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BMW 2011 Year In Review

01/01/2012 at 9:00 AM
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Happy New Year to the entire BIMMERPOST community! As we cross over to a new year it’s a fitting time for a recap of the past year. It was an amazing year for BMW, with the company hitting sales records and many new important models making their debuts. 2012 should prove to be as successful, if not more. And we’ll be seeing some new models and facelifts coming. We recap the BMW 2011 year for you inside.

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The F21 1 series 3-door hatchback has now been revealed via this set of patent images.

The F21 is set to be revealed as early as Spring 2012. Expect to see more powerful engines (compared to the F20 1 series 5-door) introduced with the F21. To name a few, we expect a 125i 2.0l turbo inline 4 producing in the ballpark of 220hp and a 125d to complement the 116i, the 118i and the 120d.

As expected, the F21 features a sportier look owing to the longer … CONTINUED

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The team at Fifth Gear reviews the 2012 BMW F20 1 Series Hatchback. See video inside.

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Dackelone brings back his coverage of the 2011 Essen Motor Show, the European equivalent of the SEMA show. Aftermarket tuned automobiles are the main course at this event.

However, this year’s show saw BMW attend for the first time ever. BMW trotted out its latest Performance Parts lineup and accessories. On hand were the M Performance Parts M3 and X6M, as well as Performance Parts F20 1-series, E93 3-series, and X5.

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Along with their ACS 650i, AC Schnitzer will be debuting its new F20 1 Series 120d at the Essen Motor Show this week. Their 120d tuning program features the following areas:

Engine:
118d from 105 kW / 143 HP to 126 kW / 171 HP
120d from 135 kW / 184 HP to 154 kW / 210 HP

Exhaust:
AC Schnitzer chromed “Racing” tailpipes

Suspension:
AC Schnitzer spring kit

Aerodynamics:
AC Schnitzer front spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear roof spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear skirt protection foil

Steering:
AC Schnitzer sports airbag … CONTINUED

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From the same Dutch BMW dealer presentation which yielded the 381hp tri-turbo diesel M550d rumor, comes the report that a “M135i” F20 1 series hatchback is coming next summer. Those in attendance were reportedly told about a M135i featuring 320hp and powered by the N55 inline 6 engine.

As with any rumor, it’s always just speculation until officially published by BMW. But, there may be merit to this rumor. We spotted what appears to be an M Sport 135i F20 some months ago (seen HERE), so we … CONTINUED

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Video featuring an interview with Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design about design and the new BMW 1 Series in particular.

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BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine (the “N20″) may be down on cylinders and displacement compared to the inline 6 cylinder (N52) that it replaces across BMW’s model range, but even in factory form, it matches the outgoing N52′s horsepowers and features an extra 30 lb-ft of torque (in the X1 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, F20 128i, 528i, Z4 sDrive28i, and upcoming F30 328i).

And what the N20 loses in smoothness and top-end pull compared to the outgoing N52, it now looks like it will easily make … CONTINUED

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Just a few weeks after its market launch, the new BMW 1 Series has already won its first internationally significant automobile award. The edition of the BMW compact model is the winner of the “Golden Steering Wheel” awarded by “Auto Bild” and “Bild am Sonntag”. The coveted trophy was presented to BMW AG Board Chairman Dr. Norbert Reithofer at a gala event in Berlin yesterday. The BMW 1 Series asserted itself in the class of compact automobiles. The second BMW model to compete for the “Golden … CONTINUED

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BMW provides a brief look into the F20 1 series production process at the Regensburg plant in this newly posted video.

This new video joins these other looks we’ve posted of BMW’s impressive and ultra-modern production plants/processes.

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We’ve caught BMW’s FWD 1-series model based on the FWD UKL platform on video for the first time and the previous silly camo on the tailgate has been dropped, revealing its shape. The UKL platform is BMW’s platform which the FWD 1-series GT will share with the next generation of MINIs.

The FWD 1-series will come in various forms, including a traditional 5-door hatchback, a sporting estate model, and a gran touring version (seen in the video). They’ve been referred to by insider Scott26 as the “City … CONTINUED

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The latest Euro NCAP results are in and the 2011 F20 1-series has received the full 5-star rating.

The new 1 series even scored well enough to achieve the maximum safety rating under a stricter NCAP criteria being introduced next year. For the 2012 tests, cars will be required to score at least 60% (up from current 40%) in the pedestrian protection category to be awarded a full 5 stars.

We’ve posted the full results below. Needless to say, the new 1 series continues BMWs recent history of … CONTINUED