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.

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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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