually pretty mild – an extra crease here, a larger intake there, you know, that sort of thing. But sometimes, a facelift works some real magic for a car, giving it just the right sort of aesthetic, the sort of style that makes you stand up and shout “Yes! That’s what it’s supposed to look like!” In the above-featured three-and-a-half-minute video, our friends over at Car Throttle highlight six such instances when a facelift was just done right.

Included in the video is the Ford Mustang, the Nissan GT-R, the BMW E46 3-Series, the Jaguar XF, the Peugeot 306, and the Mazda MX-5 2.5. Throughout, Car Throttle points out what’s different in the new model versus the old model, highlighting why it works along the way. Indeed, the art of the facelift is in subtle effectiveness, with tweaks done that result in a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy is the key, boosting what works, and diminishing what doesn’t. We think Car Throttle is on to something here, and as we dive headlong into a fresh batch of revisions and updates for the upcoming model year, it pays well to take note of what a good facelift looks like.

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BMW's Frankfurt "Surprise" Could Be Any One Of These Models

BMW’s Frankfurt "Surprise" Could Be Any One Of These Models

My money’s on the X7 Concept, though I’m not betting on it

BMW’s positioning itself to have a busy few months ahead with so many debuts on the table. Not that I’m wishing for lighter loads because the cars we’re expecting to see from Bavaria will likely be staples in the brand’s future lineup. Bimmer already confirmed plans to unveil the BMW Roadster Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in two weeks. Now, the German automaker’s hinting at more “exciting surprises” to come, this time at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Obviously, BMW didn’t say what the surprise is going to be because that’ll defeat the whole purpose of the whole thing be a surprise. But company chairman Harald Krueger did drop this bombshell following statements he made about the company’s plan for a greener future in a recent conference call. So it is possible that this surprise has something to do with a model that will be a big part of that “greener future.” If it is, it narrows down the list of potential models that could star in this surprise, and since we’re always suckers for a little sleuthing work, we’ve pinpointed three models that could be Bimmer’s Frankfurt surprise.

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BMW M3 CS on the Books for 2018

BMW M3 CS on the Books for 2018

M2 CS and M2 GTS are also on the table!

Earlier in 2017, we saw BMW launch a new limited-edition M4. It’s called the CS and slots between the standard M4 and the track-ready GTS. Essentially a GTS without the massive wing, the CS also marked the return of the famous badge that BMW used in the 1960s and 1970s. Not surprisingly, the M4 CS was very popular with BMW enthusiasts, which is why the German brand is also considering a sedan version. Naturally, it will be called the M3 CS.

The beefed-up M3 is not yet official, but the folks over at German outlet Bimmer Today claim that the four-door CS will arrive sometime in 2018. The source also says that the M3 CS will share underpinnings with its M4 counterpart, meaning that it will hit the street with the upgraded twin-turbo, six-cylinder engine rated at 460 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This output will make the CS the most powerful M3 ever, placing it above the legendary E92-generation M3 GTS, which had 444 horses on tap. What’s more, it should be a tad quicker than the standard M3 with a 0-to-62 sprint of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph.

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What's The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

What’s The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

Four doors for fun

At its most basic, a sport sedan should be a happy balance between two competing philosophies. The “sport” half of the equation should make it engaging, both in the way it drives, and the way it looks. A sport sedan should issue a dose of adrenaline when the hammer is down, and be a willing dance partner in the corners. It’s also gotta draw attention, turning heads as it goes, making its owner pause momentarily after exiting and locking the doors. Then there’s the “sedan” bit. A sport sedan isn’t supposed to be stripped down and basic – practicality and comfort are paramount. Often used as a daily driver, backside coddling should be there in abundance, complementing the car’s speed potential, rather than taking away from it. All told, it’s a big ask, but this segment has plenty of contenders vying for the title of best. In this comparison, we look at six of the top entries and sort them out, from first to last.

Listed in alphabetical order, this comparison will take a look at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ve evaluated each in terms of exterior aesthetics, interior comfort and technology, powertrain and drivetrain specs, and chassis and handling. We’ve also included a glut of info in chart and graph form to help you make a quick comparison. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best sporty luxury sedan you can get for less than $50,000.

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2016 BMW 340i M Performance

2016 BMW 340i M Performance

A little show and a little go bridge the gap to a full M

The annual SEMA show is where all the big names in the automotive aftermarket congregate to show off their latest wares, with plenty of up-and-coming tuners and shops added to the mix to help get the word out. Joining the third party folks is several of the big automakers, which use the event as a springboard to introduce the latest accessories, parts, and concepts. BMW is joining the fun this year, arriving in Vegas to showcase its latest round of extras to carry the M brand badging. Highlights include an M2 Safety Car, an M3, an X5, and this – a sparkling white 340i bearing plenty of the performance division’s embellishments.

SEMA is actually a fantastic venue for a showcase like this. As it turns out, the U.S. is the largest consumer of M Performance Parts, touting 20-percent higher revenue than Germany, the next largest consumer.

In case you were unaware, M Performance Parts help to bridge the gap between more pedestrian trim levels of a model lineup (like the 340i) and the definitively sporty models in Bimmer’s stable (the M3, for example).

This particular example comes draped in an Alpine White paint job, a classic hue for the Bavarian automaker. Complementing the new look is carbon aero and enormous multi-spoke wheels. But the most interesting addition seems to be the M Performance Power & Sound Kit, which adds a few tweaks under the hood for extra (you guessed it) power and sound.

Interested? Read on for more.

