BMW 1-Series News

  • BMW 1-Series with snow chains on front wheels, Staffordshire, England, Dec 2010, photo by Andy Smith

    Back in the day, buying a BMW was something only true sports sedan fanatics understood. But the legendary 2002 is long gone--35 years now--and all sorts of new folks are buying Bimmers. Including those, apparently, who think their BMW 1-Series has front-wheel drive. Earlier this year, CEO Norbert Reithofer revealed that no fewer than 80 percent of 1-Series buyers believed their beloved BMWs were pulled around corners from the front. The paramedics are still cleaning up the heart attacks in Munich. Now comes photographic proof. Our U.K. reader Andy 'Smuffy' Smith sent us this photo, showing a...

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    Mercedes-Benz Working On AMG A-Class

    Small cars are the word at archrivals Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. Recently, the conflict heated up when BMW and Audi fired shots at Mercedes with their new 1-Series M Coupe and RS3, respectively. Next year, according to Autocar, Mercedes will fire back with an AMG version of the A-Class with 320...

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    2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe And Convertible Preview

    Hot on the heels of last week’s unveiling of the new BMW 1-Series M Coupe comes the first details on the 2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible, both of which have been subtly updated for the latest model year. Set to go on sale in the spring of 2011, the new cars get some very modest...

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    Report: 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Clocks 8:12 'Ring Time

    The 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe is still fresh from its reveal late last week, but the facts and figures on its performance are beginning to take familiar form with the release of rumored Nurburgring lap times. The results? Not surprising, but not as impressive as you might have hoped. At 8 minutes...

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    Only 1,000 BMW 1-Series M Coupes Headed To U.S., Priced Near $45,000

    If the new 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe tickled your fancy, perhaps even enough to make you want to head to your nearest BMW showroom, then you better act fast as only 1,000 units, possibly less, are reportedly headed for the U.S. The information was revealed by BMW exec Thomas Plucinsky, who spoke...

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    2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Preview

    The 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe has been BMW's worst-kept secret of the past year, with official "spy" photos and even a video preview of the car in its entirety spoiling some of the fun of today's official unveiling. The fun of the car, however, is sure to remain intact. Packing a now-familiar...

  • BMW ActiveE 1-Series Coupe spy shots

    These are the first spy shots of the internal control and power electronics of the BMW ActiveE 1-Series Coupe, due for limited leasing and field trials next summer. The markets for the initial roll-out have already been named. First shown as a concept at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the ActiveE 1-Series uses a lithium-ion battery co-developed with SB-LiMotive to power its electric drivetrain. Performance is expected to approach the 8.5-second range for 0-60 mph runs, with a top speed of about 90 mph and a range of 100 miles. The battery pack is liquid cooled, and has its own management system...

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    Video: BMW 1-Series M Coupe Official Sneak Peek

    The BMW 1-Series M Coupe is very close to its official unveiling, and BMW has decided to give us an early look at the car sans camouflage. What does it look like? Exactly what you'd expect after all the teasers. Painted a brilliant orange, wearing suitably aggressive bodywork, forged alloy wheels...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series M car spy shots
    Video: BMW Releases Third Teaser For 1-Series M Car

    About a year ago, BMW's M Division development chief said a 1-Series M car was off the table, and hopes were consequently deflated. But then, after a spate of spy shots, BMW finally confirmed the car’s existence and released a new teaser video to boot. Earlier today, we brought you news that...

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    BMW 1-Series M Coupe: Leaked Internal Doc Shows 445HP US Model?

    A photograph of what may be an internal BMW computer document posted to a BMW enthusiast forum shows the BMW 1-Series M Coupe is indeed coming to the U.S. and that it will sport up to 332 kW (445 horsepower) when it does. Very juicy, though we're hesitant to call it confirmed since that would put...

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    BMW Building EfficientDynamics Sports Car

    The electrification of BMW is well under way. A German film crew was recently caught shooting video of an electric 1-Series car in the East Bay hills of the San Francisco area. The way the crew swarmed to block the car when they saw an iPhone “assume the position” to grab a snapshot...

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    BMW 1-Series to be rebadged a 2-Series for next-gen model?

    BMW has already confirmed it’s working on a new front-wheel drive model to slot in below its current 1-Series and compete with the likes of the Audi A1 and next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class. But BMW has a problem on its hands: if it continues its current naming convention the new model...

