• Jun 21, 2007

Car Magazine has caught the coming 1-series convertible doing the twisties at the 'Ring. It will be the third in the 1-series model lineup, following the 4-door hatch and the coupe. It gets a fabric roof, probably in order to eat up less of its already paltry trunk space. Engine choices will tend to the sporting side, with the top-line cab getting the twin-turbo, 300-bhp six, and, in Europe at least, they'll get a 123d that features BMW's 2-liter turbo diesel with 200 bhp. While talk of an M1 goes back and forth, Car says the current M3 engine's final task could be powering an M1. The new ultimate driving machine will also get BMW's start-stop tech and intelligent alternator. And even though the car hasn't even arrived on US shores yet (and won't until next year), the next generation is already being planned, which could include a Sportvan.

[Source: Car magazine]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think BMW needs the 1-series becaus the 3-series has become so porky. I t remind me of the transition of the 240 Z to the 300 zx. From sporty-nimble to gold-chains/boulevardier. So the i-series give back some of the nimbleness.
      Greg A.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It seems to me that the cabrio, at least, should do away with the rear seat.
        Greg A.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Greg A.
        This will be a lot cheaper than the Z4, no? I'm also under the impression that it's smaller than the Z4.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Greg A.
        Err...if you get rid of the backseat, you basically have a Z4, no?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fizz, have you ever driven a 2002 or e30 BMW? Small, RWD and powerful = nimble, fast and fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BMW.........bah. You know, if you're going to get a 300 bhp car you might as well get a true Ralley car and get the Subaru Impreza WRX STi Limited Edition. The Miata is a good car for the price but honestly.... folks... once you've gone to AWD you really never go back. The twisties are even more fun in AWD because you tend take those corners even more impossibly fast, especially if you have DCCD (driver controlled center differential). Even the mighty WRX has over 230 bhp.....take that BMW.

      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wouldn't go AWD. RWD is far more fun for some of us.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I really mean no offense but I really think the WRX is truly butt ugly. No doubt it's a real performer but, it just looks like something a Power Ranger crapped out IMO.
        • 7 Years Ago
        have to agree w/ blueguydotcom.
        it's kinda hard to drift with AWD.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Of course you would say that. You drive a WRX. Why in the hell would I want a boy-racer? It's like asking for the cops to pull me over. Great car but still...

        Have fun with your LED conversion.
      Christopher Watts
      • 7 Years Ago
      Car Magazine and not Car & Driver??? Boy are they going to be pissed!!! I mean, they have a long standing agreement with BMW that C&D is to report, spy -photo, debut, and praise ALL of their cars. In return, BMW may/will use all of C&D's quotes on it's website. Somebody is going to get a pink slip after ready this story!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does no one else think that this looks completely hideous? Maybe its just the camera angle and I know its only one shot but it doesn't look like the 1 Series' looks transfer well to a convertible. The hatch is alright looking but this isn't very impressive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hopefully they'll call the coupes the 2 series. Why? Because M2 sounds right, while it's hard to believe BMW would name the M version of this car the M1.

      BTW, that site said the 1/2 series with the twin turbo should run to 60 in the mid-5s. Unless it's detuned the 235/135 should be faster to 60 than the 4.8-4.9 0-60 runs of the behemoth 3600 lbs 335i. A 400lbs weight deduction should easily get the car to 60 in the 4.6-4.7 range.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Intriguing car, but I must say, this was an opportunity to give the Bangle flame surfacing thing a rest; it works much better on larger cars. I would have preferred if BMW could have styled this like an updated 2002. Not an exact retro reproduction, but a modern update, just as Chevy is doing with the Camaro.

      PS: I'm really sick of reading the opinion that the Miata is a chick car. Drive one, or at least go to a racing event, then maybe you will realize that it's the most accessible sports car in history.
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