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To say that the BMW F20/F21 1 Series front end styling is polarizing would be an understatement. Initial reaction to the BMW 2 Series front styling, revealed last month in our spy photos, have generally been more favorable.

All of which begs the question – how would the F20/F21 look with all or some of the 2 Series’ front end styling? And might the renders below preview what the F20/F21 LCI facelift may resemble?

Renders by BIMMERPOST members junmax, Dazzler and ts61gogo.

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A Jalopnik editor shares his reasons on why he thinks the E82 1 Series is the next great future classic BMW.

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This is one extreme 1 Series Coupe (E82) build! It has received a heart transplant and is now powered by a turbocharged S54 motor, good for approximately 800 WRHP! Here are the full build specs so far:

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- 2012 make factory new bodyshell
- Glassfiber bodykit and doors
- Carbonfiber hood, roof, trunk, inner fenders and dash

Suspension/subframe:

-E92 front and rear subframe incl diff and electric steering
-Custom K-sport E92 M3 spec coilovers
-K-sport 356mm front and 330mm rear brakes
-Custom exhaust with twin pipe… CONTINUED

Welt 4.0 Meet at the BMW Welt

05/21/2013 at 4:30 PM
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Enjoy a mega gallery from the Welt 4.0 friends reUnited meet at the BMW Welt.

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The M135i hatchback will soon receive a sibling in the BMW lineup by way of the M235i coupe. They will share the same heart – the N55 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine making approximately 315-320hp, as well as the same transmission and other mechanicals. On paper, the two should achieve similar performance numbers, with a slight edge potentially going to the M235i coupe.

As for exterior differences, it’s clear from these comparison photos. Besides the clear form factor difference (coupe versus hatchback), the M235i gets an overall … CONTINUED

M135i Owners Tour North Wales

05/12/2013 at 6:53 PM
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From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:

From 1ADDICTS member and M135i owner mjh93sa:

With increasing numbers of the M-Lite on the road, and ever more people taking delivery it seemed that is was time to put together a meet with the aim of getting a few together in the same place to act geeky, compare cars, options, mpg figures and so on (as well as have a bit of a drive).

So organised primarily by TMP, and some collaborative route planning we took on the welsh valleys … CONTINUED

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AC Schnitzer tunes the M135i hatchback to 360 HP. The extra power drops the 0-100kmh (0-62mph) time from 4.9 seconds to 4.7 seconds and the 80-180kmh time from 12.9 seconds to 10.8 seconds.

Here’s a video demo.

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The F20 / F21 M135i hatchback recently edged out the Porsche Boxster to garner Top Gear Magazine’s Sports Car of the Year award.

See how the M135i accomplishes that inside.

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Little more than a year before the EU6 exhaust emission standard comes into effect in September 2014, BMW is increasing the number of models that already fulfil the more stringent emission regulations. As early as in the summer of 2013, almost all models featuring the BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine will comply with the EU6 classification as standard. Moreover, by the summer of 2013, further four-wheel drive variants of the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 3 Series are to be added to the model … CONTINUED

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Watch the E92 M3 vs the M135i hatchback on the Nurburgring, from both perspectives – each as a chase and lead car.