• Mar 13th 2009 at 3:31PM
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When BMW trotted out the 1-series coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007, the jumbo-tron was awash in videos and stills of the 2002 as the automaker attempted to associate the new 128i and 135i with BMW's iconic coupe. Almost two years later, it's clear the 1-series isn't the 2002's spiritual successor, but new reports continue to surface saying BMW is hard at work on a range of Ones to bring the magic back.
In addition to a turbocharged four-cylinder model wearing the Super Sport moniker and the five body styles on the drawing board, CAR is reporting that an entry-level model – tentatively dubbed the 115i – is in the works and due to debut in 2012. On the other end of the spectrum is the aforementioned Super Sport variant that's expected to feature round headlamps in a homage to the 2002, along with a new coupe body style also slated to arrive in the latter half of 2012. The SS model will slot in between the 135i and next M3, and is likely to pack a turbo'd 2.0- or 2.2-liter four-pot putting out 300 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. A dual-clutch transmission will be optional and a reduced curb weight is part of the package.

While we've heard these claims before, with Audi stepping up its own weight loss program, BMW needs to compete, and we're hoping the next 1-series is an indication of what's to come.

[Source: CAR]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      We heard a lot of this lightweight and return to form stuff when the 1 Series came out. It still ended up overpriced and fat. Until I actually see this car I'm not buying the marketing hype.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Totally agree with you.

        I remember when the coupe was going to be the "two series" and start in the low to mid 20s. I could live with the weight, but the price is stupid. Way way to expensive in the entry level market.

        I think they need to start the 1 series with some of the four-bangers offered in Europe for around 25K.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they can come out with a negative-1 series and actually get the curb weight under 3000? Or is that called the 'Mini Cooper'?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If BMW is serious about bringing back the magic of the old days, it can start by completely getting rid of its flame-surfacing fad, instead of just trying to tone it down a bit. Replacing Chris Bangle with Adrian van Hooydonk is not a good start.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i agree, flame surfacing needs to go

        DI turbo 4s will be powering most cars pretty soon

        bmw is not going to sell anything for under $25k
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yep, because nothing says cool performance machine like a box on wheels!

        Not saying the 2002 and E30 weren't cool, but their design language is hardly aerodynamic or current.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap good news, but nothing will be hotter than my e30
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW very Impressive BMW
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live in so cal and i see a 3 series on every other corner, and i have seen a total of "3" 1 series since they came out, I wonder why ? oops price versus a couple more grand for a 3 series, the so cal king !!! soo if they wanna bring out a 2002 sucessor they need to price it right !
        • 6 Years Ago
        The same is true in my area. That said, bring it on, BMW!
      • 6 Years Ago
      SS? Seriously?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Every car nowadays is flame surfaced. Only audis still remain boring as hell. My toilet is more interesting to look at than an A4 or A3.
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