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2012 BMW 1-Series
2012 BMW 1-Series
The 1-series is the smallest BMW, but there's nothing cut-rate about it. Its engine offerings mirror those of the larger 3-series on which it's based. Not surprisingly, the driving experience is similar to that of its larger sibling, which is to say it's pretty much above reproach. OK, the ride can be harsh, particularly with the optional sport suspension and the available eighteen-inch wheels and run-flat tires (seventeen-inch wheels are standard). Otherwise, there's plenty to love here, starting with sublime steering (provided you avoid the optional active steering), a beautifully balanced rear-wheel-drive chassis, and very good performance. The base straight six in the 128i is smooth and strong, but the 300-hp turbocharged version makes the 135i a rocket. The 135i, for example, zooms to 60 mph in as little as 5.0 seconds with the available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A sweet-shifting six-speed manual is standard in both the 135i and the 128i; the 128i's no-shift option is a conventional automatic with eight speeds. As good as this car is to drive, its popularity doesn't approach that of the 3-series. There are a couple of reasons for that. Unlike the 3-series, the 1-series is available only as a coupe and a convertible, and back-seat space is tight. Second, although the 1-series is smaller than the 3, it doesn't get appreciably better gas mileage -- mostly because it uses the same powertrains. And the 1-series isn't a whole lot cheaper, either. Although the 1-series is a blast to drive, that's pretty much the case for the 3-series as well.
2013 BMW 135is Coupe Front Three Quarter
BMW Reveals 2013 135is, Boasts 20-Horsepower Boost
With the departure of the hot 1 Series M Coupe, BMW’s 1 Series lineup was missing a performance-tuned halo model – but no longer. This is the new 2013 BMW 135is, which packs a 320-hp point.
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2012 BMW M135i Front Profile In Motion
320-HP BMW M135i Revealed, Not Coming To U.S. Yet
Yes, the BMW M135i shown at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was but a concept, but as we reported at the time, it closely foreshadowed a forthcoming production vehicle. Now that BMW’s unwrapped the finalized, production-ready version, we can see that’s true – though sadly, neither the standard 1 Series hatch nor the M135i will be making it across the pond any time soon.
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2012 BMW Concept M135i Front Three Quarter
One Hot 1: BMW "Concept" M135i Destined For Geneva Show Debut
It appears the rumors were true: BMW’s M division has had its way with the latest Euro-spec 1 Series hatchback. The result is called the M135i, and it’ll make its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, albeit in a so-called “concept” form.
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2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback Front Three Quarter
Report: BMW May Be Working On AWD and M-Tuned 1 Series Variants
The small and mighty BMW 1 Series hatchback might be getting a power bump and some new technology: BMW is reportedly working on two separate hot 1 Series hatches, both with inline-sixes. One will have all-wheel drive, while the other will reportedly be extensively worked over by the fabled M group. The BMW fans at Bimmerpost allegedly managed to snag an accessory ordering guide for the new F20 1 Series, which includes things like car soap, performance bumpers, and cross-drilled brake rotors. Among the prices, however, are mention of two previously unconfirmed models, an M135i, and a 135i xDrive. Using a hint of BMW naming logic, it’s pretty easy to find that the 135 hatchback is slated to become another of BMW’s M Performance models. It could theoretically follow in the line of M-fettled cars like the new M550d xDrive, although the i indicates that the 1 Series would carry a gasoline engine. That engine, Bimmerpost predicts, could be the now-ubiquitous N55 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo inline-six cylinder engine, which would be tuned to make around 320 horsepower. Unlike the M550d xDrive, it appears all-wheel-drive may not be lumped into the new M-tuned 1 Series. The ordering guide refers to the 135i xDrive as a stand-alone model, which would likely have the same engine as the M135i, although it could have different tuning. Will we see this car any time soon? If we do, it’ll be from afar. The F20-generation 1 Series is almost completely different from the 1 Series we drive here, and BMW’s shown no signs of bringing it here, at least in its current hatchback guise. BMW hasn’t responded to our requests for comment at this point, but what say you? Would an all-wheel-drive or another M-tuned 1 Series be an attractive addition to BMW’s North American product portfolio? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below. Source: Bimmerpost  
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BMW ActiveE Front View On The Road
Lease the Future? BMW Begins Recruitment Process for All-Electric ActiveE Cars
BMW is bursting with energy about the all-electric ActiveE coupe. The recruitment process to find appropriate drivers for the ActiveE begins today. Oh, except they aren't called drivers, they're "Electronauts." ActiveE leases are considered phase two of BMW's electric car rollout. Before the ActiveE was Mini's take at an electric vehicle, the Mini E, and now it's BMW's turn. A total of 700 ActiveEs will be available for leasing at $2250 down with 24 monthly payments of $499. There's no purchasing option. For comparison, the 2012 Nissan Leaf can be leased for $2599 down with 36 monthly payments of $379. BMW is hoping the 700 ActiveE Electronauts/drivers will provide key insight into what it's like to live with an electric car. By 2013, BMW expects it will be ready to introduce the alternative-powertrain i3 and i8 cars—considered phase three of its three-part electric vehicle plan. Soon, additional ActiveE cars will be made available in markets like China and Europe. For now, the car is open to buyers in Boston, Hartford, Conn., New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco. Interested buyers can find BMW's ActiveE Web site and complete a reservation form as well as a charging station consultation through AeroVironment. That consultation will help BMW make sure the homes of the potential buyers are capable of handling an AeroVironment charging station and understand how to maintain and operate an electric vehicle. BMW's consumer site for the ActiveE gets a little hyperbolic on the car's importance, but is probably right-on for the target early-adopter audience. The automaker calls the Electronauts "adventurers and explorers" who will redefine "the way we live and the way we move. Starting with 700 cars, two years, and one collective mission that will reshape history." For comparison, in December alone Nissan sold 954 units of the all-electric Leaf, a car that can be purchased as well as leased. BMW says its electric vehicle journey started with the 1602 model in 1969. That car, the automaker says, was used in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Ultimately, we're looking forward to the upcoming i3 and i8 cars much more than the transitional ActiveE. Have another look at the electric BMW in the photo gallery below. Source: BMW
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2012 BMW 1-Series Specifications

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3.0L I6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
230 hp @ 6500rpm
200 ft lb of torque @ 2750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Steering Wheel Tilt (optional)
  • Cruise Control
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front (optional)
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)

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