BMW 1-Series News

  • 2011 BMW 135i Coupe

    Remember BMW’s new Performance Edition kit designed for the 335i range? Well, it turns out the kit will also be available for the BMW 135i when it goes on sale this August. In case you’ve forgotten, the kit is a performance and styling upgrade for cars equipped with the single-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six BMW engine, otherwise known as the N55. It essentially turns up the heat on the engine, enabling it to dish out 20 more horsepower and 32 more pound-feet of torque. This means that with the kit installed, peak output on the 135i will now come in at 320 horsepower and 332...

  • BMW ActiveE electric car production line, Leipzig, Germany
    BMW ActiveE Gets Some Behind-The-Scenes Action: Video

    Ever wondered what the BMW ActiveE looks like while it's rolling through the plant, innards exposed to the open air? Here's your answer. The 1-Series bodies in white glide through the Leipzig plant as they are built up into BMW's all-electric, lease-only ActiveE coupe. As it's being build, BMW...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
    2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback Mega-Gallery

    Whether you love it or hate it, the uniquely styled 2012 BMW 1-Series is here to stay. The 1-Series, at least in hatchback trim, has always had its detractors and it’s clear from the comments we’ve seen so far that this latest model will be no different. Nevertheless, the 1-Series...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
    Bavarian Rhapsody: BMW Makes Music With New 1-Series (Video)

    You might not think of the voice inside your sat-nav system or the sound of your blinkers as being particularly sonorous, but then you're probably not working with BMW to turn those sounds and more into a few minutes of music as the backdrop to production of the 2012 BMW 1-Series. The man behind...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
    Bring More Wallet: Price Gouging On BMW's 1 Series M Has Begun

    BMW’s 1-Series M was introduced by BMW’s then-M-Division-head, Dr. Kay Segler, as an affordable car for the young enthusiast. Their definition of affordable differs from ours, since the base price for the 1-Series M begins at $47,010 before you begin adding accessories to it. Well...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
    Up Close And Personal With The 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback: Video

    Now that we’ve had a few days to absorb the controversial look of the new 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback’s styling, dare we say it, it's actually starting to grow on us--just a little. Over the course of the last couple of days, BMW has also released some promo videos for its latest...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback M Sport package

    The official unveiling of the 2012 1-Series Hatchback, still, unfortunately, not for U.S. consumption, took place last week. Now we have an image of the M Sport package for the car, showing a more aggressive styling package, and perhaps explaining these spy shots we published back in March. There's little in the way of details on the car as yet, though as with most M Sport packages, we expect the exterior aero/appearance tweaks to come with interior badging, equipment and upholstery choices, and possibly a tweaked, sportier suspension setup. Despite the 1-Series hatchback remaining out of...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
    2012 BMW 1-Series: Larger, More EfficientDynamics Technology

    You can make your own mind up about the styling of the upcoming 2012 BMW 1-Series hatchback, but one thing is for certain: with larger dimensions and more efficiency, the appeal of BMW's smallest model will be broader than ever. Most exciting for tech fans will be the EfficientDynamics and...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
    2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback Preview

    BMW has come out with a decisively different looking 1-Series for the second generation of the car, yet there’s still some familiarity to the at times awkward looking compact. We’ll leave the styling judgments up to you, though one thing we can all agree on is that BMW has made a good...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series European-spec leaked images
    2012 BMW 1-Series Image, Details Leaked

    Update: The official details and images on the 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback are out. Click here for our latest post. The current BMW 1-Series is, despite its late arrival in the U.S., growing long in the tooth, 1-Series M Coupe notwithstanding. Accordingly, a new model is in the works, due as a 2012...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback spy shots
    2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback Spy Shots

    BMW released an updated version of the 1-Series Hatchback in late 2008 but ever since then suspicious prototypes of a new car with similar proportions and signature BMW styling have been captured running around the south of Germany, and now once again and this time with much of the finer details...

  • BMW M1 Homage Concept Grille
    Lightweight BMW M Concept Coming To 2011 Tokyo Motor Show?

    A new new M car may be on the horizon, due this fall in the Land of the Rising Sun. Its recipe? Lightweight, high-tech materials, and more electronics than ever before. What will be the platform? We're not sure, but it's not likely to be the 1-Series M Coupe. The 1M Coupe already had a lightweight...

