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.

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.

The new 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo made its debut in Forza Motorsport 4 about two weeks ago. Now, Turn 10 Studis available that will add another 10 vehicles to your list of cars to drive, including the Koenigsegg Agera supercar and the electric Tesla Roadster Sport .

The new Launch Bonus Pack includes a collection of ten cars previously available only to those Forza 4 players who had either pre-ordered from specific retail outlets, or picked up the game during its first run via the "Ship Bonus Car Pack." The new Launch Bonus Pack is available for Xbox Live and can be yours for 560 Microsoft Points.

The list of 10 cars included in the new Launch Bonus Pack include: 1997 Lexus SC300 , 1965 Mustang GT Coupe , 2011 Ruf RGT-8 , 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport , 2011 Koenigsegg Agera , 2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta , 2011 Subaru WRX STI , 2011 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman , 2011BMW 1-Series M Coupe , and 2011 Honda CR-Z EX.

Hit the jump for a presentation video of all the cars.

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!

Source: Autocar

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.

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Last year’s picks for the coupe of the year raged a war between the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang , but this year things are a bit different. In fact, neither one of these muscle cars made the list, simply because the new Camaro ZL1 isn’t available for purchase just yet.

With the two major muscle cars out of the running, we were still left with a ton of vehicles worthy of some time in the spotlight. Our choices for the top coupes of 2011 are kind of all over the place. From the Audi TT-RS’ return to the States to the Lotus Exige S and its road-going capabilities on the other side of the pond, there’s pretty much a flavor for anybody.

In fact, if we’ve missed one of your favorites, make sure to hit us up.

Hit the jump for our picks for the 2011 Coupe of the Year, in alphabetical order.

We don’t usually associate Playboy with cars, unless scantily clad women were somehow involved, but the American men’s magazine has just unveiled the top 11 hottest models people should buy in 2012. Now guys can really say they are picking up Playboy’s latest issue for the articles!

The top spot for this honorable list goes to none other than the fastest production Jaguar ever built - the XKR-S ! But next to this remarkable sports car is the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 , the Fiat 500 , the Range Rover Evoque , the Lexus CT 200h , the BMW 1-Series M Coupe , the Bentley Continental GTC , the Ford Mustang Boss 302 , the Audi A7 , the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG , and the Hyundai Veloster .

There are certainly many fabulous vehicles to choose from on this list - and some not so fabulous vehicles - so do you agree with the top spot? Let us know in the comments section below!

Source: Playboy

California-based tuning company, Vorsteiner, has made a name for itself for being one of the best BMW tuners in the country today. Oddly enough, though, Vorsteiner’s line-up of programs for BMW vehicles was missing a popular model: the 1-Series M Coupe .

Turns out, Vorsteiner was just biding its time before unloading its very first project for the baby 1M, which they’re now calling the "1M Coupe GTS-V."

The full details of the program have not yet been disclosed, although the company did share a couple of new features the GTS-V program will have on the 1-Series M Coupe. Among the added elements fitted to the 1M include a front spoiler with an integrated brake duct system, a redesigned rear diffuser with extended aero fins and GTS-V designed splitters, a lightweight boot lid with its own small wing, and a new set of either 19" or 20" Forged Concave Wheels. As an added option, Vorsteiner is also offering a cat-back titanium sport exhaust system. On the inside, the tuning company is including some special embroidered floor mats with orange piping to spice up the 1M Coupe’s interior set-up.

No word yet on what kind of performance upgrades the 1M Coupe GTS-V will carry. Rest assured, we won’t expect anything less than ’pedestrian’ figures from Vorsteiner. Knowing these guys, we’re confident that they have something explosive under that hood.

UPDATE 07/17/12: We’ve seen a lot of surprises these days from automakers releasing fresh batches of photos for their respective. Turns out, Vorsteiner’s joining in on the party with a new set of pictures for their 1-Series M Coupe GTS-V program. Check them out at the gallery below!

Having a car like the BMW 1-Series M Coupe affords you the opportunity of bringing a tuning company that can play around with it and modify it according to your tastes and preferences.

Such was the case when an owner of the 1-Series M Coupe brought his freshly delivered sports car to the people of IND with the sole purpose of turning it into a bonafide rocket on wheels. Time was of the essence for IND, who were only given 48 hours to complete their project. And true to their reputation as certified pros, IND did a whale of job, building a comprehensive tuning program that includes plenty of specially selected pieces that are all new to the market.

For instance, the 1-Series M Coupe’s hood was taken out, replaced by a new power dome with carbon fiber pieces by Seibon. To give the sports car a colorful balance of sportiness and aggression, IND added gloss black front and side grilles to match the car’s Valencia Orange paint finish. Similarly, the tuning company also put in a two-piece adjustable front lip and two-piece rear diffuser, provided for by RevoZport, a new rear spoiler from BMW Performance, a custom paint scheme for the engine cover, and a Valencia Orange-striped BMW Performance steering wheel.

A one-off, pre-production sports shifter from Rogue Engineering was also put in, as was Eisenmann’s new downpipe-back exhaust system, which was added, together with Akrapovic downpipes, to provide a significant bump up in performance output for the 1-Series M Coupe. With all the changes in tow, the car’s software was further optimized by ESS Tuning, giving it significant improvements in terms of its engine performance.

No word yet on the new numbers for this IND-tuned 1-Series M Coupe, although one wouldn’t be remiss thinking that these could be one of the most powerful tuning programs done on the 1M sports car.

The highly modified BMW 1-Series M Coupe seen in these images is not the spawn of an Autobot, although its Transformer-like accessories would lead us in that direction. No, this aggressive looking BMW 1M is actually the product of a French racing team looking to add a little strength and intimidation to one of this year’s biggest attractions.

GC Automobile - that professional French racing team we mentioned - is offering up the first race tuning package for the BMW 1M , calling it the GC10-V8. The project began with the standard BMW , then went on to get a fiberglass tourism car body with aggressive detailing just about anywhere we can feast our eyes on. The sharp angular lines in the design language fulfill the tuner’s task of aggressive intimidation, down to the composite wide fender flares housing the new set of 18" wheels with either rain or slick tires and that huge rear spoiler. Control will be optimized with a 3-way OHLINS suspension system, an AP Racing 6-piston braking system, and a GP2 steering wheel.

The BMW 1M by GC Automotive was built on a tubular frame chassis typical of Silhouette cars that meets the FIA standards. This chassis houses a very proud Chevrolet Chevrolet V8 engine tuned by Sodemo Devel Devel opment to produce a maximum output of 550HP. This engine is mated to a SADEV 6-speed double "Lobro" transmission with a hydraulic clutch. Engine cooling is then provided by a prominent roof scoop.

GC Automotive also took are of the vehicle’s safety features, including front and side crash boxes in both doors.

Hit the jump for the GC Automotive BMW 1M’s first testing video on the Nogaro circuit in Southwest France, as well as a full list of specifications.

Source: Jonsibal

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