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  1. SGCM_editorial

    BMW M135i xDrive: Sheer driving pleasure?

    With the new 1 Series now being built atop a front-wheel drive platform, does it still deliver that sheer driving pleasure internet purists are so keen on? Hot on the tail of the Mercedes-AMG A35, the M135i now has a transversely mounted 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder lump up front, putting down 297bhp and 450Nm of torque through BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system. That's also 43bhp and 50Nm less than the last outgoing M140i, but it doesn't feel any less quick or responsive than before. In fact, in most areas, it feels quicker with more usable power. Despite being a front- based all-wheel drive system, the M135i dives into corners with a high level of precision. No amount of silly heavy-footedness can trick it either. The M135i just offers more grip instead, thanks to the car's torsen front axle lock system that pulls you into the corner. It also communicates well in any damping mode, without crashing and diving at the slightest hint of throttle or steering corrections. We found the Aisin-derived eight-speed automatic tends to be dramatic with heavier, more aggressive shifting in Sport - perhaps engineered for more drama. Unlike true blue M cars, you can't change how burly you want the shifts to be, and perhaps a little less of that would be good. Check out our full review here! Here is more eye-candy of the 1 Series in various specifications courtesy of BMW. Your car's actual specifications may vary. Share with us what you think in the comments below!
  2. ccsgl1900

    All New BMW 1 Series

    Read the newspaper this morning, saw this advertisement on BMW 1 Series. The list price is $133800. I am not sure with the performance of the BMW 1 series and it specifications. Is there anymore discount and over trade off from the list price. Need more information before going for a test drive. Thanks.
  3. [extract] The BMW Group has achieved its best ever first quarter in worldwide sales on the back of March
  4. FaezClutchless

    A compact shell with a 300bhp soul

    [extract] The BMW F20 1 Series was introduced in 2011 and it is a relatively new model. It comes in a variety of petrol and diesel engines but there is no performance sub-model available yet. And now, we do not have to wait any longer for one because the German automaker has released official pictures of the M135i concept which will premier at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show next month. The M135i is a concept study of a BMW M Performance automobile which will feature a six cylinder petrol engine and BMW has stated that the car is consistent with the further development of the new BMW 1 Series
  5. The new BMW 1-Series gains a fresh batch of engines. These new variants, presented in Europe, are the diesel-powered 125d and 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, and the petrol 125i. Of more interest to the Singapore market would be the gasoline-powered 125i. It has a 2.0L petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo Technology. It produces 215 hp and 310 Nm of torque, enabling the 8-speed automatic version to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds faster than its close rival, the Golf GTI E35. The 125i has a top speed of 245km/h. It is rather environmentally friendly and returns a fuel efficiency of 6.6 L/100km with CO2 emissions of 154 g/km. Up next is the 125d powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel producing 218 bhp at 4,400rpm and 450Nm of peak torque. It sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds when paired with either the 6-speed manual gearbox or the 8-speed automatic transmission before hitting a top speed of 240km/h. It averages 4.9 L/100km with CO2 emissions of 129 g/km. The 116d has a 1.6L four-cylinder diesel engine with 114 hp and 260 Nm of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which allows the car to run from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 195 km/h. Thanks to an aerodynamic body kit and low rolling resistance tires, the 116d returns an impressive fuel economy of 3.8 L/100km with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. The BMW 1 series M Sport package will include an aggressive body kit, a sports suspension with 10mm reduced height and either 17 or 18-inch alloys. On the inside, the driver/occupants will be pampered with fabric/Alcantara sports seats. Other highlights include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum door sill plates and lots of
  6. SYF77

    Be Fascinated!

    I was looking forward to Monday, 12 Dec 11, not because I missed my work so much but rather it is the first day of BMW Fascination Roadshow. I was there on Monday in order to beat the weekend crowd, which would facilitate photo taking. In addition to catching a glimpse of the futuristic BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Car as shown above, I was there to collect the Team BMW finisher pack for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore and to see the all-new BMW 1 series in flesh (or rather metal). The 1 series model on display is the 118i Sport. It comes equipped with the aggressive-looking Xenon light for both low-beam and high-beam. According to the technical data, the 116i Urban comes fitted with similar headlights as well. Looking at the dashboard layout, the 1 Series makes you feel like you are in a vehicle that is of a higher class. The chunky steering is nice to hold and it comes with red stitching. The upper dashboard is laid with soft-touch plastics but is letdown by the material at the lower portion (especially the glovebox), which feels a little hard. The plastics on the internal door panel should have utilized better soft-touch material as well. On a more positive note, the thick interior door handle gives a substantial feel to the car and the supportive rear bench can accommodate 3 adults comfortably. The red stitching throughout the interior reminds the passengers that they are in the sport version which sprints from 0 to 100km/h in a mere 7.5 secs. After surveying the 1 Series, I proceed to claim the finisher pack at the ticket counter, which consists of a pair of BMW slipper and towel. Both items feel
  7. BenCee

