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      07-27-2010, 05:02 PM   #1
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As you would want, BMW is continually testing the upcoming 1-Series (for 2012) ahead of its launch. And as its size implies, the 1-series will be the smallest BMW in the lineup and arguably one of the more sporty ones to drive.

Not only is the extensive testing and engineering period in the run-up to launch day testament to this fact, but BMW themselves have repeatedly hinted to the importance of this model. It is said that going foreward, the 1-series and 3-series segments are the ones that will see growth and have been targeted by BMW for just that. Having learned valuable lessons from the freshman 1-series, BMW is surely going to come with a second round knock out punch for this F20 with higher in class quality levels, and improved handling/drivetrain dynamics.

As in the past, BMW will launch this car initally in what we see here, a 5-door hatchback trim, likely followed by a 3-door hatchback and then a coupe.

Cosmeticaly speaking, the car retains the highly dynamic proportions and general theme of the current car, albeit with a much wider stance to my eye that should be pretty sick on the road. Make sure to look closely at the front end on this car, it seems the standard camo replacement headlights have been removed and the real life front end has been fit, so those are the real headlights we are looking at. We've seen hints of this in the past, and it looks like BMW is set to arrange the driving and high-beam lights in a staggered offset position, having the high-beam light decidely in a horizontaly higher position then the driving lamps. This combined with the sure to be sculpted F10/Concept CS style hood and new grill design will, in my opinion, give this car one of the most destinctive front ends of any production BMWs on the road right now. Also be sure to take a look at the camo pattern around the kidney grills, BMW has purposely seemed to invert the design with the lower portion wider then the top section. BMW typically uses camo to hide or contradict the design underneath, but in this case they may actualy be giving us a hint? I say this because insider SCOTT26 has hinted that the new car would use an inverted grill design and if this is indeed true, then you can use your imagination on what it could look like when you use the lines formed by the camoflague surrounding the grills.

Enginewise, the N55 may continue to be used under the hood as the top of the range model in the 1-series lineup until the next generation 1-Series M Coupe arrives (probably not until 2014). This very car is believed to be the N55 135i due to the fact that it has the dual rounded exhausts, uprated wheel and tire combo (reminiscent of the current 135i sport) and of course the larger brakes. But also on the table of rumors is of course the tri-turbo diesel and petrol models as well as 3-cylinder engines, so all in all, engine wise we may see some very interesting but also efficient options alongside the traditional forced induction high power 6 cylinder option.

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      07-27-2010, 06:27 PM   #2
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Let's hope they reconsider bringing the hatch stateside.
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BMW ought to consider bringing this model to the states in a diesel format, and only 4 cylinder turbo (regular petroleum). I think it will sell.
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They are actually starting to use piston breaks instead of those shitty caliber ones, thank god !
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Good job BMW...Another bloated car.This is of the size of a 3 series already,
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I prefer the single pipe, dual exhaust over the dual pipe single exhaust...
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Good job BMW...Another bloated car.This is of the size of a 3 series already,
I hafta agree, this looks ponderous. No wonder the 1 and the 3 are being targeted by BMW for growth - they are the size of the outgoing 3 and 5, respectively.

Looks like to get small and sporty may require a move to Porche, Mini, or who knows, an electric Beemer?

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Well, I can't really say I am fascinated by what I am seeing. It looks like a hatch on steroids. I can't imagine this thing to be sporty, unless they make it from carbon fiber, which isn't the case. It already looks as big as E91!

I don't really like this tendency, how fast the cars are growing. We'll wait and see, but I am getting skeptical about this one. The hope lies in 1 Series ///M Coupe(E-82), which is coming next year.

Btw. there is no way, the final headlights are going to look like this, this is ridiculous.
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I don't like the look of the grill - looks similar to the F01 7 series.
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They are actually starting to use piston breaks instead of those shitty caliber ones, thank god !
First off grammer 101... it's brakes not breaks and it's calipers not caliber.

A disc brake utilizes a caliper as housing for it's brake pads and uses pistions to compress the pad against the disc.

So no, these are not "piston brakes" replacing "calipers"...

These are 4 piston calipers replacing 1 piston calipers.
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....... housing for it's brake pads and uses pistions to compress the pad against the disc.

So no, these are not "piston brakes" replacing "calipers"...

These are 4 piston calipers replacing 1 piston calipers.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

"it's" should be spelled "its"
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Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

"it's" should be spelled "its"
Thank you mr. obvious it's = it is and its = possessiveness. I made a typo... boohoo

If you did not notice the point of my post, I was trying to educate Mr. Bimmer Nerd
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Thank you mr. obvious it's = it is and its = possessiveness. I made a typo... boohoo

If you did not notice the point of my post, I was trying to educate Mr. Bimmer Nerd
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BMW ought to consider bringing this model to the states in a diesel format, and only 4 cylinder turbo (regular petroleum). I think it will sell.
Why do so many people want a turbo 4-cylinder so bad? You guys do realize that the L6 is a mechanically superior engine, right?
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Why do so many people want a turbo 4-cylinder so bad? You guys do realize that the L6 is a mechanically superior engine, right?
I assume you mean I6? I think most people would prefer the smaller displacement I4 for efficiency reasons. There are a few of us that would prefer something like a 123d 5 door for a daily driver with great mileage and reasonable performance, even though a 130d would provide more power, it doesn't really offer any practical advantages that a petrol motor doesn't do a better job of solving, at least for us in the US with cheap petrol.
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