The BMW 1-Series began its life back in 2004 when the 3-Series was moving up in the world and BMW needed another small family car to serve as an entry model. It started off as a 5-door hatchback, but was introduced as a 2-door coupe, a 3-door hatchback, and a convertible in 2007.
The current engine selection consists of a 3.0L I-6 producing 230hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.0L twin turbo I-6 producing 300hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
BMW unveiled the M135i back in May, but since then it did not provide any details on the car’s performance numbers around the famous Nordschleife track. Since Bimmer decided to withhold this info, the guys over Autoforum.cz took a test of their own and obtained a pretty impressive result. The M135i posted a lap time of 8:05, making it faster than models like Porsche Cayman S or Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Keep in mind that behind the wheel was not a professional driver, but don’t they all use pros in this testing phase.
For those of you who do not remember, the M135i is powered by a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 320 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 331 pound-feet of torque that is available between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph.
As the top-of-the-line trim for the entire BMW 1-Series lineup, the M135i has a lot of expectations to live up to.
Fortunately, there are aftermarket companies like AC Schnitzer that are capable of helping cars like the M135i fulfill their potential. It certainly helps that AC Schnitzer is also considered one of the finest BMW tuners in the world — yeah, these guys know what they’re doing.
For the M135i, AC Schnitzer decided to launch an upgrade program that includes performance mods, suspension upgrades, and subtle aerodynamic improvements. That’s the trifecta right there.
First off is the performance upgrade, which AC Schnitzer achieved by tweaking various components in the engine. The result is an M135i that now produces 360 horsepower without increasing the CO2 emissions of the sports hatch. Coming from the original 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque produced by the car’s 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, the performance bump is pretty impressive, considering the CO2 levels remained the same. We’ll get you all of thee engine-upgrade details after its debut in Essen.
Moving to the suspension, AC Schnitzer installed a new spring kit that not only lowers the vehicle by 25 mm (0.98 inches) but also provides an improved balance between two key elements of the M135i: sports performance and driving comfort. A chromed "Racing" exhaust tailpipe was also installed, as well as a two-piece front spoiler, color-matched design stripes, a rear roof spoiler and a loading lip protection film make up the exterior modifications.
Finally, there are the interior upgrades, which include an aluminum Black Line gear knob or, should you opt for something a little more posh, an illuminated, leather-wrapped gear knob. Rounding out the interior upgrades for the M135i include a Black Line aluminum cover for the i-Drive, another gear knob with a digital gear display, aluminum handbrake handle with chrome accents, custom velour floor mats and an aluminum foot rest.
It looks like BMW is considering the adding a new M-Series model to its lineup. It will be based on the next-generation 1-Series sedan and will be a direct rival to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Audi S3 sedan. However, do not expect to see it on the market until the latter half of 2015, at the earliest.
In an interview with AutoCar, a BMW insider said: "We are actively considering it. Do we think there is a potential market? Yes, and it is likely to grow rapidly. If we had the capacity, we would already be well down the road [to production] by now."
The new model will be built on the BMW’s new UKL platform and under its hood will be a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with at least 300 horsepower.
Until the new small sedan arrives on the market, we will see the new M235i based on the next-generation BMW 2-Series.
Last week we brought you the first spy shots of the BMW 1-Series GT in its production form. Today we are doing that one better by bringing you our own rendering of the future Bimmer 1-Series Gran Turismo, which is set to hit the market in 2014.
As previously reported, the 1-Series GT was previewed by the Concept Active Hybrid and this is where our rendering began. We spiced it up a little by adding some extra goodies to it, including: a chrome-outlined front grille, lower-grille-mounted fog lamps and gloss-black side-view mirror stalks. In another words we made it cooler – well, at least we think it is.
For those of you who do not know just yet, the 1-Series GT will be built on BMW’s new UKL platform and will be offered with a choice of three engines: a standard 3-cylinder engine, a 4-cylinder petrol engine and a 3-cylinder hybrid powertrain that will combined a 1.5-liter petrol engine driving the front wheels with an electric motor for the rear axle.
The new 1-Series GT will make its official debut in the summer of 2013 with sales to beginning later in 2014.
Yesterday we brought you the first spy shots of the facelifted BMW 5-Series GT, and today our spy photographers have caught the upcoming 1-Series GT testing for the first time in production form. In the previous spy shots, the prototypes featured a different A-pillar and roofline.
The upcoming 1-Series GT has been previewed by the Concept Active Hybrid and will be offered in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.
The 1-Series GT will be built on BMW’s new KL1 platform that it will share with all future compact BMW and Mini models. Under the hood, BMW will likely place a new 3-cylinder engine standard with two optional powertrains: a 4-cylinder petrol powertrain and a 3-cylinder hybrid powertrain. This latter one will combine a 1.5-liter petrol engine driving the front wheels with an electric motor for the rear axle.
