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      03-22-2010, 10:34 AM   #1
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Automobile Mag: 2012 F30 / F32 3-series gets 5 variants, including GT. No M3 sedan.

Automobile Mag reports on the next generation F30 / F32 3-series, including a 3-series GT version. Interestingly, no M3 sedan will be made in the next generation.

http://www.automobilemag.com/feature...ies/index.html

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BMW will begin to roll out its next generation 3-series, codenamed F30, in 2012. The car will be built on BMW's new MSB architecture, which means it will share its strut front end layout with the next-gen 1-series (codenamed F20) rather than use the double wishbones of the 5, 6, and 7-series cars.

For the first time, there will be five different 3-series bodystyles. The four-door sedan, which will appear March 2012, touring wagon (Sep 2012), coupe (Sep 2013), and convertible (Mar 2014) will all follow the familiar 3-series formula. The newcomer to the family is the hatchback Grand Turismo version, set to appear in March 2013. The GT3 is much more lifestyle-oriented and sportier than the GT5. It has a deep and wide tailgate, but it is a single-piece unit rather than the heavy and complex two-piece hatch of the GT5, and there is more of a notchback silhouette to the rear end. In terms of height, the GT3 sits midway between the 3-series sedan and the GT5.

The four-door sedan is in essence a downsized 5-series, longer, sleeker and more homogenous than the model it supersedes, with none of the polarizing cutlines, flame surfaces, and quirky details. The coupe is not just a two-door sedan with a lower roofline but boasts bespoke sheet metal from nose to tail, featuring more sculptured flanks, a more steeply raked windshield and rear window, a sportier front section and a totally remodelled rear end. To enhance the passive safety performance, BMW has opted for prominent B-posts and thus for fixed rear side windows.

Contrary to earlier plans, the convertible is now likely to retain the controversial retractable hardtop, which is particularly popular in North America and China. There is a slim chance that we might see a 3-series Speedster with a manual fabric roof and a lowered windshield. If that does happen, this car would be engineered and marketed by the M division.

Both the wagon and the GT3 feature a longer wheelbase for additional rear legroom and more spacious luggage compartment. A full-length panorama glass roof with open/tilt mode will be an option for both models.

The next-generation M3 will only come in coupe and convertible versions. In both cases, the 420-hp V-8 will be replaced by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight six good for around 450 hp.

Star engines in the new 3-series will be a family of upgraded fours, ranging from 136-hp 1.6-liter to 252-hp 2.0-liter gas models and 150-hp 1.6-liter to 245-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesels. The top diesel engine also boasts a hefty 383 lb-ft of torque. The fuel savings over the current four-bangers range from 11 to 17 percent.

And if five bodystyles isn't enough, product planners are mulling a sixth: a stylish and dynamic three-door "shooting brake" wagon, which would open up a completely new segment. As of right now, though, it's not confirmed for production.
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The next-generation M3 will only come in coupe and convertible versions. In both cases, the 420-hp V-8 will be replaced by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight six good for around 450 hp.


I found this to be the most interesting thing in the whole article.
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      03-22-2010, 01:37 PM   #4
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I doubt the M3 will receive a 3.0 Twin Turbo. If anything it'll be a higher displacement or V8 twin turbo. It needs to have some bragging rights over the N54.
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The next-generation M3 will only come in coupe and convertible versions. In both cases, the 420-hp V-8 will be replaced by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight six good for around 450 hp.

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that car right there is hideous. i cant see anyone ever buying a vehicle that looks like that
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which means 434hp in SAE
so from 414 to 434
i wonder how much torque it has
i bet a lot more than what we have now
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No m3 sedan..
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Bummer about the M3 sedan, I guess I will be holding on to mine for a while.

Also, no mention of the upcoming model's 6-cylinder engine options. I'm assuming the lone offering will be the N-55? If they only offered the car with an inline 4 they might as well call it the BMW A4
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There's only one GT3...

and BMW doesn't make it.
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If they do bring a 4cyl to NA, that 252hp 2.0L four sounds like it would be a pretty good engine. I'm guessing it's boosted from the high HP rating, so that means it would have a boat load of torque too. If the torque curve is anything like the N54/N55, it would be faster than the current 328/330.
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yet another bmw fail
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I doubt the M3 will receive a 3.0 Twin Turbo. If anything it'll be a higher displacement or V8 twin turbo. It needs to have some bragging rights over the N54.
Nope, it is getting a TT I6, the new M5 will be getting the TT V8 that's currently in the X5M/X6M. They don't wan't the M3 to be faster than the M5.
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Also, they're not going to bring us the M3 sedan but they are making that abomination of design known as the GT? BMW has really gotten off in the weeds these past few years with all of these niche vehicles. No wonder momentum has swung in Audi's favor, they are focused on building high quality versions of the vehicles people have always wanted to buy instead of building a bunch of weird niche cars that no one wants.
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3 series GT but no 4 door M3?? In a few years I think even Buick is going to have sportier models.
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Am I the only one who is really dissapointed in the fact that the car does not use double wishbones in the front????????
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I can't believe anything until I see a BMW publications stating these items. Seems like a drastic change and it would have to be one revamped N54 to be able to handle all that power. HPFP would need to be upgraded, advanced cooling incorporated, etc. Under that kind of stress I would wonder a bit about longevity but I just like everything else, BMW will pull it off and make it worthy of the roundel.
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So those wanting a new redesigned M3 sedan will now head over to Audi for their RS4 and to Mercedes for their AMG C63. Too bad.
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I doubt the M3 will receive a 3.0 Twin Turbo. If anything it'll be a higher displacement or V8 twin turbo. It needs to have some bragging rights over the N54.
It will have bragging rights over the N54, to the tune of 150 horsepower based on this report.

While the legend of the 3 series has been built around inline 6-cylinder engines, I'm very intrigued to learn more about the 4-cylinder mills that are planned for the 3. If it's turbo charged and puts out 250+ horsepower, I don't care how many cylinders it has..
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OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO M3 Sedan!?!?!?!?!?!?

its a hoax. IT MUST be.
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