• Jun 27, 2007
While the blogosphere was busy covering the latest batch of spy shots of Bimmer's new 1-Series coupe, BMW UK went and posted official details on its version of the car, which will arrive in November as the 120d, 123d, and 135i. We'll get to the two diesels (which we won't see here, in all likelihood) in a moment. The official rundown on the BMW 135i Coupe goes like this: 306 horsepower, 295 lb-ft from 1,300 - 5,000 rpm, Zero to 62 mph in 5.3 sec, and a 155 mph top speed. Fuel economy is rated at over 25 mpg (US) in the European combined cycle.

As for the diesels, they sound pretty good, too -- particularly the 123d, which benefits from BMW's Efficient Dynamics program (Stop/Start, brake regeneration, active aero, etc). In addition to being rated at over 44 mpg (US) in the combined cycle. the 123d is gutsy. Its twin-turbocharged 1998cc diesel four-cylinder makes 204 horses -- that's over 100 hp/liter. The run to sixty takes 7 seconds and it tops out at 148 mph. The entry-level 120d also gets the Efficient Dynamics tech, but makes 177 horses. It's performance is a slight downgrade from the 123d (.6 seconds longer to 60 mph) but it beats it in fuel economy.

Want to read more? It's all there in black and white at BMW UK.

Nice tip, Sjo!

[Source: BMW UK]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      isn't this essentially the same platform and drivetrain of the 3? if that's the case why can't we install one of the plentiful existing aftermarket lsds out there that are already available for the 3?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 3 series uses the e9x platform. The 1 series is on the e8x platform. The 1 is closer in many ways to the dearly departed e46 platform.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please tell me there will be something for us under the i35. It's not that I don't like power, but I was really looking forward to something light and tossable. 300hp RWD coupes we have no shortage of, but a well-sorted light-weight RWD coupe in the 200 - 225 hp range would stake out some pretty barren ground in the market place. A twin-turbo 3.0 V6 sounds a bit wearing on the gas card, also.
        • 7 Years Ago
        where are the compact RWD 300 hp coupes you speak of?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's a TT I6, and the fuel economy was given right in the article:

        "Fuel economy is rated at over 25 mpg (US) in the European combined cycle."

        That's pretty damn decent. As far as weight goes, it's still going to be plenty tossable, moreso than anything remotely close to it at least short of the S2000.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, I-6 not V-6, that was lazy of me. And while it does say 25 combined in the article, that's following a pretty conservative driving routine, something that is probably a little difficult for many of us to do with twin turbos at your feet. I know i find it difficult enough with my turbocharged engine in simple freeway maneuvering and as such, don't get anywhere near the combined Euro figure of 33.2 for my car.

      And 33.2 is much closer to the type of figure I would want to see for a 1-Series. A car this size should be able to reach that and still be plenty of fun if it was available with the 200 - 225 hp I mentioned.

      • 7 Years Ago
      There will likely be a 128i for he US market. It would have the 230hp 6 cyl. From the 328i. That car will be the perfect replacement for the E30 318 coupes. 230HP via a 6 speed and limited diff. Mmmmmmm.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No chance of a limited dif. It's a BMW. You can get an LSD on the M cars, not regular vehicles. No chance BMW will put an LSD in the 1/2. BMW mistakenly believes their crappy DSC is a replacement for an LSD...seriously the hubris regarding their nannies is only surpassed by Lexus' belief in their crappy electronic nannies.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is confusing. Its all well and good that BMW comes out with another high performance little pony but who is this going to be marketed to? Its so small that it useless for anything but driving to grab a croissant which will barely fit in the trunk... At least make it a hatch. And obviously, the price will not be a magnet in this class. A less spirited car, with a less expensive 4-cylinder motor, would be MUCH more marketable in the US. A car this size should be achieving better gas mileage and a would be a better selling point to commuter types than its horsepower. This Bimmer could then be at the higher end of the roller skate class and consumers might actually take it seriously. Can't BMW just bring back a new version of the the 320i?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring the diesel!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Keep in mine BMW's 'official' time for 0-62 is 5.3s on a 335i. Their numbers always end to be a little conservative. Even though this car is lighter than the 335, I would rather the 3 any day. The 1 series has always been an ugly car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        blueguydotcom, what model did you own? The current 335i coupe is similar to the last gen M3. Boring seems like quite a stretch, having driven an 330i sedan on a closed course myself. It isn't a tiny car though, I agree with that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I owned an e90 3 series. I'd rather a 1. The 3 is massive, quiet and boring.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I had a 2005 330xi. Switch it into sport mode and it definitely was not quiet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      5.3 0-60? Uh, that seems really conservative. If the car is 300-400 lbs lighter than the 335i and the 335i covers 0-60 in the high 4s, low 5s, it's nearly impossible to believe the smaller, lighter 1 series will take longer.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's the 0-62 mph time (100 km/h). Typo on my part.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The 1 Series Coupé is 4,360mm long (133mm more than other 1 Series) and 1,934mm wide (1mm more)"

      the coupe is 133mm longer than the 5 door? can someone clarify because that's not a good thing. if you are going to hack off 2 doors you better benefit from it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't wait for this bz to hit the states. 0-62mph time be damned, who gives a crap other than muscle car morons. This is the best thing BMW has done since the Z3 M-coupe.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I sincerely hope that is sarcasm on your part.
        That, or you are Chris Bangle under alias.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have no use for coupes. Trunks suck for practicality IMO. But why can't BMW make a decent looking hatchback. Think fastback guys, not bloated roller skate of the 1 series hatch.

        • 7 Years Ago
        The Civic has less torque than most mopeds...
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Nissan Z has less cargo room than most sedans.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They used to make one. I take it you don't remember the 318ti?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I concur. Make mine a 2 door with a fastback/hatch and I'd consider it (think Nissan Z). Same for the Civic, Accord, and Altima. And those could even keep the same profile/lines while incorporating a hatch.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The stripper engine stinks.
      Compare with MB 3.0V6 228hp@6000, 221ft-lbs from 2700-5000 rpm. 11.1:1 compression
      BMW stripper 230hp@6500, 200ft-lbs@2750 10.7:1 compression

      The N54 is glorious overkill, the regular 'real' N52 is plenty. 255hp@6600, 220ft-lbs@2750
        • 7 Years Ago
        BMW should just offer one quality engine. Sure an inline6 is smooth, but where is the beef? The benz V6 is old but has so much mid-range, and the 7g-tronic to back it up.

        The N52 is already past 255hp (260hp in the X3/5)
        No base, no upgrade. 260hp for $26K seems like its sell-able zone. More than the Mini, less than the 3-series.
        No, the germans like social engineering too much.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What does the MB have to do with this car? MB's C class is a 3 series competitor. The 1 series doesn't have any competitors. There's no other compact RWD luxury coupe out there.

        The closest competitors are probably the A3 and GTI. Maybe the Mini. But all those cars are saddled with boring FWD layouts.
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