• Jun 5, 2007
Here we have spy shots of an almost completely uncloaked 1-Series Coupe, the version of BMW's smallest car that we'll be getting here in the U.S. To put it bluntly, this is the BMW we Autobloggers are longing for. It's small size and lighter weight should translate into a car that's more nimble than the old E36 3-Series, which is the last car we can remember that relied more on its handling prowess than its engine displacement to be an ultimate driving machine. Sources report that the 1-Series Coupe in the U.S. will not be offered with a four-cylinder engine. Instead, the base model will likely be powered by the 3.0L six from the 130i. A high-performance model with BMW's twin-turbo 3.0L inline-six will also be available, providing an ample amount of grunt to make the 1-Series Coupe a force with which to be reckoned. Still, even the base model, which will likely be priced between $25k and $28k, should be a capable performer.
[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I the only one here who enjoys Chris Bangle's design work? This car is still disguised, you can still see some black wrap on parts of it if you zoom in.
        Buster01
        • 7 Years Ago
        Cheetahdc...apparently you ARE the only one who likes Bangle designs! lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      A diesel 130d..then I'd be in.

      Though I'd split my hairs bet this BMW and a Mini One D(should both make it to these shores)..

      Btw, A US spec 325id is currently making rounds; aka BMW Diesel Roadshow(as seen in ABC7 News in Los Angeles last weekend) touting the oil burning Bimmers soon to hit our shores.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The rear-end is a little fugly (hopefully that's still disguised). The brake lights look incomplete. It's strange, the front and the sides look like a nice BMW and the rear looks like a cheap Asian import.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Eh-- it looks like a BMW. Not bad not good. Average. (wierd how that's where the brand is now.) BUT when are manufacturers going to realize the time is ripe -if ever it was, for a HATCHBACK. Sedans are for insurance underwriters and grandmas (no offense). In the waning sport UTILITY vehicles.. why won't they realize how addicted people are to cars with some verstility? I want a sedan like I want a colostomy bag. Boooooring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Bangle's designs have tended to not translate well in photos, but look much better on the road."

      Well said, I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks that way. I never thought the new 3 series coupe was good looking in pictures, but that is a gorgeous car in person.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am just amazed at the inverse relationship between the looks of the BMWs and the Mercedes. Just look at the Benz's from 2000 compared to today and do the same with the BMWs of today vs the New Benz's
      • 7 Years Ago
      KINDA BUSTED AS A COUPE.

      I'LL TAKE THE HATCHBACK IN A SPLIT SECOND THOUGH!!!

      http://www.motorauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/BMW/1/three_door/bmw_1_side.jpg
      • 7 Years Ago
      Been there done that. Impressed that this car came out first in Mexico. Guys over 6 feet will have trouble inside though. Drives wonderfully.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "To me, this car is the spittin' image of an E30 updated for 2008"

      I own an e30.

      I know e30s.

      That, my friend, is no e30.

      Bangles designs do not look better in person. The look better in *motion* because, with the car moving, you don't notice how stupid all the unnecessary swoops and kinks are as much.

      Again, they need to take a lesson from the Mini: historically authentic design does *not* mean mere aping of previous models. It means capturing the essence of the old design and translating it into a compelling modern version worthy of its elders. This is actually a far more difficult task than simple "innovation for innovations sake" and runs against the designer-as-visionary-hero attitude of pretty much the entire modern aesthetics industry, from car design to architecture. As my man George Orson Welles said: "The enemy of art is the absence of limitations."

      At a more visceral level, I swear to God if that man puts one more utterly pointless Pontiac kink on a bmw, I'm coming out blasting.

      Cheers,
      prat
      • 7 Years Ago
      "@naggs,

      you are the one on crack if you think you could get this for 25k"

      notice that i said, "if" and "for anywhere near" and that the 25k is from the autoblog post. kthxbye
      • 7 Years Ago
      "So whatever Bangle and van Hooydonk were smoking, they obviously puff-puff-passed."

      _shrug_ Perhaps. Given that I despise pretty much all vehicle design today, I'm willing to concede the possibility that I am not in the majority. Still, I would note that whenever a car maker makes a vehicle that references that vehicles historical predecessors, it sells like hotcakes. I mean, Toyota threw a cheap plastic version of an FJ40 grille and bezel on a Prado, and they can't manufacture them fast enough.

      Given my low opinion of modern design in general, that other designers ape him is not a vote of confidence.

      "How many of you know who Chris Bangle is and what his role has been at BMW?"

      What I despise about him is his evolution/revolution design theory. I'm willing to admit that, at some level, the blame should be laid at the feet of the BMW executives who wanted a new direction after the disastrous e36 and the e46 was an improvement aesthetically, but it started BMW down the road of todays rounded, sculpted vehicles rather than the straightforward and charmingly awkward vehicles of yesterday.

      I may not deserve to drive his stuff, but I'm pretty sure I can have an amateur and uninformed opinion on it.

      Cheers,
      prat
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cheetah,

      You are not the only one who enjoys Bangle's work. Despite what most of these goobers posting here have been saying, the proof is in the sales. No matter how many romantic visions we all have of running a 2002 through a series of kinks on a nice backroad devoid of cops, the fact remains BMW is in the business of selling cars. Their marketing platform has been "The Ultimate Driving Machine" for decades, and let's face it -- many of us have bought into it. We expect it. But BMW is ultimately worried about the bottom line -- by moving the 3 series upmarket, it now has room for the 1-series here. They know parents will buy a 1-series for their coeds, or poor saps like us will buy one, looking for that mystical 2002 feeling that the 3-series has lost.
      I think the 1-series will be a great driving car, but it won't be a 2002. And I will reserve judgement on the design until I see it on the road. Bangle's designs have tended to not translate well in photos, but look much better on the road. And remember, he helped with the mid-cycle "freshening" of the E46. Nobody complains about that.
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