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BMW to Strengthen its Electrification Portfolio

BMW to Strengthen its Electrification Portfolio

The 3 Series and the X4 could get battery power

Earlier this year, BMW announced that it was more interested in developing autonomous technology and would essentially shift its focus away from developing electric cars like the BMW i3 and i8. With the “i” division slated to get less attention, there was obviously some drama within the company as executives had mixed feelings about straying away from the brand’s electrification strategy. We weren’t really aware of the tensions within Bimmer over this situation until we learned of rumors that BMW board members had decided to skip the Paris Auto Show altogether to finally put the issue to rest. Now, Handelsblatt has learned from an unnamed source that there has been some progress made and that some BMW models will see electrification without getting the official “i” treatment.

With the BMW i3 struggling to meet sales expectations, it isn’t really a surprise that some executives are iffy on investing more money into the brand’s electrification strategy. But, according to that unnamed sources, executives have agreed to bring battery power to not only the 3 Series but the BMW X4 crossover as well. Furthermore, Mini will also see some electrification with at least one Mini model absorbing a battery pack and electric motor into its architecture as well.

For now, this is all rumor of course, but word has it that the electric Mini would take some DNA from the Mini Rocketman Concept. There’s no word as to whether or not the electrified 3 Series and X4 would be an all-electric or plug-in hybrid, so it could really go either way. BMW should come to a finalized decision sometime this month at which point the company will make an official announcement.

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2017 BMW 330e iPerformance

2017 BMW 330e iPerformance

BMW adds a new plug-in hybrid to the 3 Series lineup

BMW is adding yet another model to its 3 Series lineup, this time in the form of a plug-in hybrid that will be known as the 330e iPerformance. The car takes a four-cylinder gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology and mates it with eDrive technology derived from models like the BMW i3 and BMW i8 to deliver upward of 250 horsepower and more than 200 pound-feet of torque. As is the case with most plug-in hybrid models, the 330e iPerformance can be driven on battery power alone for a limited distance.

The 3 Series has arguably set the bar for things like performance and fuel economy in the past, so it’s no surprise that BMW looks to raise the bar again with this plug-in hybrid. The entire electric system has been strategically integrated into the 3 Series to ensure optimal weight distribution and energy savings and, as you would expect, the 330e iPerformance can be charged on the go through ChargeNow – BMW’s i mobility service that offers more than 30,000 charging points in 22 countries.

The 330e goes on sale this summer and will be considered the range-topping model price-wise in the U.S. with a starting invoice higher than that of the $43,000 3 Series Gran Turismo. Before get to further into detail on that, let’s take a closer look at the 330e iPerformance and all it offers.

Update 06/24/2016: Bimmer has announced pricing for the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance sedan. Check out the prices section below for all the details.

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A Woman Discusses Her Love For the E30 3 Series: Video

A Woman Discusses Her Love For the E30 3 Series: Video

She believes it’s a spiritual successor to the BMW 2002

Petrolicious has done a number of biography pieces about people and their cars, and the most recent biography tells the story of Delia Wolfe and her 1991 BMW 318S – a car she believes to be the spiritual successor to the BMW 2002. It’s hard to talk about the video without ruining it, so I won’t do that here. Instead, I’ll talk about the E30 for a minute.

It was originally penned by Claus Luthe in 1978 and was produced in a number of body styles between 1982 and 1993. It was a reliable model set that became cheap to obtain and modify and is the definition of reliability brought forth by German engineering. For what it’s worth, that is also proven in this video, as Wolfe reveals that her restored 318S has more than 300,000 miles. I could talk all day about the BMW E30, so instead of putting you through all of that, click play and enjoy the video.

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2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

BMW’s most spacious compact sedan gets a mild update

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is the latest variation of the company’s iconic 3 Series sedan and was introduced in 2013, two years after the standard, sixth-generation four-door made its public debut. Developed with customers looking for a smaller, sportier version of the 5 Series GT in mind, the 3 Series GT has a longer wheelbase, taller body, and hatchback-like rear end compared to the standard 3 Series. Engine options are virtually the same, except for the M version, which has yet to be offered on the GT model as of 2016.

After three years on the market, the 3 Series GT has received its first mid-cycle revision. Not surprisingly, changes are in line with the facelifted sedan and wagon version of the compact model. Specifically, styling revisions are rather mild on the outside, while the interior gains only a handful of updates. The most important additions are in the drivetrain department, where BMW introduced three new turbocharged gasoline engines.

The facelifted 3 Series Gran Turismo goes on sale in summer 2016 and will likely stay in showrooms until at least 2018, when the next-generation sedan is rumored to break cover. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the new features available on the current 3 Series GT.

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2016 BMW 320d Celebration Edition "Style Edge"

2016 BMW 320d Celebration Edition "Style Edge"

BMW gives the 320d a little love for its 100th-anniversary celebration

BMW has picked the BMW 320d to create the third installment of its 100th-anniversary celebration. This time around, there will be 200 examples of the 320d and 200 examples of the 320 Touring built with a few exclusive exterior features and special interior appointments. Best of all, the two models will be equipped with BMW’s next-gen B47, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, clean diesel engine and a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The model is set to go on sale on May 28th in Japan and is expected to be sold in a short period of time.

With a Japan launch, obviously those of us in Europe or the U.S. will probably never get to lay eyes on one, but it’s at least worth knowing about. As expected, the 320d Style Edge 3 models get some M Sport love and a little bit of attention from BMW Individual too. Pricing for both models tips in between $50,000 and $55,000, which will be about $10,000 more than their standard-model counterparts.

So, coming in at a $10,000 premium, the Style Edge models must be pretty special, right? Well, let’s take a look at what BMW did with them to make them worth being part of its 100th anniversary.

