BMW 1-Series News

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    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 now new reports of an entry-level M car are back, this time built around the current 1-Series Coupe equipped with a 350-horsepower twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The reports peg the car as a high-strung version of the 1-Series tii concept (pictured), with a heavily tweaked straight-six twin-turbo tucked into a shell that's expected to be about 150 pounds lighter than the standard 1-Series Coupe on which it’s based. Toss in a seven-speed M-DCT...

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    Los Angeles Auto Show: Would Americans Buy the Baby Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Electric?

    First off, all of the madness concerning using letters and numbers to name cars has just gone too far. It worked for a few car companies like BMW (who has always done it) but now that everyone is turning to alphanumeric nomenclature no one can tell which car is which. I have so many of these silly...

  • BMW 1-Series Hybrid test-mule spy shots
    Spy Shots: BMW 1-Series Hybrid Test-Mule

    Unlike the mainstream market where hybrid technology is used to maximize fuel efficiency, luxury automakers have employed hybrid systems as a way to maintain or improve performance while making concessions to efficiency. The upcoming 2010 ActiveHybrid X6 and 2011 ActiveHybrid 7 from BMW are prime...

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    Report: Lexus to tackle 1-series in Europe with new hatchback

    Lexus is unlikely to launch a sub-$30,000 model in the U.S. but that doesn’t mean it won’t develop a new entry-level model for other markets. One possibility is Europe, where small cars like BMW’s 1-series and the Audi A3 sell in substantial numbers, and according to a new report...

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    New engines added to BMW 1-series lineup

    Like its 7-series bigger brother, the diminutive BMW 1-series is being upgraded for the 2010 model year with new engines and several special edition models. New to the lineup are the 120i and 118d 1-series Coupes, as well as the Lifestyle and Sport Editions of the three and five-door Hatchback...

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    Report: BMW to cut 1-series production costs, introduce shooting brake variant

    BMW is having a hard time making much money on the 1-series because it is capped in its upper price range by competition with the 3-series, yet it still features much of the same technology and is nearly the same size as its bigger brother. To help remedy this situation, BMW is looking to cut build...

  • Alpina D3 biturbo: a 3-series with the heart of a 1-series

    German tuner Alpina has given the world some fantastically tweaked BMWs over the years, from the AWD B3 Biturbo to the new B7, based on the latest 7-series and shown at this year's Geneva Auto Show. Finding places in the BMW lineup that aren't covered from the factory is the tuner's specialty, and the latest from Alpina doesn't disappoint: the diesel D3 Biturbo is the 3-series we never had. Alpina released a previous version of this car last year, but they have updated it this year with better performance and efficiency. Yanking the twin-scroll four-cylinder oil-burner from the heart of a...

  • BMW Performance Power Kit for 1-series and 3-series
    BMW releases ‘Performance Power Kit’ for N54 straight-six engine

    BMW’s N54 series straight-six engine is one of the most coveted powerplants currently in production, picking up prestigious awards like the International Engine of the Year title and appearing in some of our favorite cars like the 335i Coupe and Sedan. In its standard form, the...

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    BMW reportedly planning a spiritual successor for the 2002

    Last year we saw the first test-mules for the next-generation BMW 1-series driving around the streets of Munich in Germany. At first appearance the test vehicles looked like ordinary 1-series hatchbacks but on closer inspection a number of key features revealed several vital clues about the next...

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    BMW's new 116d tops 53mpg, rivals hybrids

    The 1-series has been a popular staple among premium small-car buyers in Europe for some time, but it has only hit the U.S. recently. The fun-to-drive and attractive compact has just gained a new sibling in the form of the 116d, powered by an efficient four-cylinder diesel. Unfortunately it's only...

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    Next-generation BMW 1-series could get 'shooting brake' variant

    BMW released an updated version of the 1-series compact late last year and since then a suspicious prototype of the hatch has been captured running around German streets. At first appearance the car looks like an ordinary 1-series hatchback but look closer and you’ll notice several key...

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    BMW Performance goes online: 1-Series and 3-Series get first upgrades

    BMW has released a video on its website promoting its new 'BMW Performance' range of accessories, which is designed to allow customers to purchase factory-backed performance and aesthetic upgrades for their cars. We first saw details about the new BMW Performance range in September of last year...

