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      01-07-2010, 12:41 PM   #1
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2012 F30 3-series sedan caught in further testing

Although we (Bimmerpost) believe this to be an F30 3-series in testing, Autocar claims that this is a disguised F30 3-series sitting on top of the upcoming 3-series GT's mechanicals. According to them:

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Underneath this disguised 3-series are the mechanicals of the forthcoming 3-series GT. BMW hopes the new model will broaden the appeal of the 3-series in the same way that a hatchback variant has widened the scope of the 5-series.

However, the new car won’t just be a smaller version of the Five GT. This time BMW is aiming to produce a fastback 3-series rather than the business express limo that is the Five GT. The 3-series GT will be more of a rival to Audi’s A5 Sportback, which is halfway between a fastback A4 and a four-door A5.
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I can see where they think it could be a GT just by observation.
The wheels being used on this prototype are new Y-Spokes designed for the next X3 and if you look at the ratio from the road to wheelarches you can see extra clearance in the arches and from the road height.
This gives you some clues that this is no ordinary 3er sedan.

Although the 3er Gran Turismo will not be based upon the 5er and offering the same amount of luxury and space it will be a more compact alternative to a SAV or Touring. In the near future BMW will revisit it's Progressive Activity series with a Concept showing the direction of the new car.

Interestingly enough is that before Christmas BMW have asked for an update on a similar sister model a five door Coupe to move into a design competition. This model is a five door fastback variant of the Shooting brake interpretation of the chosen concept. We have always discussed the intervention of a 4er model again based on the modular matrix of the upcoming 1er and 3er , both cars where BMW can make good profit from.

If the idea goes ahead and nothing is final but only in discussion, then the 3er Gran Turismo could be called the BMW 4er Gran Turismo and the fastback known as CS 4.
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      01-07-2010, 01:32 PM   #2
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Exciting news but rendering looks way off imo
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      01-07-2010, 01:53 PM   #3
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looks like a regular sedan
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      01-07-2010, 02:06 PM   #4
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      01-07-2010, 02:14 PM   #5
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looks more like an EVO X
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Thatīs no GT, thatīs the new sedan in my book..
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      01-07-2010, 02:22 PM   #7
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LOL Rendering = Mitsu EVO X
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This will be interesting.. BMW is churning more models than I can blink That is what makes this forum & brand more exciting than others.
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looks more like an EVO X
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yep, definitely the sedan
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3-Post & Jon Sibal

I believe BimmerPost showed this model "under wraps" and Jon Sibal completed his rendering...
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the front looks so mean
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If this is a GT, all E90īs out there are GTīs too! Nothing GT about this..
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Damn that looks aggressive.
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If it will look like this then I will get this ASAP. Im doing Euro Delivery on my
2nd E92 on Jan 18th. 30 month lease. Im 35 and my next car will be a 4 door. And that is what I would like to get. Great now I have to start saving up for mods for a car that isnt even out yet
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I believe BimmerPost showed this model "under wraps" and Jon Sibal completed his rendering...
What happened to this? Where did it go?
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Quote:
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I believe BimmerPost showed this model "under wraps" and Jon Sibal completed his rendering...
This was old design study of full-scale model originally meant for Vision Z Concept or Z6 according to BMW insider.
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wow if that rendering is whats to come I might ditch the thought of an F10 535 for that baby
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meh...probably just an F30 xi.
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See on this one I am not agreeing with most of you- they are not testing the body on this car- it is the underpinnings so that is why it is different.

Read what Scott is saying- this is NOT an ordinary 3 series sedan. The GT body has not been approved or even designed so obviously they are not testing that part- they are testing the drive line, ride height of something other model as this is significantly different than the xDrive versions currently testing in the arctic and different than the rwds out and about.

The drive train and suspensions are often designed before the actual body- the reason we saw an E91 testing X1 components, a yellow bus testing the MINI Countryman etc., this is a mule of something else than the body suggests.
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Not sure what we have here, yet. In any event, it seems difficult to reconcile all of the sprouting BMW models and what their purpose is (would like to see sales figures and possible impacts on other model lines). BMW seems to be getting away from their performance model in favor of more "Lexus-like" models. Whatever, but all of the BMW lines seem to be getting longer/heavier. This, in light of government requirements to improve MPG. BMW's approach (like many other manufacturers) seems counter-intuitive - witness, for example the F10 being almost 5 inches longer and ?? heavier than the E39. Why?
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Stop all this hybrid eco bullshit BMW and give us a damn mid-engine supercar! PLLLLEASE.
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