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Carfection Goes Down Memory Lane With The BMW 3 Series: Video

Carfection Goes Down Memory Lane With The BMW 3 Series: Video

Alex Goy discusses the history of the 3 Series while driving a 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is one of the most regarded BMW models in history. It’s also one of the most enduring cars on the road, a distinction it has earned through an existence that has lasted for 40 years. Today, the 3 Series is in its sixth-generation after having spawned numerous versions and iterations in the past. It’s an incredible achievement for a car that has etched its place in the annals of BMW lore.

Carfection’s Alex Goy recently took the time to talk about the history of the 3 Series. The nostalgic trip down memory lane was probably prompted by the fact that he was test driving the new BMW 320d, but motives notwithstanding, Goy gives a pretty in-depth account on the life of the 3 Series. It’s pretty enlightening, especially if you haven’t seen any of BMW’s own string of episodes documenting the life and times of its most iconic model. I’m not going to dive too deep into the details of this episode because it deserves your full attention. What I will tell you thought is how important the 3 Series has become for BMW.

Sure, it might not have the performance capabilities of its bigger siblings. it doesn’t even have the same amount of refinement as, say, the 5 Series or the 6 Series. But, the 3 Series had one thing that no BMW car could offer. It had a personality that was compatible to its market, especially to people who wanted to buy a BMW without having to spend too much money on it. That’s one of the biggest reasons why the BMW 3 Series is BMW’s best-selling model in history, accounting for — at one point in time — over 30 percent of BMW’s total annual sales, not including motorcycles.

That’s what the 3 Series is all about and that’s why the car, to this day, remains as one of Bavaria’s most popular and most important models.

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2015 BMW 3 Series LCI by AC Schnitzer

2015 BMW 3 Series LCI by AC Schnitzer

The current BMW 3 Series may have evolved drastically from its predecessor, but one thing remains true: it still stands as the heart and soul of BMW’s entire model lineup, appealing to arguably the widest range of markets compared to other BMWs. For the longest time, the 3 Series has more than held its own in a market that dictates that a model should have a nice blend of luxury, sportiness, and performance.

Along those lines, AC Schnitzer has built a great reputation in the aftermarket scene, thanks in large part to embracing those same qualities in its tuning programs. No more is that evident than with its latest offering for the 3 Series.

The kit itself includes everything you’d want for your BMW 3 Series. It has cosmetic upgrades, aero components, interior modifications, and most of all, engine enhancements for close to the entire range of 3 Series models. The lack of any bombastic conversions on the exterior may be a sore spot for some, but by and large, this is as comprehensive a kit as there is for the 3 Series.

It certainly comes as no surprise that AC Schnitzer is involved in it.

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BMW Built Its 10 Millionth 3 Series Sedan

BMW Built Its 10 Millionth 3 Series Sedan

When it came time to replace the 2002 in 1970s, BMW probably didn’t have expectations of creating an automotive icon, much less an entire class of car that would still be relevant over 40 years later. Now, after starting production in 1975, BMW is celebrating the construction of its 10 millionth 3 Series sedan. BMW has now built a total of over 14 million 3 Series.

The 10-millionth 3 Series sedan was completed at BMW’s Munich plant, and is an Imperial Blue 320d. The Munich plant was originally built in 1922 and is the only plant that has produced all six generations of the 3 Series. The plant currently produces 1,000 cars per day, about half of which are 2016 BMW 3 Series.

“The success story of the BMW 3 Series started here in Plant Munich and is now reaching a very special highpoint here as well,” said BMW Munich plant director Hermann Bohrer. “The fact that this landmark vehicle was produced at our plant is a particular honor for us and makes me very proud indeed of my team.”

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2016 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid

2016 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid

Ever since it made its debut in 1975, the BMW 3 Series has become the face of the Bavarian company’s automotive portfolio. Six generations and five body styles later, the 3 Series is still hitting its stride as BMW’s best-selling model, accounting for almost 30 percent of the company’s annual automotive sales volume. The launch of the BMW 330e, the first hybrid model of the 3 Series family, is the latest variation of the popular line and one that BMW believes will be the next step in the 3 Series’ continued evolution.

The 330e isn’t BMW’s first venture into the world of hybrid vehicles. That distinction belongs to the 2015 BMW i8 and 2015 BMW i3. But the 330e does have a distinction of its own as the first Bimmer from an already existing line to get the hybrid treatment. BMW used technology developed for both the i8 and i3 to carve down this new road for the 3 Series, confident that the 330e will be able to pick up where the two “i” models left off and showcase the advancements the company has made in hybrid technology to a more mainstream audience.

Whether the 330e can accomplish that remains to be seen. But that’s a topic for another time. The 300e will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week.

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2016 BMW 320d ED Sport

2016 BMW 320d ED Sport

Diesel has had a hard time catching on in the world. It’s not that it isn’t fantastically efficient, or doesn’t offer stellar performance potential. Ask Gale Banks or Wayne Gerdes (both world record holders in top speed and fuel economy) about diesel’s performance potential. But the simple fact is that frugal isn’t sexy, and sex sells cars. Cars sell on big, loud and stupid awesome as much as anything else — and BMW at least seems to be slowly adapting to that reality.

The 3 Series has long been a Bimmer staple, and diesel models have been favored by those who want BMW chassis dynamics but care more about fuel economy than straight-line performance. The last 320d certainly did provide some of the best of both worlds, but it still wasn’t quite enough to take advantage of the carbon taxation incentives offered in the civilized world. A of couple years ago, BMW upped its efficiency game with the 320 EfficientDynamics package, which used a combination of efficiency refinements to drop the 320d down a tax bracket.

But in spite of saving the average European driver a whopping $87 a month in taxes alone, the 320d ED failed to impress in the sex appeal department. No more, though. As with most of life’s problems, this one proved easy to solve with little more than the addition of a snazzy body kit.

