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Old 02-13-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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Spyshots & Video: 2008 BMW 3 Series Coupe

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Getting better with every lap
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Of all the cars BMW's engineers get to fling around the Nürburgring test track, we would guess the star of our latest video is one of their favorites. It's the 2008 BMW 3 Series coupe and it's headed for U.S. showrooms sometime in the next 12 months.

Like the 2006 BMW 3 Series sedans, the coupes built their reputation on delivering perfect balance, exceptional steering and suspensions that can make a hero out of anybody. Great engines have always been part of the mix as well, and the next generation of 3 Series coupes won't disappoint. They're likely to make use of BMW's latest line of straight-six engines, so expect to see both 325Ci and 330Ci two-doors in the lineup with 215 hp and 255 hp, respectively.

Good numbers for sure, but BMW isn't stopping there. Various rumors suggest that an even higher horsepower coupe will slot into the lineup above the 330Ci and below the V8-powered M3 expected next year. Most speculation puts the new engine at 3.5 liters with an output of 330 hp thanks to help from a pair of sequential turbochargers. We can only hope that a manual transmission is standard equipment instead of some SMG deal like the M5.

If we're lucky we may see the initial versions of this new BMW coupe as early as this fall, but early next year is the more likely time frame. If the 335i does indeed join the lineup, expect it to lag the base cars by a few months, a tactic that will build up nicely to the introduction of the next-generation M3.
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:48 PM   #2
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335 US bound will NOT be turbocharged.. Only Euro editions will be..
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:13 PM   #3
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Old 02-14-2006, 12:04 AM   #4
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH yeah. terrible.
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Old 02-14-2006, 01:05 AM   #5
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335 US bound will NOT be turbocharged.. Only Euro editions will be..
Could you please site the source?

I know there has been some rumors about the US only NA 3.5L, but the new 3.0 engine has very narrow bore spacing and it's basically impossible to increase the displacement to 3.5L. BMW will have to develop a whole new engine to do that.
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:21 PM   #6
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YUCK!! So nasty looking.
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Old 02-16-2006, 10:44 PM   #7
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Looks like an accord coupe? I'll have to wait for the finished piece to make a final judgement, but the lines don't have any sex appeal...
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:42 PM   #8
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The 3-Series coupe and cabriolet models have long been aspirational purchases and strong sellers, and new versions of these will complete the E90 fifth-generation 3-Series line-up.

This conservatively-styled coupe is very much a traditional two-door like its predecessors, but there is a new development to follow: in about a year's time, the convertible will be launched, and this time around it will have a metal folding roof similar to that of the Volvo C70, Peugeot 307 CC, Renault Megane CC, Volkswagen Eos and so on.

Folding metal roof: The roof will retract neatly into the long boot at the touch of a button, and will give better crash protection and security than an old-school canvas hood.

Showing in London: Though many pundits are saying this car will be formally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks' time, we've been told it's not going to appear until the summer. A reveal at the British Motor Show in London is probable instead - we Brits are amongst the keenest buyers of 3-Series BMWs, and the coupes have always sold well here.




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Old 02-17-2006, 12:46 PM   #9
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Old 02-17-2006, 01:03 PM   #10
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Its a new design.. BMW spent a LOT of money on it.. heard some BMW heads were canned because of this project..

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Could you please site the source?

I know there has been some rumors about the US only NA 3.5L, but the new 3.0 engine has very narrow bore spacing and it's basically impossible to increase the displacement to 3.5L. BMW will have to develop a whole new engine to do that.
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Old 02-17-2006, 01:56 PM   #11
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Well,the twin turbo engine is real,but still no word on if we get it or not-

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...4&page=1&pp=22
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Old 02-17-2006, 04:23 PM   #12
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Its a new design.. BMW spent a LOT of money on it.. heard some BMW heads were canned because of this project..
amdmaxx, the reason that I asked for the source was because I was misled by an idiot at the Bimmerfest who claimed exactly what you just said, (including the execs being canned) and then later on said it was a prank.

Not saying what you said is untrue, it's just that there are a lot of incorrect and misleading rumors out there regarding this new 335i.
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Old 02-22-2006, 01:29 PM   #13
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A few more, I bet it appears at Geneva with the twin turbo.

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Old 02-22-2006, 07:35 PM   #14
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Meh, BMW cars get heavier every year.
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Old 02-22-2006, 07:51 PM   #15
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gross, looks like a grand prix
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:57 PM   #16
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Meh, BMW cars get heavier every year.
Isn't the new 3 sedan actually the same weight as the last model (within a couple of pounds atleast)?
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Old 02-22-2006, 10:39 PM   #17
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Just about every car being made is getting heavier.
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Old 02-22-2006, 11:01 PM   #18
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Just about every car being made is getting heavier.
Yup, its sad. I need a Lotus!
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:54 PM   #19
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:36 PM   #20
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wow that thing is hideous.....what are BMW thinking? The best looking cars on the road to some of the worst. Sad.
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Looks like a Hyundai from the side. Gross!
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No cladding to make it intentionally look ugly -- which would have been a good idea until level heads could prevail -- it just naturally looks ugly. How far you've fallen BMW. I'll bet it drives just fine.

My bugeye looks ever more beautiful by comparison though.
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Old 03-16-2006, 10:14 PM   #23
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I would rock it. I actually like the E90.
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No cladding to make it intentionally look ugly -- which would have been a good idea until level heads could prevail -- it just naturally looks ugly. How far you've fallen BMW. I'll bet it drives just fine.

My bugeye looks ever more beautiful by comparison though.
No, your bugeye looks like a monstrosity compared to the new 3. Then again, I've thought the new 3 was absolutely sexy and classy since day 1.

If I could afford it, I'd rock a 325xi sport wagon like it is my job. At least BMW still believes in offering manual transmissions in their wagons... unlike a certain japanese automaker and their Legacy GT.

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