    BMW 1-Series Driving Experience

    I have to admit, I have never actually been on a driving road trip up North before in my (admittedly short) life. So when BMW offered us the chance to drive its new baby, the 1-Series, up to Kuala Lumpur, I was understandably a bit excited. I mean, city driving in Singapore is one thing. But long distance driving on the highways are a different kettle of fish altogether. The day began at BMW's showroom at Alexandra Road. Us journalists, not quite used to early mornings, dragged ourselves to Performance Motors, where we were given a briefing and breakfast to prep us for the trip. After the run-through, we were finally introduced to the fleet of eight 1-Series cars, neatly split into four each of the 116i Urban Line (in blue) and 118i Sport Line (Red) And then we were off... We aimed towards the Tuas Second Link, and before long, we had cleared Immigration, and were now on Malaysian soil. The convoy made its way through Skudai and Pedas/Linggi, with the first part of the trip consisting of mostly highway driving. This enabled us to experience the true efficiency of the new 1-Series, in its Eco Pro mode, designed to maximise BMW's EfficientDynamics philosophy. After about three hours of driving, the group stopped over at Port Dickson for lunch, to fuel up the hungry human tanks. The cars though were barely at half tank, with more than enough to complete the second part of the trip. After lunch, the convoy continued on its way, but this time, the 'Dynamic' part of BMW's EfficientDynamics were put to the test. The route from Port Dickson to Kuala Lumpur was driven through those notorious single lane Malaysian back roads, and in those challenging narrow winding corners, the 1-Series acquited itself well, tackling nearly everything that was thrown its way (including the usual tropical torrential shower, and a rather rude dump truck). We arrived at our hotel in KL in the evening, ready for a nice rest and dinner, and to give both us and the cars the chance to recharge and top up before the journey back. The drive back was similar, with the route in reverse, and just like that, my first long distance driving trip in Malaysia was done. I must say, it was quite an experience. Driving for such a long time over mostly monotonous roads requires quite a lot of concentration. But at the same time, it allows you to really stretch your machines, something which you can't really do in tiny Singapore. Would I do it again? Most definitely. But one thing I learnt is that preparation is vital. It's almost like running a marathon. You can't just decide to go do it. You have to plan and prepare for it. As for the 1-Series, I came away impressed. Driving wise, it coped well with the conditions, and in the corners, it actually felt a bit fun. I guess that's the BMW Experience for you. Special thanks to BMW Asia for the trip and pictures.
  8. [extract] BMW has brought out the new BMW 1 Series Performance Accessories concept car for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It basically has the usual bells and whistles that you would find in any tuning kit. This means a different front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, bits of carbon fiber here and there, sports suspension to get that lowered tuned look, the larger wheel and tire combo, interior retrim, M sport steering wheel and lastly, a BBK
  9. This must be the most famous BMW 1 Series M coupe (or bodykitted 1 Series Coupe) in the world today. The reason I am stating so is that it has been featured in not one, not two but about five automotive forums, blogs and websites. The thing that makes it a worthwhile feature on Myautoblog.org is the fact that this ultra scary, ugly or ___________ (fill in the blank with what you think it is) BMW 1 Series coupe is that is hails from good ol' Singapore. So far this 1 Series coupe has made its appearance on worldcarfans.com, teamspeed.com, bmwblog.com, whatadrive.blogspot.com, bmwforum malaysia and facebook appearances. Could this monster be a viral phenomenon or an internet hit? Does anyone over in Mycarforum's forums know the chap who owns this beastly, ghastly toothpaste white 1 Series coupe? If you do, keep the information to yourself. I rather admire his masterpiece from afar. Where did he get his inspiration from? The different coloured M power homage rims front and rear, the liquidpaper white-out head lights and tail lights and that roof spoiler from a 1990s Ford Escort Cosworth must have been concocted after one of those weekly beer sessions coupled with prescription drugs and slightly dubious a.k.a very illegal substances to get a little tipsy. Are those light mods even legal in the first place? I know I am being a little extreme. But I honestly cannot help it. But let's look on the bright side. This car has made the Singapore tuning scene famous. Or totally infamous. source: teamspeed via worldcarfans via whatadrive
