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We haven’t seen a good ole 135i review in quite some while, but Edmunds has chimed in with their review of a 135i equipped with with the slick DCT transmission. 1-series fans will like what they have to say about the smallest BMW offering, calling it arguably the most BMW unfiltered driving experience.

Check out our favorite portions of the review inside.

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See many Bimmerpost members’ ActiveE questions answered in this replay of BMW Conversations: BMW ActiveE, that aired at the NY Auto Show on April 20th, where questions were answered by ActiveE experts submitted through Facebook.

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The forthcoming 1-Series (F20) was recently spied making its way onto the famed Nurburgring as part of BMW’s standard development and testing process for all its vehicles. Now the same car has been caught on video.

You can very nicely see how taut the car’s suspension is setup, this car should be a real blast to drive fast. From the visual point of view, the car has the same level of camoflage as in the previous set of pictures, but it is nice to see the new … CONTINUED

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BMW just announced the details for their ActiveE lease program. The BMW ActiveE will be available for lease in select markets beginning in Fall 2011 for $499 per month for 24 months with a down payment $2,250. It will be available for lease in the metropolitan markets of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York and Boston as well as the state of Connecticut.

The ActiveE has a maximum power output of 170 hp and a maximum torque of 184 lb-ft, the latter is available … CONTINUED

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We’ve just seen the start of Nurburgring testing for the 1-series on 3/28, and now spyshots.nl brings us some more photos of the car, from a lower angle. Theres nothing substantively new in these photos, just additional views from different angles. Enjoy!

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Update: This image has been confirmed as a render based on a real BMW image, so we are essentially seeing the real new look of the 1-series. Autobild leaks the new BMW 1er Sporthatch. This photo certainly looks like the real deal, especially comparing to the spyshots and everything we know about the car, I believe this to be real!!

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We’ve caught the new upcoming 2012 1-Series hatch every which way imaginable, but now the car has finished its winter testing and entered Nurburgring testing. This is a critical point on the path for any BMW towards production. In fact, the new 5-door hatch is rumored to be revealed online this spring, 2011, with its first public showing at the Frankfurt autoshow this fall, so I’m sure things are in high gear with the 1-Series development team.

This particular vehicle is the 5-door hatchback variant, which is … CONTINUED

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We’ve had reviews from several 3-series owners after the 100k miles mark, but this is the first time we’ve heard from a 1-series owner with over 100k miles on the car, already a pretty amazing feat considering this 1-series coupe began its service in April 2008. As with the rest of the BMW range, the 1-series seems to hold up very well to high mileage with just basic regular basic maintenance and the occasional covered-under-warranty replacement/fix.

Jacksonville Airport Meet Photo Shoot

03/26/2011 at 10:55 AM
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Here are some great airstrip meet photos from a recent Bimmerpost members meet in Jacksonville, Florida.

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George Plasa tuning has assembled this F1 sounding “BMW Judd 134″ race car based off the 1-series, featuring 550PS (542hp). It has to be heard to believe. Check out the videos inside.

More new F20 1-Series spy videos

03/19/2011 at 11:00 AM
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The release of the new (non-US market) 1-Series Hatchback is imminent– but that isn’t stopping BMW from doing the final testing of the partially camoflaged test bed. Gmotors.tv has snagged this video of the car testing in Munich.

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The F20 1-series continues its testing rounds, spied for the first time in silver color and the new wheels style in these photos. Not much remains for the imagination, except perhaps the front headlights, which, like all previous F20 prototypes sports camouflage taped in a manner to trick the eyes into thinking they are larger than actuality. The yellow camouflage tape on the side mirrors conceal integrated side view mirror turn signals (close-ups here), the first of its kind on a BMW.

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The Russian customizers who made the notorious Gold X5M are using their creativity and bravado once again, this time putting together a beautiful matte silver 135i. We’ve seen plenty of matte gray and black BMWs, but few matte titanium silvers. It proves to be stunning under interior lighting, but especially gorgeous out in the night under highway lights. Check out the video inside.

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Here are some pics of the Doerr / Avotre 1-series track car from Hockenheim this past weekend. Unfortunately the car retired early due to losing 4 of its wheel bolts off its M3 spec wheels.

Geneva 2011 BMW Wrap-Up

03/03/2011 at 10:45 AM
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Well folks, we’re all done here at the 2011 Geneva auto show and hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we enjoyed sharing it with our community. Geneva is always an exciting show because of all shows, it’s arguably the largest in the world and always features an unrivaled number of exotics and tuning companies on display. Geneva is also traditionally one of the most important shows for BMW due to its proximity to BMW’s home market and prominence among the auto show circuit events.

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New on the Geneva show floor today is this 120d 3-door featuring the full array of BMW Performance parts. Although the E81 hatchback will soon be replaced by the next generation F20 1-series hatchback, this remains a hot little hatch, especially with the BMW Performance parts installed.

This particular model also had certain BMW Individual parts adorning it – such as the high-gloss shadowline trim and headliner anthracite.

The full list of packages and Performance parts on this car are extensive, please refer to the image below for … CONTINUED

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It seems the guys over at BimmerFile were invited to Munich to tour BMW AG and got to see and sit inside a few examples of the F20. They weren’t able to take photos, but did offer their insight into the car. They say:

“… the interior is getting a significant upgrade in quality of materials. The new look will be much closer to the X3, 5 and 7 series interior design and layout. In fact every F20 I saw the dash of had at least a … CONTINUED

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BMW has always prided itself on being a progressive and leading edge company so it’s no surprise that the company has taken quickly and often to social networking. Their latest project shows just how serious they consider social networking. BMW will be utilizing Facebook and BMW fans to help create a special 1-series Facebook Edition Model (page located here) for production.

The Facebook 1-series will be designed by young BMW designers and BMW fans will vote and decide on the design to be featured on the production … CONTINUED