• Jan 5, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the BMW 1 Series tii concept

According to a report originally posted at Germancarzone and then repeated at BMW Blog, a certain Bavarian automaker is currently working on a new performance version of its 1 Series. Although it wouldn't be called an M1 -- since that moniker is reserved for supercar status -- the so-called 135i SuperSports would get a bunch of improvements, consisting mostly of lightweight body panels, a decontented interior, as well as an upgraded suspension and brake package. Power is said to come from the latest version of BMW's outstanding 3.0L turbocharged inline-six that's rated at 326-horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque in the 2009 7 Series.

We wouldn't be surprised to see the upgraded engine migrate down the line from its placement under the hood of the latest flagship, but we're a bit dubious that an upcoming lightweight SuperSports edition will see daylight beyond that. We'd rather see the 1 Series get these light weight mods (in a tii model perhaps?) along with a smaller four cylinder engine option, complete with a price that's a bit easier to swallow than the current model. We're also still holding out hope for the 123d.


[Source: Germancarzone via BMW Blog]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      If only it was prettier...

      and cheaper
      • 6 Years Ago
      123d! Bring it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        x2

        Except make mine a 5 door. I only need one vehicle, but I'd like for it to be a little more utilitarian as a entry-to-the-brand model.

        Maybe an A3 diesel AWD 6 speed manual?....ok...now i'm really dreamin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lsd please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW has been cited several times recently regarding their push for 4 cylinders in the larger models, so it would make a lot of sense to offer a 4-cyl 1 series.

      A lightweight version would seem more likely, as lightweight editions can command similar prices to lux versions due to their bespoke content.

      BMW is doing great business in the Mini brand, I would think they would like to capture some of that move to smaller cars by diversifying the 1 series lineup downwards, not up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The name "135i SuperSports" just isn't snappy enough. They should call it the "135i SuperSports S-Drive edition".
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW didn't want to make a CSL of the current M3, which is probably the better seller. So I don't see them building a lightweight 1-series either.

      They'll probably build an XAT or something out of the 1-series though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 1-series depresses me. They are so over-priced in the dealerships. Cheapest you can get a 135i in this area is for 46-48k!!

        I'm sure this model will be in the 60s!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The X1 was confirmed almost two months ago.

        Also, if BMW created a tii model with lightweight pieces, there's no way it'd come in cheaper than the current model, four cylinder or not. If you want cheaper, buy a new Camaro or a used S2000.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Keith - yup, BMW insists on retaining it's "luxury" moniker here in the US, and won't give us the small, (relatively) economical cars from Europe. Between the 1-series coming out so expensive here, and Audi's decision not to import the A1 (c'mon, reconsider, PLEASE!!!) I'm feeling a little neglected by the car companies right about now...
        • 6 Years Ago
        46-48k?! You must be looking at a either a convertible or coupe fully loaded with useless options like active steering. I priced a convertible with iDrive, 6FL, Premium, Performance, Cold Weather, and Comfort Access with automatic (unfortunately 6 speeds are rare) for 47000, taxes and fees included. If you want a 135 coupe stripped, you can easily get it for low 30s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's an upgrade idea: How about they fix the high pressure fuel pump, which has been prone to failure since the N54 was introduced and has YET to be satisfactorily addressed? And maybe the wastegates too while they're at it. And the electronics.

      You know, something that actually makes the car more reliable? Oh wait...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fast and the Furious is back, this is for all the speed crazed girls.. who u know are..everywhere
      • 6 Years Ago
      DCT Please! If they chop 200+ lbs and add the dual clutch box this would be a sweet machine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        which would add 50 lbs compared to the manual? Isn't that against the weight-savings religion?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't that be a copyright infringement with Chevrolet? Apples to Oranges here, but Super Sport pretty much screams Chevy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They stole Pontiac's grille too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Technically, isn't it "SuperSport?" lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        @why not the LS2LS7?

        "They stole Pontiac's grille too."

        Classic.

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