Australian automotive publication “Drive” has named the winners of its 2010 Cary of the Year awards and the E82 135i has won for the Best Performance Car Over $60k AUD category over the 911 Turbo, Audi RS5, and FPV GT.
Its no secret that BMW aim to make the next generation 1-Series (codenamed F20 for the hatchback) a centerpiece BMW model, holding equal importance to its older 3-Series and 5-Series brethern. Proof of that is in the pudding, first off this car has and continues to undergo extensive testing that belies the fact that everything is being put into this car to make it top of its class.
Also of note, is BMWs recent turn towards fitting high end options normally reserved for the 5-Series or 7-Series and bringing those options to the smaller 1-Series and 3-Series. During the economic downtown, BMW discovered that people did infact downsize the car, but at the same time, they would upsize on the options … CONTINUED
Autoweek has posted a spy video of the upcoming F20 1-series hatchback running hotlaps at the Nurburgring. The new 1-series three and five door models will debut next year at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA in September.
A BMW enthusiast named Alexey Ogorodnikov with some serious CGI talent has produced this short, but impressive animation, featuring a 1-series hatchback and a message true auto enthusiasts can relate to.
It takes some cajones to do a complete repaint of a BMW and even more so when it’s a polarizing finish such as frozen (matte) gray. But that’s exactly what a 1ADDICTS member has done in painting the world’s first frozen gray 1-series coupe. Professional photos to come.
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.
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. The car will then be shown off in the flesh in January at the Detroit Auto show
From what we can gather in these pictures and a set of pictures of the 1-Series ActiveE … CONTINUED
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.
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.