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BMW 1-Series

BMW 1-Series

  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.

Lets face it: all of you have at least one huge car poster in your room. But finding the right resolution can be difficult sometime and usually costs. But now, the German tuner H&R is offering you a free poster featuring the nicely tuned H&R BMW 1M Coupe on a double sided, 24x36" full color image.

For those of you who have forgotten, the BMW 1M Coupe by H&R is equipped with a sport suspension set-up that lowered the car by 1.2" on the front and 0.6" on the rear, a new set of 19" wheels from BBS combined with Brembo brakes. H&R opted to let everything under the hood unchanged. And we perfectly agree! After all the BMW 1-Series M Coupe is the perfect car: it is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

All you have to do is go on the H&R page and ask for your awesome free poster.


BMW ’s plans to shake up their lineup and hit their sales target of two millions cars a year by 2020 is in full force. They have already decided to split their 1-Series line into the 1-Series Hatchback, 1-Series Three Door , and 1-Series Five Door, and create a 2-Series line that consists of the old 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models. Now, they are preparing to launch a new baby sedan that will target models like the upcoming Audi A3 sedan , which is set to arrive on the US market in 2013.

The new 1-Series sedan will arrive after the 2-Series coupe and convertible are launched in 2014. While the current 1-Series features a front-wheel-drive system, the sedan version will adopt a rear-wheel-drive platform - the one same that will be used for the 1-Series GT . Under the hood, there will be both four and six-cylinder engines, while an electric version is being considered.

Expect to see the new BMW 1-Series sedan launched in 2015. In terms of pricing, the Sedan will be placed under the current 3-Series , which starts off at $35,795.

Source: Autocar

The past few days have been pretty busy for BMW . First they unveiled the 3-Series Station Wagon and after it the 1-Series three-door and the M135i . And now the US market has received a new model to its 1-Series line-up: 135is offered in both coupe and convertible version. Prices will start from $43,250 for the coupe model and $47,950 for the convertible and sales are scheduled to begin this fall.

The BMW 135is is powered by a TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that delivers a total of 320 hp (+20 hp increase compared to the 135i) and 317 lb-ft of torque (+17 lb.ft). The engine features Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, direct injection and a single twin-scroll turbocharger and has been combined with a standard 6-Speed manual transmission or an optional 7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission, but also with a Performance exhaust system.

The new 135is will be distinguished by exclusive 18" wheels, unique high-gloss black kidney grill, black mirror caps and special exterior badges in additional to the standard M Sport Package components. For the interior BMW will add stainless steel pedals, special interior badges and optional black leather seats with blue stitching for the standard sport seats.


After debuting the M135i Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, BMW has now unveiled the M135i production version. The new model will be distinguished by a specific exterior and interior design, as well as an impressive 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine that delivers an amazing 320 HP. This output allows the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

The car’s exterior will be distinguished by specific M design elements: a front apron with large air intake vents and three-dimensional flaps on the outer air vents inspired by automobile racing. At the rear, there will be an impressive rear apron plus dual exhaust pipes. The final touch is provided by a new set of 18-inch M light alloy double-spoke wheels. The interior receives Hexagon/Alcantara upholstery, an M leather steering wheel, BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite, and an aluminum Hexagon trim with matte Estoril Blue or high-gloss black accent lines.

BMW has only unveiled the three-door version of the M135i, but they have promised that a five-door version will follow shortly.

UPDATE 05/14/12:This review has been updated with the official details and images for the BMW M135i.

UPDATE 08/01/12: BMW has unveiled a new video for the M135i - a model that unfortunately won’t make it to the US market. The BMW M 135i is part of the compact BMW 1 Series family and it’s a BMW M Performance Automobile. Have a closer look at this sporty car - powered by M.

UPDATE 12/12/12: The BMW M135i is one of the true pocket rockets in the industry, capable of hitting 320 horsepower and 331 lbs-ft of torque. Obviously, a car like that needs to get its Nurburgring baptismal, right? Well, the BMW sports hatch did and you can watch the video after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the new BMW M135i.

BMW 1-Series M Coupe

BMW stopped taking orders for the 1-Series M Coupe at the beginning of April, so if someone wasn’t lucky enough to be among the 2700 people to grab a unit of this limited model, they won’t get the chance to drive one. At least that is the case in a real life scenario. In the gaming world, anything is possible.

For example, the latest ACR game created by Auto Club Revolution in cooperation with BMW gives gamers the ability to log in and take a spin in the 1-Series M Coupe. All you have to do is go to bmw.autoclubrevolution.com to get a free BMW 1 Series M Coupe test-drive on the coolest racetracks and at the highest speeds. Auto Club Revolution takes online-racing to the next level, or at least this is the case they are making. Let us know if there is truth in their advertising by hitting us up in the comments section below!

Hit the jump for the video presenting the European premiere held in the BMW M Studio.

BMW has already stopped taking orders for the1-Series M Coupe , but the car is still enjoying lots of attention from tuners. In fact, despite the fact we believe the cars needs no updates, there were tons of tuners who didn’t agreed with us and they have find one, or more solutions to improve the sports coupe.

