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.
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 drops to just 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 171 mph (up from 155 mph from the factory).
The Sportec M135i rides on a set of lightweight 19″ forged SP10 wheels (available in matte titanium, semi gloss black or white).… 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 motor
Front wheel drive driven by 1.5L petrol engine [engine details]
Electric motor designed as fully-fledged power unit and powers rear axle, if necessary
Total system output of … 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.
The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2013 World Car Awards winners’ press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The 2013 World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year will all be declared at this time.
The top three finalists in all award categories will be announced at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013.
A jury of sixty-six (66) distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following top ten finalists in both categories by secret ballot, based on their experience with each candidate as part of their professional work. The jury members constitute a balance of representation from Asia, Europe and the … CONTINUED
Top Gear HK (Hong Kong) pits the 320hp M135i versus the 340hp 1M Coupe in a drag race. The M135i puts in an impressive performance over the 150 meter race.
Sport Auto’s Christian Gebhardt in the BMW M135i by Versus Performance with 384hp (factory M135i has 320hp). Laptime Hockenheim and acceleration 0-259 km/h High Speed with Michelin Cup tires.
Bonus video clip of the M135i fitted with Bastuck Exhaust System.
Autoblog shares their review and impressions from some time behind the wheel of a 1 Series powered by BMW’s new 1.5L 3 Cylinder TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine (the “B38″ engine).
This is the engine you will see in many of BMW’s forthcoming FWD models, including the recently revealed Concept Active Tourer, and MINI models.
In this particular application – in a prototype F20 1 Series, the B38 is quoted at 175hp @ 5000 rpm and 200 lb-ft torque @ 1500 rpm. The officially quoted 0-62mph (0-100kmh) time is 7.0 seconds. How does it drive and feel though? Read on inside.
Sport Auto takes the BMW 1M coupe and M135i to the Hockenheim track for a track and performance showdown.