  10. By now photos of the 2012 BMW 1 series F20 have made their rounds through all the automotive websites and I have to say that this car is actually better looking than the model it replaced. Let me explain further why this new car is much better than the earlier version, the E81, in terms of styling. Firstly, is not styled by Chris Bangle. Any BMW not styled by Chris Bangle is a good BMW (with the exception of the 1st generation BMW Z4 which is messy with all the lines here and there, but still proportionate). Chris Bangle who has now quit the automotive industry (for the moment) gets his inspiration from an architectural philosophy called Deconstructivism. Now while that is all fine and dandy with buildings like the Guggenheim, in America or the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, a car with such a design tends to be too messy. Too many cris-crossing lines. Like the designer basically took an axe and started slicing the prototype clay models to get the look (example
  11. So what does the 'M' in a BMW stand for? Marketing. Yes, marketing and not motorsport. The reason is that BMW has stated in a recent report by TheDetroitBureau.com that the BMW 1 series M coupe will only have a one year run. One measly year? One year for a car that enthusiasts deem to be the spiritual replacement to the BMW E30 M3. And it was only launched and previewed in Singapore at the end of January. Of course BMW said that they will only make 2,500units of the car and we all know a manufacturer like BMW would find it easy to produce that many limited run units in a year. But the question is, is the M Division into selling cars that are actually the 'Ultimate Driving Machines' or up to market forces? The reason I stated market forces because the report also stated that BMW admitted that less than a thousand units of the 1 series M Coupe will be produced instead of the 2,500 units that was slated for production. It also looks like M series 'enthusiasts' aren't really interested in being nostalgic with a car that is as small as the E30 M3 and lighter as well as nimbler than the current V8 powered E92 M3. I suppose those that can afford an M series BMW wants more than that and this is the reason the 1 series M Coupe seems to be selling badly. This is usually the case with cars like these. Enthusiasts harp on and on about it but no one actually wants it. Or maybe enthusiasts are those that are already old, dying, with a bad left foot and can only use an automatic or are young and poor? It looks like Sales and Marketing or sales numbers has won instead of actually wanting to carry on building a proper motorsport type of car like this one. One year is too short a time to be just chopping a car from the sales catalog. Whatever the case, expect the 1 series M Coupe to be highly collectible (and ultra rare) after this. news source:autoblog.com
  12. The upcoming BMW 1 Series M Coupe (I wonder if they'll use the old M1 moniker or 1M so that we won't get confused with the M1 supercar from the early 80s) will be on duty as the Official Safety Car for the 2011 Motorcycle Road Racing World Championship or MotoGP in short. The specially built 1 Series M Coupe Safety Car will feature in all the races, when needed and is part of the BMW sponsored official cars and motorcycles for the 2011 MotoGP season. The other official cars include two reserve Safety Cars - an X6M and an M3, a 535i Touring Medical Car, an X5 M for the Safety Officer and an ActiveHybrid X6 for the stewards. The official motorcycles are two Safety Bikes, the BMW S 1000 RR and a HP2 Sport. So it seems BMW will participate in this year's MotoGP, as safety equipment. Now back to the details of the real mouthful to pronounce BMW 1 Series M Coupe. It will be lighter than the road going version even with a roll cage and track safety equipment bolted to it. This is because the M Division replaces a lot of parts with carbon fiber. The bonnet vents are large carbon bits, the windows are mostly polycarbonate, the rear seats (obviously) deleted and replaced with that earlier mentioned roll cage and a titanium exhaust system rounds it all up (which is manufactured by famed motorcycle exhaust builder Akrapovic, which also makes them for cars these days). The bodykit gets tweaked too. A front splitter and an adjustable GT wing is added to the car. This adds to aerodynamic grip as it has been optimized by the M Division. Mechanical grip is also improved with the 19inch wheels running 255/35 tires at the front and 285/30 at the rear. One this which I can't seem too interested to report is the fact that the M division has not let loose its magic on the 3.0liter twin turbocharged straight-6 engine. It is basically stock aside from that titanium exhaust system. This means that it will only have 340hp to guide MotoGP bikes around the tracks. Is that enough? Maybe not but if any of you want to see a very compact looking BMW M car with racing stickers, a large wing (to compensate for its size) and LED lights on the roof head over to a MotoGP race closest to you. For this region, the 2011 Malaysian MotoGP is scheduled for the 23rd of October. By then, there would be a few BMW 1 Series M coupe running around and we may not be so keen on watching it then.
  13. BenCee

