We have posted yesterday’s full BMW press conference from the 2011 NAIAS at Detroit. Ian Robertson presented a state of the company address, as well as introducing the all new 6-series cabrio, 1M coupe, 1-series LCI, and the 2011 X3. View the press conference inside.
The first press days of the 2011 Detroit North American International Autoshow is now over and done. The BMW stand was somewhat non-descript relative to their usual digs at places like Paris, Geneva and Frankfurt. Despite this, BMW made a very strong showing with several new World Premiers, which were more then premieres in name only.
BMW 1-Series M Coupe: World Premiere
First and foremost has to be the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. This was the star of the BMW stand, the bright orange color, beefy bodywork and racy electronic logos did their jobs well, as nearly every passerby had to stop and take look at the BMW stand. Just from simply observation, we didn’t notice any people disappointed at all, just the opposite, the majority of people … CONTINUED
More updates have been streaming through. Here is the latest, a video of the Vermillion Red 128i LCI cabrio that we saw early this morning. Enjoy!
As promised, here is more video of the BMW 135i LCI in Alpine White. You can see the new Gloss White interior trim as well!
Here is a late addition to the 1M Coupe @ NAIAS thread which has been blowing up. Exclusive HD video of the car on the stand. Enjoy!!
Not to be outdone by the stars of Detroit, the BMW 1M and 6-Series, is a Space Gray 550i decked out with the factory equipment M-Sport package which includes a new front apron, rear apron and sideskirts. The car also comes with factory standard 19″ double spoke 351M wheels.
On the inside, there are sports seats featuring Alcantara / fabric upholstery especially developed for the M Sports Package give the interior a particularly sporting ambience. The upholstery’s exclusive character is underlined by high-grade materials, contrasting seams and the M emblem applied to the seat. Further interior features included in the M Sports Package comprise, an M leather-clad steering wheel, an M gear lever knob, the M footrest, an anthracite BMW Individual roof lining and M aluminium hexagon … CONTINUED
This is it! The official World Premiere of the BMW 6 Series Convertible. This car is the real deal production car. What was shown previously was the 6-Series Concept car. While the look of the car is basicly identical to the “concept” car, this is now an official production vehicle. In many instances, BMW likes to show off a “concept” version of a car first in order to acclimate the public to the new offering before making it official, so thats the major distinction between the two.
Too the more trained eye, subtle changes between the concept and production can be seen, especially around the mirrors and door handles. These are must needed changes to allow the car to be street legal.
The car comes in the bespoke … CONTINUED
In the same vein as the BMW 128i Convertible showcased at the Detroit Autoshow, here is the 135i which comes with the M-Sport as standard kit. The updated LCI headlights and tailights look just as fresh against the Alpine White as they did on the Vermillion Red of the Convertible counterpart.
Because of the M-Sport kit (which is unchanged from the pre-LCI models), the Air Curtain technology featured on the 128i and 1M could not be incorporated into the 135i. However, the idea of air curtain does seem interesting, and I would expect to see it incorporated into the next generation 1-Series, the F20.
Other then these subtle changes, no significant changes are noted in these cars.
Look out for pricing details later today!
Here it is, the all new BMW 1M, in Vallencia Orange and the first in the flesh photos. The official press conference hasn’t yet taken place, but the covers on this car were drawn back and everyone was allowed to take photos of the car.
The first words I can use to describe this car are: Its amazing
In fact, almost everyone who is walking by the stand right has to stop, take a turn and look at the car. In a car show filled with some truly exotic machinery, that says alot.
Going a little deeper, its obvious the first thing anyone notices is the paintwork. The Vallencia Orange is a color that cannot be properly captured in pictures. In photos it always seemed like a dull version … CONTINUED