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Top Gear: All-New BMW 3-Series Best Car Ever?

April 13th, 2012

Top Gear's Richard Hammond Says BMW 3-Series Best Car Ever

When Top Gear U.K. co-host Richard Hammond gives his pick for the best car of all time, it carries a bit more weight than average water cooler talk. Hammond has driven many of the world’s greatest supercars, and most everything else besides. No surprise here: Hammond picked the new 6th-generation BMW 3-Series.

We’ve yet to test the new 2012 3-Series, but count each of the four previous generations; the E90, E46, E36 and E30; among our all-time favorite drives. The F30 represents everything BMW has learned in 35+ years leading the luxury sport sedan pack.

“Their cars are not about cutting edge, brand new technology, breaking new ground, pushing things further. Their cars are about doing what’s already known…and doing it extremely well,” Hammond told Yahoo! in an interview.

Top Gear's Richard Hammond BMW 3-Series Best Car Ever Profile

From the new car’s highly efficient engine options, to styling that looks even sharper and more cohesive than before, to a more-luxurious and spacious interior with a simpler-to-use iDrive infotainment interface, the 2012 model improves on its predecessor, and still handles like a dream.

There are certainly more-efficient cars, better-handling cars (though not too many), more-luxurious cars, etc., but no one vehicle gives you the best of all worlds like the BMW, Hammond says. We tend to agree.


2012 BMW 3-Series Will Get 36 MPG

February 1st, 2012

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The EPA has just released official numbers for the new-generation 2012 BMW 3-Series sedans, and they are sure to make competitors sweat. The 2012 328i, with its new twin-turbo 2.0-liter four shedding a whole liter over last year’s inline-six, is rated at an outstanding 24 city/36 highway mpg with automatic transmission.

That’s not only better than compact luxury sports sedan competitors from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti and Lexus; it beats the automatic-equipped 132-horsepower 2012 Toyota Corolla‘s 34 highway mpg as well. Fuel savings come thanks to a new 8-speed automatic in addition to the more-frugal engine. A 6-speed manual is also available (23 city/34 highway mpg).

2012 BMW 3-Series Compared With Top Competitors

Even the 300-horsepower 335i returns better fuel efficiency than the entry-level engines from German competitors, at 23 city/33 highway mpg with the automatic, though the 6-speed manual will net 20 city/30 highway.

Look for the new 328i and 335i sedans in BMW dealerships this month, priced from $35,795.


Top 10 Cars to Look Forward to in 2012: #8 and #7

January 3rd, 2012

#8 – 2012 Porsche 911

2012 Porsche 911 Best Upcoming Cars in 2012

The new 2012 Porsche 911, carrying internal model designation 991, marks the biggest evolution of the 911 platform since the switch to water cooling during the Clinton administration and some key advances for Porsche’s hallowed rear-engined sports car.

The 991 grows considerably over its predecessor, though its overall styling shows a subtle evolution of classic 911 lines rather than shaking things up too much. Wheelbase has increased 3.9 inches while overall length is up 2.8 inches. The rear wheels have been moved back 3 inches relative to the position of the engine, creating more stable cornering in the hands of your average driver.

First out of the gate will be the base Carrera with its 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder making 350 horsepower and the Carerra S, making an even 400 horsepower from its 3.8-liter flat six. Porsche will then roll out the inevitable countless variations, adding all-wheel drive, convertible and targa tops, track-focused equipment and turbocharged power.

A new 7-speed conventional manual transmission will be the first of its kind fitted to a production vehicle, while Porsche will continue to offer its PDK 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Either transmission will send power to the rear wheels, though all-wheel drive will follow in the Carrera 4.

The 991 will be built alongside the current-generation 997 for a time as more variations make their debut on the new platform, including the inevitable track-ready GT2 and GT3 versions. The new 911 will go on sale in February 2012 priced from $82,100 for the Carrera and $96,400 for the Carrera S.

#7 – 2012 BMW 3-Series

2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan Best Upcoming Cars of 2012

The BMW 3-Series is quite possibly the most award-winning car of all time, making Car and Driver’s 10 Best List for the past 21 consecutive years and winning countless converts as a sublimely handling, truly luxurious compact sport sedan. Early next year we’ll be treated to the all-new F30 3-Series, which will debut in rear-wheel drive 328i and 335i sedan variants.

The new 3-Series grows in length, width, interior size and cargo capacity while actually shaving weight. Design-wise, changing a great thing is always dangerous but BMW’s new design language has trickled down to create the best-looking BMW model among the current crop, its sharply raked hood extending backwards toward a nicely executed package that avoids looking chunky despite the model’s larger dimensions. Its stance has broadened and its structure is 10% more rigid. And it still handles like a dream.

Under the hood the big news is BMW’s new twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which replaces the 3.0-liter inline six in the 328i and is also found in the 528i and Z4. With 240 hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque, the new motor bests the outgoing six’s totals by a fair margin.

The upscale 335i will continue to use BMW’s excellent turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, making 300 horses and 300 lb-ft. of torque. A new ActiveHybrid 3 will follow in fall 2012, as will diesel-powered and xDrive all-wheel drive models.

Base pricing for the 328i will start at $35,795 with the 335i starting at $43,295 when the sedan models see their release in February 2012.


2012 BMW 3-Series Pricing Announced: $35,795

November 29th, 2011

2012 BMW 3 Series Pricing Price Release Date

BMW has released pricing for its next-generation 2012 3-Series sedan, set to go on sale in the U.S. in February 2012. The 2012 328i sedan, with its new 240-horsepower TwinPower turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, will start at $35,795, only $300 more than the outgoing 2011 model.

The upscale 335i, packing 300 horses from BMW’s tried-and-true 3.0-liter inline-6, will be priced from $43,295.

Base prices here an $895 destination charge and represent only small increases over the previous-generation 2011 3-Series: $320 more for the 328i and $370 for the 335i. Each model will be available in Sport, Luxury and Modern Lines, each with its own distinct character and standard equipment.


All-New BMW M3 Testing at Nurburgring

October 24th, 2011

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With the heavily hyped public debut of the all-new 2012 BMW 3-Series comes even more speculation on what the next high-performance M3 will bring. Spy photographers recently snapped a heavily camouflaged new M3 (shown) testing at Germany’s famous Nurburgring Nordschleife, the official proving ground of sorts for the world’s top sports cars.

2012 BMW M3 Nurburgring Testing Profile

The 3-Series sedan-based test mule features a front end similar to the M-Sport Package 2012 3-Series, with even deeper air dams flanking a large central air intake. The whole car is dropped, sitting on some hot black 10-spoke wheels. Look at those Porsche 911-sized rear fender flares, surely built to house some super-wide rubber in the final production model. In the rear things look about like the standard 3-Series, except those quad exhaust outlets hinting at the performance potential of an as-yet-unknown new engine.

2012 BMW M3 Nurburgring Testing Rear

The new M3 should see a release date in late 2013 or early 2014 as a 2014 model, as BMW typically saves its highest-performing 3-Series until the coupe and convertible have made their debut.