BMW 3-Series News

  • 2012 BMW 3-series GT preview rendering

    BMW has just taken the wraps off its new 5-series GT, which goes on sale early next year and shares its design with the next-generation 5-series sedan, also due next year. The concept of the vehicle has proven so popular – at least to BMW’s management - that a smaller version based on the next-generation 3-series sedan has been confirmed for production. Picking up the 3-series GT moniker, the car will feature the same raised seating position and ride height as the bigger 5-series GT and will also likely adopt a two-tier rear hatch design. It will come with both RWD and xDrive AWD...

  • BMW 3-series and BMW X5
    BMW edging past Lexus to become America’s top-selling luxury brand

    Since as far back as 2000 Lexus has been the top-selling luxury brand in the U.S., a positioned it appeared the Toyota premium division would be to hold on for years to come. Despite top marks in dependability and satisfaction surveys, Lexus has conceded its number one spot to BMW based on...

  • BMW's 316d ES
    BMW launches new efficient 316d ES for Europe

    The U.S. resurgence of diesel may finally be shifting into high gear, but some of the world's best diesels still aren't even offered here. In Europe, however, carmakers such as BMW are introducing new models to meet ever-stricter emissions requirements, and the latest volley is the BMW 316d ES...

  • 2005 BMW E46 330Ci
    BMW settles E46 3-series subframe lawsuit, promises to repair affected models

    As the result of a class action lawsuit settlement against BMW, the luxury German automaker will begin an inspection-and-repair process for potentially faulty subframes in fourth-generation 3-series models. The particular model in question is the E46, and covers the complete model run from 1999...

  • lumma design bmw 3series coupe 005
    Lumma unveils new upgrade package for BMW 3-series Coupe

    Love it or hate it, the BMW 3-series Coupe has a lot going for it - price, performance and features are all at a sweet spot for the market. That makes it a prime candidate for aftermarket add-ons, as owners of the popular car seek to differentiate their particular example. Enter Lumma Design with a...

  • BMW 5-series M-Sport Package
    Official info and pricing on BMW's U.S. M-Sport packages

    High-performance factory packages are a common sight these days, but BMW's ZMP M-Sport packages are more than just big wheels and fancy aero pieces. The details revealed today tell us what equipment is standard in the M-Sport package, which models will get it and how much it will cost. Don't worry...

  • BMW Performance Power Kit for 1-series and 3-series

    BMW’s N54 series straight-six engine is one of the most coveted powerplants currently in production, picking up prestigious awards like the International Engine of the Year title and appearing in some of our favorite cars like the 335i Coupe and Sedan. In its standard form, the twin-turbocharged mill already delivers a generous 306hp (225kW) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque but for those individuals unsatisfied by this output BMW is now offering a new power upgrade. Falling under the guise of a new ‘Performance Power Kit’ range, the upgrade for the 3.0L N54 adds an additional...

  • 2012 BMW 3-Series test-mule spy shots
    Spy shots: Test-mule for next-generation BMW 3-Series

    The current E90 BMW 3-Series has only been on the market since 2005 but details about the next-gen model are already circulating with most agreeing that the new version will feature styling lifted from the Concept CS. Due in late 2011 as a 2012 model, the next BMW 3-Series will be the first of a...

  • AC Schnitzer 2009 E91 BMW 3-Series
    AC Schnitzer releases new package for facelifted 3-Series

    Specialist BMW tuner AC Schnitzer has announced the release of another new upgrade package, this time for the facelifted BMW E90 3-Series sedan and E91 touring models. AC Schnitzer has upgraded the cars with a number of aesthetic and performance pieces, including a dramatic new front spoiler. The...

  • 2007 BMW 1-Series tii concept
    BMW Performance goes online: 1-Series and 3-Series get first upgrades

    BMW has released a video on its website promoting its new 'BMW Performance' range of accessories, which is designed to allow customers to purchase factory-backed performance and aesthetic upgrades for their cars. We first saw details about the new BMW Performance range in September of last year...

  • Report: BMW considering four-cylinder 3-series for U.S.
    Report: BMW considering four-cylinder 3-series for U.S.

    Germany's strongest premium brands in the U.S. sell cars at home that wouldn't fit their image abroad, including tiny city cars and any number of diesels. Nevertheless, the rise of fuel efficiency as a primary buying criterion has reportedly driven the company to consider introducing a...

  • Wald bodykit for the BMW 3-series
    Wald bodykit for the BMW 3-series

    Tuners have been known to go to extravagant lengths to create a 'unique' interpretation of a vehicle, and German-car tuners are no exception, even if the company doing the tuning is Japanese. From over-the-top bodykits to insane amounts of power, no stone is left unturned. Wald's 3-series bodykit...

