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Click above for a high-res gallery of the BMW 1-series tii concept.

Among the assorted wares BMW will be showing off in Geneva, the Bavarian boys will also be displaying a complete accessories package for the 1-series that includes a number of the aerodynamic features we've seen already.

According to Winding Road's sources, the concept that will be sitting on BMW's stand will gauge the public's interest in a tii model that could be powered by a twin-turbo, four-cylinder engine that would put a premium on (thank God) weight savings, thorough to lighter brakes, wheels and exterior elements.

Make the jump for BMW's press release about its performance parts for the 1-series.

[Source: BMW via Winding Road]


European debut in Geneva: BMW Performance.

The BMW driver with a particular passion for dynamic motoring and individual, sporting style now has new options to live out his or her personal preferences and enhance the performance of the car to an even higher level. Expanding the wide range of Original BMW Accessories, the new range of BMW Performance products comprises a number of components for an even greater and more exhilarating driving experience.

Introducing BMW Performance as of late March/early April, specifically the BMW 3 Series and the BMW 1 Series will be available with retrofittable options for the suspension, drivetrain, aerodynamics, and cockpit of the car developed especially for the respective model, reflecting the particular style of the brand in its technical and design features, and fulfilling all of BMW's excellent standards in terms of quality and safety. All BMW Performance products are naturally covered by BMW's full warranty. The products are sold and fitted by BMW Dealers and Service Partners as well as BMW Retail Outlets.

Superior driving dynamics is a regular asset of every BMW – and the various components in the BMW Performance line bring out this superiority even more consistently and with even greater style. Indeed, the products in this new line of accessories emphasise the BMW brand values dynamism, sportiness and innovation precisely according to the customer's choice and with the features he or she wishes to enjoy. A high standard of technical excellence and authentic BMW design, in turn, clearly bear out the tradition of the brand, which has always been committed to sporting and dynamic performance.

With all BMW Performance components being available individually, each BMW driver has the option to make a clear and convincing statement through selected features in areas he or she regards as particularly significant. And through their consistent focus on a sporting experience at the wheel, all BMW Performance products come together to provide a harmoniously balanced overall package.

Aerodynamics and weight: perfect optimisation all round.
The BMW Performance Aerodynamics Kit optimises the dynamic driving qualities of the car and at the same time guarantees a powerful look in everyday traffic. Available for all models in the BMW 1 Series, the BMW Performance Aerodynamics Kit comprises a striking front air dam with a highly expressive, fully integrated surround on the BMW kidney grille in black high-gloss look as well as dynamically contoured side-sills.

Model-specific accessories made of carbon-fibre are also available in the interest of enhanced aerodynamics. These are carbon exterior mirror caps on all models in the BMW 1 Series, the BMW Performance carbon rear spoiler again for all models in the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 3 Series Saloon, as well as the BMW Performance carbon diffuser for all BMW 1 Series and all BMW 3 Series.

Suspension technology for sporting and superior handling.

The search for additional dynamism was also the focal point in developing the BMW Performance components for the car's chassis and suspension. So here in this particular area BMW Performance sports brakes, the BMW Performance suspension, the BMW Performance spring-strut reinforcement bar made of carbon-fibre, as well as attractive double-spoke light-alloy wheels offer a wide range of choice and individual style.

The BMW Performance sports brakes comprise extra-large, vented brake discs perforated on the front wheels and further refined by slot openings. The six-piston fixed-calliper brakes on the front axle are finished in brilliant BMW Performance Yellow and proudly bear the words "BMW Performance". The same designation is to be found on the spring strut reinforcement bar fitted within the engine compartment for greater body stiffness.

Another new development is the BMW Performance chassis and suspension. Through its particularly sporting set-up, this special suspension ensures even better handling and optimum performance with a very sporting style of motoring, at the same time maintaining a high standard of comfort in everyday traffic.

