• Oct 13, 2010
2011 BMW 1 Series Coupe Spy Shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our special-ops spy photographers have managed to lay their lenses on the next BMW 1-Series Coupe, and from the looks of things, BMW won't be putting the car under for any serious surgery for the 2011 model year. Instead, buyers can look forward to a raft of small updates to keep the design fresh. This prototype was spotted on public streets wearing camouflage over what we assume to be updated body componenets. Judging from the photos, the next 1er will feature a redesigned front fascia with newly sculpted air intakes set low to the ground.

The wee Bimmer will also enjoy new headlight and taillight designs, and while there may be a few interior updates along for the ride, we expect the drivetrain to remain largely unchanged for the majority of the lineup. That is unless of course we're talking about 1 Series M Coupe, but that's a different beast all together.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to revise more than the bodywork - how about getting rid of the widely reported terminal understeer with a bigger standard rear sway bar and/or firmer rear springs and shocks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe they made some suspension tweaks for '11 already (along with the N55 motor and available DCT).
      • 2 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm still trying to figure out what the competition is... VW golf possibly? Nothing else that I can think of is RWD based, except possibly the new Toyota (Scion, Subaru?) FT-86, but that will be at a different price point...

      In fact I still haven't figured out the purpose of this car... I like it, just can't figure it out
      • 4 Years Ago
      The roofline is still too tall, IMO. Makes it look a little cartoony. Give it a little steeper hood and a slightly more gentle windshield slant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The proportions still look wrong to me. The 2002 had a tall greenhouse, but never looked odd like the 135.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Which vehicles does the 1 series really compete against? As far as the top, i agree, but it's a sweet little car nonetheless.

        If the 1 series is 4360 mm long and a wheel base of 2660 mm then it would be smaller than the new Jetta, I'm trying to understand the market for this car.

        2011 Jetta
        Length 4,640 mm (182.7 in)
        Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104.3 in)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The real solution is to lower the seating position so the roof can be lowered.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stil no 4 cylinder or Efficient Dynamics for the US?
      Meh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Until it comes in a hatch for the US, I'm completely disinterested.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I love hatches and I usually prefer the look and amenities of hatch variant of a car model, but the BMW 1-Series hatch isn't the better looking sibling. The coupe is much, much better in person.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm a fan of the hatch too. Reminds me of the long Z4 coupe (non convertible). I like that long German look.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who cares about better looking (even though i disagree, I think it IS better looking)... the practicality alone should be reason enough. IMO, This coupe is so small it makes NO sense to give up the extra cargo room and flexibility of the hatchback.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who grafted what looks like an almost-bubble top onto that sleek body? Surely this is a photoshopped deception of the actual vehicle(!). BMW wouldn't design a car that looked like a joke . . . would they?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I see they retained the kidney grill....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've always thought the headlights are a little too open-eyed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks nice, seems like Mazda's half brother in a way! I think it's the stance!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's generic enough that it'll take well to customizing. In a few years it'll make a great project car bought on the used market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always thought the front fascia was a little soft. I'm glad they're trying to make it look better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Spy shots for a 2011? Why? I have a 2011 135i in my driveway
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is about the same size as a 3-Series from the 90s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The size doesn't bother me. It's the proportions that bother me. It looks like a 3 series with part of the middle cut out and the two ends pasted back together.
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