• Apr 17, 2006

These photos of an unmasked E92 coupe appeared over the weekend on E90post.com, courtesy of an alert BMW fan at an air cargo terminal.

The photo car appears to be a 335, and should be powered by BMW's new turbocharged six (note the cannon-sized exhaust pipes and the extra ventilation in the front fascia). The official debut of the new coupe is said to be set for the Paris Motor Show. More pics after the jump...

Thanks for the tip, Paul and Will!

[Source: E90post.com]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't resist...Menzies!!! AhhhHaHaHaHaHa!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a little too curvy and bland, especially from the side. I don't see where people are drawing the Lexus connection from, unless all curvy, sort of bland cars look like Lexuses now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The tail lights don't quite match the rest of the car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What Lexus is this Bimmer posing as? Lexus is for old people who want Toyota reliablity and soft non-sporty handling all wrapped in leather and luxury. Lexus would be the only poser in such a comparo, but Lexus produces nothing comparable. LEXUS=BORING!!!!!!!!!!DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why are they copying lexus?
      • 8 Years Ago
      306bhp from a turbo 3.5ltr is a bit dissapointing? The M3's been pumping out 100bhp/ltr normally aspirated for years, I was hoping for at least 350bhp!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay, it seems that people have compared the back of this car to everything *except* the outgoing 3 series. Look at the pictures above and then look at
      http://www.bmwusa.com/NR/rdonlyres/152992D2-A33D-4AF3-87B3-0CC3F1ADAD65/0/0434_05.jpg
      and
      http://www.bmwusa.com/NR/rdonlyres/D4C3C2E5-A0A1-42A3-8A76-72943176F5BD/0/0434_04.jpg

      The tail lights are the exact same shape, except the white turn signal portion is now on the bottom of the red instead of the top.

      Other than that both the lights and the back are only slightly more stylized than the outgoing version.

      I personally think the 3 series is the best of the new BMWs to date... a modern, slightly more stylized version of a gorgeous car. I was unsure at first, but after seeing a number on the road, I really think they achieved the perfect balance in this car. Perhaps it won't age as well as its predecessors, but right now I think it looks great.

      Andrew
      • 8 Years Ago
      True, but considering most of the recent BMW taillight designs, they're an improvement still. Seen the ugly butt of an X3?
      • 8 Years Ago
      $5 to the first to see one the side of the highway with the hood open and smoke pouring out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For all the people who think that 300hp from a turbo engine is weak--have you ever driven a turbo car? Here are some advantages to a turbo: better fuel economy, lighter engine, more agility due to lighter engine and most importantly the peak torque is available from a very low rpm up to a very high rpm. Peak torque is available from like 1500-5500 rpms--the naturally apsirated engines don't even come close. This mean the turbo has more power available in a usable range which equals so much fun.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So they fired Bangle and hired toyota to do design. NICE. Now if they got toyota to do the reliability they would be all set.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is one time I wish the BMW Designers would have gone and gotten carried away. All of the Mockups from the Various Auto magazines look ten times better than that bland design. Hell, i think the Sedan looks better than that coupe. Bangle, why didn't you tell the designers to continue the lineup overhaul instead of yealding to the design crybabies. The back of that car looks like my moms Accord (This Sucks). Then again now I have a real reason to buy the Jag I really want anyway (horray, this is great - Sensibility can now be thrown out the window).
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