    BMW 1 Series, Mmmmmm

    BMW, or more specifically, BMW M, recently previewed the 1 Series M in Singapore. The 1-Series M must be one of the most eagerly-anticipated BMWs of all time. For years, there has been constant rumours and speculation going around as to whether BMW will actually make an M version of its small car, and even debate on what it would be called, since M1 was the name given to BMW's supercar of the 1980s. Now that it's finally here, BMW M fans can definitely rejoice. While us Singaporeans don't get to drive the 1-Series M yet, and therefore make judgement for ourselves, the foreign motoring press seem to be all praises for the baby M car. Some have even likened it to the original BMW M3, which has to be some honour, to be compared to the car that started the entire M revolution. The car certainly has a passive aggressive look to it. Like a wrestler in a suit, it looks subtle enough, yet you know that it has the ability to tear your head off should you choose to provoke it. Just 20 units will be allocated to Singapore, out of the 2500 in total that BMW will make, which guarantees exclusivity for any M collector. One customer at the launch event was so impressed that he ordered one on the spot, making him the first to own the 1 Series M in Singapore. Like all M cars in Singapore, the 1 Series M is available for order at the world's first exclusive M dealership, Munich Automobiles.
  14. BMW has finally released official photos of the long awaited BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The car, scheduled for its official debut at the upcomming Detroit Motor Show looks sweet indeed. While the 1 Series M has the same twin turbocharged straight six 3.0liter engine in the already sweet 135i Coupe, it gets a nice fat boost in power. It now runs the same specification as BWM's Z4 sDrive35iS. This means it now has 335bhp and 450Nm to play with instead of 261bhp and 315Nm. More than enough to run rings round a standard 130i and a whole lot of Porsche Boxsters too. If that isn't enough, the 1 Series M gets an additional 63Nm more torque courtesy of an overboost function when the driver fully presses the throttle pedal. All of this horses and torque allows the six speed manual equipped car to hit 100km/h from a standstill in 4.7seconds and to an electronically limited maximum speed of 250km/h. Right now BMW have not announced a dual clutch gearbox for the car but there have been rumours stating that BMW may do so eventually. Somehow, I don't see why not as there is a vast market for those who find it hard to operate a clutch and a gearstick manually, especially in traffic congested cities where most find it more convenient to buy an automatic. The 1 Series M also comes with that (now common in 'M' cars) M Drive button that improves throttle response, but this does not release any extra power like in the M5 (which I thought is pretty dumb since you do want 500bhp in an M5 most of the time). There is also a M Dynamic Mode button that lessens the effects of traction control systems and other forms of electronic nannies so that the driver can take control and exploit the car's handling. When compared to the 135i coupe, the 1 Series M Coupe is a few millimeters longer, about 5.3cm wider and 1cm taller. But major changes make the front and rear tracks a good 7.1cm upfront and 4.6cm at the rear. It also weighs in at 1,495kg or 35kg lighter than the 135i. Aside from the above, it also gets M specific suspension and it rides on 19inch wheels. 245/35/19 upfront and 265/35/19 at the rear. The interior gets an M steering wheel, badging and sportier front seats. The exterior gets the usual 'specific to a performance model' mods - larger front bumper/intake, rear bumper, wider arches, bootlid spoiler and side skirts. The car looks like a Hot Wheels toy car with those extremely large rear wheels under a smallish looking car. This is a BMW which I feel is worth the wait. It is small, powerful and fast. Much like the original E30 M3 from a long time ago. The original M3 was a fabulous small sized rocket with handling to match. Every other M3 since then added weight and somehow did not feel as pure as the original. I hope this 1 Series M Coupe brings back a hefty dose of nostalgia and a large dose of performance too.
  15. SYF77

    BMW 1 Series M Coupe's first video

    BMW has released the first teaser video of the hotly-anticipated 1 Series M Coupe. No details about the powertrain or performance specs have been revealed, though in the video M boss Kay Segler leaves no doubt that the 1-Series M Coupe will be a powerful machine that will give its driver "the goose pimples". The video shots suggest that the 1 Series M model will get the usual "M treatment" with extended wheel arches and a bodykit with unique bumpers and side skirts. According to Segler, the smallest ever BMW to wear the M-badge will arrive in showrooms in the first half of 2011. Stay tuned for more to come
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