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      08-15-2018, 05:13 PM   #1
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G20 3 Series Preproduction Drive Reviews Compilation

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KEY STATS:
• 120lb lighter than F30 3 Series
• 25% improvement in torsional rigidity
• 50:50 weight distribution
• 1.2" wider front and rear tracks
• 0.4" closer to ground (lower center of gravity)
• 330i powered by 2.0L turbocharged I4 engine, with 255 hp and 295 lb-ft
• 15% increase in mechanical feedback through the wheel
• M Sport Package includes: 0.4" lowered suspension, stiffer springs, larger staggered performance tires, electronically controlled limited slip differential, larger M Sport brakes
• 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires (225/40R19 front and 255/35R19 rear) on preproduction 330i
• Slightly larger than the F30 in every dimension, including wheelbase
• Debuts in October at Paris Auto Show
• Goes on Sale in US in Spring 2019


REVIEWS:

Auto Express (UK):
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/3-s...ototype-review

Autoblog (US):
https://www.autoblog.com/2018/08/15/...-drive-review/

Autocar (UK)-:
https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/n...port-prototype

Car and Driver (US):
https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...t-sedan-driven

Car Magazine (UK):
https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-re.../3-series-g20/

CNET (US):
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2...-drive-review/

Edmunds (US):
https://www.edmunds.com/car-news/fir...irst-look.html

Irish Times:
https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-...ries-1.3596082

Motor Trend (US)
https://www.motortrend.com/cars/bmw/...totype-review/

Top Gear (UK):
https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/...18/first-drive

What Car (UK):
https://www.whatcar.com/news/2019-bmw-3-series-review/



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      08-15-2018, 06:37 PM   #2
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This bodes well for the next generation M3/4. Thanks for compiling.
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Front end looks promising especially fenders
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Wow just read car and drivers review and this three series is impressive. 295lb feet of torque??? Nice!

The330 with MSport package (which includes a limited slip diff) will make a very nice daily for many people.
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Front end looks promising especially fenders
It definitely has some serious presence.
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This sounds very promising, and I like the new look from what I can see, but I'll wait for the M340i, even if it will be delayed for up to 4-6 months
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Other than growing once again it all seems to be going a great direction. My biggest question is interior quality
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Cumpilation.
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Great reviews!
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Thank god there is Bilstein for the F30...
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The BMW engineer in the Autoblog article telling the tester to stop driving properly in order to feel the benefits of his steering calibration changes was very offputting...
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Looks like my F80 shape
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Interesting not quite as glowing as I expected
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How the hell do you measure mechanical feedback feel as a percentage?
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How the hell do you measure mechanical feedback feel as a percentage?
Electronically dialed in mechanical feedback?
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Looks like it will feature the all-new digital cluster seen in the 8-series and Z4 - Looks amazing!

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      08-16-2018, 05:35 AM   #19
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Good reviews overall, it's good that size increases in favour of driving, but weight is decreased, shame that we're loosing Manuals, I don't mind Auto Diesel engines, but performance engines should offer Manuals.
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The BMW engineer in the Autoblog article telling the tester to stop driving properly in order to feel the benefits of his steering calibration changes was very offputting...
Probably continued to say, "Hold the wheel with one hand, text with the other. Now, cut off this car - oh we disabled the turn signals, too. See how well the new chassis and calibration settings work?"

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Finally limited slip differential
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