Saturday, March 12, 2011

Upcoming Cars in 2012 BMW 1-series Coupe and Convertible

Upcoming Cars in 2012 BMW 1-series Coupe and Convertible

BMW today announced several modifications to the 2012 BMW 1 Series Coupe that accentuate efficiency and premium quality. The unmistakable profile of the 1 Series Coupe, which represents the purest expression of BMW DNA is now sharper than ever. The new design of the front fascia on the 128i includes BMW’s innovative Air Curtain that counters turbulence near the wheel arches and so reduces the aerodynamic resistance of the vehicle. New exterior design accents have been incorporated into the headlight and tail light clusters.

The 135i can be equipped with BMW’s 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT), as featured on the BMW Z4 Roadster. Equipped with DCT, the 135i Coupe will accomplish the 0-60 mph sprint in a scorching 5.0 seconds. A 6-speed Steptronic automatic remains optional on the 128i. So equipped, the 128i Coupe runs 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds, or 6.1 seconds with the standard 6-speed manual transmission.

We’ve been longing for an M version of BMW’s 1 Series coupe since the 1 Series tii concept made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2007. Finally, recent spy photos point to this coming true, most likely by 2011 in Europe and 2012 in North America. A source at BMW told us two things regarding a 1 Series M: First, that “there seems to be something to the rumors.” And second, if it happens, it will be during the North American coupe’s current life cycle, which puts it no later than the 2013 model year.


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