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BMW 1-Series M By Manhart

BMW 1-Series M By Manhart

The extremely hot BMW 1-Series M wasn’t powerful enough for the engineers at Manhart as a few days ago they’ve revealed their tuning program for this limited series model. By installing their own exhaust system that was created entirely for the car, they managed to increase the output of the engine to 415 hp, up from the standard 335 hp.

BMW 1-Series M By Manhart

They also installed stainless steel silencers (available for 1,890 Euros), down pipes (799 Euros), along with remapping the ECU. Manhart Racing said that the power kit costs 3,900 Euros while the new exhaust system will set you back 3,799 Euros.

BMW 1-Series M By Manhart

Aside from the extra muscles, this tuning program also includes a bunch of aerodynamic enhancements, along with a new set of wheels and upgrades in the interior cabin. The bodykit for this 1-Series M consists of a carbon fiber rear diffuser, front splitter and side mirror casings. Those wheels are a Concave One forged rims set that measure 9×20 and 10.5×20. Other than that, the car benefits from sports seats and a coilover suspension.

If you want to get all of these goodies for your BMW 1-Series M, prepare to pay 27,198 Euros.

Source: Manhart Racing via ZerCustoms

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BMW 1-Series Concept Unveiled In Frankfurt

BMW 1-Series Concept

A hot concept based on the 1-Series was revealed by BMW last week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was developed by the company’s Performance Accessories branch in collaboration with the hot M division. Standing alongside the regular version, this interesting concept has 19-inch alloys, an uprated suspension, beefier brakes as well as tweaked exhaust parts.

BMW 1-Series Concept

Other than that, it has been fitted with an aggressive bodykit, a carbon fiber wing mirror detailing, striped decals and a rear diffuser. Inside the cabin, this BMW 1-Series concept has yellow trim highlights, custom floor mats, lots of leather and carbon fiber detailing.

The power kits developed by BMW Performance can be installed in the 135i and the 335i. Modifying the management system of the engine, it lifts the power of the 3.0-liter to 326 hp, which is 20 hp more.

Source: BMW via Autocar

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2012 BMW 1-Series Makes An Apperance In Frankfurt

2012 BMW 1-Series

This week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker BMW exhibited its new generation of the 1-Series. Scheduled to go on sale this month, the smallest car in the company’s lineup will go head-to-head with the new A-Class from Mercedes-Benz and my personal favorite, the Audi A3.

2012 BMW 1-Series

The car has been developed on the same architecture as the bigger 3-Series and upon launch it will be available exclusively as a five-door model. At the beginning of next year, BMW will roll out its three-door sibling, followed by a batch of six other variants.

2012 BMW 1-Series

Since it was launched in 2004, the BMW 1-Series was sold in more than one million units and the new one promises to boost the sales thanks to its new appearance, which although isn’t what you would call attractive, it still is a lot better than the outgoing model. The responsibility of the car’s design belongs to Adrian van Hooydonk who pushed the cabin further back over the rear axle while at the same time extending a dominant hood.

2012 BMW 1-Series

The biggest styling changes can be seen at the front of the vehicle, which has adopted a shark-nose look, similar to the latest concepts launched by BMW. They also updated the kidney grille which now leans slightly forward. The generous headlamps are now angular and are recessed under eyebrows in order to add a little bit of texture to the front fascia of the 1-Series.

2012 BMW 1-Series

The wheelbase of the new model has been extended by 30 mm, measuring 2690 mm, which is only 70 mm shorter than the aforementioned 3-Series. The German automaker says that the leg room has increased by a good 21 mm, while the wider rear doors should permit easier access in the cabin. The 2012 BMW 1-Series is 85 mm longer (4,234 mm) as well as 17 mm wider (1,765 mm), while the height remains the same at 1,421 mm.