  • Update: BMW releases details for U.S.-spec 2009 3-series facelift

    Updated: Coinciding with the launch of the facelifted 3-series range will be the introduction of BMW’s first diesel model in the U.S., the 335d sedan, which is set to join the existing 328i and 335i sedan and wagon, plus their respective xDrive, coupe and cabrio variants. Like its European counterpart, the U.S. lineup will feature the new generation iDrive controller and navigation system, and styling revisions. The 335d will only be available in a sedan bodystyle and six-speed automatic transmission. The engine features BMW’s BluePerformance diesel technology, which combines...

  • BMW 3-series design study
    BMW 3-series design study

    We’re used to seeing concept design studies for exotics like Ferrari and Lamborghini, and even a Corvette every now and then, but it’s not often that we come across designs for more mundane models such as the BMW 3-series sedan. The design seen here is the creation of Coventry design...

  • Spy Shots: BMW V3 3-series based crossover
    Spy Shots: BMW V3 3-series based crossover

    BMW is currently developing two new models based on its 3 and 5-series that are designed to take the carmaker into the burgeoning crossover market. The new vehicles will be loosely based on the current Touring wagons but will adopt a taller ride-height and high roof design to maximize interior...

  • BMW to offer ultra-clean 3-series
    BMW to offer ultra-clean 3-series

    With plans for similar emissions-based taxation schemes like London’s congestion charge as well as tough new low CO2 emissions regulations planned for Europe from 2012 onwards, carmakers are focused on cleaning up tailpipe emissions as well as offering more models with lower CO2 levels than...

  • Preview: BMW 3-series 'Shooting Brake'
    Preview: BMW 3-series 'Shooting Brake'

    As premium brands continue to diversify and expand into new segments one bodystyle that appears to be gaining popularity among the German carmakers is the two-door luxury estate – more commonly referred to as the ‘Shooting Brake’. Audi today revealed its own Sportback version of...

  • BMW planning tii version of next-gen 3-series?
    BMW planning tii version of next-gen 3-series?

    During the 1970s the 2002tii helped put BMW on the performance map, especially in America where the car quickly became a much sought after classic. The three letters ‘tii’ were synonymous with lightweight construction, improved dynamics and more performance, but over the years the...

  • ac schnitzer e91 bmw 3 series 006

    The Nardo track is a high-speed circuit where cars from around the world come to test their top-speed capabilities. It even plays host to a tuner showdown each year. AC Schnitzer’s GP3.10 gas-powered is no stranger to the Nardo track, as we’ve covered before. But this time you can see the action and ride along as the BMW 3-series based GP3.10 sets the speed record for gas-powered vehicles. Video after the jump. A 552hp modified BMW M5 V10 engine powers the car, which runs on pure liquid propane gas (LPG). Zero-60mph times check in at 4.6s. Top speed, as proven in the official...

  • Hamann Thunder BMW 3-series coupe with V10 power
    Hamann Thunder BMW 3-series coupe with V10 power

    BMW 3-series coupes powered by the M V10 seem to be the flavor of the month with no less than three different models from three different tuners released in the last couple of weeks. Already we’ve had the G-Power M3 CSL and the more recent AC Schnitzer GP3.10, and now we can add another...

  • 2008 BMW 3-series update
    2008 BMW 3-series update

    BMW will be launching the updated 3-series range next month with the biggest change being the addition of more powerful engines and a reduction of fuel consumption across all models. Unfortunately, the car’s styling and equipment list remains much the same as the current version. All models...

  • BMW M Sport package for the 3-series coupe
    BMW M Sport package for the 3-series coupe

    Both BMW dealers and M fans alike will be happy to know that the latest M Sport package for the new 3-series coupe is now available. Like the 5-series version, the new 3-series M Aero Pack has been styled to resemble the kit used on the new M3. The pack comprises an aggressive front bumper with...

  • Kelleners Sport's new kit for the BMW 3-series
    Kelleners Sport's new kit for the BMW 3-series

    Germany’s Kelleners Sport has launched a new tuning kit for the BMW 3-series sedan, with most of the upgrades designed specifically for the 330i. A specialist in tuning BMW’s since 1983, Kelleners engineers with the help of racing driver Ralf Kelleners have created a series of...

  • Efficient Dynamics for BMW 3-series
    Efficient Dynamics for BMW 3-series

    BMW’s 3-series range is next in line to get the carmaker’s Efficient Dynamics fuel saving technology, and preliminary tests are showing that some models are reducing carbon emissions by up to 23%. The first cars equipped with the system will appear in showrooms from September, and will...

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