The BMW Performance suspension also lowers the car in the interest of excellent grip even in the most sporting and dynamic driving manoeuvres. Through their finish in sporting BMW Performance Yellow, the coil springs likewise provide a particularly visual touch.

The BMW Performance double-spoke light-alloy wheels, through their exclusive design, accentuate the sporting character of the car and enhance agility to an even higher standard through their particularly low weight. Depending on the model, these wheels come in either 18 or 19 inches.

Drivetrain: optimised air flow and striking tailpipes.

The new BMW Performance air intake system gives the straight-six petrol engines extra air supply for extra power in the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 3 Series. Proceeding from the standard configuration, the filter cartridge and the internal air flow have been modified, improving the flow of air and minimising the risk of a drop in pressure.

A further advantage of the system is the particularly sporting sound experience within the car. And last but certainly not least, the BMW Performance air intake system optimises not only power and performance, but also the efficiency of the engine.

The BMW Performance exhaust silencer serves to highlight the superior power and performance of the engines through the right sound. Without impairing the car's long-distance touring comfort, the system gives the engine a particularly discreet but audibly sporting sound, the dual tailpipes made of chrome-plated stainless steel emphasising the high-tech status of the car also in its looks. And a particularly important feature of this corrosion-resistant material is its very long service life.

Like a sports car inside.

To enjoy the dynamic performance of his BMW in particularly intense style, the real enthusiast is able to give the interior of his car a genuine sports car look through BMW Performance products. Particularly the driver's workplace in a BMW 1 Series or BMW 3 Series therefore becomes the ideal area of action for the ambitious driver benefiting, for example, from BMW Performance sports seats in motorsport design. With genuine bucket contours, these seats are ergonomically tailored to the body, offering not only significant seating comfort but also sophisticated and slender design through their stylish finish in black alcantara.

Beneath the integrated headrests are two openings on each side covered by plastic tops finished in Ferric Grey. The side airbags are also integrated in the seats.

BMW Performance sports seats are available for the driver and front passenger on the five-door, the three-door and the BMW 1 Series Coupé, as well as the BMW 3 Series Saloon, the BMW 3 Series Touring, and the BMW 3 Series Coupé.

Apart from being very attractive to behold, the BMW Performance gearshift lever also helps to make the process of shifting gears even smoother and more dynamic. Finished in optimised ergonomic design, the gearshift knob made of chrome and black alcantara ensures precise operation and shortens shift travel by approximately 25 per cent versus the regular version.

Supplementing these highlights, the new range of BMW Performance features also includes an innovative multifunction sports steering wheel. Finished in alcantara and leather, this very special steering wheel is particularly pleasant and safe to hold. An LED display in the upper section of the steering wheel rim presents various data such as the oil and coolant temperature, lateral and straight-ahead acceleration, the ideal point to shift gears, and the time of day. To retrieve all kinds of information, all the driver has to do is press the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel.

Decorative trim in carbon design on the centre console, the dashboard and the panels on the front and rear doors as well as the side areas at the rear further accentuate the sophisticated and sporting style of the interior. The pedals and footrest made of aluminium and also featured in the BMW Performance range convey the functions and qualities of a racing car to everyday motoring through their particular style and design.

At the Geneva Motor Show a BMW 123d Coupé demonstrates the unique appeal of this new product line. Finished in Alpine White non-metallic, the show car features the BMW Performance Aerodynamics Kit as well as the carbon elements available on the BMW 1 Series Coupé and a BMW kidney grille in high-gloss black. The car also boasts 18-inch BMW Performance light-alloy wheels and comes with the BMW Performance suspension, BMW Performance sports brakes, and the BMW Performance spring strut support bar made of carbon.

Looking into the interior of this beautiful two-door coupé, the enthusiast will immediately see the BMW Performance sports seats, the BMW Performance gearshift knob with its shift gaiter made of alcantara, interior trim in carbon design as well as the pedals and footrest in aluminium.