2012 BMW 1-Series

It benefits from an aluminum-intensive suspension with tracks that have been widened by 51 mm in the front and 72 mm out in the back, thus increasing the stability of the vehicle at high speeds as well as liberating interior space. It borrows the MacPherson strut front suspension as well as the rear multi-link configuration from the 3-Series. The cargo room has increased by 30 liters over the old one, for a total of 360 liters, which is 44 liters more than what the Ford Focus can offer and 10 liters more than the VW Golf 6. The carrying capacity can be extended up to 1,200 liters by folding down the rear seats.

2012 BMW 1-Series

As far as the engines are concerned, you won’t find anything else other than 4-cylinder units. Upon launch, two gasoline ones will be offered. In fact, it will be a 1.6-liter engine with two output configurations, one that offers 136 hp for the entry-level 116i model and a beefier one with 170 hp for the 118i. Aside from these two, you’ll also get to choose between a trio of more frugal diesel engines, all of which have a 2.0-liter configuration. For the 116d model the engine develops 116 hp, 118d gets 143 hp while the top-spec 120d will offer 184 hp. The 116d will return 65.7 mpg UK and have CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. The fastest model in the lineup will be the 120d that will hit 62 mph from start in 7.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 142 mph.

2012 BMW 1-Series

More powerful models will be launched next year, including the 128iS engine which will get a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, available in the sexy Z4 and the ugly X1 xDrive28i. It develops 245 hp and has a peak torque of 243 lb.-ft, and it promises to do the 0-62 mph sprint in less than 6 seconds while top speed should be of about 155 mph. The German automaker is also developing a 3-cylinder turbocharged power unit which will be available both as a gasoline unit (direct-injection) and a more frugal common-rail diesel. According to insiders, the diesel one should output 120 hp while returning 70 mpg UK.

2012 BMW 1-Series

Just like the outgoing generation of the BMW 1-Series, all of the above mentioned engines will be mated as standard to a 6-speed manual gearbox, but you will be able to order your car with an optional 8-speed automatic transmission from ZF.

2012 BMW 1-Series

Some of the features that you will find in the entry-level model include the stop/start system, brake energy recuperation, low-resistance tires, optimal gearshift indicator (for the models fitted with a manual transmission, obviously) and automatically disconnecting ancillary components. Other basic features include speed limit sign recognition, cruise control (with brake function), lane departure warning system (with collision warning), reversing camera and high beam assist, plus Internet connectivity with Facebook and Twitter apps included. All of the models will get a display screen and BMW’s iDrive.

2012 BMW 1-Series

The most eco-friendly model in the entire lineup will be the 116d EfficientDynamics that packs 116 hp and has CO2 emissions of only 99 g/km. With this engine, the 2012 BMW 1-Series will be able to do the 0-62mph sprint in 10.6 seconds.

2012 BMW 1-Series

In the United Kingdom, the entry-level 116i ES model will cost 19,375 pounds, which is 795 pounds more than the old model, while the 118d SE will be 215 pounds cheaper, at 22,030 pounds. As we mentioned, the standard equipment has increased over the outgoing model.

Source: BMW via Autocar

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BMW 1-Series Hatchback, On Sale In UK This September

BMW 1-Series

The second generation of the BMW 1-Series will arrive at the dealers in UK next month, on September 17th. The redesigned 5-door hatchback is going to be offered at first with a choice of two gasoline engines and three diesels and the most affordable model will set you back 19,375 pounds for the 116i ES, up to 24,720 pounds for the 120d Sport or the 120d Urban.

BMW 1-Series

This new iteration of the 1-Series is 83 mm longer, 14 mm wider and its wheelbase is now 30 mm longer and the German automaker says that the car provides greater comfort inside the cabin. Moreover, the luggage space dimensions have increased by 30 liters, for a total capacity of 360 liters and if you lower the rear seats you’ll get 1,200 liters.

