The team at Fifth Gear reviews the 2012 BMW F20 1 Series Hatchback. See video inside.
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.
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:
118d from 105 kW / 143 HP to 126 kW / 171 HP
120d from 135 kW / 184 HP to 154 kW / 210 HP
AC Schnitzer chromed “Racing” tailpipes
AC Schnitzer spring kit
AC Schnitzer front spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear roof spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear skirt protection foil
AC Schnitzer sports airbag steering wheel
AC Schnitzer aluminium gear knob “Black Line” AC Schnitzer gear knob with digital display
AC Schnitzer leather gear knob, illuminated
AC Schnitzer aluminium cover for i-Drive
AC Schnitzer aluminium handbrake handle, aluminium/chromed
AC Schnitzer aluminium handbrake handle, “Black … CONTINUED
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 wouldn’t be surprised if BMW actually went with the “M135i” moniker for that car if they in fact also went with the “M550d” rumor for the upcoming tri-turbo diesel F10.
Also, at the F30 press drives last week, BMW told us … CONTINUED
Video featuring an interview with Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design about design and the new BMW 1 Series in particular.
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 up for in tuneability. Kelleners Sport has released the specs of its N20 tune and the figures are impressive! These are power gains that the naturally aspirated N52 could never achieve.
The Kelleners N20 tune achieves 294 hp and … CONTINUED
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 Steering Wheel”, the new BMW 6 Series Convertible, likewise achieved an outstanding result with second place in the category of open-top vehicles.
It was the 36th time “Golden Steering Wheel” has been awarded, making it one of the most important and … CONTINUED
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.
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 Compact,” the “F.A.S.T. Family Activity Sports Tourer,” and the “GT”. The upcoming Z2 roadster is also rumored to being considered for the UKL platform.
These FWD 1-series models will join the rest of the 1-series lineup which in the next generation … CONTINUED