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Alpine White BMW F30 3 Series on MORR Wheels

BMW 3 Series Generation F30

The BMW F30 is the sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series, which was produced from 2011 to 2019.

Today it is hard to believe that back in 1975, someone doubted the successful career of the newcomer. The more interesting to compare characteristics of BMW 320 with a body E21 and modern 320 (factory index F30)! The power of the 2-liter motor has increased from 109 hp up to 184 hp, acceleration up to a hundred has decreased from 11,2 seconds up to 7,2 seconds, and maximal speed has grown from 170 up to 235 km/h! And this despite the fact that the modern 3 series is roomier, more comfortable and safer. ABS, ESP and airbags were out of the question in 1975.

Highlights: a new 8-speed automatic, the first 3 Series with a hybrid power plant, GT and GranCoupe body styles

And the main thing is that for these 40 years the 3 Series has not lost its driving passion. Sedans, wagons, convertibles and coupes still remain benchmarks of handling and balance of driving qualities in its class. They have several chassis options – basic, sporty or adaptive, with electronically controlled shock absorbers, two variants of 8-speed automatic transmission and a range of turbocharged engines, which after a recent update added a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine! But wait for laughter: it has the same power as the former 1.6 with supercharger – 136 hp and 220 Nm of torque, but it is more economical and accelerates “three” to 100 km/h 0.3 seconds faster – for 8.9 seconds!

Top power is a new in-line 3-liter “six” (no V-shaped schemes, only classics!) from the new modular range, developing 326 hp and 450 Nm. With it, the 3 Series accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, and in fact recently such figures were the destiny of only supercars.

Is it any better? Actually, BMW has something cooler – a sedan M3. Its three-liter turbo engine produces 431 hp and 550 Nm, accelerating a four-door up to a hundred in 4,1 seconds. And this is that case when “downsizing” is only for its benefit. On Nurburgring – the main proving ground of modern sports cars – the new “M3” was 13 seconds faster than M3 E92 with atmospheric V8.

 

Production years: October 2011 – June 2019

Designer: Christopher Weil, Michael de Bono (F31), Page Beermann (F34)

Production (units, total): 3 102 345

Top model: BMW M3

Max.power: 431 hp

Top speed: 250 km/h

0—100 km/h: 4.1 sec

Engine

Petrol:

  • 1.5 L B38 I3 turbo
  • 1.6 L N13 I4 turbo
  • 2.0 L N20 I4 turbo
  • 2.0 L B48 I4 turbo
  • 3.0 L N55 I6 turbo
  • 3.0 L S55 I6 turbo
  • 3.0 L B58 I6 turbo

Diesel:

  • 2.0 L N47 I4 turbo
  • 2.0 L B47 I4 turbo
  • 3.0 L N57 I6 turbo

Transmission

  • 6-speed manual
  • 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic

Dimensions

Wheelbase

  • 2,810 mm (110.6 in) (F30/31)
  • 2,920 mm (115.0 in) (F34/35)

Length

  • 4,624–4,643 mm (182.0–182.8 in) (F30/31)
  • 4,734 mm (186.4 in) (F35)
  • 4,824 mm (189.9 in) (F34)

Width

  • 1,811 mm (71.3 in)
  • 1,828 mm (72.0 in) (F34)

Height

  • 1,429–1,434 mm (56.3–56.5 in) (F30/31)
  • 1,455 mm (57.3 in) (F35)
  • 1,508 mm (59.4 in) (F34)

Curb weight:

  • 1,385–1,769 kg (3,053.4–3,900.0 lb) (F30, including hybrid models)
  • 1,465–1,767 kg (3,229.8–3,895.6 lb) (F31)
  • 1,540–1,650 kg (3,395.1–3,637.6 lb) (F35)
  • 1,540–1,780 kg (3,395.1–3,924.2 lb) (F34)

Where to buy: Classic.com Bring A Trailer

Reviews: Car and Driver

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