Report: BMW 3 Series production to end in October, next-gen model coming in spring 2012

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2011 BMW 335is

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Production of the current E90 and E92 BMW 3 Series will come to an end for good in October, in preparation for next spring’s launch of the all-new F30 3 Series. Before the gas models bow out, the oil-burning 335d will cease production in August.

The death of the current 3er makes room for a sleeker, less cluttered version of the car which clings closely to the more aggressive new BMW design language. Among the changes will be flatter kidney grilles as well as shorter overhangs, as well as a more muscular stance.

The new 3s will also get a bump in efficiency, with a range of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder mills, with the outside chance of a three-banger joining the lineup later on. The next M3 will ditch V8 power in favor of a twin-turbo inline-six sporting about 450 horsepower.

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Porsche says Rennsport Reunion IV headed for Laguna Seca in October

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Porsche 917 Rennsport Reunion

Classic Porsches at the Rennsport Reunion – Click above for high-res image gallery

Porsche has announced that it will host Rennsport Reunion IV at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from October 14-16 this year. The Rennsport Reunion is a gathering of Porsche racers from the past to celebrate the company’s tradition and future.

The festival will feature vintage Porsche racing and a concours d’elegance show for race participants. There will be a series of 911-specific events to celebrate the racing history of Porsche’s most-famous model.

Models at the event will include 550 Spyders, 917s, 956/962s, 911 GT3 RSRs and a host of 356s, 904s and 911s. Tickets are pretty steep at $400, and are available through Porsche. Feel free to read all the details in the press release after the break.

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Video: Korean International Circuit lapped ahead of October F1 race

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Karun Chandhok does laps of the Korean GP circuit – Click above to watch video after the jump

Just six weeks remain until the Korean Grand Prix takes place on October 24. The track itself is only barely ready and the surrounding infrastructure is nowhere near ready, but that didn’t stop Karun Chandhok from running a few fast laps. On leave from HRT F1 for a few races, Chandhok piloted a Red Bull on grooved tires through the dusty 3.49-mile circuit. It looks a lot more exciting on paper than it does behind the wheel – save for the massive straight – but hopefully the championship battle will provide enough excitement on its own. Follow the jump for the video.

[Source: ESPN F1]

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