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BMW 3-Series Vs. Jaguar XE: Video

BMW 3-Series Vs. Jaguar XE: Video

The BMW 3 Series is, and has been for some time, the car that defines its segment. Every other car in this corner of the market is just competing with the 3 Series, and some cars are doing a better job of it than others. Since Jaguar has only just recently come out with a new 3 Series fighter, the 2017 Jaguar XE, Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head decided to take the roads of Basque Spain to compare them. And logically enough, the host takes out the BMW first, to give you an idea of what the Jag is up against.

He has a few complaints about the BMW. They seem a little nit-picky, and even admits in the case of the suspension that it’s probably a good setup for the people who actually own the car. But when he takes out the XE and starts talking about just how well sorted out it is, it starts to become clearer just how important those issues were with the 3 Series. In the end the Jaguar is the winner of the two, and that’s an amazing feat from the company that not long ago produced the X-Type.

It’s rare to see such a clear winner in a comparison like this, and it’s even more rare for that winner to be the newcomer. Much of this has to do with newly designed chassis and innovative suspension, as well as superior transmission programming. As the host will say, this leads to a feeling that the Jag is about 1,000 pounds lighter. But this point also highlights the whole problem with this review, it is completely subjective on every point. It has everything to do with the reviewers feelings, with nothing that’s really concrete. There’s a very good chance that a majority of drivers would agree with his assessment, but it’s unlikely that any viewers will feel confident enough to buy the Jaguar without at least taking a look at the BMW first.

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Chris Harris Reviews BMW 320d: Video

Chris Harris Reviews BMW 320d: Video

Considering how many supercars, hypercars and sometimes outright race cars Chris Harris features on this web show, this review of a thoroughly mainstream diesel BMW 3 Series almost seems strange. Of course, he’s only reviewing it because he was in one anyway on his way to the Nurburgring to drive an Aston Martin racer, so you needn’t worry that Harris’s YouTube channel is suddenly going to turn into a Consumer Reports clone. And truthfully, this is probably a very useful video for a lot of Americans to see. Diesel is something they’re pretty used to in Europe at this point, and although it wasn’t very popular in the U.S. for a long time, diesel car sales have been picking up over the last few years, and a lot of Americans are curious about how they compare to gasoline-powered cars.

Even though this review isn’t tailored toward Americans particularly, it is still a good source of information on all of the usual topics one expects when wondering if switching to diesel is a good idea. These mainly boil down to addressing how significant the differences in fuel economy and power are.

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BMW 3 Series Turns 40: Video

BMW 3 Series Turns 40: Video

Throughout its 40-year history and six generations, the BMW 3 Series has proven to be one of the most versatile cars ever built. After starting life as the successor to the legendary 2002, it has spawned countless body styles and powertrain variants, and it established the model hierarchy that defines how the German car industry still aligns itself today. It also spawned the M3; a car that proved you didn’t need something low-slung and expensive to find driving nirvana. In short, the 3 Series can be anything to anyone.

To celebrate its 40th year, BMW has released this short film documenting the experience of 3 Series owners from Las Vegas to Europe to Indonesia and examines the common threads that link all six generations. Sure, there have been some weird ones (looking at you E36 3 Series Compact), but all are immediately recognizable as a 3 Series, thanks to design queues like dual kidney grilles, quad headlights, three-box styling and the Hofmeister kink. Checkout the video and let us know which is your favorites 3 Series.

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2016 BMW 3 Series

2016 BMW 3 Series

Around for about three years, the current BMW 3 Series has just received its mid-cycle facelift. Not surprising, the new sedan remains true to its predecessor styling-wise, with only minor updates operated inside and out. As with most facelifts, this upgrade aims to keep the sedan fresh for a few more years against competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Cadillac ATS, and the Audi A4.

While enhancements are rather subtle on the outside, BMW opted to improve the interior as to exude a more premium feel, likely as a reply to the 2015 C-Class’ gorgeous cabin. As usual, the Germans are offering even more customization options and I’m not only talking about the expensive Individual goodies.

More important news comes from the drivetrain department, with two new powerplants ready to move the 3 Series around the world. An all-new six-cylinder will arrive Stateside to replace the 335i’s older unit, while a three-cylinder will act as the new entry-level unit. Unfortunately, the three-banger isn’t for U.S. consumption. The facelift also brought the much-anticipated plug-in hybrid model, but more on that in my review below.

Updated 05/07/2015: BMW unveiled the official details on the revised 3 Series.

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2015 BMW 3 Series M Sport Style Edge Edition

2015 BMW 3 Series M Sport Style Edge Edition

BMW loves releasing random special editions in Japan, and oftentimes they are limited to only mild body kits and a few extra standard features. Well, for 2015, BMW has just released this Japan-exclusive version of the 320i and 320d that it calls the M Sport Style Edge.

Like many Asian special-edition Bimmers, this model’s updates are limited in terms of exclusivity, as most of the updates are simply added standard features. Things like upgraded rims, a new aero kit, and upgraded interior trim are just a few examples of what makes this Bimmer special. However, the fact that BMW will offer only several hundred of these M Sport Style Edge models may be enough to make up for its slight price hike.

You can check out our full review of the standard 320i here

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 BMW 320 M Sport Style Edge.

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BMW 3 Series Facelift Could Be Revealed On May 7

BMW 3 Series Facelift Could Be Revealed On May 7

Around since late 2011, the sixth-generation 3 Series is due for a refresh in order to keep up with its compact competitors and the fresher Mercedes-Benz C-Class in particular. Spotted testing on public road on several occasions since 2014, the facelifted 3 Series, due to hit dealerships for the 2016 model year, is reportedly scheduled to break cover as soon as May 7th.

