• Mar 12th 2008 at 2:29PM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the BMW Concept 1-Series tii

Of all the BMW 2002s still on the road, the tii models have remained the most highly prized. The combination of lightweight parts, Kugelfisher mechanical fuel injection and upgraded braking and suspension components made it the milestone of BMW performance offerings during the '60s and '70s. BMW recognizes the cachet that the tii badge carries among afficionados, and may be looking to officially bring back the badge to slot in below its M-line of products.

What began with the 1-series tii concept has evolved into the automaker's BMW Performance accessories range that now includes aero bits, uprated wheels and brakes, plus a range of interior components covering everything from heavily bolstered buckets to LED instrument clusters. BMW might be planning to offer similar parts for the next generation 3-series, due out sometime in early 2012. Aside from more traditional bolt-on accessories, this could included a tweaked version of the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six currently found in the 335i producing 355 hp and sending power to BMW's new dual-clutch transmission on its way down the driveline to an M3-spec limited-slip differential.

Naturally, any news coming from Autobild has to be treated with a few grains of salt, but if BMW offers a tii version of the 1-series – rumored to be a possibility – it wouldn't be a tough sell for a similar version of BMW's best-selling 3-series.

Update: Gabe over at BimmerFile tipped us off that the electronic differential and DSC system found in the current 135i will find its way into the 335i in the next few years. The extra kit will likely be part of a performance package to keep the 335i relevant before the next iteration comes to market.

[Source: AutoBild via Motor Authority]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The 3 series already has the DSC that works as a poor mans dsc. There will be a full LSD in the 135, but at this time BMW has stated that the only 3 series to get a LSD from the factory is the M3.

      As for special editions of special editions... 3series>M3>M3 CSL> M3 GTR

      It is also looking like the tii 1 series will be getting a 4 banger, that is pretty clear at this point, the question is if it will be a twin turbo or not.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did you notice that if they changed the t on the tii, to a w, you get the wii, a neat, compact game console.


      • 7 Years Ago
      A tii 3-Series? Yes please! I really would love a 3-Series that retains the drivability and refinement of the traditional 3-Series but with performance and looks closer to the M. Right now I guess the closest you can get to that combo is the E92 335i, but it could be better. Hell, I'd buy a new tii just for that carbon hood with the clear coat stripes so you can see the weave...pretty awesome.

      I do agree with the posters above though, a tii 3-Series would have to result in some upgrading to the ///M to make the jump to ///M worth the investment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      355hp? That'd probably mean between 330-350 ft-lbf and wouldn't that put it too close to the M3 in straight line performance?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't the 135i overpriced enough?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's what I originally thought too... but after carefully looking at both cars I have to say that the 1 series is actually pretty darn good.

        If I could get over the ugly looks I would choose it over the 3 series. $5k can buy a lot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's just it... if I want fast and ugly, I'll buy an STI or EVO.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i dont know what the hell is bmw thinking, if the 3, 5, 7, 1 series are soooo good at what they do, why oh why cant they hire a designer that can actually put some creativity into the interior or their goddamn cars! heck, my brother's 07 honda civic is 600 times prettier than that let's say, "minimalist" interior
      • 7 Years Ago
      The M3 is the current tii. Is BMW going to have special models of their special models?
        • 7 Years Ago
        He's complaining about the fact that the M3 isn't that much better than the splendid 335, to merit the M-badge, when you consider that you can merely chip the 335 and you can get comparable hp.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with Toy. It seems the 335 w chip and exhaust produce the same HP ratings as the M3, with the advantage of much more torque for real world driving (plus the elimination of th eneed to rev a V8 to 8000rmp).

        Add a LSD and the 335+Procede is an M3, if not better for 3K more than a 335.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe the tii package will include a dipstick on the engine to check the oil level manually. I would pay $50 for that!
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