The latest program comes from Vorsteiner who announced a pretty impressive tuning kit will be unveiled on May 19th at Bimmerfest 2012 in Pasadena, CA. All the tuner unveiled until now are some images of the parts of the exterior upgrade package, but because we are talking about Vorsteiner we are expecting great things.

The package will include a new carbon fiber front spoiler with integrated brake duct system, the rear diffuser has been replaced with extended aero fins and signature GTS-V designed splitters, also made in carbon fiber. The tuner is also offering a lightweight boot lid replacement weighing 11.5 lbs. with integrated wing profile element in carbon fiber and a new titanium exhaust system. The car sits on a new set of 19 and 20 inch forged concave wheels.

This is pretty much all we know about this package until now, but we will keep you post it!

BMW M235i Coupe

Earlier this year, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, BMW unveiled a very cool M135i Concept and, of course, shortly thereafter rumors began about a production version. A few weeks ago, we brought the first spy shots of the M135i testing around Nurburgring and now we’re hearing that the U.S. may be getting their own version of the M135i, but in Coupe form.

We expect the future M135i Coupe to feature the same setup as that of the Wagon, so we should see a sport-tuned suspension with M sport brakes, a new set of 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design, and an aerodynamic body kit. Under the hood, BMW may place the straight six-cylinder petrol engine that features M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology possibly with a few tweaks here and there. Output should come in at about 300 HP as in the Wagon version. The engine will be combined with a rear-wheel drive system.

An official debut for the BMW M135i Coupe should be made sometime in late 2013 or early 2014.

BMW M135i

BMW M GmbH president, Friedrich Nitschke, already confirmed that the M135i Concept unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show would make it to production and as proof of that statement, our spy photographers have caught the car doing some quick laps around the Nürburgring in Germany.

The future M135i will be powered by an N55 6-cylinder inline engine that will deliver about 320 HP. The engine will be combined with a rear-wheel drive system and a powerful sport-tuned suspension with M sport brakes. According to Nitschke, it will also be offered with an optional AWD system.

The future M135i is also said to come with a new set of 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design and an aerodynamic body kit. Considering the prototype caught testing this time was a three-door model, it seems that BMW will also be offering it in two body styles.

All of this considered, it seems BMW is pretty serious about offering a competitor for the Mercedes A25 AMG .

Just when you thought that tuning programs for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe had died down, Tuningwerk comes out of the woodwork to present one, which they have affectionately called the 1M RS.

With the intention of creating a street-legal race car from the 1-Series M Coupe, the German tuner decided to shave off any excess weight from the stock model. That involved replacing a number of body panels on the car with carbon fiber, including the hood, the boot lid, the GT4 front lip spoiler, the rear wing, and yes, even the Recaro bucket seats. All carbon fiber, all the time. Moving on to the wheels, Tuningwerk fitted the 1M RS with a new set of 19" forged ATS superlight wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx high-performance tires.

For the engine, Tuningwerk pretty much injected the 1M Coupe’s 3.0-liter turbocharged engine with enough upgrades to significantly increase the car’s output. The German tuner modified the turbochargers and the cooling system, installed a custom exhaust system, and remapped the car’s ECU unit, all of which were done to give the 1M RS an output of 514 horsepower and 453 lb/ft of torque and a top speed of 186 mph. If you think those aren’t significant, you only need to look at the stock model’s 335-horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque numbers to realize how ridiculous the power upgrade is.

Rounding out Tuningwerk’s program for the 1M Coupe include the addition of a racing clutch, a sturdier suspension set-up, and a new braking system that come with optional carbon fiber discs.

For all the work done on this 1M Coupe, the cost pretty much reflects it. If you’re interested in the 1M RS, be prepared to shell out €119,000, which is around $156,500 based on current exchange rates.

Hit the jump for more information on the BMW 1-Series Coupe RS by Tuningwerk.

Back in 2010, pictures of a Dakar Yellow BMW M3 spotted in Southern California flooded the internet, gaining the admiration of many a car enthusiast. At that time, we wondered why BMW did not carry the striking yellow exterior finish on more of their models, but alas the German automaker stuck to their high maintenance "Frozen" finishes of Dark Blue , Gray , and Silver . Until now.

A similar Dakar Yellow package has been applied to the new 1-Series M Coupe , rounded out by a series of visual and power upgrades. The package starts off with a series of elements from the BMW Performance arm, including new seats, a new steering wheel, pedals, shifter, and carbon fiber trunk lip. Then, since this is a high performance sports coupe, carbon fiber elements were thrown in to enhance its character. The 1M Coupe received a new front lip, a new diffuser, new side valances and skirts, and a new roof, all covered in carbon fiber. For an even meaner look, the car also received new angel eyes.

Under the flashy paint job and shimmering carbon fiber, the BMW 1M Coupe also juiced up with new Brembo brakes and a new set of KW suspensions. Next, the Dakar Yellow 1M received an Akrapovic exhaust system and a wireless kit to add to the all around fun of the sports coupe’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower.

Source: mfestforum

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