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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 11-16-2011, 03:16 PM
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Automobile Mag - BMW F30 2012 3 Series - First Drive

BMW 2012 F30 3 Series Sedan - First Drive from Automobile

BMW invited select press to a first drive event in Spain and Automobile mag was on of the luck few to be on hand.

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Our first drive took us through some stop-and-go suburban driving before we got out into the countryside, where a long series of two-lane switchbacks delivered us to Montserrat, and then on to our hotel. The 2.0-liter four doesn't have quite the sophisticated thrum of a straight six at start up, but the engine boasts a trick flywheel and two counter rotating balance shafts that help make it quite smooth at idle. Run it up the tach and it emits a satisfying growl. With an additional 60 pound-feet of torque compared to the old six, it also moves the 328i with verve.
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Overall, our first drive shows the latest 3-series to have suffered hardly at all for the cause of greater efficiency. Yes, some aspects of the 3-series have been altered, and others have been improved, but that the overall character of the car has been maintained. And that's a relief.
Read Automobile's First Drive of the 2012 BMW 328i and let us know what you think - http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_sh...ive/index.html
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