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2013 BMW 3 Series

Published July 12, 2012

A while back I had this job where all I had to do was drive. That was my assignment. It was a job where I worked for interesting people who had far more interesting lives than my own. I ran into people from every walk of life, none of whom I would ever have wanted a lasting friendship with mind you. But through vicarious fantasy and close proximity I felt that I too had the life they had. It meant I was on the road all the time. If it weren’t for the kick ass ride I was given to drive the job would have felt like a total chore. That ride was a BMX 3 Series sedan. Now I have to admit this car changed my perspective on BMW because, for as much as I always respected BMW’s there was something I just didn’t like about them. And during the course of that driving job I also noticed, after so much time behind the wheel, it seemed to be that BMW drivers were easily the biggest jerkoff’s on the road. That whole rich entitlement thing. I’m not sure if that’s changed since those days but it can be said that my opinion of BMW has softened and with the coming sixth generation version of the 3 Series I am even looking at the car with new found adoration.

The BMW has set the bar with the 3 Series for the entire industry for as long as we can remember. And, try as they might, other manufacturers have long found it difficult to keep up with BMW’s quintessential sports sedan. And the fact that only slight alterations are made to the 3 Series with each generation is an indication that BMW has been pacing the lead all along.

For 2013 there will be available three different models of the 3 Series. First will come the classic four door sedan, then a station wagon which likely won’t make the North American market. Soon will follow the impressive coupe and finally the option of a metal-top cabriolet coupe.  The 2013 BMW 3 Series will be a little bit bigger in girth making it all that much more authoritative on the road. But it’s the powertrain package that has been completely reinvented.  We’ll see a turbocharged 2.0 liter  four-cylinder engine replace the current naturally aspirated inline-six. And the N55 engine, a single-turbo inline-six, will be the highest performance package for the regular models. These new engines replace  the current gas guzzling 4.0-liter V-8.  While a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six diesel will be hitting the European market a gasoline hybrid option is being prepared for the U.S. market. The all wheel drive remains an option as well as a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

 

The 2013 BMW 3 Series will be first choice for many. Especially those who have long been faithful to the BMW brand. So now they will have a brand new model of the 3 Series to drive around, cutting off drivers and stealing parking spots and not bothering to signal and flipping the bird when they’re honked at for their horrible driving etiquette. Or who knows. Perhaps the revision of the 3 Series will do the same for the people who drive them. We can only hope.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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