BMW Bringing 1 Series Performance Concept to Frankfurt

Alongside BMW’s quintet of new-car debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show will be a performance concept based on the new, European-market 1 Series hatchback. Autocar suggests that the BMW Performance Accessories concept will be shown to highlight the new range of equipment and add-ons offered by the company.

BMW previously rolled out a 1 Series tii performance concept back in 2007, which eventually begat today’s 1 Series M Coupe. The new Performance Concept is based on the new-for-Europe BMW 1 Series hatchback. Autocar says the tweaked 1 Series receives 19-inch wheels, improved suspension and brakes, and a new exhaust. It also wears a sporty body kit, carbon-fiber mirror housings, and a new rear diffuser.

Along with the visual and chassis components, BMW will also highlight the previously announced Performance Edition engine upgrade for the 135i and 335i. The software improves power from 300 hp to 320 hp, while torque climbs from 300 lb-ft to 317 lb-ft for cars with manual transmissions and 332 lb-ft for those with automatics.

In addition, BMW will use the Frankfurt show to reveal new upgrades for the X5 M and X6 M, including 21-inch wheels, a carbon fiber front splitter, a black front grille, and an Alcantara M steering wheel.

A BMW spokesman in the U.S. said he couldn’t confirm whether a 1 Series performance model would be on display at Frankfurt. We’ll find out more for ourselves early next week.

Source: Autocar