  • BMW ActiveHybrid

    Until now, BMW’s hybrid technology has only been applied in its upper range models like the 5- and 7-Series ActiveHybrid sedans and the X6 crossover, the latter of which is billed as the world’s most powerful hybrid vehicle. However, the automaker’s future generation of hybrids will also span the entry-level ranges like the 1-Series and even a new front-wheel drive model currently in the works. In preparation, BMW has signed a deal with France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen group to expand their already successful powertrain cooperation by now including hybrid component...

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    Princess Beatrice's BMW Bashed In Britain

    So, apparently, there is a Princess Beatrice. And apparently, she's fifth in line to the British throne. We have already learned so much more than we usually do on Mondays. But wait, there's more: we now know that Beatrice drives a BMW 1-series. Or rather: drove, since the poor German coupe was...

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    BMW Drops New Details On 1-Series M Coupe

    At this point, the 1-Series M Coupe is functionally revealed in all but name. We have spy shots, official teasers, and a handful of details. Today, we add to the list with even more stats, straight from M development head Albert Biermann. Pricing? As expected, it will slot between the 135i Coupe...

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    BMW And Mercedes-Benz Compacts Coming To U.S. Within Next Few Years

    Right now in the U.S. you can step into a brand new BMW for just under $30,000--for Mercedes-Benz the entry-point creeps a few thousand dollars higher--but in the next couple of years we should be seeing a range of more affordable models from both of the luxury stalwarts. That’s because both...

  • BMW 1-Series M Coupe teaser images
    New Photos Of BMW's 1-Series M Coupe

    BMW's 1-Series M Coupe has been teased, leaked, and spied. Today it gets another visual update with a handful of under-the-covers photos from BMW's M-Power site. Between what we've already seen and the new detail shots, we can piece the car together in our minds, though we'll have to wait a while...

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    BMW Announces Markets For ActiveE Electric 1-Series Trials

    The next stage of BMW’s electric vehicle rollout program is about to commence, with the automaker announcing today markets that will participate in the 1-Series ActiveE field trial when it begins next summer. Just as they have for the initial MINI E trial, the New York metro market and the...

  • BMW 1-Series M Car or 'M1' spy shots

    BMW's 1-Series M car has made so many laps around the Internet you'd think it was running the world's biggest endurance race, but thanks to a post from an insider at the BMW Power of M 2010 event, we may have some new details on the upcoming smallest M car. Postings on Internet forums are typically suspicious sources of information of any type, particularly future car details, but this time, the facts at least sound legitimate. According to the poster, BMW will only build 2,700 units of the 1-Series M car, or "1M." The car will be available in just three colors, Alpine White, Jet Black, and...

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    Are Drop Tops The Key To Cool? (Part 2)

    In Part 1 of “Are Drop Tops the Key to Cool?”, I promised that we would take a look at this year’s most exciting luxury convertibles in order to give you an inside peek at the drop tops of 2010 and 2011. But there’s a huge selection of convertibles out there and it wouldn’t be fair to...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series three-door 'shooting brake' spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2012 BMW 1-Series Three-Door 'Shooting Brake'

    The shooting brake (or Shooting Break, as Mercedes-Benz styles it) is a design concept which, though not widely known or exercised, gets car freaks all hot and bothered--and for good reason. Combining the practicality of a hatchback with the compactness of a coupe and a look all its own, the...

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    BMW M Division Opens Dedicated Showroom In Singapore

    In what could prove to be the first of many to open in markets where BMW cars are sold, a new showroom dedicated to selling only high-performance BMW M Division cars is about to open its doors for the first time in Singapore. The showroom has been established by Singapore’s Munich Automobiles...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Convertible rendering
    Rendered: 2012 BMW 1-Series Convertible

    BMW released an updated version of the 1-Series compact in late 2008 but since then suspicious prototypes of a new car with similar proportions and signature BMW styling have been captured running around parts of Europe. While these prototypes have consistently been covered in heavy camouflage...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series M car spy shots
    2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Launch Dates Leaked?

    The BMW 1-Series M Coupe is coming. We've seen spy shots for months now, and BMW confirmed the car earlier this month with an official teaser video, "goosepimples" and all. Now it looks like a 1-Series fan forum has scraped up the schedule for the car's launch, and according to the report it'll be...

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