That’s the word from WorldCarFans, which quotes "a very reliable source" in claiming the updated 3 Series will be revealed at a special event in Munich, Germany. The publication goes on to say the happening will be attended by international auto journalists, which could mean a public reveal is to be expected "on the same day or shortly after."

Like with most BMW facelifts, the current 3 Series will receive a mild upgrade, consisting of slightly revised front and rear bumpers, a wider twin-kidney grille, and new adaptive LED headlamps. Inside, minor nips and tucks and few tech updates will keep the sedan fresh until the next generation arrives.

The drivetrain department, however, is were the more significant changes will happen. The company’s 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine is rumored to find its way into a new base model, while a plug-in hybrid combining the familiar 2.0-liter four-pot with an electric motor will help reduce the nameplate’s carbon-dioxide footprint.

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2015 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge Edition

2015 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge Edition

For the 2014 model year, BMW decided to take the beautiful 3 Series and ugly it up a bit by releasing the Gran Turismo version. The 3 Series GT is the definition of a niche vehicle, as it hovers in the no man’s land between a wagon and a compact SUV. For the 2015 model year, the U.S.-spec 3 Series GT saw limited changes, but the Japan-spec model earned a new, limited-production model dubbed the 320i Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge.

This special model doesn’t have anything overly wild and crazy to make it special. Instead, BMW focused on adding in a handful of premium features without jacking up the price too much. The issue is with such a narrow niche and plenty of traditional wagons to choose from that offer more features, more room and a lower price, it is arguable whether this limited-edition 320i GT makes any sense or not.

Continue reading my review of the 2015 BMW 320i Gran Turismo Luxury Lounge to learn more.

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I Tortured Cooper Winter Tires

I Tortured Cooper Winter Tires

I am testing a set of winter tires from Cooper Tire to see how much benefit a driver in the snow belt will receive, and so far I have learned a lot. With lots of ice, slush and just plain freezing temps on clear roads, I have discovered why winter tires are a smart purchase. That said, I really can’t give a full review of these tires unless I get a chance to test them in real heavy winter conditions. As it happens, Cooper was holding a winter-tire testing event in Canada, and our tires were on the list of included products.

I asked if I could follow the team up to Canada to give the tires a good flogging on ice and snow, and they were more than happy to oblige. As a bonus I got a chance to test out a new all-season tire that is supposed to be nearly as good as winter rubber in the snow, I was able to test a more performance-oriented SUV winter tire, and I even learned how to drift a BMW on ice. If you remember the mayhem that happened the last time I got to be a tire tester, well, it happened again. This time we killed a Jeep though, not a Corvette.

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2015 BMW 335i M Performance Edition

2015 BMW 335i M Performance Edition

The BMW 3 Series first set rubber on North American soil in 1977, as the replacement for the 2002, leaving the new model with some pretty large shoes to fill. In 2012, the 3 underwent its sixth generational overhaul, which also began the phasing out of the coupe and convertible 3 Series, that would later become the 4 Series. As we continue through the 2015 model year, the 3 Series continues strong, with its most powerful non-M version being the 335i. With its 300 ponies on tap, it’s no surprise that BMW Abu Dhabi saw it fit to customize a 2015 335i and post it on Facebook for all of us to drool over.

This one-off Bimmer features the M Sport Line appearance package and enough custom work to make seeing a duplicate unlikely. Fortunately, the Middle Eastern dealership didn’t stop after customizing the body, as it did a little wrench work under the hood, too.

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The BMW 3 Series to Lead the Brand's EV Revolution Between Now and 2022

The BMW 3 Series to Lead the Brand’s EV Revolution Between Now and 2022

It looks like BMW is in for some huge changes in the coming decade, as it is working hard to hit the extremely stringent expectations of the EU’s upcoming emissions restrictions. These restrictions will limit fleet average CO2 outputs to just 95g/km by 2021, putting Bimmer in a spot to innovate or get penalized. In true Bimmer fashion, the brand has chosen to innovate, and the upcoming 2016 BMW 3 Series eDrive is just scratching the surface of what the German brand has in store for its large car lineup (3 Series and up).

We all know that BMW will go plug-in hybrid on its larger cars, which is no mystery, but what about all that extra weight the batteries add to the car? Well, according to AutoCar, the German automaker is working on advanced material mixes and construction processes to help reduce weight. Things like glues, adhesives and rivets are replacing numerous spot welds. Additionally, BMW is looking to develop more aluminum, high-strength steel and carbon-fiber architecture.

Onto the hybrid system, BMW is working on building one that will be scalable from the 3 Series up to the V-12 Rolls Royce, dropping construction costs and spreading leftover costs among a number of models. This system will use a front-mounted engine that acts as a generator at peak efficiency 90 percent of the time. Behind the engine are three electric motors, one in a new, top-secret transmission and two in the rear axle. The engine will provide the power for the transmission-mounted motor and the two will combined to power the front wheels (90 percent by the motor and 10 percent by the engine at 50 mph). Of course, the rear motors will power the rear wheels, making literally every single BMW product above the 3 Series available with all-wheel drive – a pretty nice side effect to have from going green.

In addition to all of this high-tech electrification, the 2016 3 Series Plug-In will debut a 3D sat-nav system that aids the car in choosing the right mode depending on future conditions and free-wheel cruising up to 99 mph to reduce fuel consumption. Unfortunately, the upcoming 3er plug-in will not boast the advanced AWD hybrid system of the future, but it does feature a transmission-mounted electric motor similar to the one that will eventually spread across Bimmer’s range.

