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.
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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.
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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
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.
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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?
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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.
Fresh new video from BMW UK of the F20 1-series in black, which seems to suit the F20 much better than some of the other brighter colors. This particular F20 looks attractive as it makes its way around parts of London.
Insider Scott26 posts some more details on the upcoming FWD BMW 1-series models (based on UKL platform) which will join the RWD F20 1-series hatchback. In particular, information / speculation is provided on the 1-series Compactive Sport Tourer. Inside is a render which is said to be so close to the production version that Autobild was supposedly asked to remove it from its site.
The FWD BMW 1-series models lineup will include:
BMW 1er CITY compact
BMW 1er Compactive Sport Tourer
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Autocar has now posted their first drive review of the F20 1-series 120d hatchback. Overall it’s a bit of a mixed review. See inside for what we mean.
We’ve seen plenty of photos and videos on the F20, but how does it perform? Reviews are beginning to flow in from this week’s first press drives and Autoexpress has come in with their first impressions. Here’s how their first experience with the F20 went… read on inside.
BMW has released a new video and batch of wallpapers featuring some new colors – Valencia Orange on a Urban Line F20 and Mineral Gray on a Sport Line F20. Full set inside.
BMW’s research and development head, Klaus Draeger, has confirmed that future BMWs will indeed utilize new turbocharged 3-cylinder gas and diesel engines. This begs the question which future models will receive these 3 cylinder motors. According to Draeger (via Autocar), the upcoming FWD 1-series models will receive the 1.5L turbo 3-cylinder and not the F30 3-series (at least not initially?)
“They are not a priority for the 3-series,” Draeger told Autocar last week. “We’ll start with the front-wheel drive architecture and more price-sensitive models.”
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This is the first music (industrial) film of the BMW Group. “check my machine” is a film project which has been created in a close collaboration between the BMW Group’s Electronic Media Department and creative Munich artists Jonas Imbery (Gomma Records) and Mirko Borsche (Bureau mirko borsche). The Brainstormclub and Eyetrip are responsible for production.
The soundtrack was exclusively generated out of the noises of the new F20 BMW 1 Series.
We havent had some great looks at the F20 M-Sport yet, but the best images of the new car are by far the ones offered up by the BMW Configurator. The configurator will let you setup the F20 in Sport or Urban lines, and now has added M-Sport to the mix. You can also setup the exterior color and the view, and then download a high resolution snapshot of the car. I’ve taken a snapshot of all the colors available on the F20 M-Sport including Estoril … CONTINUED
This new video courtesy of BMW UK showcase the interior of the F20 1-series hatchbacks and closes in on some external details. Seen clearly is the beautiful new dash with its large 6.5 inch display screen. Also of note is a look at the ambient lighting located on the F20′s B-pillar (at 30 seconds).
The video also features some close looks at the exterior as well. The frontal shots show the sculpting in the front fascia which seem to be easily lost … CONTINUED
Since the internet reveal of the new BMW 1-Series SportHatch, the forums have been ablaze with photoshop artists displaying their skills in producing 3-Door variants, Coupe variants and facelifts of the car. Here are just a select viewing of interesting things people have come up with so far:
The F20 1-series was just officially revealed this past weekend, but uncovered models are already driving around on the streets of Germany. Inside are the first live photos of the production F20 1-series 5-door hatchback, in Sport Line trim, but without the standard 17″ Sport Line wheels.
The way to differentiate between the Urban Line and Sport Line trims is that the Sport Line has standard 17″ wheels, high gloss black elements, wide grille slats, and front bumper insert. The Urban Line has white trim components.
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