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      05-28-2013, 02:52 AM   #1
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Here are my impressions of the 435i [previously revealed photos].

First of all, the car was shown in Denmark at the presentation of the 3GT and only the two 3GTs was in the showroom. Everybody were asked to either give the dealer their cell phones (which I don’t think anybody did) or get a sticker on the camera lens. It was easy to remove and they never asked about my second phone! I guess it was more meant as a signal than anything else, as it would have been easy to take pictures of the car. I didn’t see anybody doing it however.

The presentation of the 3GT was postponed, allegedly because some of the participants were late due to heavy traffic (which everybody suffered from that day), but after the 3GT presentation was completed, it became apparent that the reason was that the 435i had been held up in traffic! It was driven into the showroom by a sales person and when we got the chance to get closer, the engine bay was warm as if it had been driven a long distance. The car was clean though.

I was disappointed by the engine sound, but one of my friends who own a E90 335i, said that the sound was better compared to his car, so no real conclusion there.

The car was a “sport” version [like the revealed 435i coupe spotted during commercial shoot], with a front bumper as “dull” as on the F30 and every other standard BMW (like my own). It looked very nice, but I simply prefer the M-Tech / M Sport bumpers on any BMW.

The side vents were real and we were told that they help getting that extra mile per gallon and cooling the brakes. As they are present on the 3GT as well, I think this is something that we will see more of in the future, if it really helps on fuel economy.

I’ve always seen the E92 as being optically heavy. In my view the car looks “fat” and heavy compared to the E90 and the E46 Coupe. The F32 however, did not look heavy (compared to modern cars of course), but well proportioned, with the typical BMW style. We were told that the car was approximately 8 cm (2,5 inches?) wider. Though it wasn’t clear, I expect it was compared to the E92 and not the F30.

One of my biggest issues with the F30 is the hood and the "kink" that it has. It seemed that they had made it smaller on the F32, giving it a more natural flow. In the showroom it looked much better than my F30.

The interior was simply a copy and paste from the F30. I’m not saying that it’s an exact match, but as we couldn’t compare them directly, it was hard to tell the difference. I for one feel that it was the same as in my F30. Of course the rear part and front seats were different, but I didn’t spend much time on that.

The boot was the expected size, though I felt that the opening was significantly smaller compared to the F30.

I was told that the engine bay had more space than in a E9x, but that is probably also the case in the F30. A couple of guys with E9x 335i’s told me that BMW had changed the oil cooling on the car, but I don’t know if that was already done on the F30 as well. One of the guys has modified his 335i to 555HK and 771NM (measured and documented by a trustworthy company). I don’t know what translates to in US numbers, but its damn fast! He would have liked the modified oil cooling part. They also mentioned that the air filter looked very small and much more restricted than in the E9x, but that is probably the same in the F30.

The car was equipped with lots of equipment, but in DK that will most likely be extras. The price in DK is supposed to be just a tad more expensive than the E92.

I talked to several E9x drivers who love their car, but just as I, they would swap for the F32 in a heartbeat, if they could.
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so overall ...was it nice?

you sound like you didnt like it...you said it looks dull and the engine sound was bad

also, does anybody know if m-sport package will be available at launch?
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so overall ...was it nice?

you sound like you didnt like it...you said it looks dull and the engine sound was bad

also, does anybody know if m-sport package will be available at launch?
I also wrote: "...but just as I, they would swap for the F32 in a heartbeat, if they could. "

In short - I loved it.

The 2 points about the front and the engine note, goes for all (Not M) BMW's in my book.

A new bumper on the front - eg. M sport - and it would look perfect I imagine, as I haven't seen that bumper in real life.

The engine sound, well, if you find the current BMWs to have a great sound, then this will most likely be the same. I simply miss some noise.

I went to a track 2 weeks ago and had no problem following more race like cars, but the only thing that the "spectators" got from my driving, was that they couldn't hear my car (diesel) when I drove past them. they could hear my tires in the corners though. I had the same problem on my 330i, when I had that.

I also go to the Nürburgring 3-4 times a year, and when you hear the sound of a Porsche, Ferrari or an AMG Mercedes you really wonder why BMW can't get their engines to sound like that. Even much cheaper and less sportier cars have a more enthusiastic engine sound.
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Hi guys
I attended the same introduction as Mikael.
I think the car is spot on. The lines down the side of the cars just flows in a perfect way.
And looking at the rear wheel arches that has been made a bit wider. Just looks really sexy. I can't wait to see the M4 if it will be even wider....
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Would you say it is much bigger than the current e92?
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thats it? We need more details.
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thats it? We need more details.
That is what came to my mind when I wrote it.

What are you looking for? Perhaps I or Allan can answer you questions.
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C'mon BMW give us all the info, brochures etc.! Time to stop teasing us!
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Well the car was in silver metallic with red interior.
And was amongst other things fitted with keyless-go and entry, leather power-seats, navigation, side-view and head-up display. And by the looks of it, the i-Drive controller was with touch surface on the top.
By the looks of it, the brakes was almost as the current performance brakes in size. Especially the rear rotors and calibers was bigger than the std. E92's

Come to think about it, one thing I didn't like was the new sharkfin on the roof. That was a bit too big.
The car was said to be a pre-production model. It might be true since some of the sealings in the doors and at the side of the car was not that high a quality. Also the interior mouldings didn't fit quite as nice as I would expect on a car costing that kind of money.
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When production and sales start ?
See http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=522600

Production begins July.
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SOP is July and should be able to place orders in next couple weeks
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Well as Mikael said, we were prohibited to take pictures....I didn't take any, and I didn't see anyone else taking pictures. Sorry :-(

As I recall it, we were told that the car will be on sale this fall
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Good review overall, thanks for the insight. But will we able to order the msport right away? or will it come out later like the f30 did?
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Were the cars on? How did the steering feel lock to lock?
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Good review overall, thanks for the insight. But will we able to order the msport right away? or will it come out later like the f30 did?
Available right away
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Nice writeup OP.


For some photos of the new 4er, you can review my fotos taken a few weeks ago...

4 Series Concept seen Welt...
http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=832944

First BMW M4 (F82) Spotted in Non-Black. Check Out Them Wide Hips!
http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=832965
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Nope, the car was not turned on. It was driven into the room by the dealer guys and then turned off.
So we can't answer your question about the steering :-(
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How does it look compare to the concept? Does it look anywhere as exotic?
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I just looked at the pictures of the concept car, and compared to that both the front and rear bumper is much more conventional. Actually I think the front bumper has some lines from the Audi S-line frontbumper.
The doorhandles and the side-mirrors are also much more like the ones on the F30.
But the lines down the side of the car is very much like the concept car. Very harmonic and very nice!
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How does it look compare to the concept? Does it look anywhere as exotic?
Easy to see how the production F32 compares to the concept F32:

Production F32 pics: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=818697

Concept F32 pics: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=832944
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