Boasting these features, the BMW 123d Coupé presented in Geneva confirms more than ever before the dynamic potential of the model series at very first sight.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      you can keep the 4 cyl. that BMW turbo inline 6 is so smooth and so powerful. Its numbers are def under rated!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Say what you will about its looks but, a lot of you critics are going to get a big steaming pile of humble pie at the track (or on a twisty road). As if most of you 'experts' have ever been to the track. Pffft.

      I'm not crazy about its skin either but compared to the EVO and the STi, it looks like the Pieta by Michelangelo rather than something a Power Ranger crapped out.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Those who haven't driven a 1-Series, please don't write this car off and never take the time to drive one. It's a dream.

      Think two parts 3-Series, one part Miata. Besides the trimmer exterior dimensions, there's a tactile directness and vivid (though premium-refined) feel to the 1's primary controls that make it drive purer and "smaller" than the 3-Series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So there is a downgrade in the number of cylinders by 2, and it is still twin turbo...The weight savings will be no more than ~200 lbs - So how will this be faster than the current base?

      If they pull this off that would be great. Hopefully they won't spoil it by having the 4 banger be less efficient than a 6...that would totally negate the benefits...It would be laughable (or just plain sad) if their twin 6 had better MPG than their twin 4...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great, I can't wait for the day I can spend $50k on a 1-Series. What the hell happened to BMW anyway?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Twin turbo 4? Must be some tiny turbos, otherwise it'll be terribly gutless at low rpms. But it could work though... I'd love to see it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Franz, I'm quite optimistic. Have you driven an EVO? It is a rocket, but you gotta wait until mid-range rev band to access the firepower.

        I walked away wishing to have 2 smaller Turbos to boost pressure low down in the rev range. Im curious what kind of mileage this thing will get?

        Does it mention anything about VANOS-Variable Geometry Vanes inside the Turbo?

        Vintage, I agree with you a bit about the styling, but I find myself becoming more attracted to a car the more I know about their performance (not unlike a woman? ;)

        I never cared for the original 535i until my friend told me what a bahn scorcher it was.

        Also the editor of Car & Driver is a HUGE fan of this car, so I think that says A LOT.
          • 7 Years Ago
          I know what you mean. I own an Evo IX, and although it's one of the most responsive turbo cars there is in stock form, it still has a bit of lag before it scorches towards redline. The throttle response of this vehicle with correctly sized turbos could be epic. The only thing with small turbos though is not much room for top end improvement.
          The older Audi/VW 1.8t owners will tell you: that tiny KKK turbo was good and responsive, but fell flat on the top end. Good luck if you're trying to get more airflow from the usual mods... the turbo can't keep up. Turbo technology has come a far way though, so lets keep our fingers crossed and see what the boys from Munich have in store.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they made it a 4 cylinder and lost another 200 lbs I'd be more interested. Not sure what all the aero crap is for, so lose that stuff too.

      Still FAR better looking in person than the e90/e92 (3 series sedans and coupes) including the M3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In the last episode of fifth gear, they paired a BMW 135i vs a Porsche Cayman. It was a interesting battle between them.


      I am undecided if I like the looks, but performance is all there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree JP. I just did some checking around BTW and looked at a few different manufacturers 4cyl weights vs. 6cyl. Average difference = 28kg or 61lbs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Weight savings? What a load of BS. There are guys doing LS1 V8 conversions to their Mazda RX7 twin turbos and adding minimal weight around 50-60lbs. Turbos, cast iron exhaust housings, additional piping, intercoolers (especially larger front mounts) add weight. I'm sure the 100+ hp and lb/ft of torque more than made up for the added weight.

      You mean to tell me that 2 turbos, piping, intercoolers, etc weigh less than 2 more cylinders on the BMW? Bull.

      A side note: As a former WRX and STi owner, 1 turbo is more than enough for a 4 banger.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      That thing is still ugly. I know it's fast, it just looks like an inflated, overweight little turd. Horrible lines.

      I may also say! Its the same . . .

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