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      07-26-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Spied: 2012 BMW 335i F30 With Blue Brakes and Side View Cameras
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We've posted plenty of F30 spy photos and videos, but this is a first -- a F30 335i with blue front brake calipers. Despite their color, the brakes on this prototype don't appear to be larger or a special design compared to other F30 335i prototypes, so it could be cosmetic only (perhaps as part of a special package). BMW does seem to have an affinity for blue brakes recently, as seen on the F10 M5. Or, these brakes could be for testing purposes only.

Also seen are some testing/recording equipment attached to each fender to monitor the brakes, wheels, and/or tires, as well as sensors on the calipers. The fender sensors appear to be microphones, so they may be for sound testing.

Seen clearly for the first time are the two front-end side view cameras integrated into the sides of the front bumper. Each side's image will be shown simultaneously on the control display to provide a clear view at cross traffic and blind sideways and intersections. This likely indicates that the F30 3-series will also feature top and rear view parking cameras, all as part of a camera package. Sample of view from side view cameras:

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This adds to the F30's already spied technology features, such as the lane change warning system. This previous spyshot showed that BMW's Lane Change Warning feature will be available for the F30 as well. Sensors at each side of the F30 will continuously check for cars in the left or right hand blindspots. If a car is detected, a small warning triangle in the housings of the exterior mirrors will light up (see photo to the right) and the steering wheel will vibrate. With these types of new technologies, the F30 will surely be the safest 3-series yet.



These photos continue to show off the excellent proportions and stance of the F30 sedan and we get another good look at the squared-off LED angel eyes which will accompany F30s equipped with xenon headlights.

The F30 is expected to be debuted this October/November in connection with pre-2012 olympic events. It will make its world public debut at the 2012 Geneva show in March 2012.

The F30 sedan will go on sale in Europe around the time of Geneva show debut. US sales will begin in late Spring of 2012.

As this schedule shows, the F30 3-series will come as 328i and 335i models. The 328i will most certainly be powered by the 'N20' turbo 4-cylinder inline engine (as found in the Z4 28i, details) and the 335i by a turbo 6-cylinder inline motor.

See our F30 spy photo mega compilation thread at http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=524810
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      07-26-2011, 01:20 PM   #2
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Mini 5er! (I can't wait until more camo gets removed).
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single exhaust? Hopefully only pre-production.
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      07-26-2011, 01:27 PM   #4
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Seems to be a very sleek, mean looking car.
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single exhaust? Hopefully only pre-production.
Take another look - there's split dual exhausts.
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single exhaust? Hopefully only pre-production.
dual... look at the other side; it is kind of dark.
I think BMW is upping on their braking power
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single exhaust? Hopefully only pre-production.

There are two, buddy...
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"Mini 5er! (I can't wait until more camo gets removed)."

Definitely NOT a mini 5, the shape is instantly recognizable as a 3 series, and it appears to be a good looking evolution. Looks amazing very low and sporty!
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single exhaust? Hopefully only pre-production.
I see two....
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C'mon with it already, and lower the resale value of face-lifted e90 335i m-sports! My ZHP needs a younger sibling in the garage next to her...
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what kind of tires are those Pirelli?
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Looks like those pics were taken near the Gross Glockner(G.G.)... probably testing the brakes for fade and for noise levels (hence the microphones on each fender!). When I drove the G.G. last year I saw quite a few testwagen cars testing thier brakes on the decent.

http://www.holidaycheck.de/data/urla...1157613833.jpg

That is a nice little bier garten with some 200 annimals near the North enterance to the G.G. Here is some more info IF anyone wants to go for a visit.

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/1ffe4/5052e/6/?o=3



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Perhaps they are trying to find a solution for the brake squeaking????????
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what kind of tires are those Pirelli?

Pirelli Cinturato P7 - run flats...
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looks pretty good to me. subtle and not as dramatic as e46 to e90 exterior change.
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The car looks great even with camo, but would love to see some interior shots. Wonder if the price will be the same as current E90 335i or will it cost alot more?
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The car looks great even with camo, but would love to see some interior shots. Wonder if the price will be the same as current E90 335i or will it cost alot more?
Price always goes up
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Looks to me like it took cues from the E90 M3. The prospects of an F30 M3 with performance brakes is looking good.
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here we go with more blue brakes that probably wont be on production lol
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sideview cameras

This is my first time noticing the sideview cameras, which is nice b/c now I won't have to get the Volvo S60. Any indication of a heads-up display? Throw in cooled seats and night vision it'd be golden.
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Hopefully it will not go up so much.
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