BMW 1-Series

All of the aforementioned engines are going to be turbocharged. The gasoline ones are the 1.6-liter with 136 hp, available in the 116imodel which should be enough for a 0-62 mph sprint time of 8.5 seconds and a fuel consumption of 49.6 mpg UK, along with a more powerful 1.6-liter unit that churns 170 hp, for the 118i model that enables the car to reach 62 mph from start in 7.4 seconds and have a fuel consumption level of 47.9 mpg UK.

BMW 1-Series

If you prefer diesels, the 2.0-liter turbodiesel will be offered in three configurations: with 116 hp for the 116d model, 143 hp for the 118d and the top-spec 120d model with 184 hp.

BMW 1-Series

All of the models are going to get a RWD configuration and clients will be able to choose from a 6-speed manual gearbox or an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission.

BMW 1-Series

BMW’s UK branch estimates that they will sell 20,000 units of the new 1-Series in the car’s first full year of sale.

Source: BMW UK via Carscoop

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BMW makes music – the Sound of BMW 1 Series

Brands from BMW Group are well-known for their innovative campaigns. And this is in addition to their development and ideas in design and technology, which is why we appreciate them even more.

This time, the surprise comes from BMW. They have made a clip showing its 1 Series cars on the assembly line and its soundtrack, get prepared, is actually the sounds created by the car during this process. If you cannot believe it, the end of the video really helps you wrap up this idea: all the percussive elements such as the bass synthesizer, the vocals and the melodies were produced by the vehicle itself.

The idea was great, and BMW succeeded doing this with a the help of Munich artists Jonas Imbery and Mirko Borsche. The result: a very interesting and attractive musical composition, called “Check my machine”. It uses only vehicle sounds, such as the blinkers, GPS voice, closing noises, seat belts, doors, safety alarm, and it has potential to be played in clubs too.

“The process of manufacturing a car is an exciting one, and so it has already been filmed many times over. As an innovative company, the BMW Group wants to show that the product also ion of a vehicle can also be presented quite differently – without the authenticity of the processes getting lost in any way”, says Bill McAndrews, Head of Communication Strategy, Corporate Communications, at the BMW Group.

You can convince yourself about the piece of “innovative” communication released by BMW by watching the video below and listening to the sound of BMW 1 Series. Enjoy!

“We wanted to set a new standard, to create a unique visual language and to stand out clearly from how a classic image film looks. The aim was that the film should become an independent, artistically challenging work”, said Mirko Borsche.

What do you think: does it sound good?

[Source: Autoblog]

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UK Gets BMW 1- and 3-Series London 2012 Performance Editions

BMW 1- and 3-Series London 2012 Performance Editions

The German automaker BMW is going to issue special editions of its 1- and 3-Series models in the United Kingdom to honor the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games that are going to take place in London.

The 1-Series is going to get an M aerodynamic kit, high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, 18-inch dark chrome M alloys, dark-line rear lights and a dark-chrome exhaust tailpipe. In addition, it will also benefit from an M Sport Suspension, M Sport steering wheel & gearshifter, sports seats in Royal Blue (with white stitching) as well as floor mats that will have Royal Blue piping. Let’s not forget about the London 2012 badges that are going to be placed on the exterior.

The 3-Series will get pretty much the same package so no point in enumerating the goodies that will offer significant savings for those that opt for one of the two models.

Source: BMW via WCF

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2012 BMW 1-Series Leaked

2012 BMW 1-Series

I always considered the 1-Series to be the ugliest car BMW has ever made and the new generation is even uglier than before. The German automaker will launch the car this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and although it looks more substantial than the car that it will be replacing, that front fascia which looks like the 5-Series GT (another design flop) was a very bad idea.

2012 BMW 1-Series

There are good things about it though, like the fact that it offers a roomier cabin thanks to the fact that the wheelbase now measures 105.9 inches (2.69 meters). In addition, the luggage capacity has also been raised by an additional 7 cubic feet (200 liters).