  • BMW using 1-Series and MINI Cooper in DriveNow initiative

    A little over six months ago BMW started trials of a new car-sharing program in its hometown of Munich that allowed virtually anyone to rent one of its cars on an hourly basis, including high-performance models like the M3 and even the M6 range-topper. Dubbed ‘BMW On Demand’, the pilot program is ongoing and is now spreading to other cities. In partnership with fellow German firm Sixt AG, BMW has announced that the program, now called ‘DriveNow’, will be expanded to Berlin later this year and eventually other European cities. The automaker is seeking up to one million...

  • BMW 1-Series M Coupe MotoGP safety car
    2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Recruited As MotoGP Safety Car

    We’ve seen plenty of safety cars in the past but never usually this small. The latest is the new 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe, which has been enlisted by the MotoGP motorbike race series to keep things on track. The 1-Series M Coupe Safety Car is a one-off built by BMW’s M Division...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe configurator
    Build Your Own 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe: Configurator Live

    Got $46,135 or more burning a hole in your pocket? Want to imagine what you could get if you did? Hit up the official BMW 1-Series M Coupe configurator at BMW USA. You can play with all the options, including the three available exterior colors (Black Sapphire Metallic, Valencia Orange, and Alpine...

  • 2012 BMW M5 teaser
    First Glimpse: 2012 BMW M5 Preview

    Revealing what has to be the worst-kept secret in automobiledom, BMW has released teaser videos of the next M5. You'll find them below. And while official first looks at the car in steel will have to wait until the Frankfurt show this fall, we can speculate about the car's specification based on...

  • BMW ActiveE
    BMW ActiveE Electric Vehicle: New Details, Images

    The future is electric, and BMW knows it as well as anyone despite the fact that the only EVs put out by the company have thus far been limited-distribution, lease-only development cars. The ActiveE doesn't change that, but it's another step down the path to a full-production BMW EV. The ActiveE...

  • BMW Z2 Roadster rendering
    Report: BMW To Unveil Baby Roadster At 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    We’ve been reporting on news that BMW is planning to launch a new compact roadster model positioned below its current Z4 since as far back as 2006. Now, just a few weeks out from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, BMW spokespeople have confirmed to Australian media that such a car will be on show in...

  • 2012 BMW X1 X1 xDrive28i

    Last seen in the United States in the first generation of the BMW Z3 introduced in 1996, a four-cylinder BMW engine is slated to return. This time though, BMW's twin-scroll turbo technology will significantly improve output over the 138 horsepower the Z3's 1.9-liter four-cylinder produced. Touted as providing more power than a six-cylinder engine with the fuel appetite of a four, the 2.0-liter turbo is expected to deliver 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This is more power and torque than the 3.0-liter six BMW is currently using as the base engine in this market. Taking advantage...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
    2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Weighed: 3,351 Pounds

    Manufacturer curb weights and real-world on-the-scales weights often vary wildly; the 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe, not so much. Listed at a "preliminary" 3,296 pounds in the official release documentation, the actual car was recently thrown on the scales, registering 3,351 pounds with a full tank of...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
    2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe To Pace Rolex 24 At Daytona

    Mustangs, Camaros, and Corvettes are all familiar pace cars to American race fans, particularly those of the oval bent. But a limited-edition German coupe? Not so much. That's soon to change for fans of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, as the 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe will be the official pace car for the...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe live photos by Joe Nuxoll
    2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Live Photos

    The new 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe may not have lived up to all the hype, on paper at least, but the car still has a sweltering look, especially in the bright orange paintwork BMW loves to show it in. The car made its official world debut today at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, drawing most of the...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
    2011 BMW 1-Series M: Full Option Sheet Leaked...Or Was It?

    Hot and bothered by the new 1-Series M Coupe? Then sink your teeth into the full ordering sheet, listing all the options and packages you can add to the car. Just beware: you'll end up with a bunch of stuff you probably don't want or need if you go after just two common add-ons: Bluetooth and...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
    Video: 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe On Track With E30 M3

    Eleven minutes of chopped together B-roll? What gives? It's the roughly three minutes of track footage that make this worth your Tuesday time, showing the 2011 1-Series M Coupe on its own and alongside an E30 M3, its ostensible spiritual predecessor. While there's less tire-sqealing and...

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