The prototype caught in these spy shots features twin exhaust pipes suggesting it might be a more powerful version. Even if the prototype is still wearing fake lights on the front and rear, it’s revealing more than ever before. There are no more fake panels on the side, giving us a look at the body lines on the doors.
Expect to see the new 1-Series GT in the spring or summer of 2013.
Another day, another tuning package for the coveted BMW 1-Series M Coupe . This tiny sports coupe has taken the tuning world by storm and German tuner A-workx is its next victim.
The new tuning package for BMW’s baby model comes packed with a bunch of upgrades, none more impressive than the engine modification. The 1-Series M Coupe’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six has been revamped with a large intercooler, a high performance, modified oil cooler, engine oil and mapping, a new air filter, and a new exhaust system from Akrapovic. These changes bump the output from the standard 335 HP at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm to 450 HP and 405 lb-ft of torque.
The package also includes a new KW suspension system to handle the added power and a new set of 19" ultra-light forged wheels that are 33 lbs lighter than the standard wheels to increase performance. There is also a modified braking system that includes sport brake pads, stainless steel brake lines, and racing brake fluid. The last piece of the puzzle is a new carbon fiber roof that is about 12 lbs lighter than the standard and helps lower the center of gravity of the vehicle.
So, maybe it was a money issue or a timing issue, but you held off on putting your deposit down on the limited-run 1M Coupe. Now, you’re likely kicking yourself as you realize just how popular it was and just how tough it may become to get your hands on one of the 6,331 of them in existence today. If you don’t feel like waiting for a reasonably priced 1M to hit the used market and really only care about the performance of the 1M and not the “official” name, German Tuner, TJ Fahrzeugdesign, may have the answer for you.
TJ Fahrzeugdesign, which translates out to TJ Vehicle Design, has released a tuning and appearance kit that will give your run-of-the-mill 1-Series coupe the look and feel of the 1M coupe. Actually, you will likely annihilate any 1M coupe on the street in this machine, thanks to four extra cylinders and loads more power than the stock 1M.
So how does TJ Fahrzeugdesign’s really stand up to the 1M coupe?
Click past the jump to read our full review and find out.
The last time we saw a G-Powered BMW it was the M5 Hurricane RR, which ended up being the world’s fastest LPG-powered vehicle. Well, G-Power is back for a little bit more, but this time in a much smaller package: the 1M.
If the 1M and its 335-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine just isn’t enough for you, the BMW 1M G1 V8 Hurricane RS by G-Power just might be the ticket. G-Power took special care of this 1M coupe and brought it to a point that just about any auto enthusiast could be both impressed and scared to death of it at the same time.
What’s awesome, though, is the amount of careful planning that BMW put into the 1M straight from the factory had a direct relationship with the amount of power G-Power was able to crank out. BMW fitted the 1M with the front and rear axles of its M3 counterpart, giving it the clean and stout base that the 1M needs to handle more intense power output.
So, did G-Power earn another gold star with its latest BMW modification or did it fall a little short of the precedent it set with the M5 Hurricane RR?
Updated 11/02/2012: The guys over G-Power took their latest G1 V8 Hurriance RS out for a test drive and the result was impressive: the car was able to hit a top speed of 314 km/h (195 mph). Enjoy the video!
BMW will be trooping to the 2012 Paris Motor Show with a presentation of their new add-on toys that are part of the M Performance Accessories. Comprised mostly of aesthetic and power kits, the accessories cover a whole range of BMW models, including the 1-Series hatch, the 3-Series Touring, and models that feature the automaker’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine.
The accessories kit comprises of various new components, including carbon finished exterior mirror caps, a choice of new wheels, diffuser inserts for the rear apron, and side sill foliations. The 1-Series 3-door hatchback and 3-Series Touring models also get a slew of new goodies in the suspension, drive, and aerodynamics departments.
As far as performance upgrades are concerned, the M Performance Accessories come with plenty of options for the 120d, the 320d, and the 520d. Likewise, the automaker’s aforementioned 2.0-liter diesel engine also gets a power upgrade from the standard 181 horsepower and 197 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 197 horsepower and 310 lb/ft of torque.
Most of us believed that the BMW 1-Series M Coupe wouldn’t see a lot of tuning packages, we thought wrong as tons of tuners have worked their magic on the sports coupe. The latest tuning firm to think they could do better than the 1-Series M Coupe’s standard 340 HP are the guys over at BEST Cars and Bikes.
This tuning company providing the coupe’s twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine with professional software optimization and then added a new stainless steel exhaust system made by Bastuck. As a result. the car can now deliver an impressive 425 HP!
The package continues with a new set of 20" wheels from SCHMIDT Revolution. These wheels are offered in a three-piece design and painted in a very cool matte black finish. They have been combined with a KW coil over in Variant 3 and 245/30R20 tires on the front axle and 11Jx20H2 and 305/25R20 tires at the rear axle.