BMW Debuts Performance Unlimited 1 Series Special Edition in Japan

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BMW's new Performance Unlimited special edition 1 Series coupe is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine -- but isn't for the U.S. market.

Just 30 of the Performance Unlimited 120i coupes will be made, available in white or blue. At the heart of the special edition models is an engine we don't (yet) see in the U.S.: a 170-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four.

All of the Performance Unlimited models get a six-speed automatic transmission and a number of aesthetic upgrades. There's a carbon-fiber-like trunk lip spoiler with rear view mirrors to match, BMW dual grille painted black, special 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminum pedals and, of course, a special badge inside the cabin.

If anything about this right-hand drive BMW this sounds enticing, we'd like to remind you it's a Japan-only edition. The 120i, BMW says, accelerates from 0-62 mph in 8.4 seconds with the automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., a base 128i crosses $30,000 with destination included. Would a less expensive four-cylinder 120i -- with or without the Performance Unlimited upgrades -- be a good addition to BMW's U.S. lineup?

On the other end of the 1 Series spectrum, the 1 Series M Coupe, powered by a twin-turbo I-6 making about 350 horsepower, is scheduled to start deliveries in the first half of 2011.

Source: BMW

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