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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 01-31-2012, 01:22 PM
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AutoSpies coverage of the US F30 Press Launch - Review of 335i coming soon!

First Drive 2012 BMW F30 335i

Our friends at AutoSpies.com headed to Monterey California for the US launch of the 2012 F30 3 series. What makes this event so special, as we've had plenty of coverage of the F30 launches around the world, is that BMW is finally letting journalists drive the N55 TwinPowered turbo 335i sedan. Right now AutoSpies.com has a gallery of the 335i test cars but look for updates on the 335i driving experience soon.

First Drive 2012 BMW F30 335i

Browse the entire AutoSpies 2012 335i gallery and let us know what you think!

First Drive 2012 BMW F30 335i

Photos of the 2012 F30 328i and 335i M sport from the Detroit Auto Show

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That's the most integrated looking rear-quarter photo I've seen to date.
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That's the most integrated looking rear-quarter photo I've seen to date.
That's one way to put it. I think "that's the nicest ass I've seen in a while" would have also worked.

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i love it overall , really looks great on the exterior , but if i had one critacism it would be the iDrive screen it looked better on the E90 with the way it was moulded into the dash , this version looks like it was inspired by the sat nav screen on a Renault Megane Tom Tom edition, which is not exactly in the same league :-(
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everything else about it does look GREAT though
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:59 PM
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Looks like it comes w/the obligatory US suspension lift kit pre-installed.
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Looks like it comes w/the obligatory US suspension lift kit pre-installed.
Do the U.S. cars ride higher than the Euro specs?

Just wondering. I know the Xdrive cars tend to sit up more.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:15 PM
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Do the U.S. cars ride higher than the Euro specs?

Just wondering. I know the Xdrive cars tend to sit up more.
No, they don't.
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i love it overall , really looks great on the exterior , but if i had one critacism it would be the iDrive screen it looked better on the E90 with the way it was moulded into the dash , this version looks like it was inspired by the sat nav screen on a Renault Megane Tom Tom edition, which is not exactly in the same league :-(
see here
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everything else about it does look GREAT though
Looks great in person.
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You can't get that color leather on the sports line so that's probably Luxury, thus the fact that it looks jacked up without the sports suspension.
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That's one way to put it. I think "that's the nicest ass I've seen in a while" would have also worked.
I find it overall a disjointed looking ass, in photos. In that photo, it was the least disjointed and most flowing I've seen of the f30.

That's not a compliment or insult - it's only a benchmark against the f30 in my mind at this point.

For reference to a "nicest ass I've seen in awhile" - in terms of cars, I like me some new Porsche Boxster
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No, they don't.
Thanks.

Has there been any word regarding the "lines" for the coupe and convertible? It would be nice to have the brown leather with sports seats.
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Thanks.

Has there been any word regarding the "lines" for the coupe and convertible? It would be nice to have the brown leather with sports seats.
No word on the coupes/'verts.
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Thanks.

Has there been any word regarding the "lines" for the coupe and convertible? It would be nice to have the brown leather with sports seats.
We're probably 12+ months away from getting the final US details on the F32 3 series coupe and the lines, options, packages, etc.

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I saw one yesterday with Georgia plates and have to say the interior looked cheapened and the navigation does not have clean lines like the previous navigation. Change isn't always good and I have a feeling they are catering to the Chinese market.
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What a fantastic looking interior. I can't wait to get behind the wheel of one soon
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I have not seen the F30 in person yet, but I still am not happy with the Nav screen that looks like it popped up from someplace but cannot be retracted. The E90 has a nice hooded nav screen and I wish that BMW had found someway to do the same on the new model. The aesthetics are bad and how will this thing do in bright sunshine?
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