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      12-10-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Arrow F30 3-series (MY2012) begins cold winter testing (12/10/09)

As featured on Bimmerpost Homepage.

We bring you the first photos of the next generation 3-series (F30) sedan beginning its cold weather testing for the first time!

Although the car's body panels are fully covered by camoflage panels and paint scheme, it's easy to see the car's proportions and size.

* Note: neither the orange turn signal on the side mirrors nor the front and rear lights are headed for production. The orange turn signal has been there on all recent BMW test mules and the front and rear round lights are there merely for testing purposes. The real headlights and tail lights are completely covered underneath the cladding.

So far, info points to the F30 3-series sedan as making its possible debut as a model year 2012.



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      12-10-2009, 01:41 PM   #2
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hmmmm
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      12-10-2009, 01:55 PM   #3
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The paved front end worries me...

How is it going to look athletic and spirited w/ a FLAT front end????
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      12-10-2009, 01:58 PM   #4
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The paved front end worries me...

How is it going to look athletic and spirited w/ a FLAT front end????
That's the camoflage bodysuit that you're seeing. We can't actually tell the front end design from these pics, although don't be surprised if the front end is more flat/upright than the E90 due to new pedestrian safety standards (see F01 7-series / F10 5-series' more upright fronts).

In terms of an athletic look, I thought that BMW was able to pull it off even with the F10 5-series more flat/upright front. So I'm not worried about the F30 not looking athletic and spirited.
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      12-10-2009, 02:06 PM   #5
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now we need F32 spy pics ha ha ... cant wait ~Frost
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      12-10-2009, 02:12 PM   #6
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The front calipers look like fixed piston(s)...
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      12-10-2009, 02:16 PM   #7
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Dash looks different too...
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      12-10-2009, 02:21 PM   #8
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I hope thats an xDrive version.
The wheel gap doesn't look as bad!
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      12-10-2009, 02:49 PM   #9
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The overall proportions look very E90-ish until you look closely. Way too early to tell much at this point.

I don't like this new BMW styling trend with the squared-off side mirrors, though
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hmmm aaaa huhh indeeddd!
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Great overall proportion and profile, with E46 3/4 rear perspective. I especially like the second shot from the side profile where the front nose resemble E89 Z4 style.
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      12-10-2009, 03:42 PM   #12
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I agree...wth...is with the front, looks like the Lancer....
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cant really get much from those photos
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I think i'll be moving up to the 5 based on these shots.
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      12-10-2009, 04:13 PM   #15
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I think i'll be moving up to the 5 based on these shots.
based on body camo? Lol we cant tell much about the car yet. They might even have the E90 frame on the f30 chassis but all the body camo can make it look like a different car right now.
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The paved front end worries me...

How is it going to look athletic and spirited w/ a FLAT front end????

why not? think about the Aston Martin!!!
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why not? think about the Aston Martin!!!
lol, true...

I guess once we see it out of camo or at least a better teaser "rendering" of the new F30 our opinions might change.
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i want that, with the camo vinyl.
emm.
looks like a longer wheelbase.
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It looks like a volvo...ionno
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Can't really tell anything right now, but im sure once the camo comes off it will look good.
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The dash reminds me of the 1-series from what I can tell...sorta sticks out and slanted passenger side
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      12-10-2009, 05:35 PM   #22
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Looks like its getting the giant front end like on the 7. The rest of the body being square is nice, like the older models. But the front is way too flat. And I hope the tiny exhaust tips get a bit bigger. bmw needs to remember this is competing with the audi s4!
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