Shortly after the official photos released on Saturday, new wallpapers of the 2011 BMW 3 Series Coupe make their way onto the web.
Let’s take a moment to reiterate some of the changes that are easy to see in this facelift: the front, lower fascia is now presented with subtle winglets on the air-dam, but more than that, the actual area for air flow is slightly larger than the outgoing design, also allowing for larger splitters at each end of the fascia.
At the front-end, the corona rings angel eyes are now bright LED units. At the rear, there are also modified taillights, with the LED look and finish. BMW added their new ‘L’ shaped design theme to an all new, almost E46 LED taillight, underneath the Ls. Holding the exhaust ports is an all-new bumper with a horizontal expressive line that shows the wide back end.
Another exterior element that stands out are the side-view mirrors, larger than in the pre-LCI model.
While the new exterior features and functions are a nice touch for all of us who love the 3-Series, the real news is the N55 inline-6 engine that first appeared on the new 5-Series GT. It features a single turbo with twin-scroll technology, direct-fuel injection and Valvetronic variable intake technology, along with being all aluminum. The engine still makes 300hp and 300lb-ft of torque with a 7,000 rpm redline.
The new BMW 3 Series Coupe goes on sale in March in Europe, the North American market will follow shortly after that.