We previously reported that BMW will be introducing a front-wheel model for the next generation 1-series (in addition to traditional RWD models). The FWD 1-series models will likely be receiving 4-cylinder and 3-cylinder versions, leading some to lament that the FWD configuration along with a small motor points to these future models are being more about efficiency/budget than performance.
However, if Autocars "sources" are to be believed, the future entry level 3-cylinder 1-series models are not considered as "entry level" models, but will serious, refined, sporting engined cars with great CO2 figures. We certainly hope this to be true and that BMWs sporty car philosophy continues throughout its future lineup.
New information released on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations website shows that BMW is recalling all 1 Series models sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2010 for a potential fire risk. According to BMW, cars built between December 1, 2007, and May 27, 2010, may not have sufficient clearance between the seatbelt tensioners and the sound insulation in the B-pillars. Should a crash occur, the tensioners could overheat. In rare instances, the excess temperature could possibly ignite the insulation material.
BMW has not yet released a fix for the issue, but has notified NHTSA of the recall and halted sales of all 1 Series models until it rectifies the design issue. BMW will notify owners of the recall shortly and … CONTINUED
The DCT dual clutch transmission and N55 engine has come to the 2011 1-series and Car and Driver takes their first drive of the 135i with this new motor and transmission configuration. Check out their initial assessment inside.
40+ 1-series cars descended upon BMW Welt in Munich very recently for a joint German, Austrian, and Swiss owners meet. Check out the meet photos inside.
Autocar is reporting that the upcoming FWD sub 1-series BMW will actually be badged as a 1-series, which means that future 1-series BMWs will come in both RWD (next generation of current 1-series lineup) or FWD option (the additional FWD models that will be added to the 1-series lineup beginning in 2013.
1addicts member John-Q shares with us his latest project, his M1 hatch. This “M1 hatch” features M3 vents and hood, AC Schnitzer front bumper lip, and BMW Performance Parts goodies. It will also receive a built E92 M3 motor at year end. Whether this is your taste or not, it’s hard not to applaud the amount of work put into this project car.
This homebrew video was just sent to me via twitter and I have to give credit where credit is due, really amazing work!! http://twitter.com/drivingline
Those new to N54 engine tuning or who can’t keep up with the fast evolving world of N54 tuning finally have a resource guide to turn to. An E90post member has compiled this N54 Tune Comparison Chart explaining the various tuning options in great detail. It will also be updated and revised as new features come out. Bookmark this folks!
The next generation 1-series is expected to spawn off additional variants not present in the current 1-series lineup. Autobild speculates and illustrates the six 1-series models it believes are slated to introduced from 2011 to 2013, including 3-door, 5-door, coupe, convertible, sports van, and GT variants.