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BMW considering tii treatment for next-generation 3-series?

During the 1970s, the tii nameplate was synonymous with BMW performance. But over the years, BMW's famed model lost most of its credentials due to a lack of availability. But BMW resurrected the nameplate on the 1-series tii concept and might have the same in store for the next-generation 3-series.

The 1-series tii concept evolved into the new BMW Performance range of performance parts for the 1-series, and the 2012 3-series will likely see the same treatment. According to Autobild, BMW is considering offering a range of carbon fiber parts, larger wheels, upgraded brakes, aero kits and sports steering wheel on the next 3-series -- due out in 2011.

Moreover, other possible upgrades could include the M3's rear differential, a dual-clutch transmission and a power upgrade to the 3.0L twin-turbo six -- likely in the neighborhood of 355 horsepower.

BMW has yet to confirm the report and, with another three years until the next 3-series' launch, BMW faithful might have to just get by with the new M3 in the meantime.