2012 BMW 1-Series

Clients (not many I’m sure) will have to pick from the long list of engines which will be available upon launch. For example, the 1.6-liter gasoline engine will be offered in three output configurations: 134 hp (136 PS / 100 kW), 168 hp (170 PS / 100 kW) and probably a little bit later, the 247 hp (250 PS / 184 kW) unit.

2012 BMW 1-Series

If you are a diesel man, the 2012 BMW 1-Series will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, capable of outputting 114 hp (116 PS / 85 kW), 141 hp (143 PS / 105 kW) or 181 hp (184 PS / 135 kW). All these engines will be mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic transmission.

2012 BMW 1-Series

All of the 1-Series variants will benefit from BMW’s start/stop system and the regenerative brakes technology as part of the company’s EfficientDynamics strategy. This means that the car will be able to return from 40.6 to 54.7 mpg (4.3 to 5.8 liters / 100 km).

2012 BMW 1-Series

Source: WCF

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2012 5-door BMW 1-Series Spied

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A spy video with the 5-door version of the BMW 1-Series has surfaced this week on the net, but the prototype is wearing so much camouflage that we can’t really tell what’s what.  We do know that the 2012 5-door model will have a slightly wider track, just like the 3-door model, along with a longer wheel base, which means that the passengers in the back seat will have more space to stretch their legs.

Both variants of the 1-Series will hit the dealerships later on this year, and will most likely be available with gasoline and diesel engines, with a rear-wheel drive system. Rumors say that both the 5-door and the 3-door variants will get a more powerful 135i version, but nothing is certain at this moment.

We’ll definitely let you know once more info is revealed. Stay tuned.

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Next-Gen BMW 1-Series Spied

Next-Gen BMW 1-Series

After launching the refreshed model a couple of months ago, BMW is working on the next-generation 1-Series. Autoblog’s photographers have managed to take a couple of shots of the upcoming model. As seen from these pictures, the new car will be the company’s first model to have turn signals integrated into the sideview mirrors. In addition, those squared angel-eye headlights that we’ve seen in the recent BMW concepts will most likely find their way into the production model.

Next-Gen BMW 1-Series

As far as the cabin is concerned, the Germans will use a little bit more color as well as a dash accent. The car will most likely boost a pop-up navigation screen when it will be available at dealerships.

Next-Gen BMW 1-Series

Although there is no information regarding what types of engines will power the next-gen BMW 1-Series, the one spied had a 2.0-liter diesel engine, mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Except for this car, there were other two xDrive models as well as an Audi A4.

Next-Gen BMW 1-Series

Source: AutoBlog

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BMW 1 Series M Coupe limited to 2,700 units and only three paint jobs?

BMW 1 Series M Coupe limited to 2,700 units and only three paint jobs?

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe reveal really got people excited about the newest entry-level M car coming from the German automaker.

Now though, a new batch of rumors might upset quite a few people. According to an M3Post forum member who attended the Power of M European event, it seems that BMW will be limiting the production of the 1 Series M Coupe and will restrict the paint color options to just three choices.

According to him, BMW plans on releasing just 2,700 units of the 1 Series M Coupe, in order to keep it exclusive. These models can be had in either Alpine White, Jet Black or Valencia Orange Metallic. We’ve already seen the last two in spy shots and teaser campaigns, so there might be some validity to this.

BMW has yet to comment on these rumors, but more will be known perhaps at the upcoming Paris Motor Show or later this year when the company promised to properly reveal the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

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Video: BMW 1 Series M Coupe starts stripping down


BMW has started slowly hyping up the upcoming 1 Series M Coupe performance model.

This time though, we aren’t treated with camouflaged prototypes or other such things, but with a slow, striptease-like reveal, which will showcase different parts of the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe over a period of time.

The first parts of the powerful model have already seen the light of day. As you can see above, the impressive sports wheels and the revised fender do make an appearance. We’re also treated with the twin, dual-pipe exhaust system in the rear, as well as with a ducktail spoiler making its presence felt under the black wrap.

