BMW 1-Series News

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe

    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 exhaust-bellowing action than we'd like, there's enough there to sink your virtual meathooks into if you're interested in seeing the car in action before plunking down your order. [BMW]

  • BMW 1-Series with snow chains on front wheels, Staffordshire, England, Dec 2010, photo by Andy Smith
    BMW Stuck In The Snow? Guess Which End Your Chains Go On...

    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...

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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...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
    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...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
    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...

  • 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe

    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 335-horsepower, twin-turbo variant of BMW's venerable N54 inline six-cylinder engine also found in the 335is, the M Coupe isn't quite as powerful as some rumors had hoped, but it still has plenty of punch when coupled with its other M Division upgrades. Torque comes in at 332 pound-feet from 1,500 rpm to...

  • BMW ActiveE 1-Series Coupe spy shots
    Spy Shots: BMW ActiveE 1-Series Coupe

    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...

  • BMW 1-Series M Coupe sneak peek
    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...

  • BMW 1-Series M Coupe teaser images
    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...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Convertible rendering

    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 would have to be called the 0-Series, something that’s unlikely to occur. Instead, BMW may rebadge the successor of the current 1-Series a 2-Series, freeing up the 1-Series badge for the new front-wheel-drive model. Of course, this is only conjecture but there are some vital clues that strongly...

  • BMW ActiveHybrid
    BMW To Develop New Front-Wheel Drive Hybrids With PSA Peugeot Citroen

    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...

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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...

  • BMW 1-Series M Coupe teaser images
    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...

  • 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE

    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 Greater Los Angeles Area will again play key roles. In Southern California, the metropolitan market of San Diego will also be included. Other markets will include Northern California, the Greater San Francisco and Sacramento areas, Connecticut and Boston. A glimpse of the BMW ActiveE was first seen...

  • BMW 1-Series M Car or 'M1' spy shots
    More BMW 1-Series M Details Leaked?

    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...

  • 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
    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 2012 BMW 1-Series will get a three-door hatchback also commonly referred to as a

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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...

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