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09/06/2011    11:45 PM

Press Release: The intriguing character of BMW M cars is further emphasized by the BMW M Performance range of accessories. These complement those available for the BMW M3 and include new products for the power train, the suspension, aerodynamics and the cockpit and have now been extended to include other models. Wing mirror covers and a rear spoiler are available for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. These accessories are manufactured from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), handmade by BMW. In addition, an eye-catching BMW M Performance kidney-shaped radiator grille is available in a black, high-gloss finish.

The BMW M Performance range of accessories for the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M allow the driver’s own distinctive personality to shine through. For both models, 21-inch … CONTINUED

09/02/2011    11:20 AM

The once-every-two-year Frankfurt IAA auto show is nearly upon us. Press coverage will begin Tuesday, September 13. Here is a preview of the headline BMW debuts headed for Frankfurt.

09/02/2011    8:00 AM

BMW has released the first official photos of the F20 1 series Performance Accessories Study. It’s a showcase vehicle used to introduce the new line of BMW Accessories for the 2012 F20 1 series. No official details yet describing all the parts fitted, but clearly seen are: BMW Performance front and rear bumpers/diffuser which are more aggressively styled than the F20 M-Sport front bumper, sideskirts, black grilles, carbon fiber mirror covers, performance stripes, 19″ Performance wheels, and BMW Performance brakes.

The interior features BMW performance steering wheel (alcantara/carbon fiber), alcantara trim, pedals, floor mats, shift knob and boot.

We also wouldn’t be surprised if this car also had some factory engine tuning or performance enhancements. Stay tuned for more info before or at the Frankfurt IAA where the … CONTINUED

08/24/2011    1:24 PM

Fifth Gear Web Review evaluates the 2012 F20 1 series 5-door hatchback and comes up with both pros and cons on the new model. Check out their findings inside.

08/16/2011    11:10 AM

A new BMW 2 series coupe render has been posted, courtesy of Autoexpress. Although this render may give us an idea as to the general shape, size, and proportions, the BMW 2-series coupe is expected to have a significantly different look (particularly the front end) than the F20 1-series hatchback upon which this render is clearly based.

There will be no next generation 1-series coupe and convertible, as they will take on the 2-series badge instead. The 2 series coupe is expected as early as sometime in 2013.

08/13/2011    6:09 PM

Some days ago, we brought you spyshots of a special F20 1-series. With some help from our resident insider Scott26 we could identify that car as a BMW Performance 1-series.

Today, we’re happy to share the first photos of the final car, the “BMW Performance Studie 1-series”. BMW apparently showed this car during their dealer presentation taking place in Frankfurt, and three shots magically made it to our inbox. You can see the Performance front and rear bumpers which appear to be even more aggressively styled than the F20 M-Sport front bumper. Also present are the ‘love em or hate em’ performance stripes and a new Performance wheel in what looks like 19″ size. We wouldn’t be suprised if this car also had some kind of factory … CONTINUED

08/04/2011    1:00 PM

At this year’s IAA, BMW will once again be presenting its world premiere vehicles actively on a circuit in Hall 11 on the Frankfurt Exhibition Site. The successful concept of presenting the cars as they drive has been developed and refined, providing the press and the public with the experience of efficiency and dynamics through the products themselves. The combination of trade fair and event in the form of stage shows will allow visitors to become immersed in the world of the brand.

BMW’s highlight this year at the IAA, forming the heart of the exhibition stand, will be the vehicle concepts of the new BMW sub-brand BMW i. With the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept, the BMW Group is presenting its visions for future … CONTINUED

08/04/2011    6:30 AM

Seen in these photos for the first time is what we believe is the F20 1-series with BMW Performance Aero Kit (front bumper, sideskirts, and rear bumper) with BMW Performance racing stripes. As with the prior 1-series, the BMW Performance program for the F20 will feature both cosmetic and performance parts, some of which may be revealed at the upcoming Frankfurt IAA show in September.

Which clues indicate that the aero parts underneath the camouflage are BMW Performance parts and not merely M-sport parts?

Foremost, the BMW Performance stripes are a pretty good indication. Also, BMW has already released images of the F20 M-sport model, so there’s little need to camouflage M-sport parts. Compared to F20 M-sport photos below, this test car’s front bumper is clearly a different … CONTINUED

07/29/2011    3:50 AM

The new BMW 1-series hatchback (F20) goes on sale in the UK beginning September 17. It will be offered with a choice of three diesel and two petrol engines. Prices start at £19,375 otr for a BMW 116i ES.