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2012 BMW 1 Series Coupe And Convertible

After the launch of the 1-Series M Coupe, BMW will add two new models to its least expensive range of cars. The two models are the coupe and convertible versions of the 128i and 135i which will receive mild styling updates and a brand new powertrain (only for the 135i). As an optional feature, the 128i can be fitted with Xenon headlamps which come as standard on the 135i, and for the 2012 model, they feature a horizontal LE eyebrow that complements the corona running lamps. In the back of the car, BMW equipped both models with LED running lamps that are similar to the rest of the lamps found on the other BMW cars. Standard on the 135i and optional on the 128i is the tweaked M Sport package which consists of an aero kit, an increased top speed limiter and more sporting suspension geometry. As an optional feature, the car can be equipped with M-branded interior trim components and sport seats.

Similar to its bigger brother, the 3-Series, the 135i from BMW is equipped with the N55 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine that uses a single twin-scroll turbocharger that is capable of outputting 300 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque. As standard, the engine is linked to a manual 6-speed gearbox, but can be fitted to a 7-speed DCT gearbox that was first available on the beautiful Z4 roadster. With this transmission, the car needs 5.1 seconds for the 0-100 km/h sprint and with the standard gearbox, it will reach 100 km/h from start in 5.4 seconds.

The cheaper 128i will be fitted with the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter power unit that equips the outgoing generation. This engine produces 230 hp and a 200 lb-ft and can be linked with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or with a Steptronic transmission.

Both of the cars benefit from a complex suspension system that features aluminum double-pivot suspension in the front and a 5-link fully independent rear suspension made out of lightweight steel. Both cars are equipped with the proprietary DSC technology – Dynamic Stability Control, which includes DTC – Dynamic Traction Control, a function that provides electronic intervention in order to avoid loss of automobile control, but at a higher threshold before activation. The driver has the possibility to disable both systems if he wants to take full control of the car. As an optional feature only on the 135i Coupe, is the Active Steering which is a variable ratio steering system. The electronic rear brake management simulates a differential lock for allowing a stronger acceleration in low-traction conditions and in turns.

The rear differential of the 128i and the 135i is from a new generation of final drives that were designed and optimized in order improve fuel efficiency and smoothness of the ride. For the first time, the differential sports double-helical ball bearings which allow it to run at lower temperatures which are reached more quickly due to the reduction of the fluid required in the differential. The front suspension of the car features a double-pivot spring and strut front suspension that has an anti-roll bar, made out of aluminum, and is capable of offering the perfect balance between low weight and stiffness. In order to improve the dynamics of the 1-Series, the German engineers at BMW updated the stable stack control arms and thrust rods, along with an almost perfect wheel positioning.

The pricing for the 2012 BMW 1-Series will be published at the beginning of 2011, closer to the launch of the cars. The outgoing model has a basic price of $29,450 (for the 128i model) and $36,350 (for the 135i model). Our guess is that these two prices will not be very different for the 2012 model.

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2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe

The BMW Coupe is considered by many one of the most controversial cars ever designed by the German manufacturer. Many people saw it as a wagon-like version of the Z3 and Z4 convertibles from BMW that always attracted our attention. Production ended in 2008 and now it is about to return with a brand new iteration. The car will be officially unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, but folks over at PopularMechanics.com had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with the 2012 1-Series M Coupe.

The most correct way to simply describe this new model is by looking at it as a current generation M3 driveline car that does not have the powerful V8 engine. Instead, it comes with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter N54 inline six-cylinder that was borrowed from the BMW Z4 sDrive35is. The engine is capable of outputting 335 hp and a maximum torque of 332 lb. ft. The final version of the car might have an updated engine that could produce 350 hp or even more. It would be very good if a car of only 3300 lbs (190 lbs less than the M3) could come with such power. The engine will be most likely linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. Rumors regarding the choice of a DSG gearbox are at the moment false, at least for the first year of production.

As far as the exterior looks are concerned, the 2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe will come with a new fascia that will direct the air towards the intercooler, the main radiator as well as the auxiliary coolers. In the back of the car, a small lip was added above the spoiler with the main purpose of improving aerodynamics.

2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe

Although from the pictures you will notice that the car is wearing camouflage, the 2012 model is certainly wider than the standard model. The car is in fact 3.14 inches (80 mm) wider, giving it a more aggressive look. BMW did not use carbon fiber materials for this model because it would have made the car more expensive, plus the weight reduction would not have been very significant to the overall performances of the car.

The car will feature an M3 suspension (multilink rear, strut front), M3-spec drilled rotors, M3’s M Variable Differential Lock rear differential, 19-inch rims inspired by the M3 Competition Package and covered by P265/35ZR19R for the rear wheels and P245/35ZR19R for the front ones.

The engine performances of the car should allow it to reach 60 mph from 0 in about 5 seconds or less. The top speed will most likely be electronically limited to 155 mph. The guys that were lucky enough to drive it said that the Servotronic steering is very good for a car that does not have everything controlled by the computer. The suspension of the 1-Series M Coupe has fixed dampers and steel springs. The car will come with quad tail pipes which will give it the traditional M look of a BMW.

Source: PopularMechanics.com

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In a recent press release, BMW announced that the BMW 1 Series Cabrio will be introduced next spring, about the same time as the BMW 1 Series Coupe. When sales will debut in the United States, there will only by 128i versions available, with 135i versions coming later next year.

The 128i will be powered by BMW’s 3.0 liter, 230 horsepower inline six-cylinder engine, featruing Valvetronic valvetrain management and aluminum/magnesium cylinder block construction. The 135i Convertible is powered by BMW’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine developing 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The 135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

Probably to save costs and make the car lighter, BMW has fitted the 1 Series Convertible with a cloth roof instead of a folding hard top, like most producers do now. View more photos and a video after the jump.
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After some spy shots broke loose a few days ago, BMW released an official press release announcing the BMW 1 Series Coupe and giving more details about it.

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 alloy and magnesium straight-six engine, the 135i is capable of accelerating from zero to 62mph in 5.3 seconds before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

The Coupe will be available with several engines: the 123d,a twin-turbo diesel 2.0L producing 204 hp(goes from 0 to 100km/h in 7.0 seconds and a top speed of 238 kmh/148mph), a new 120d 2.0L turbodiesel engine with 177hp and the top of the line, the 135i 3.0L twin-turbocharged petrol engine offering 306hp (0 to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 250 kmh/155mph).

An M sport package with 17″ and 18″ wheels, unique bodykit, sports suspension, sports seats, a leather steering wheel and ‘M’ labeling will be available for all models, as an option. The BMW 1 Series Coupe will be officially presented at the Franfurst Motor Show in September. (more…)

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