Showing posts in the category of BMW 1-Series

Mazda3 Takes on Equally Priced Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series


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There’s a very thin line between premium and mainstream offerings in the small and compact segments, and the following comparative review proves it.

BMW M135i Hatch with M235i Coupe Front End Conversion Looks So Much Nicer


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The BMW 1-Series' upcoming facelift may or may not address our niggles about the googly eyes, but one M135i owner found a solution: he grafted on the snout of the much better looking M235i coupe.

Scoop: BMW to Facelift RWD 1-Series Hatch Before it Replaces it with a FWD Model


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You're looking at what is likely the last rear-wheel drive hatch from BMW, the facelifted 1-Series that we spied in both regular and M135i trims, while also snagging a pic of its interior.

Future BMW Models to Have More Individual Styling


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The next generation of BMW’s mainstream models will be more differentiated from each other in terms of styling, the company’s design boss has revealed.

BMW's New 1-Series 'Baby' Sedan Could Have Been A Modern E30 But It Won't Be


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BMW's engineers are toiling away on their next big-small project, the 1-Series sedan, poised to join the battle against the Audi A3 saloon and Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Before we let your imagination run wild, let's put a stop to any meaningful associations between BMW's upcoming 1-Series sedan and its famed E30 3-Series: yes, the two cars should have a similar footprint, and in some ways, target a similar audience, but one fundamental ingredient from the E30 formula is missing: rear wheel drive.

The new 1-Series will not be based on the 2-Series Coupe or current 1-Series hatchback, but on the same UKL (Unter Klasse or entry-level) structure as the front-wheel drive 2-Series Active Tourer, also shared with the latest Mini hatch.

A four-wheel drive option could be on the table for select engines, which will likely be common with the 2-Series AT and include both petrol and diesel units ranging in displacement from 1.5- to 2.0-liters paired to six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions.

A sported-up M125i with a 2.0-liter turbo'd four is expected to be on offer as well providing BMW with an Audi S3 rival.

As for when we can expect to see the 1-Series sedan, a production model is slated for launch in late 2016 or early 2017, but BMW could give us a sampler via a concept model as early as next year.

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New BMW 1-Series DTM Edition Offers M Sport Package at a Huge Discount


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After releasing the M4 DTM Champion edition, BMW continues to celebrate its titles in both the 2014 DTM Drivers' and Constructors' championships with the 1-Series DTM Edition.

First Brazilian BMW Rolls Off the Assembly Line, a 328i ActiveFlex


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BMW’s new South American automobile plant in Araquari, Brazil has assembled its first car, a BMW 328i ActiveFlex that can run on either ethanol or petrol.

Scoop: BMW Eyes CLA and A3 with New 1-Series Compact Sedan


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If you were shaking your head and asking yourself, "What's next?" for BMW after the FWD 2-Series Active Tourer, the answer is a baby 3-Series in the guise of the 1-Series Sedan.

Scoop: BMW 1-Series to Get a New Face, But Will it be Prettier?


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A refresh is in order for BMW's pug-faced 1-Series hatchback with our spies snagging a three-door model testing in Europe.

BMW 1 Series Sedan Concept Rendering Doesn't Look Half Bad


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Back in the fall of 2013, a number of rather interesting reports from Germany started suggesting that BMW is not too happy with the recent success of the Audi A3 Sedan and the Mercedes-Benz CLA, and that the Bavarians are preparing a competitor of their own for the two aforementioned models.

You Won't Believe What a D'Bag This BMW Driver is


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Warning: Some readers may find the video footage disturbing

The first time I watched this dash-cam video and as the scene progressed, I was expecting something like a small fender bender or perhaps a tussle between the two drivers, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened next

BMW M135i Hatch Spied with a Lightly Refreshed Face


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From day 1, the F20 1-Series' Pug-face with those gaping-eye headlamps has been at the center of criticism in regards to the premium hatchback's exterior styling. BMW did a better job with the related 2-Series Coupe and Cabriolet, but if you were expecting the same for the facelifted 1-Series hatch, these scoop shots will likely leave you with a bitter taste.

Classic Mercedes SL Gullwing Crashes and Burns in Mille Miglia Accident [w/Video]


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There’s a very good reason why those who participate in the Mille Miglia have been, from 1977 on, held back from driving it like an actual race. A total of 56 drivers died between 1927 and 1957, after which it was put on hold completely for two decades, before being reborn the way we know it today, as a slow-paced historic rally.

BMW 118D Coupe Turned into 1M Replica with…M5's V10


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The 1M is such a rare car that seeing one really is an event, especially if you are a BMW aficionado, but even if you are not. Most usually come finished in noticeable Valencia Orange and the trained eye immediately spots them.

BMW M135i M Performance Edition Abu Dhabi-Style


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BMW offers a high degree of personalization for most of its cars, including the M135i hot hatch. If your wallet itches for spending and you find yourself ticking off just about every box available in the brand's M Performance catalogue, you might get something like this M135i that's on display at BMW's Abu Dhabi shop.

Place Your Bets: Audi S3 vs BMW M135i


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The BMW M135i is currently seen by many motoring journalists as the best hot hatch that you can currently buy. It’s not the fastest, with that title going to the more expensive Mercedes A45 AMG, and nor is it perfect, with the lack of a mechanical limited-slip diff becoming really noticeable on some corner exits.

That's Better: Tuner Plants BMW M235i Face on 1-Series Hatch


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Let’s face it, the BMW 1-Series is not a looker and that impression is caused exclusively by the size and shape of its headlights, which make the front end of the car look awkward. But there seems to be a solution.

KTW's BMW 116i Black and White Tuned Editions


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Over in Europe, where big displacement and powerful engines are often penalized by the taxman, the BMW 116i is one of the more popular petrol versions of the Bavarian premium hatch. While you won't get anything in the way of performance from KTW, the German tuner has presented two similar editions of the 116i named Black and White respectively, featuring chassis and cosmetic tweaks.

New BMW 2-Series Active Tourer Photo May or May Not be Real


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A picture alleging that it is showing the upcoming production version of the BMW Active Tourer Concept from the 2012 Paris Motor Show has appeared on the web. From what we understand, it was sourced from the cover of the next AutoBild magazine issue, which has since blurred out the image.

BMW 2-Series Coupe Takes on 1-Series Coupe in Our Visual Comparison Test


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BMW launched the 4-Series and 2-Series nameplates as part of its plan to differentiate coupe and cabriolet models from the models they’re derived from – in this case the 3-Series and 1-Series, respectively.

We’ve already seen how the new 4-Series Coupe looks compared to its predecessor, so now it’s time to take a close look at the differences between the new 2-Series Coupe and the model it replaces, the 1-Series Coupe.