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.

The BMW 1-Series Coupe is no doubt a pretty impressive car, but the gap between it and the 1-Series M Coupe is huge. So it’s mystery why many tuners have tried to update the standard 1-Series Coupe to look as much like the 1M as possible.

One of these tuners is Prior Design, which developed a pretty impressive wide-body kit that completely transforms the look of the 1-Series. The kit includes new front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, front fenders and rear widenings, plus an optional trunk spoiler. All components are made in PU-RIM, except the rear widenings which are made from DURA-FLEX.

The price for the full update is €2999 ($3,989 at the current exchange rate), and for the trunk spoiler you will have to pay another €299. Unfortunately, the tuner is offering no updates under the hood, so if you were hoping to enjoy the same 340 horsepower as in the standard 1M Coupe, sorry, but you’re on your own with that one.

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It’s no surprise that most car manufacturers try to get into the spirit of Christmas and wish their fans and customers, happy holidays. Each brand tries their best at sending a holiday message to the viewer, be it hilarious, jaw-dropping or simply just "Merry Christmas.”

In response to Mercedes AMG’s Christmas message, which was pretty good, the boys at BMW decided to make one of their own. This has more to do with competition than celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

The volunteer chosen to spread the wishes is the fantastic BMW M135i. Being a 2-minute-long video with a performance car starring in it, one can expect that this is no ordinary message.

They put a dignified a capella band in the BMW M135i and DTM Champion Martin Tomczyk behind the wheel. With Martin torturing the Bimmer through some intense twist, the band had to sing “Jingle Bells.” Singing Jingle Bells itself is a pretty simple task, but when you’re drifting through the apex of a turn, it can be a little, shall we say, “difficult.”

Valiant effort, BMW, but the Mercedes AMG vid is still better. What do you think?

No matter how difficult it is to say or write their name, you can always be sure that German tuner Schwabenfolia will release programs that will definitely catch your attention.

Their latest run on the factory saw them take a BMW 1-Series M Coupe , as tidy a compact sports car as they’ll come, and gave it a show stopping program. The most obvious thing you’ll notice about the program is the Lime Green foil wrap that will definitely steal its share of eye balls. From there, the German tuner also added a black foil wrap on certain sections of the 1-Series M Coupe, including the iconic BMW double kidney grille, the side indicators, and the roof. Carbon mirrors were also added at an extra cost, as are the new set of powder coated alloy wheels with its own lime green accents.

In terms of performance, Schwabenfolia added a new sports suspension system from Bilstein, a titanium exhaust system, and a new engine kit that improves the 1-Series M Coupe’s output from 335 horsepower to 420 horsepower.

Schwabenfolia has listed pricing details for the program, of which the lime green foil wrap costs €2,150 (US$2,900), €800 ($1,100) for the wheels, €99 ($130) and €109 ($145) for the front and rear wheel spacers, €2,499 ($3,300) for the Bilstein suspension, €2,299 ($3,000) for the titanium exhaust, and €1,299 ($1,700) for the engine kit.

In addition to the number of world premieres BMW is dropping at the 2013 NAIAS , a new equipment package, dubbed the Limited Edition Lifestyle package, will also be in attendance.

The package is set to be offered to both the 1-Series Coupe and the 1-Series Convertible , and comes with a slew of exclusive and high-quality equipment details that have been designed to add more style and substance to the exterior and interior of the 1-Series.

The package will come with a choice of three colors, including a Mineral White metallic paint that obviously gives the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models the kind of added shine that makes it stand out from the crowd.

On top of the color options, the program also includes a new set of 18-inch light-alloy wheels and an interior that has been dressed up in brown leather trim with white contrast stitching, a brown leather sports steering wheel, specially badged door sill strips, and what BMW is calling as "Fineline Stream" fine wood trim. Taken all together, the Lifestyle Edition program is really more about classing up the 1-Series than anything else.

The convertible model goes one more by adding in a brown soft top with silver pigments to give it that Twilight-vampire-like shimmer in the sunlight. Okay, maybe not that drastic, but still a cool effect nonetheless.

No word yet on how much the program will set you back, but we expect more details of it when the cars bearing the mods make their debuts at the 2013 NAIAS.

We’ll update you with all of the details as they roll out.

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.

Source: Autoforum

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.

BMW 1-Series Sedan

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 .

Source: AutoCar
BMW 1-Series Gran Turismo

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.

BMW 1-Series Gran Turismo

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.


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