By the time the next-generation 3 Series Plug In arrives, which AutoCar is claiming will be around 2018 to 2022, look for the engine to run in Lambda 1 cycle 90 percent of the time for optimal fuel efficiency. Additional changes by 2022 should include reduced complexity of emission control systems for lowered cost; a simpler and cheaper transmission with fewer than three ranges; a jump in battery size thanks to the missing drive shaft; and a body that weighs about 100 kg (220 pounds) less due to advanced construction. Oh, and the addition of AWD across the range above the 3 Series; can’t forget that.

Needless to say, the 3 Series is at the forefront of BMW’s EV revolution, and we’re going to see it start to unfold with the upcoming plug-in model.

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2016 BMW Model Year Production Guide Includes M2 and 340i Among Others

2016 BMW Model Year Production Guide Includes M2 and 340i Among Others

BMW was pretty quiet at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but 2015 is going to be a busy year for the automaker. BimmerPost got a hold of BMW’s 2016 model year production guide, and in addition to a refreshed 2016 6 Series, which was revealed in Detroit, BMW will launch at least six other key models including the anticipated 2016 BMW M2 Coupe.

The first of the new models will be the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e eDrive plug-in hybrid, which will go into production in June. We’ve still not seen this vehicle in production trim, but BMW showed off the Concept eDrive last year pairing a twin-turbo four-cylinder to a plug-in hybrid system capable of delivering about 20 miles of all-electric driving. We saw that concept at the 2014 New York Auto Show, so our two best guesses for a production debut are either in New York or a month earlier during the Geneva Motor Show.

Following this plug-in X5, the refreshed 3 Series will be introduced in July, which is when BMW will introduce two new versions of the F30. The 2016 BMW 328e eDrive plug-in hybrid will go into production in November, but before that happens, the 3 Series sedan will get a new 3.0-liter engine and a new model called the 340i, which will start production in July to replace the 335i. Interestingly, the 335xi Series Gran Turismo will carry on with the current engine and designation as will the 435i models.

Around the same time as the updated 3 Series, the all-new 2016 BMW X1 will start rolling off the assembly line as the xDrive25i, and in November, BMW will start cranking out rear-drive sDrive25i versions. Another redesigned model is the sixth-generation G12 BMW 7 Series that starts production this summer. Finally, the long-awaited launch of the M2 will be one step closer to reality when the car is built starting this November.

Along with the new models, the guide also reveals that BMW is dropping the rear-drive 550i Gran Turismo from the lineup, but it will still offer the all-wheel-drive 550i GT and both versions of the 535i GT.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s 2016 production map.

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2016 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

2016 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

The only premium compact wagon you can buy in the U.S.

BMW has updated it’s quintessential 3 Series line, and with it, the 3 Series Wagon. Included in this refresh are minor updates to the exterior and interior, lots of technology for convenience, safety, and economy, and a significantly revised suspension that promises an even higher level of sporting luxury. BMW says the 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon are the “heart” of the brand, accounting for roughly a quarter of its sales worldwide. That makes this latest revitalization essential to the automaker’s overarching strategy. That also means the new updates aren’t necessarily game changing, but rather seek to build on past success with an even broader appeal.

The German automaker introduced the 3 Series in 1975, but it took 11 years before a wagon version was offered, with the 3 Series Touring first making its appearance four years into the sedan’s second generation in 1986. Since then, BMW has offered a wagon body style with each successive 3 Series generation. How does BMW plan on keeping this mainstay fresh? Read on to find out.

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2016 BMW M340i M Performance

2016 BMW M340i M Performance

In 2015, BMW may be getting ready to improve its offering of sporty entry-level sedans with the inclusion of an M-Performance variant of the 3 Series reportedly named the M340i. Strangely-enough, the Bavarian automaker has so far avoided making a standalone M-Performance version of the 3 Series, despite the fact that its best-selling sedan in top trim was missing quite a few ponies in relationship with its two biggest competitors, the Audi A4/S4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Audi’s quattro GmbH has been building sporty sub-RS models for years and Mercedes-Benz announced that it will also introduce a sub-AMG sports brand starting with 2015, so those are the probably the reasons behind the unveiling of the M340i in 2015, after the 3 Series’ mid-cycle facelift is launched. The new sedan will become the new top-of-the-range variant of the non-M 3 Series lineup, and will be situated in terms of performance between the current 335i and the bonkers M3.

Despite not having any history in the BMW stable, the future M340i comes well prepared in terms of both brand pedigree and performance, so its establishment as an independent model in the lineup shouldn’t take too long in the minds of customers. Not to mention the fact that it will essentially be part of the ever-increasing M-Performance sub-brand, which is a stop-gap between regular BMWs and M-models.

Note: BMW 335i pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M340i M Performance.

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Spy Shots: Facelift BMW 3 Series Sedan Goes Out for a Spin

Spy Shots: Facelift BMW 3 Series Sedan Goes Out for a Spin

Introduced for the 2012 model year, the sixth-generation BMW 3 Series (F30) and its high-performance, M3 sibling are still turning heads. However, that didn’t stop the Germans from working on a mid-cycle refresh starting early 2014. With the first prototypes seen testing on public roads as early as August 2014, it seems the facelifted 2016 BMW 3 Series is inching closer to its production form as the year draws to an end. That’s the word coming from our trusty spy photographers, who just sent a batch of brand-new shots of the sedan our way. And there are plenty of new exterior details to gaze at.

Before we take a closer look at the new 3 Series, we’d like to remind you the sedan is being readied for a 2015 launch. We expect it to break cover at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, alongside the Touring (station wagon) model, with the first units to roll off the assembly line in July. U.S. dealerships should get both models in the third quarter of 2015.

