2013 BMW 335i Spy Shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

BMW is continuing to work away on the 2013 3 Series, and our spy photographers managed to click off a few photos of what appears to be the 335i sedan cranking out a few hot laps at the Nurburgring. The shots show a vehicle with slightly less aggressive camouflage than anything we've seen in the past, though details as to what we can expect from the next-generation 3 are still markedly absent. Given that the four-door in the photos is rocking an aggressive dual-exhaust treatment, we'd say there's likely a forced-induction inline six kicking power to the rear wheels.

If that's not obvious enough for you, we can even speculate that the tires are probably made of rubber. But don't quote us on that.

BMW has kept its secrets wrapped up but good concerning the next-generation 3 Series, though there are some whispers kicking around the web indicating that lower-rung trims may slip to a forced-induction four-cylinder engine. Stay tuned.


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      Hello Sebastian
      • 3 Years Ago
      James May is going to be pissed :)
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      5th picture from the left. zoom in to the front driver side wheels. i see a chunky 4 piston Caliper. yum!
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very nice looking car! If this retains the driving dynamics of the current gen and has a good interior, I will buy this to replace my Magnum R/T.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        TangoR34
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Cadillac is the Standard of the World." Keep dreaming, Cadillac isn't even sold in every country in the world. Everyone will buy BMW or other established equivalents which won't be Cadillac. Welcome to the democratic world.
        Nick
        • 3 Years Ago
        Seeing as how the 3 Series has been THE car to beat for years, it's more of the "standard" than the not-yet-released ATS. I'm not saying it won't be a good car, I'm just saying it needs to beat the 3 before it can be the "one to beat."
        TangoR34
        • 3 Years Ago
        Correction: Keep dreaming until Cadillacs have diesels. :)
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      "there are some whispers kicking around the web indicating that lower-rung trims may slip to a forced-induction four-cylinder engine. " Gee you think? You guys bust be a bunch of geniuses.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know what's worse: feeling like each new Bangle design was ruining the brand, or being bored with the new designs before the spy camo is even stripped off.
      Dubkatz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone else interested in what looks like Focus testing in the back ground?
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dubkatz
        Dude...that Focus is from a previous generation, thats just someone having fun on the ring.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dubkatz
        That's not the secret American prototype Focus RS you wish it was.... With AWD, Turbo 2.0 just shy of 350 horsepower, 6 speed manual trans.... They aren't working on that one didn't you hear? They settled for an ST, front wheel drive, only 250hp, and downgraded things like the trunk hinges to win you over. Forget that the Ecoboost 2.0 is a rebranded Volvo B5254T3, I'm waiting to hear how amazing American engineering is when people start praising the car without realizing it's a low output Volvo motor strapped in a chassis developed by Europeans. I'll keep my Evo that was underrated and put down 320hp in 2006.... one can dream that Ford is making a real AWD $35K Focus, but they tend to think you want a heavy pig for that kind of cash.
      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should just sell rebadged Camrys at this point; all of the brainwashed Ed Hardy t-shirt wearers wont know the difference.
      Cody Wright
      • 3 Years Ago
      ..is it me, or does it look smaller than the current generation?
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cody Wright
        The 3-series could use a trim one way or another...
      stuck in 90s
      • 3 Years Ago
      To replace my current E36: the F30 is Soon to be my car :) ... ... and everyone else in So Cal as well :(
      Sebring11
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope its more Z4 "crisp" in design and less the "semi-rounded" 5,6,&7.
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sebring11
        You'd better get used to the idea of "semi-rounded".. pedestrian safety and fuel economy are turning the screws on automotive design freedom. I'm not against either of those things, but they seem to have made a negative impact on the visual appeal of many autos.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      it looks more like it came from the e46 than the e90. it seems like bmw are eradicating traces of the bangle years.
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