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Don't expect an official confirmation from BMW for another week, but some of the automaker's anticipated updates to its 2011 E92/E93 (3 Series Coupe/3 Series Convertible) have already leaked into cyberspace. The team over at Bimmerfile is reporting that the exterior of both models will receive revised "sporty" front fascias, complete with LED lights and minor tweaks to the interior. Turbocharged 335i models optioned with either the M Sport Package or the standard Sport Package will be fitted with 19-inch alloys (a bump up from the current 18-inch offerings). Anthracite Bamboo trim will reportedly be a new interior option that will be joined by a new exterior color, and paddle shifters will be standard fare for vehicles without manual transmissions.

Keeping enthusiasts smiling, BMW will reportedly offer an "is" version of the refreshed two-door models. Exclusive to the U.S. market, the special variants are expected to be configured with either DCT or a Sport Automatic transmission. In addition, unique styling and special aerodynamic bits will differentiate them from the standard models. As expected, the interiors will be fitted with M Sport equipment as well. Best of all, the twin-turbocharged N54 under the hood will likely receive its own set of horsepower-boosting enhancements, much like those found on the recently announced Z4 sDrive35is.

[Source: BimmerFile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      :yawn: Nice car.

      Anyone know where the local Cadillac dealer is?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cadillac doesn't have a true 3-Series competitor yet. The CTS is much, much closer to the 5-Series in size.. The ATS, coming soon, will be Cadillac's 3-Series competitor. They did a great job with the CTS and I'm sure the ATS will be just as impressive...

        Sal Collaziano
        http://www.cadillacowners.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        The ATS should rock when it comes out next year. Here's hoping for a V model...hmmm :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        "performs better in v form". Isn't V-form like $60k? Didn't a $60K M3 win the CTS-v challenge?

        Anyway, if I lost 200lbs I'd disappear. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        They lumped it in with "Old GM" and closed it as part of that bankruptsy deal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When will BMW drop the "sdrive" and "xdrive" from the names of its cars? This is ridiculas BMW X5 xdrive35, Z4 sdrive 35is etc... This is out of control.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "configured with either DCT or a Sport Automatic transmission"
      I swear BMW is loosing it's mind. Somebody needs to inform them that if they keep crapping all over their die-hard enthusiast crowd they're doomed. Perhaps not for several decades, but the rich snobbery is fickle. And when bimmers loose their hip rep all you have left is the enthusiasts and we'll have moved on. That TG with the self driving 3 series from a few seasons back was a telling moment imo. Why the f%^# would BMW make a car you didn't drive. Because they've lost what made them great.

      I for one think we should have a campaign of sorts. Every BMW fan go to a junk yard, find a proud but dead old bimmer, and mail BMW the shift handle. "Return" all the automatic handles we can find.
        • 5 Years Ago
        5$ says that is misinformation and the car is available with either the real 6sp manual or the fake DCT floppy paddle doohickey.

        Remember, this is a company that put a old stick shift that wasn't conceived with an 8000rpm V10 in mind into the US market M5 / M6 to cater to American consumers demands. I think they'll stick a stick shift this new BMW 335is sDrive ZHP mahince with *NEW* Anthracite bamboo trim.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it's another ZHP?

      Too bad the N54 engine is rubbish.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How is that? Plenty of people have been boosting the engine to 450 horsepower without any problems. It's a good engine...
        • 5 Years Ago
        ..the HPFP is rubbish.. the engine itself is actually quite awesome.

        But what do I know.. it only won the International Engine of the Year award for 2007 and 2008..

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Engine_of_the_Year
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