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  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
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  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
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  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
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  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Sport Line (10/2011)
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  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Modern Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Modern Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Modern Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Modern Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Modern Line (10/2011)
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  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Modern Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Modern Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Modern Line (10/2011)
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  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Luxury Line (10/2011)
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  • New BMW 3 Series: Rear lights (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Cockpit Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Cockpit Modern Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Front seats Modern Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Automatic transmission selector lever (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Exterior mirrors Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Performance display in on-board monitor (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Front seats Sport Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: On-board monitor (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Cupholder (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Cockpit standard version (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Instruments Sport Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Instruments Modern Line with lighting (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Instruments Modern Line without lighting (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Air conditioning and radio control panel (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Exterior mirrors Sport Line(10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Multifunction steering wheel (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Manual gearbox selector lever (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Centre console Modern Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Center console Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Centre console (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Large storage compartment in centre console (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Driving experience switch (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Centre armrest in rear (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Cockpit Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Start button (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Front seats Sport Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Front seats Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Rear seats Luxury Line (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Rear seat backrest fully folded (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: Rear seat backrest partially folded (10/2011)
  • New BMW 3 Series: ID transmitter (10/2011)
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Typically, when BMW releases a new M3, it launches it in coupe form first. (In fact, sales of the M3 sedan have, in North America at least, slowed to such an extent that BMW NA was tempted to stop bringing it here altogether.) But not the new model – according to the latest intel, the next-gen M3 will arrive in four-door guise first.

Sources indicate a couple of reasons for that: First, the new 3 Series (pictured above in M Sport guise) on which it'll be based has so far has only come out in sedan form. Second, because the next-gen M3 is anticipated to lose some of its edge. Which would be a shame, but there's a far more straightforward reason than either of those two: there will be no coupe or convertible M3 from here on out.

Well, sorta. There will be, only it won't be called the M3. It'll probably be called the M4, since BMW is said to be spinning the two-door version of the 3 Series off into a 4 Series – more closely mirroring the 5 Series sedan and its coupe/convertible counterpart, the 6 Series. Since BMW has yet to unveil the 4 Series, we're likely to be looking at an M3 sedan first.

We expect it'll have a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine in place of the outgoing model's naturally aspirated V8, but the jury's still out on whether those pistons will be arranged in a V or a straight line.

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