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.
When BMW announced their 1-Series M Coupe in 2011, the anticipation building up until the release of the model was uncontrollable. And unless you are one of the lucky 2700 to grab a unit of this limited model, that excitement was all for nothing. BMW has announced that they have stopped taking orders for the sports coupe and that the production will end in the summer of 2012. As of right now, all 2700 units have been spoken for and BMW is reserving the time to produce the units that remain.
No official details have been provided just yet, but it is believed that BMW will be offering an M2 version for their upcoming 2-Series that will be offered instead of the current 1-Series Coupe. Before that happens, we will see the M135i - set to be unveiled later this year.
As a reminder, the 1-Series M Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that delivers an impressive 335 HP. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The BMW 135i has been one of the more exciting releases by the German automaker, as of late, and the 2013 model year 135i is on its way. We already know that the 2013 will include a two-door coupe and a convertible model, as those are already in the 2012 lineup. We also know that BMW is releasing a five-door hatchback model in the European market. One thing we haven’t seen, at least until now, is a three-door hatchback model.
Just recently BMW was caught testing a 135i, bearing about as much coverage as a supermodel at a beach photo shoot, on the Nürburgring and it shows all of the markings of a three-door hatchback. You can judge for yourself, but from the spy shots we saw, it looks like the little bit of covering it has is going over where the door handle would normally be on a five-door model. This leads us to believe that BMW is trying to hide the fact that this model does not have a rear door handle, because there is no rear door. You can see our rendering of the three-door model above.
Before all of you hatchback lovers in the U.S. start salivating over this 300-horsepower hatchback that could easily push the Golf R aside, it appears as if this hot hatchback won’t make it to the U.S. this model year. For now, this little number will remain in Europe, much like its five-door sibling.
With the hatchback craze growing in the U.S., especially the high-performance hatchback movement, it only makes sense for BMW to release the three-door hatch 135i stateside. We will be bold and predict it to arrive late in the 2013 model year or maybe as an early 2014 model. Given the fact that the coupe and convertible models will already be available here, bringing the hatchback model across the pond likely won’t be a difficult task.
At one point I really wanted an RX8, almost to the point of doing whatever it took to get the money for one. Well, after a promotion, I managed to get one and was sorely disappointed by it. Well, an Egyptian man decided to put the words “I’ll do anything” into action in an extreme way.
In Egypt, as with many developing countries, vehicles are very expensive and even more so when considering a luxury ride like a BMW 1M. With a $150,000 price tag in Egypt – more than triple its U.S. price – this wise fellow decided that the 1M was not in the cards for him now. Instead of giving up altogether, he decided to build something better than his dream car.
He began his quest with a stock BMW 120d, which once boasted a 161-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel engine, and completely stripped it down. He then pulled an S65 V-8 monster from an M3, which pumps out 414 horsepower, and dropped it in his 120d. Well, “dropping” the engine in included some motor mount and ECU modifications.
This young man then installed the M3’s suspension onto the 120d, added 1M body panels, slapped 19-inch wheels on it, and last, had a custom exhaust and driveshaft fitted to it. In the end “hatembmw,” as he goes by on a popular BMW forum, invested about $45,000 to modify his 120d into a monster that would likely annihilate a 335-horsepower M1. As detailed as this process is, this entire project took him just eight weeks to complete – three to four weeks on mechanical stuff and four weeks on the body.
All we can do is tip my hat to hatembmw… Good show, my friend, good show indeed. Enjoy the videos, we know we certainly did.
Even though we don’t really think the BMW 1-Series M Coupe needs any upgrade packages to add to its stellar style, there have actually been a ton of tuning packages for it since its debut. Now, German tuner, Hartge, is adding yet another one to the list. For their package, the tuner is offering a pretty impressive engine upgrade, as well as a couple of exterior and interior modifications.
For the 3.0 liter turbocharged engine, Hartge is offering a tweaked ECU and stainless steel rear silencer with dual round tail pipes that will increase the output from the standard 340 HP to an impressive 401 HP at 5,850 rpm and a peak torque of 391 lb-ft at 2,950 rpm. Thanks to the extra power, the Hartge 1-Series M Coupe will sprint from 0 to 124 mph in just 11.34 seconds - an improvement from the standard 13.52 seconds. The tuner is also offering a new set of alloy wheels combined with a 30mm lowering kit.
Hartge is also throwing in a boot lip spoiler and a roof spoiler for the exterior and aluminum pedals and bespoke floor mats for the interior.
BMW recently announced their new M Performance Parts, with the M550d, the X5 M50d, and the X6 M50d getting the first additions from the program. The same treatment will also be applied to the 1-Series, but unlike the other three models, BMW has opted to unveil the model as a concept version first. The new M135i Concept will make its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on March 6th.
