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Here are the first pictures of the BMW 1-series Cabrio LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) undergoing testing in Munich, with both the 1er Coupe and Cabrio currently undergoing filming and photography in Cape Town, South Africa. Like the Coupe, the Cabrio receives the latest changes including updated LED technology in the front and rear lights and reprofiled front bumpers. The bulbous appearance of the bumpers is enhanced by a fake panel covering the lower intakes , but the Active E Scoop photographs showcase the undisguised changes. … CONTINUED

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Now that the 1-Series coupe and cabriolet are at the halfway mark in their lifecycle talk has been brewing up of a midcycle refresh. And just in time, here are some new pictures of the upcoming BMW 1-Series LCI in Sedona Red. In BMW speak, LCI stands for Life Cycle Impulse and denotes a "facelift" for the car. Current rumors point to a December 2010 Official Reveal for the 1-Series LCI alongside the release of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. … CONTINUED

Custom Fire Orange 135i GTS

10/12/2010 at 5:00 PM
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There is no 1-series GTS, but Parkview BMW has put together its own version. They started off with the hot Fire Orange color from the M3 GTS and complimented it with a full array of 1-series BMW Performance Parts. The GTS logos are a bit much for us, but the overall result is a hot little coupe we’d love to see BMW actually produce.

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1-series owners are an addicted bunch. So much so that the car inspired Stewart Hendler and Pascal Remond to script and film this great short film / fictional commercial about the 1-series hatchback.

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Tommy Milner, BMW GT2 driver, was invited by BMW Performance Parts Manager Eric Riehle to experience and discuss BMW Performance Parts on the 135i, 335i, and X6. Video inside.

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AC Schnitzer has released videos of its various exhaust systems for the F10 550i, Z4 sDrive35is, X6M, 135i, 335i, M3, including comparisons to the BMW factory exhaust.

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Some details have emerged about the 1-series LCI facelift which will be formally announced in December (and debuted at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit) along with the 1M Coupe. As Scott26 has revealed, changes to the coupe and cabrio will include those seen on the ActiveE, including the new rear and front headlights with LED technology, restyled aerodynamics in the bumpers, new exterior colors, interior trims, and addition of new in-car technology. Both will debut at the NAIAS in Detroit in January 2011.

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We bring you the first photos of the all-electric BMW Concept ActiveE 1-series production model. Compared to concept version, the production ActiveE receives more conventional wheels and tires, a different front bumper, a new hood with a bump, new headlight design, and “E Drive” badges. The upcoming lifecycle impulse (aka “LCI” or “facelift) changes to the 1-series coupe and cabrio are seen here with new rear and front headlight lenses with LED technology and more reprofiled aerodynamics in the bumpers. The 1-series coupe and cabrio … CONTINUED

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We bring you the first photos of the upcoming 2012 1-series hatch (F20) 135i revealing its grille and front bumper design (also an M-sport bumper). Judging by the front bumper design, dual split exhaust, uprated wheel/tire combo, and large brakes, this is likely the 135i model, powered by the N55 6-cylinder turbo motor. An examination of the front bumper reveals a similar design to the current 135i’s, which happens to also be the 1-series M-sport bumper, with its aggressive twin splitters.

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The Berk Technology N54 based 135i Time Attack car ripped up its competition this season. Since its racing season is nearly over, the car’s secrets have now been unveiled. In fact, many parts of its recipe for speed come from Bimmerpost sponsors. See the great writeup inside.

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See inside for the the entire list of changes that will take place to most BMW models beginning in September 2010 when the 2011 model year begins for most models. This is a must read primer on ALL changes coming.

First Look at F20 1-series Interior

08/30/2010 at 5:00 AM
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We bring you the first photos of the the F20 1-series interior on a 135i. The center console is clearly seen. Compared to the current 1-series, the console appears to be more driver oriented, the screen remains a hide-away version, and the radio controls have swapped positions with the air controls.

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Autobild magazine has a new rendering of the 2012 F20 1-series, as well as what it believes is a full list of models and engines, including 5 body styles, 7 gasoline models and 4 diesel versions. The 3-door and 5-door models should debut at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA in September of next year.

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1-series enthusiasts in Germany had a meet & spectacular drive this weekend. The meet took place around Bamberg and the convey then tore through picturesque Fränkische Schweiz (Little Swiss) area. In all, 17 1-series attended the meet and cruise. A ton of photos can be found inside.

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Here are the first clips we’ve seen of the BMW Performance Exhaust matched to a N55 motor and it sounds terrific! N55 BMWs come from the factory with a throatier exhaust than the N54 due to the absence of two mid cats. Paired with a Performance Exhaust, the N55′s growl is amplified beautifully.

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BMW has released an updated BMW Performance promo video, now also featuring the X6 and X5. The original clip featuring just the E90 3-series and E82 1-series portion of this video was released back in November 2008.

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Seen here is the most recent sighting of the upcoming 2012 F20 1-series 3 door hatchback. Compared to the last set of 1-series 3 door photos, this prototype has dropped some of its lighting camouflage in front and rear. Compared to the current E81 1-series, this prototype appears more squat, with a wider stance a sportier and more angled tailgate.

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Wind Farm Photo Journey by 1013MM

08/09/2010 at 2:00 PM
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We’re getting used to seeing stunning photos from John Zhang, but no less impressed every time. This shoot features John’s own car at a SoCal wind farm. Epic shoot? Obviously yes, as John proclaims in the associated video :)