The BMW 130i is the big winner of the long-term test ranking by one of Germany’s leading car journals, Auto Bild. Covering 100,000 kilometres or more than 62,000 miles without the slightest problem, BMW’s sporting compact not only achieved the best result throughout the whole of 2009, but also took over overall leadership among all cars ever tested over this distance. In response, the professional car testers gave the BMW 130i their 1+ grade (equal to AAA) and acknowledged BMW’s sporting performer as the “Best Auto Bild Long-Term Test Car of All Time”.
The psychadelic equiped camod next generation BMW 1-Series (chassis code F20) was seen in early December starting out cold weather testing and now a month later continues heavy testing.
Not much is known about the next generation 1-series, but what is known is that BMW sees this car as a core vehicle to its lineup in the future. Potentially, this car would be as important to them as the 3-series and so similar coupe and sedan variants are on the table. Even a stretched wagon varient has been rumored at one point. And dont forget the recent rumblings (make that guarantees) about an ///M variant arriving for the current 1-series, it seems a sure … CONTINUED
It seems BMWs Concept ActiveE isnt just a showcar. Following their sucessful MINI-e lease program in the US BMW will start a similar program for the electric 1-series. This means that the car will be available in select cities and you will have to apply to own the car.
The actual number of cars which will be available is unknown. But if history is any guide it wont exactly be easy to get your hands on the car. Looking at the MINI-e program, there are currently 450 of the cars on the roads out of an applicant pool of over 1800.
Whats the long term goal? Well, BMW sees this pilot program, … CONTINUED
Here is an update to the previously reported N55 equiped 135i. More wallpapers of the coupe and convertible have been released by BMW and they are here for your desktop needs.
Changes to the 1-Series in 2011 confirm what has been widely speculated:
Engine change to the new TwinScroll Single Turbo 6-cylinder engine (N55)
300HP @ 5800
300lb-ft @ 1200-5000
Now with Valvetronic
New 7-Speed DCT is now optional
Optional Harmon Kardon sound system now available
Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Alrighty folks, the crew over at BimmerFile have strong evidence that the 2011 1er will offer a 7 speed Dual Clutch Transmission as an option. They are sure that a 6 speed manual transmission will remain. Many have speculated that a DCT would only be offered in the upcoming performance variant of the 1 series. It would feature the same transmission from the current Z4 and a few European-market BMW products. Strong birdies have pointed at the builds starting in March.
Great (and surprising) news for 1-series owners: pricing for the entire range of 1-series BMW Performance parts have been reduced. New pricelist inside.
Here is BMWs first official commercial for the new Concept ActiveE car, based off the 1-series coupe.
Here is the official release and technical info behind the ActiveE: http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332082
Nice! Hope the ActiveE gets introduced in other BMW lineup.
BMW Concept ActiveE
BMWs vision for the future of the megacity vehicle, dubbed Project-i (Isetta?) comes in the form of this 1-series coupe modified to run on electricity.
For the next major autoshow on schedule, the International Autoshow at Detroit, BMW will bring this car to follow-up the VisionED concept car.
BMW maintains its goals of combining the green energy push with its own motto of "sheer driving pleasure" or "joy". They have aimed to make this car fun to drive, with a good amount of torque and power.
The Engine and Drivetrain
The engine itself is a uniquely derived unit that produced 170hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. … CONTINUED