Happy New Year to the entire BIMMERPOST community! As we cross over to a new year it’s a fitting time for a recap of the past year. It was an amazing year for BMW, with the company hitting sales records and many new important models making their debuts. 2012 should prove to be as successful, if not more. And we’ll be seeing some new models and facelifts coming. We recap the BMW 2011 year for you inside.
The F21 1 series 3-door hatchback has now been revealed via this set of patent images.
The F21 is set to be revealed as early as Spring 2012. Expect to see more powerful engines (compared to the F20 1 series 5-door) introduced with the F21. To name a few, we expect a 125i 2.0l turbo inline 4 producing in the ballpark of 220hp and a 125d to complement the 116i, the 118i and the 120d.
As expected, the F21 features a sportier look owing to the longer doors and rear windows, as well as frameless windows. Just like the F20 5-door 1 series, the F21 won’t be available in the US.
Owners of the E82 1 series who want the aggressive looks of the BMW 1M coupe now have a full aero kit package option.
Prior design has released its 1 Series PDM1 Widebody Kit, a full bodykit which gives a standard 1-series the look of the BMW 1M coupe.
The PDM1 package includes:
Prior-Design PDM1-WB front bumper (fits all bmw 1-Series E82 models except 1M)
Prior-Design PDM1-WB side skirts (2X) (fits all bmw 1-Series E82 models except 1M)
Prior-Design PDM1-WB rear bumper (fits all bmw 1-Series E82 models except 1M)
Prior-Design PDM1-WB front fenders (fits all bmw 1-Series E82 models except 1M)
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BMW Car Magazine undertakes a fraternal twins rivalry comparison in pitting HP Autowerks’ BMW 1M coupe against its tuned 135i coupe.
The tuned 135i coupe is equipped with DCT transmission and tuned to be 400+ HP / 420 lb-ft torque with piggyback tune, intake tubing, M3 suspension arms/bushings, coilovers, and exhaust system.
So do all these upgrades to the tuned 135i make it ‘better’ than the factory 1M coupe? Read on inside to see how they compare.
The team at Fifth Gear reviews the 2012 BMW F20 1 Series Hatchback. See video inside.
Dackelone brings back his coverage of the 2011 Essen Motor Show, the European equivalent of the SEMA show. Aftermarket tuned automobiles are the main course at this event.
However, this year’s show saw BMW attend for the first time ever. BMW trotted out its latest Performance Parts lineup and accessories. On hand were the M Performance Parts M3 and X6M, as well as Performance Parts F20 1-series, E93 3-series, and X5.
BMW of North America has announced a modest inflationary price increase effective January 1, 2012. The Destination and Handling fee for all models will be increased to $895 on that date as well. This increase is less than one percent and applies to the models listed in the table below. In these tough economic times a careful balance was attained between the competitive situation, inflationary conditions, and market realities.
Along with their ACS 650i, AC Schnitzer will be debuting its new F20 1 Series 120d at the Essen Motor Show this week. Their 120d tuning program features the following areas:
118d from 105 kW / 143 HP to 126 kW / 171 HP
120d from 135 kW / 184 HP to 154 kW / 210 HP
AC Schnitzer chromed “Racing” tailpipes
AC Schnitzer spring kit
AC Schnitzer front spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear roof spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear skirt protection foil
AC Schnitzer sports airbag steering wheel
AC Schnitzer aluminium gear knob “Black Line” AC Schnitzer gear knob with digital display
AC Schnitzer leather gear knob, illuminated
AC Schnitzer aluminium cover for i-Drive
AC Schnitzer aluminium handbrake handle, aluminium/chromed
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From the same Dutch BMW dealer presentation which yielded the 381hp tri-turbo diesel M550d rumor, comes the report that a “M135i” F20 1 series hatchback is coming next summer. Those in attendance were reportedly told about a M135i featuring 320hp and powered by the N55 inline 6 engine.
As with any rumor, it’s always just speculation until officially published by BMW. But, there may be merit to this rumor. We spotted what appears to be an M Sport 135i F20 some months ago (seen HERE), so we wouldn’t be surprised if BMW actually went with the “M135i” moniker for that car if they in fact also went with the “M550d” rumor for the upcoming tri-turbo diesel F10.
Also, at the F30 press drives last week, BMW told us … CONTINUED