BMW 3-Series News

  • BMW's 316d ES

    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 sedan. Billed as BMW's most efficient 3-series ever, the 316d ES manages just 118g/km of CO2 emissions - just 9g/km more than a second-gen Toyota Prius - while also returning 52.3mpg US in the combined European cycle. That's good enough to beat the current Prius. It's also good for 10.9 seconds 0-62mph...

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    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...

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    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 releases ‘Performance Power Kit’ for N54 straight-six engine

    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...

  • 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

    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 Aachen-based company claims that the new aesthetic appearance places an emphasis on dynamics and that "instead of bulky curves, straight and slender forms are used." Additionally, in homage to BMW’s race cars, the front spoiler elements finish at the bottom in a pointed "bow“. In terms of...

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    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
    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...

  • 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

    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 space. The prototype seen here is still wearing an E91 3-series wagon body but with a new front-end attached. This is likely because engineers are conducting engine and air-flow tests. Mechanicals will be borrowed from the regular 3-series and X3 SUV, and both RWD and xDrive AWD configurations will be...

  • 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...

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    Video: AC Schnitzer’s gas-powered 3-series at Nardo

    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...

  • 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

    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 now come with direct injection technology providing most of the engines with minor power upgrades. Power is up for all the petrol engines except in the 325i and 335i, and, for the diesels, output is increased for the four-cylinder versions only. Once again, X Drive AWD will only be available with the...

  • 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...

  • BMW confirms 3-series based crossover
    BMW confirms 3-series based crossover

    BMW execs are reported to have given approval for development of a new crossover based on the 3-series sedan and upcoming X3 SUV. Likely to carry the F3 label, the new crossover model will be aimed directly at Mercedes B-Class range and should appear in showrooms by the end of the decade including...

  • Updated BMW 3-series next in line to get Brake Energy Regeneration tech
    Updated BMW 3-series next in line to get Brake Energy Regeneration tech

    BMW debuted its new Brake Energy Regeneration technology when it first released its updated 5-series saloon back in January. The facelifted 1-series hatch followed soon after, it too featuring the fuel saving technology. Now, Dutch website Autovisie.nl reports that we’ll soon see the same...

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