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2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid

2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid

Hybrids and plug-ins are becoming big business these days and even the generally performance-oriented big dogs are getting in on the action. BMW is one of them, and Munich’s vehicle of choice for a plug-in hybrid is the current-generation 3 Series. The sedan has been under development for more than a year now, with the first test vehicle being spotted on public roads in February 2014. As we step into the 2015 model year, the Germans are revealing the first details surrounding the 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid, thus confirming the iconic nameplate is becoming a bit more fuel efficient.

BMW is no stranger to hybrids — we have the i3 and the i8 as proof — but the 3 Series is the first already existing vehicle to go that route. To enable the four-door return improved fuel economy, BMW paired the proven twin-turbo, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with an electric motor based on the technology launched with the innovative i3 and i8. Details are still scarce as of November 2014, but it seems the 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid has what it takes to give its competitors a run for their money. Read on to find out what we know so far.

Updated 11/27/2014: BMW unveiled the first official details and images on the future 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid. Check the new details after the jump.

Click pas the jump for more info on the BMW 3 Plug-In Hybrid.

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Video: 2015 BMW M3 to be Featured in "Mission: Impossible 5"

Video: 2015 BMW M3 to be Featured in "Mission: Impossible 5"

So apparently, the "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise has already begun filming its fifth installment. I didn’t even know there was a fifth movie, not after that bomb of a fourth film whose only redeeming quality was seeing the BMW VisionEfficient Dynamics get some well-deserved camera time. But amateur video has popped up of "M:I 5" and once again, BMW is front and center.

This time around, it’s the new M3 Sedan that’s getting treated to a whole lot of stunt driving smack in the middle of the streets of Casablanca in Morocco. If you love the M3 Sedan, this is a painful video to watch, as it looks like the car’s getting hammered down a steep flight of steps.

On the flip side, appearing in a movie like "Mission: Impossible 5" is a great way for the M3 Sedan to get some mainstream publicity. The VisionEfficient Dynamics benefited from its time in front of the camera and now proudly calls itself the BMW i8.

Hopefully, the M3 Sedan doesn’t suffer the same fate as so many other “movie” cars have in the past. I still have weird nightmares about what Michael Bay did to all those exotics in the "Transformers" franchise.

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Texas, Tire Smoke and a Broken C7: My Day as a Tire Tester

Texas, Tire Smoke and a Broken C7: My Day as a Tire Tester

My eyes were tired, and the sun was unnaturally bright for 7 a.m. on Tuesday, but the warm Texas weather gave me satisfaction as I opened the balcony door. In just a few short hours I would be throwing cars around a racetrack as I began my one-day crash course on tire testing and comparisons.

I’ve been on worse assignments.

The event was put together and hosted by Cooper Tire. The American tire company, one of the last still operating in the US, has just released the new CS5 line of premium touring tires. With more than 2-million testing miles, and built as a replacement for the company’s best-selling tire ever, the CS5 is quite an ambitious project. Oh, Cooper is also celebrating its 100th anniversary as well. Somehow, I have been invited along with a selection of my colleagues to put this new tire through its paces.

The day would consist of laps around both dry and wet circuits to test the tires abilities, and Cooper had brought along some competition for us to compare against as well. Our weapons of choice included the new BMW 328i and some V6-powered Ford Mustangs.

I would learn a lot about tires, myself, and the breaking point of a C7 Corvette’s rear differential.

Read on to learn more about my day as a tire tester and find out how I did

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BMW Debating North American Production Line for the 3 Series

BMW Debating North American Production Line for the 3 Series

BMW is continuing to enjoy great success in the United States. But as growing sales and local prosperity always come with high demand, the Germans need to find ways to boost North American production, especially when it comes to their best-selling 3 Series sedan.

BMW already has a facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The plant assembles X5 and X6 SUVs and is about to have its production capacity increased by 50 percent when it welcomes a brand new vehicle, the larger X7.

Since squeezing 3 Series production in South Carolina is out of the question, BMW is planning on building a second factory in North America, Bloomberg reports, adding that the manufacturer has narrowed the list of locations within the United States and Mexico, with at least two sites south of the border still being considered.

There’s no indication as to where BMW might decide to assemble the 3 Series in North America, but Mexico sounds more likely due to a number financial considerations that also include less expensive workforce.

A timetable for this decision is not available at the time of this writing, but stay tuned to TopSpeed for further information.

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2014 BMW 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition

2014 BMW 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition

The BMW 3 Series is a global car that appeals to a global audience. Whether its in America, Europe, or in this particular case, South Africa, the 3 Series attracts attention wherever it goes. That’s why BMW South Africa has decided to expand its offering for the beloved 3 Series, giving potential customers a chance to score a special edition 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition.

The limited-edition model is essentially an aerodynamically enhanced 3 Series Sedan that comes with a load of new components to improve both the car’s styling and performance attributes. Maybe that’s the reason why BMW South Africa only has 500 of these bad-boys at its disposal.

Here’s the best part about the 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition. Compared to a standard 3 Series with the same options and separately fitted with the all the M Performance parts, BMW South Africa’s 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition will carry 43 percent of the content if you add all the components separately yourselves.

That says a lot about this special edition 3er that BMW South Africa is offering, and its content is offered all for a price of just R87,000 if it’s fitted at the dealership. That’s $8,175 based on current exchange rates, which is of course, added to the cost of the 3 Series

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Hyundai Considers a New BMW 3 Series Competitor and Compact Crossover

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.

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Spy Shots: BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid Goes For Another Testing Session

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.

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2014 BMW 3 Series Exclusive Sport

2014 BMW 3 Series Exclusive Sport

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.

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2011 Video: MotorTrend Follows GSR Autosport's BMW Build for SEMA

2011 Video: MotorTrend Follows GSR Autosport’s BMW Build for SEMA

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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Car Babe Photographer Showcase: ItzKirb

Car Babe Photographer Showcase: ItzKirb

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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Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.

