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<br /> ELECTRONICALLY REpRINTEd fROm<br /> FEBRUARY 29, 2012 AUTOMOBILEMAG.COM <br /> Four Seasons<br /> 2012 BMW 328i – A Legend Returns<br /> By Jason Cammisa / Photos by Eric McCandless<br /> It sounds like a cliche, but the BMW 3-series really is<br /> the standard by which all other sport sedans are<br /> measured. Its influence has permeated the engineering<br /> halls of automakers on every continent: Cadillac used to<br /> manufacture rolling living rooms, Mercedes-Benzes<br /> were once Teutonic isolation chambers, and Infinitis<br /> were...well, nobody quite knew what they were. But<br /> today, all three -- and their collective competitors -- make<br /> cars directly aimed at the BMW 3-series.<br /> The sound and smoothness of BMW’s straight-six<br /> engine have long been a hallmark of the 3-series. For<br /> 2012, there’s a new 3-series, and it’s a clear and careful<br /> evolution of its predecessors -- but there’s been a<br /> s<a title="88934_elite page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dca68879?page=1"> ELECTRONICALLY REpRINTEd fROm FEBRUARY 29, 2012</a> <a title="88934_elite page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dca68879?page=2"> balance shafts and a trick pendulum dual-mass flyw</a>