Video featuring an interview with Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design about design and the new BMW 1 Series in particular.
BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine (the “N20″) may be down on cylinders and displacement compared to the inline 6 cylinder (N52) that it replaces across BMW’s model range, but even in factory form, it matches the outgoing N52′s horsepowers and features an extra 30 lb-ft of torque (in the X1 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, F20 128i, 528i, Z4 sDrive28i, and upcoming F30 328i).
And what the N20 loses in smoothness and top-end pull compared to the outgoing N52, it now looks like it will easily make up for in tuneability. Kelleners Sport has released the specs of its N20 tune and the figures are impressive! These are power gains that the naturally aspirated N52 could never achieve.
The Kelleners N20 tune achieves 294 hp and … CONTINUED
Just a few weeks after its market launch, the new BMW 1 Series has already won its first internationally significant automobile award. The edition of the BMW compact model is the winner of the “Golden Steering Wheel” awarded by “Auto Bild” and “Bild am Sonntag”. The coveted trophy was presented to BMW AG Board Chairman Dr. Norbert Reithofer at a gala event in Berlin yesterday. The BMW 1 Series asserted itself in the class of compact automobiles. The second BMW model to compete for the “Golden Steering Wheel”, the new BMW 6 Series Convertible, likewise achieved an outstanding result with second place in the category of open-top vehicles.
It was the 36th time “Golden Steering Wheel” has been awarded, making it one of the most important and … CONTINUED
BMW provides a brief look into the F20 1 series production process at the Regensburg plant in this newly posted video.
This new video joins these other looks we’ve posted of BMW’s impressive and ultra-modern production plants/processes.
We’ve caught BMW’s FWD 1-series model based on the FWD UKL platform on video for the first time and the previous silly camo on the tailgate has been dropped, revealing its shape. The UKL platform is BMW’s platform which the FWD 1-series GT will share with the next generation of MINIs.
The FWD 1-series will come in various forms, including a traditional 5-door hatchback, a sporting estate model, and a gran touring version (seen in the video). They’ve been referred to by insider Scott26 as the “City Compact,” the “F.A.S.T. Family Activity Sports Tourer,” and the “GT”. The upcoming Z2 roadster is also rumored to being considered for the UKL platform.
These FWD 1-series models will join the rest of the 1-series lineup which in the next generation … CONTINUED
Top Gear online reviews the new F20 1 series and comes away impressed with BMW’s newest hatchback. In sum, they felt that “the 120d is one of the most energetic diesels I’ve ever driven, its auto ‘box is terrific, and it’s so clean I’d dearly like to drive it into eco-man George Monbiot’s Toyota Prius.”
The latest Euro NCAP results are in and the 2011 F20 1-series has received the full 5-star rating.
The new 1 series even scored well enough to achieve the maximum safety rating under a stricter NCAP criteria being introduced next year. For the 2012 tests, cars will be required to score at least 60% (up from current 40%) in the pedestrian protection category to be awarded a full 5 stars.
We’ve posted the full results below. Needless to say, the new 1 series continues BMWs recent history of producing some of the safest cars available.
Ever wish you could have a widebody 1M hatchback powered by a 420hp N54 motor? 1ADDICTS member minien has assembled just such a custom built BMW.
AC Schnitzer typically releases photos of a plain jane series vehicle with their wheels first, then embarks on the project of turning a BMW into a full AC Schnitzer vehicle.