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      11-04-2009, 07:07 AM   #1
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Exclamation 2012 F30 3 series ( F30 / F35 ) - world's first look!!

As featured on Bimmerpost Homepage.

We bring you the first look ever at the next generation BMW 3-series sedan (F30)!! We didn't expect to see the test mules until after the F10 5-series reveal, but it looks like we're getting an early peek at the F30, which is due to be out in 2012.

Let the strip tease begin!


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      11-04-2009, 07:16 AM   #2
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Those look like AP Racing 4-piston front brake calipers or similar. That's interesting. The rest of the body looks terrible. Hopefully much nicer under the camoflague!!
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      11-04-2009, 07:20 AM   #3
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Those look like AP Racing 4-piston front brake calipers or similar. That's interesting. The rest of the body looks terrible. Hopefully much nicer under the camoflague!!
Of course it looks terrible, it's completely covered in camoflage panels But the proportions of the car look nice to me
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      11-04-2009, 07:43 AM   #4
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I agree proportions look nice.... I'm guessing that a lot will change between now and when the release will happen!
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      11-04-2009, 07:45 AM   #5
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I agree proportions look nice.... I'm guessing that a lot will change between now and when the release will happen!
A lot of the camoflage will be removed so yes to our eyes a lot will change. But whatever design is underneath looks to be pretty done already!

I love the super short overhangs!

Can't wait
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      11-04-2009, 07:52 AM   #6
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I heard that this car will bow at the end of next year or sometime in 2011, instead of 2012. Why they decided to cut down the life cycle of the E9X is still a mystery. I believe the E46s lived for 7-8 years, while the E9X has been around since 2006
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It looks like a monster truck! lol what's with the jankass trailer?
Love how short the rear end is and that front end definitely has some potential. Seems like the car is relatively proportionate to the E90, but hopefully whatever the hell is on those mirrors doesn't make it to production.
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Love the rear end and it looks like the car is relatively proportionate to the E90, but hopefully whatever the hell is on those mirrors doesn't make it to production.
No worries, it's just reflective tape or plastic. You see it on all the early test mule BMWs nowadays.
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No worries, it's just reflective tape or plastic. You see it on all the early test mule BMWs nowadays.
oh thank god.
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It looks a bit smaller... or is it just my eyes?
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damn already?
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      11-04-2009, 08:15 AM   #12
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It looks a bit smaller... or is it just my eyes?
I thought it looked a little bigger.
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Nothing but camo tape and panels. We wont see the real thing for awhile. They are probrably testing the new drivetrain and suspension components.
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these squared mirrors gotta stop!!!
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I thought it looked a little bigger.
You gotta figure it has a few inches of thick plastic paneling on the front and either side of body to hide its shape.
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I hope they are just kidding with those mirrors. Ick!
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How exciting. The car looks bigger to me, and nicely proportioned.

I can't wait to see what they do with the interior, and whether they decide to splash out and put their new instrument panels in from 7 and 5, even if they are scaled down somewhat... also imho, the interior needs a lot of work to bring it up to standard with its competitors...

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I heard that this car will bow at the end of next year or sometime in 2011, instead of 2012. Why they decided to cut down the life cycle of the E9X is still a mystery. I believe the E46s lived for 7-8 years, while the E9X has been around since 2006

True. The lifecycle of current models will be a bit shorter - since quicker shift to new platforms will allow reaching better profitability than today.
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wow... EXCITING!
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True. The lifecycle of current models will be a bit shorter - since quicker shift to new platforms will allow reaching better profitability than today.
What?!? The most expensive thing you can do is constantly create new models. The cost of design, engineering, and developing the tooling to create a new car is extremely expensive. If you only amortize these costs over a few years, that's not a great strategy for profit margin.

Now if you can sell more cars by updating the design more frequently, and those incremental sales are enough to surpass the development costs, then that's another story.
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You guys always amaze me with camouflaged cars. I simply can't get excited or disappointed with them. There's just no way I can tell much.
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I was hoping for some clues about the 4 cyl turbo and weight reduction strategies. Proportions appear fine. Might help to impose/overlay outline of current E90 from photos taken from identical angles/distance. Maybe a PS maven could even shave off the padding.
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