Hopefully the stripping of the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe won’t be slower than a snail, and we’ll get to see the full car as soon as possible. Check out a video of the reveal after the jump.
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Video: The BMW 1 Series M Coupe goes out on the track

Video: The BMW 1 Series M Coupe goes out on the track

Even though it was one of the worst kept secrets in the automotive industry, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was finally showcased last month.

Besides the camouflage photos, we also saw a slight video of the hot 1 Series tearing it up on the Ascari test track in Spain, with BMW M Division boss Dr. Kay Segler boasting the performance the baby M car will have.

In case you didn’t believe him, a new video has appeared, showcasing what it’s like to ride in the passenger seat while the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was driven on the actual Ascari track.

While it’s not as spectacular as the reveal video, we’re pretty sure the sound of the twin-turbo inline-six cylinder engine will be more than enough to deserve a view. So, hit the jump and see what the entry level M model can do.
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BMW finally reveals the 1 Series M Coupe (video included)

BMW finally reveals the 1 Series M Coupe (video included)

At the end of last year, word got out that BMW would be developing a performance version based on the 1 Series Coupe model, set to wear the M badge.

As soon as the news hit, its name was rumored to range from the M1, 1M, 135is or anything in between.

Now, BMW has finally decided to pull the curtain off the newest member of its M family, the 1 Series M Coupe.

According to the M Division boss, Dr. Kay Segler, the M1 badge is very special to BMW, so it decided to use another name for what essentially will be the M3′s smaller brother.

No other official details were given by BMW, but there are still plenty of rumors going around the web. First off, the new 1 Series M Coupe might be powered by an upgraded version of the twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine, currently featured by the 135i. It will be able to develop anywhere from 335 HP to 350 HP.

As you can see above, special accessories were also added, in order to make the new baby M car that much more aggressive. Enlarged wheels, a revised body kit plus a larger diffuser are all part of the new car.

According to BMW, the 1 Series M Coupe will be formally revealed before the end of the year, while deliveries will begin around the first half of 2011. Those from Germany or Austria that want to get a sneak peak at the new car, can go to the M-Power.com website, where they can register for the chance to win an exclusive test drive.

Those of us who aren’t from those two countries can hit the jump and see a video of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe in action, alongside commentary from Dr. Kay Segler. Enjoy!
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BMW stops sale, recalls 1 Series models over fire risk

BMW stops sale, recalls 1 Series models over fire risk

BMW has just issued a recall, affecting its 1 Series models, manufactured between 2008 and 2010.

According to the Bavarian company, the front seatbelt retractors (aka the things that tighten up the actual belt), can ignite in certain “severe” accidents and result in a fire.

As such, BMW has notified dealers to stop selling or delivering 1 Series models. Existing owners will be notified of this problem. They are expected in service areas for a free fix that will remove any fire hazard.

For more details about this BMW recall, you can contact the company at 1-800-525-7417.

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BMW 1 Series M car confirmed, packs around 350 HP


After a lot of speculation, plenty of rumors and the occasional inside leaks, BMW‘s M division boss, Dr. Kay Segler has confirmed once again that a performance version of the 1 Series is arriving, but won’t carry the M1 badge, due to the legacy of the iconic supercar from the 1980s.

Still, this doesn’t mean this 1 Series M car won’t blow people away, as the rumors are currently pegging the 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine’s output at somewhere around 350 HP. Its torque figures are set to overtake the M3′s 300 lb-ft rating.

Based on the 1 Series coupe body, this performance model will receive a wide array of enhancements over the current top-of-the-range, the 135i. Besides stiffer suspension and more aggressive styling, a dual-clutch six-speed gearbox plus an electronically-controlled M differential will be added.

Expect the 1 Series M car to appear next year, slotting in below the M3 and targeting the possible Audi RS3 as its main rival. Are you excited? Share your thoughts below.

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