• Jul 16, 2010
2012 BMW 3 Series at the Nürburgring – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The 3 Series is BMW's bread-and-butter volume model, so with each new generation, the folks at Bayerische Motoren Werke have to be extra careful to keep the car's intrinsic goodness intact. Even though the all-new 3er isn't due to drop for a couple of years, we've already seen various prototypes out on the road in both sedan and wagon form, and when it comes time to do extensive track testing, a trip to the Nürburgring is always in order.

Instead of the usual gallery of spy shots, our friends over at E90Post.com have snagged video of the new 3 hitting the 'Ring, and it's nice to see that even in its development stages, the test drivers are showing the car no mercy at The Green Hell. It's still unclear what the new 3 Series will offer once it hits the road, but we're sure that the usual range of naturally aspirated and turbocharged sixes will be under the hood, as well as a rumored return of a four-cylinder mill in the U.S.

Follow the jump
to see the spy video for yourself, and stay tuned for future spy shots as the new 3 Series strips away more of its swirly camouflage.



[Source: E90Post, YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps they'll bump the output for the N55 up to the vicinity of 330hp, and increase the base to 250hp or something. As it is the N55 still seems to have the HPFP issue so the only way to be safe is to go with the base...How unfortunate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What does it get passed by in the video (some sort of coupe, also in camouflage). The next Z4?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that was an Aston Martin
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look at that giant overhang in the front. Whatever happened to the tight corner-placed wheels on past 3's? Looks like a frigging front wheel drive car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice lines thus far, and no 'chop top' effect that newer cars have.. i like it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't see anything with these new camouflages.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can tell the window between C and D pillar is bigger in line with the newer 7 series, as well as a taller Hoffmeister kink. The rest is pretty well-concealed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And the inventor of the camouflage rests.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love how the first thing it passes was the next gen R-class in Camo
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um....its called irony. And sometimes irony is funny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW

      I love my 335I, but it weighs a portly 3600 pounds, that is minivan territory. Work on the weight, and you can improve mileage and already great performance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Indeed. -200 lbs please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Minivans are 4500-5000+ nowadays so let's not overstate. Having said that, your point is well taken and a reduction in mass is a long term goal I'm sure as pressure for efficiency grows and grows
        • 4 Years Ago
        Had a 335i too (lemoned it) and yes, the excessive weight was tiresome. I ended up finding the 328 was more entertaining as a daily driver because it was lighter and the engine had some play to it while the 300 HP turbo in the 335 was sorta boring. I'm hoping they can drop the 328i's weight by another 200+ lbs and give us a 2.0 turbo with about 240 hp. That's more than enough...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well considering the ttinline6 was seriously detuned I wouldn't be surprised if the new one has at least a 50hp bump. Perhaps they will use the same 3.5 v6 non turbo for the base this time even though I'm sure that will screw up lineup names or they could go 335i and 335 iT and 335 Tc for the coupe
      • 4 Years Ago
      dear BMW,

      please stop adopting run-flat tires. besides the extra weight and the harsh ride, I don't want to spend US$ 6,000 to buy a new set here in Brazil.

      regards,

      Eduardo
      • 4 Years Ago
      I figured they'd do away with the NA six since the turbo four was so close in power. Anyone know if they're planning a new NA six?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think the N/A inline six will live on much longer, at least in the US and maybe world wide. As you say, the new turbo inline four should make similar power to the current inline six.

        Just as the turbo inline six has eliminated the need for a naturally aspirated V8 in the 5, 6, 7, and X5, the turbo inline four will probably do the same to the N/A inline six in the rest of the lineup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this car is good, but it has tough competition against the s60 and a4, c class is looking old wy too fast
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am going to disagree with you on that because the S60 is in fact a compact executive. Though the S60 does not have RWD, the S60 does have a competitive AWD and great 4-C chasis
        • 4 Years Ago
        The S60 is not a competitor to the 3. This is a RWD driver's car. The S60 is a FWD near-lux mid-size sedan.
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