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2006 - 2011 BMW E91 330d Touring by BBM Motorsport

2006 - 2011 BMW E91 330d Touring by BBM Motorsport

A dyno, a laptop and a dream: the BBM Motorsport upgrade for the E91 generation of BMW 3 Series brings an extra 251 pound-feet of torque with a simple induction, exhaust and ECU re-flash. Yep, this 330d has 635 pound-feet of torque to go with its appealing red foil wrap and 19-inch BBS alloys.

BBM Motorsport’s impressive project really shows the scope of tasteful performance modifications to this generation of BMW 3 Series wagons. From looking like it probably has melted candy in the leather seats, to now looking at home making sparks on the Nordschleife and racing RS6 Avants on the autobahn until the tires or nerves call it quits.

This revamp is pretty cost effective as well, with BBM offering component sales for guys who might only be able to afford one upgrade at a time. The LED lights and matte wrap might be eye-catching, but the real gold comes from 30 minutes of ‘hotsynching’ to the BMW’s OBDII port.

A more effective ECU re-flash is hard to recall, but as we all know, tuners are not quite OEM in their durability and long-term reliability testing. Does the BBM kit push the limits of this excellent BMW turbo-diesel engine too high?

Despite sounding like a tractor or school bus to American ears, there is actually much more soulful inline-six bellow from the BBM upgrades. Bellows are the last thing you hear before your head meets the seat when the torque comes in a knockout punch.

Click past the jump for the full image gallery and details on the BMW E91 330d Touring by BBM Motorsport’s performance and style upgrades.

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2014 BMW 328d

2014 BMW 328d

BMW expanded its U.S. 3-Series lineup with the addition of a new, diesel-powered version. This model, called the 328d, made its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show on March 27th and hits showrooms in the fall of 2013.

The new 328d sedan is joined by the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. As with all the other models in the 3 Series lineup, buyers can order the new 328d in Luxury, Sport and Modern Lines, or with the M Sport package.

The 328d comes fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine and buyers can opt for either rear-wheel drive or BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive. BMW reports that once the EPA gets around to testing the 328d that it will deliver about 45 mpg. Beyond the diesel engine and a few badges, everything else is shared with the rest of the 3 Series lineup.

Updated 08/01/2013: BMW announced prices for the 2014 328d that will go on sale later this fall at a base price of $38,600.

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2012 - 2014 BMW 3 Series Sedan

2012 - 2014 BMW 3 Series Sedan

It’s not very often that a smaller vehicle is a company’s flagship, but we don’t care what BMW might tell you about the 7 Series, the 3 Series is the automaker’s top dog. Its styling has always worked and never been vulgar like some other models in the BMW lineup. Additionally, it’s won more awards from the automotive press than the Los Angeles Lakers have NBA titles.

Believe it or not, the 3 Series has been around since 1975, but it really came into its own in 1992, when it won the first of 19 straight "Car and Driver 10 Best" awards. In 2006, it won the "World Car of the Year" and also the What Car? "Car of the Year" awards. Under the hood, the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six won the "International Engine of the Year Award" for 2007.

To keep up with this impressive tradition, the sixth generation 3 Series unveiled at BMW’s plant in Munich has been built as a revolution and not as an evolution. The new model sets new benchmarks in terms of sporting prowess, elegance, and comfort, and has grown significantly in size compared to its predecessor.

Update 06/28/2013: This review has been updated to include the 2013 model year.

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2014 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

2014 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

At the end of 2011, BMW unveiled the new generation 3 Series in sedan version, but left the station wagon out in the cold after that. Now, after we capturing the car during its testing a few times, BMW has finally dropped the official details on the new 3 Series Sports Wagon.

As expected, the station wagon version will feature the same design language as the sedan model, albeit with an extended rear for better cargo room.

Unfortunately, BMW wasn’t so generous in offering models for the Sports Wagon. In fact, there is only one model available – 328i xDrive – but there are plenty of optional packages to spruce it up a bit. BMW will offer Sport Line, Luxury Line, and Modern Line equipment packages, as well as an optional M Sport package which will be available at launch.

UPDATE 05/10/2013: This review has been updated with all of the 2014 model year details.

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2013 BMW 3 Series by Vorsteiner

2013 BMW 3 Series by Vorsteiner

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No one should be surprised to hear that ever since the new-generation BMW 3 Series hit the market, it received lots of tuning kits from tuning firms around the Globe. Today it’s time for Vorsteiner to reveal the first details on its upgrade program for the new 3 Series sedan.

As no surprise, Vorsteiner started by adding a body kit that not only makes the car look better, but it also improves the aerodynamic features of the sedan. The new kit includes a new front lip spoiler, a rear diffuser and a trunk-mounted spoiler. There is also a new, stainless steel sports exhaust system, which is a clear indication that we will also see some engine upgrades in the future.

The 3er sits on a set of "Flow Forged" alloy wheels, sized 19 or 20 inches and offered in various colors: matte black, textured black, gunmetal, brushed aluminum and more.

The new Vorsteiner kit will be released this summer.

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2013 BMW 3-Series by Leib Engineering

2013 BMW 3-Series by Leib Engineering

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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2013 BMW 335i M Performance Edition

2013 BMW 335i M Performance Edition

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.

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2014 BMW 3-Series GT

2014 BMW 3-Series GT

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.

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2013 BMW 3-Series "Fluidum" Art Car by Andy Reiben

2013 BMW 3-Series "Fluidum" Art Car by Andy Reiben

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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2013 BMW 335i Sedan M Performance Power Kit

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.

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