  • Hartge 135i

    Almost six months ago, Hartge revealed its original take on the 1-series. At that time, it was entirely an appearance and suspension upgrade package, leaving the engine untouched. Now, having spent the last six months extracting even more power from the 135i's twin-turbo six-cylinder, the German tuner company from Merzing has revealed its final product. Like the original 1-series tuning kit, the new 135i gets a full aerodynamics treatment, though this time around it's even bolder, to reflect the increased power underhood. That power climbs by 44hp over stock, to 350hp (257kW) and 354lb-ft...

  • Hartge tunes the BMW 1-series
    Hartge tunes the BMW 1-series

    Just a month ago Hartge released its tuned M3 coupe, and already it's back with a tuned 1-series. Like the M3, the 1-series gets a unique cosmetic treatment, but unlike the M3 program, the engine is untouched. Suspension, wheel and tire upgrades bring all the extra performance Hartge thinks you'll...

  • BMW X5 diesel-hybrid concept, 1-series tii and M3 Convertible headed to Geneva
    BMW X5 diesel-hybrid concept, 1-series tii and M3 Convertible headed to Geneva

    BMW will be showcasing two very different concepts at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, one a brand new eco-friendly vehicle touting the latest in EfficientDynamics technology and the other a previous sports concept displaying the carmaker’s new performance accessories range. The third...

  • BMW Performance 1-series brochure leaked
    BMW Performance 1-series brochure leaked

    BMW is set to expand its aftermarket accessories line to include the new 1-series range, and a new brochure that’s leaked onto the web details all the goodies we can look forward to (although it’s in German). Simply named ‘BMW Performance,’ the accessories line was initially...

  • AC Schnitzer ACS1 3.5I BMW 1-series
    AC Schnitzer ACS1 3.5I BMW 1-series

    BMW’s 1-series coupe is still the new kid on the block but its twin-turbo straight six is an engine most reputable tuners in Germany will be familiar with. AC Schnitzer, the company founded in Aachen in 1987, has created a new performance package for the BMW coupe. The new kit includes a full...

  • BMW Concept 1-series tii
    BMW Concept 1-series tii

    The 1-series hasn’t even touched down on American shores yet, and already BMW is building new concepts and increasing the performance of the hot little ride. Mostly a Lotus-style exercise in added lightness through lighter materials, the new 1-series reminds us of the beloved 2002. From its...

  • BMW planning 1-series based concept for Tokyo

    When BMW shows a concept car based on a current production model, there’s a good chance it will eventually end up in production with minimal changes. More recent examples include this year’s M3 and X6 concept vehicles, cars based on the existing 3-series coupe and X5 SUV respectively that have either already entered production or will be within the next six months. An inside source has now revealed to Automotive News that BMW will be showcasing a brand new concept vehicle at next week’s Tokyo Motor Show based on 1-series architecture. The only official word from BMW is that...

  • BMW 1-series to hit U.S. shores under $30,000
    BMW 1-series to hit U.S. shores under $30,000

    The 1-series, as sold in the U.S., will come only in coupe form, but will have the option of two different six-cylinder engines. The base 128i model will have 230hp, while the 135i will share a motor with the 335i boasting a conservatively-specified 300hp. Expect 0-60mph to come in 5.1s in the...

  • Hartge builds 300+km/h LPG BMW 1-series
    Hartge builds 300+km/h LPG BMW 1-series

    German tuner Hartge has released more details about its BMW 1-series hatch designed to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Labeled project ‘V300+’, the LPG 1-series produces up to 550bhp and is claimed to reach speeds in excess of 300km/h. If the claims prove true, the Hartge tuned...

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    Video: BMW’s new 1-series coupe

    When the first blurry images of the new 1-series coupe turned up we were a bit disappointed and thought the car looked out of proportion. However, this latest video has put our fears to rest and gives us a preview of how the new 1-series will look out on the road.

  • Update: 2008 BMW 1-series coupe official details
    Update: 2008 BMW 1-series coupe official details

    Following the reveal of the new 1-series Coupe in spy shots earlier today, BMW has just released an official press release with more details about the car. The flagship of the range is the BMW 135i with its 3.0L twin-turbocharged petrol powerplant. Offering 306hp and 400Nm of torque from its light...

  • Spy shots: BMW 1-series Coupe
    Spy shots: BMW 1-series Coupe

    The last week or so has seen a flurry of spy shots for the new BMW 1-series Coupe being snapped during cold weather testing. The latest photos by fan site “2addicts” are closer than ever before and reveal some new details. First off, we have the upgraded interior, which comes fitted...

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