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      01-31-2012, 01:44 AM   #1
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The US press drives for the 2012 BMW 3 series sedan (F30) has kicked off in beautiful Monterey, California and we had the pleasure of taking a 335i Sport Line with 6-speed manual transmission out for a spin today. This is the first time that the F30 335i and F30 manual transmission has been made available for testing by BMW.

Our review will come a bit later, but we had a blast in the F30 335i. Enjoy the photos of our red 335i Sport Line, an Imperial Blue 335i Luxury Line, and a Alpine White base 328i. More photos, videos, and material to come in the next few days.


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      01-31-2012, 02:13 AM   #2
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Nice, a 335i 6MT.
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      01-31-2012, 09:12 AM   #3
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Does it have 2 batteries or one really big one?
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      01-31-2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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I'm loving that Imperial Blue on the F30!
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      01-31-2012, 09:15 AM   #5
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Does it have 2 batteries or one really big one?
One really huge one.
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      01-31-2012, 09:36 AM   #6
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does anyone else think the sport interior looks audi'ish ?
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Bet you guys this becomes the best selling BMW of all time and BMW's run of record sales months continues through the of this year.

That blue 3 is soooo... mature? dignified? royal? I know... imperial!! I see a lot of non enthusiasts going for that awesome color/line combo.
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Why did they decide to make the front seat head rests so ugly??
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      01-31-2012, 09:57 AM   #9
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The Sport interior looks fantastic in these photos. Finally some properly exposed pics that keep the black looking black rather than a dark grey. The red trim on the dash even looks good in these great pics. Exterior-wise, I would like to see the rear of the Sport with its two black guns sticking out!
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beautiful body, but the wheels and the interior look so dated especially on the luxury line,, but I guess it's bmw style,, this car with m sport and some nice wheels will look amazing
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One really huge one.
Thats what she said! ;p

Now that I got that out of my system, I think this car looks really great. Cannot wait to read the review. HURRY UP...please :0)

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The Sport interior looks fantastic in these photos. Finally some properly exposed pics that keep the black looking black rather than a dark grey. The red trim on the dash even looks good in these great pics. Exterior-wise, I would like to see the rear of the Sport with its two black guns sticking out!
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And the red trim looks even better (and not as red) in person. It's a nice matte/satin finish too.
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I really like that steering wheel and instrument cluster.
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How does the shifter feel? Nice short throws?
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I noticed that the fender gap is minimal on these pictures of the red 335i, which looks much better than other pics of sport lines we have seen.

I wonder why the pics of the NAIAS cars seem to have such a large fender gap on the supposed sport line models. Unless those were pre-production dummy cars, not equipped with the real sport suspension yet.

Or does this have something to do with the adaptive suspension?
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Are those the 19" wheels on the sport model? They appear to be...but can't tell for certain.
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no spare tire again? FAIL!!!

im moving to a 5
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im moving to a 5
Only in an E60
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Does it have 2 batteries or one really big one?
Standard 90Ah AGM battery. Same as most E90 LCI with Idrive got
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How does the shifter feel? Nice short throws?
That's what I want to know. I know in the E90/E92, it wasn't the best shifts, sometimes even rough.
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Are those the 19" wheels on the sport model? They appear to be...but can't tell for certain.
Yep, those are the optional 19" wheels, style 401.


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Damn the design of that interior is just dead sexy. Close up shots really look fantastic.

It's going to be difficult waiting for the M3 to come out.

Still not in love with the hood line cutoff. It seems a little haphazard and out of place.
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