The BMW M135i Concept will feature the same design treatment as seen in the previous BMW M Performance models, including a distinctive front apron with large air intakes and a new rear apron finished in Dark Shadow metallic. The air intakes accommodate the exhaust system’s double tailpipe.
The concept is powered by a straight six-cylinder engine featuring M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology with a power output of more than 300 HP. It is also equipped with an M sports braking system and a special set of 18" M light alloy wheels.
UPDATE 02/22/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the BMW M135i.
Hit the jump to read more about the new M135i Concept.
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The new generation BMW M6 is preparing to rev its way to dealerships in Summer 2012 after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and its promising to be the most powerful super-coupe in BMW’s history. Its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 552 HP and 502 lb ft of torque makes it capable of running its owner to their job on a daily basis, as well as running the track in superior fashion. That being said, a BMW insider has stated that the M6 should not be referred to as a "pure sports car." That designation should be left to the super car that the BMW M Division is trying to develop, again.
"M wants to build its own car. BMW has a great heritage of super-coupés and the M6 is the latest part of that. But we also want to do something that we can call a ’super sports car’."
By the time this M Division super car is ready to be launched, BMW is hoping it will take on vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with ease. BMW and its M Division have been trying to come up with a business case for the future super car for a long time, using the BMW M1 Hommage (pictured above) as a starting point. When that concept first debuted in 2008, it was rumored to get a powerful V10 5.0 liter engine capable of delivering 600+ HP, even though the original 1978 BMW M1 only pushed out 270 HP.
We figure that if BMW can attempt at least a happy medium between the original 270 HP and the rumored 600 HP, then the M Division’s super car may be a tough contender in the tough "pure sports car" market. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
BMW has already begun to revitalize its line-up with the future 3-Series Coupe and Convertible getting tagged under the 4-Series nomenclature, and now it’s rumored that the same treatment will be applied to the 1-Series. The three and five-door models will be sold under the 1-Series name, but the coupe and convertible will find themselves sporting a 2-Series tag.
The new BMW 2-Series will deliver sportier handling, but will share its engine line-up with the 1-Series hatchback. This means it will be powered by a 1.6-liter TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit delivering 170 HP and a revised 2.0 liter engine with an output of about 181 HP. BMW is also considering a new 3.0-liter straight-six-cylinder turbo petrol engine that will deliver up to 350 HP, but this engine is expected to be used in the M2 variant.
The new BMW 2-Series will debut as a coupe in 2013 and will be followed by the convertible version and a more powerful M2 version a few months later.
BMW has announced today the special editions 1-Series Exclusive and Sport Editions available for both coupe and convertible versions. The Exclusive Edition will be distinguished by window cavity covers and side frame strips in Chrome Line or the optional BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line. The model can be ordered with a range of light alloy wheels available in 16, 17 and 18-inch sizes.
The model can be ordered in an exclusive Mineral Grey metallic paint combined with exterior mirrors in Oxide Silver matte finish and the exhaust covers and longitudinal kidney grille bars in chrome. The interior gets seats finished in Pearl Grey with grey contrast stitching or in black with white contrast stitching. BMW is offering different aluminum insertions or an optional fine wood finish Fineline Anthracite, an anthracite-colored BMW Individual roof liner for the 1 Series Coupe and floor mats with welt in matching color.
The new Sport edition gets a M Sports chassis, M aerodynamic package, a Carbon Black metallic paint combined with 17 or 18" M light alloy wheels in double spoke design. The interior gets sports seats, a M leather steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and M footrest in aluminum. The seats covers and trim doors are available in a fabric/Sensatec combination Flashpoint Black with contrast stitching in blue, interior strips in aluminum glacier silver and matching floor mats with blue welt.
In mid 2011, BMW unveiled the 1-Series Sport and Urban Line models, both of which featured five-door configurations, but what about a three-door version? We had to wait a bit to get it, but BMW finally unveiled the new 1-Series three-door line-up, with the most powerful version being the M135i.
The new BMW 1-Series three-door will be offered with a widened choice of petrol and diesel engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The base version is the 114i powered by a four-cylinder engine with 102 HP, while the other extreme will take you to the 125i with 218 HP. Starting November 2012, BMW will add a 170 HP 118i engine and a 184 HP 120d engine. All engine variants come with optimized six-speed manual transmissions as standard, while aneight-speed automatic transmission or eight-speed automatic sports transmission will be offered as options.
The three door 1-Series will feature the same design elements as the previously announced 1-Series model, except of course for its stretched side line, wide doors with frameless windows, and extended side sill line, underscoring the dynamically stretched character of the vehicle’s silhouette.
Updated 05/14/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the BMW 1-Series 3-Door.
Hit the jump for more details on the BMW 1-Series 3-Door.