To say that the BMW F20/F21 1 Series front end styling is polarizing would be an understatement. Initial reaction to the BMW 2 Series front styling, revealed last month in our spy photos, have generally been more favorable.
All of which begs the question – how would the F20/F21 look with all or some of the 2 Series’ front end styling? And might the renders below preview what the F20/F21 LCI facelift may resemble?
Renders by BIMMERPOST members junmax, Dazzler and ts61gogo.
Enjoy a mega gallery from the Welt 4.0 friends reUnited meet at the BMW Welt.
The M135i hatchback will soon receive a sibling in the BMW lineup by way of the M235i coupe. They will share the same heart – the N55 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine making approximately 315-320hp, as well as the same transmission and other mechanicals. On paper, the two should achieve similar performance numbers, with a slight edge potentially going to the M235i coupe.
As for exterior differences, it’s clear from these comparison photos. Besides the clear form factor difference (coupe versus hatchback), the M235i gets an overall … CONTINUED
From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:
From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:
With increasing numbers of the M-Lite on the road, and ever more people taking delivery it seemed that is was time to put together a meet with the aim of getting a few together in the same place to act geeky, compare cars, options, mpg figures and so on (as well as have a bit of a drive).
So organised primarily by TMP, and some collaborative route planning we took on the welsh valleys … CONTINUED
AC Schnitzer tunes the M135i hatchback to 360 HP. The extra power drops the 0-100kmh (0-62mph) time from 4.9 seconds to 4.7 seconds and the 80-180kmh time from 12.9 seconds to 10.8 seconds.
Here’s a video demo.
The F20 / F21 M135i hatchback recently edged out the Porsche Boxster to garner Top Gear Magazine’s Sports Car of the Year award.
See how the M135i accomplishes that inside.
Little more than a year before the EU6 exhaust emission standard comes into effect in September 2014, BMW is increasing the number of models that already fulfil the more stringent emission regulations. As early as in the summer of 2013, almost all models featuring the BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine will comply with the EU6 classification as standard. Moreover, by the summer of 2013, further four-wheel drive variants of the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 3 Series are to be added to the model … CONTINUED
Watch the E92 M3 vs the M135i hatchback on the Nurburgring, from both perspectives – each as a chase and lead car.
M135i exhaust comparo put together by 1ADDICTS members, comparing the factory exhaust, BMW M Performance exhaust, and Bastuck exhaust.
Check out some photos from a recent F20 1 Series mega meet which took place in Taiwan.
Although the comparison is unexpected, its very well done! And as expected our M135i continues to steamroll and draw up the accolades from the motoring press.
Caradvice of Australia reviews the BMW M135i against a group of small sports sedans and hatchback – the Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Volkswagen Golf R.
Who comes out on top? They call the M135i an “obvious winner.”
Here is the first M135i owners meet by 1ADDICTS members, taking place in Hong Kong. The group gathered to share in their common ownership and to see various options and colors in person.
The cars here represented 4 of the 6 colors available on the M135i in Hong Kong (only black and silver were missing).
Hitting the spot: BMW Group Design wins four red dot awards in 2013. International jury recognises the excellent design quality of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW R 1200 GS.
The BMW Group can add another chapter to its successful history in the red dot awards, with BMW Group Design taking home four of the internationally renowned distinctions in the red dot award: product design 2013 competition. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series … CONTINUED
BMW has released some new videos for the BMW Concept Active Tourer, which will serve as the basis for the upcoming FWD BMW 1 Series GT (Gran Turismo).
The first clip highlights the versatility and multi-use function that the 1 Series GT will serve, for many types of lifestyles and activities. This is the video which was on played at the BMW Concept Active Tourer display at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
These two videos also give us the first look at the BMW C.A.T. in motion.… CONTINUED
Making its debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show is this M135i F21 hatchback, by Swiss tuner, Sportec.
Sportec’s tuning program offers two stages. The first stage includes software tuning only, which upgrades the M135i’s N55 power output to 355 hp (from the factory 315 hp). The second stage includes the software upgrades from Stage 1, plus downpipes and new exhaust system (with titanium tail pipes), which combine to give the M135i 370 hp.
At 370 hp, Sportec claims that the M135i’s 0-62 mph (0-100 kmh) time … CONTINUED
The front facsia/bumper design patent for the upcoming 1 Series GT has been revealed and it follows the attractive Concept Active Tourer (upon which the 1 Series GT is based), as BMW’s production models often do compared to the concept version.
As you can see there will be LED lights and even side cameras available as optional equipment.
Here are the specs of the concept model:
eDrive pairs a 1.5L petrol engine (twinpower 3 cylinder turbo) with electric … CONTINUED
Fun M135i video feature by Autogespot, with some nice production quality and hoonage, showing off the first petrol M Performance Automobile’s acceleration, drifting, and control.