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Production of the current E90 and E92 BMW 3 Series will come to an end for good in October, in preparation for next spring's launch of the all-new F30 3 Series. Before the gas models bow out, the oil-burning 335d will cease production in August.

The death of the current 3er makes room for a sleeker, less cluttered version of the car which clings closely to the more aggressive new BMW design language. Among the changes will be flatter kidney grilles as well as shorter overhangs, as well as a more muscular stance.

The new 3s will also get a bump in efficiency, with a range of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder mills, with the outside chance of a three-banger joining the lineup later on. The next M3 will ditch V8 power in favor of a twin-turbo inline-six sporting about 450 horsepower.


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      mkM3
      • 3 Years Ago
      No guys, no. E90 and *91* production ends this year. E92 and E93 (including M3 versions as well) will be in production for at least another year. Please fix article - misinformation spreads fast. Thanks. :)
      Future Zero
      • 3 Years Ago
      as stated before, 3 series sedans always bow at least a year before new coupe models. The M3 will probably be at least one year after the release of the coupe. I would imagine that MY2012 will be the last model year for the E90, MY2013 for the E92, E93 both non-M and M3. No M3 for MY2014 until the F30 M3 debuts in 2014 as MY2015. That lines up with the 7 year life cycles that BMW has generally adhered too.
      Rock517
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrong, Autoblog, it's only E90 that's ending production this fall. The E92 still has another year to go. http://www.bimmerfile.com/2011/05/31/e90-3-series-sedan-production-to-end-in-october-e90-m3-ending-in-july/
      Kuro Houou
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think it will be any sleeker or less cluttered.. about the same I am thinking just slightly tweeked. if anything a little more cluttered. Was a great series though IMO :)
      Jeferson
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's amazing how bmw can make solid desings. This generation have what, 5 years? And still beatiful to me. Even the E36 and E46 does =)
      SheldonRoss
      • 3 Years Ago
      Makes me wonder why they bothered switching the m3 to a V8 to begin with...
        John Hughan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
        Drive one and you'll know. I just bought one and the sound and precise throttle response are unbelievably addictive. I had a 335i loaner and while it was certainly quick, the turbos made the throttle behave more like a light switch, i.e. you were either coasting or rocketing forward, it was tough to get only modest acceleration. Plus an inline 6 just doesn't sound anywhere near as nice as a V8.
          Rock517
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John Hughan
          I've owned an E92 335i for almost three years and experience nothing like what you talk about as far as a light-switch throttle. Maybe if you had it for more than a day or so...
          Noah
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John Hughan
          We've got a 335i and the light switch effect that you're talking about is primarily when you don't have Sport mode engaged. When you put it into sport, the throttle becomes much more linear and MUCH more aggressive. When you take off from a stop sign, without sport mode... the car hesitates heavily. In sport... the thing is ALWAYS ready for blast-off.
          simianspeedster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John Hughan
          As a former Z4 Coupe owner (N52) and current 335i owner (N55), I can definitely say that the throttle response on BMW's modern NA engines is more accurate and linear that their blown engines. The N55 has gobs of power, of course, but it does suffer from some turbo lag and the throttle response changs based on how much boost has spooled up. In my old car, the throttle response was always immediate and always linear. I imagine the M3's V8 is much better still.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      roywhitep5
      • 3 Years Ago
      its really a shame to kill this design now because i think it will be one of the all time greats. the engine alone is so sexy with its 8 itb's
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoa it's been 5 years already??? Time waits for no one.
        mkM3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        No, its been 7 years actually, which represents the normal BMW cycle for series production. The E90 went into production in late 2004 and debuted in the US in early 2005 as a MY2006.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        Only 4 for the V8 M3. OTOH, it might be 5 if the new M3 comes out in 2013... I still like my E46M3. I'd rather stuff the M3 V8 in my E46 than buy an entire new M3.
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        I can remember reading a first drive article on the E90 in Car and Driver back in April, 2005, so it's been six years. I want the car to go on a diet; the 3-Series has gotten bigger and heavier each go-round, and I don't like the proportions and the stubby trunk of the 1-Series.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      1.5" longer. I don't get it. Why make the 3 series bigger? They already have the 5. The new one doesn't look less cluttered or more muscular. Rarely would these even be possible to do simultaneously anyway.
        simianspeedster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Realistically, the back seat of a 3 Series is not terribly comfortable over any significant difference for medium to large adults. Most people buying a 3 Series are buying it as a 4 door sedan, and when most people spend $40-50K on a 4-door sedan, the expect it to be able to carry 4 people in comfort. The 3 Series tries to be all things to all people (and it largely succeeds), but it's hard to make a lightweight sporty coupe and spacious 4 door sedan out of the same chassis with the same wheelbase. That's where the 1 Series comes in -- same basic chassis, but shorter wheelbase and overall length to save some weight, but not quite enough because it's the same chassis. The new 5 Series is much bigger than the current 3 Series because it is just a cut down 7 Series.
          simianspeedster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          Sorry, that should say "the back seat of a 3 Series is not terribly comfortable over any significant distance"
      poopoohead100
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they end production in Oct. and release the new one in Spring '12, does that mean you won't be able to buy a brand new 3 series for about half a year? I don't really understand how this works.
        Snark McGee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @poopoohead100
        I think they normally pause production every year around october anyway. Maybe between generations it is longer so they can retool the plants. Would you really want to run out and buy a new 3-series in December knowing a new one is coming in a few months?
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope their design will stray a bit more from this conservative look.
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        It won't.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        BMWs have always been of a conservative look. That's always been part of their appeal. Conservative, yet sporty, and purposeful.
        John Hughan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Look at the redesigned 7 Series and 5 Series. The 5 is just a scaled down version of the 7, otherwise it looks exactly the same. The 3 will just be a small 5 -- which is unfortunate, because I really like the current gen 3's styling, especially the coupe.
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