BMW announces 1-Series pricing and specs for NZ

October 13th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The all-new BMW 1 Series is set to make waves in the New Zealand luxury compact market when it goes on sale from October 21.

BMW’s newest hatchback comes packing a new eight-speed automatic transmission as standard – the only model in the segment to do so. There are new engines with more power and improved efficiency figures and a fresh range of standard and optional features.

With pricing officially announced the 116i manual is the entry point and features an entirely new 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, it will start from $46,600. With the automatic transmission it’s priced at $49,700.

The 116i uses a new-generation turbo engine that accelerates the hatch from zero to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds – compared to 9.4 seconds for the previous 118i.  Torque output is also up from 180Nm to 220Nm while carbon emissions are down from 174g/km to 132g/km. Continue reading “BMW announces 1-Series pricing and specs for NZ” »

2012 BMW 1-Series arriving in NZ next month – from $46,600

September 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The all new 2012 BMW 1 Series is scheduled to go on sale in New Zealand on October 28. The second-generation 1-Series comes offering more fuel efficient engines, new features and a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.

The price of the 116i manual, featuring an entirely new 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, will start from $46,600 drive-away. The new base-model boasts the same power output of the previous entry model, the 118i, despite using 24 per cent less fuel (5.7 litres/100km).

The new-generation turbo engine accelerates the 116i from zero to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds – compared to 9.4 seconds for the previous 118i.  Torque output is also up from 180Nm to 220Nm while carbon emissions are down from 174g/km to 132g/km.

Standard kit on the 116i include a 6.5-inch free-standing flatscreen colour display, handsfree Bluetooth functionality including USB, MP3 compatible CD player, cruise control with brake function, auto Start/Stop function, keyless engine start, 6-speaker stereo system, iDrive controller, favourite buttons and freshly designed 16-inch alloy wheels. Continue reading “2012 BMW 1-Series arriving in NZ next month – from $46,600” »

BMW reveals all-new 2012 1-Series range

June 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

With leaked images of BMW’s brand new 1-Series hatch circulating online since Friday the Bavarian carmaker has made the call to release a full set of photos and official details.

BMW’s compact car is now larger and sports fresher looks while also introducing a new range of engines. The all-new 2012 1 Series is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year with the code-name F20. It will sit on the same platform that underpins the upcoming new 3 Series and will be larger than its predecessor in every dimension except height. The first variant on show will be the volume-selling five-door hatchback but the range will also include a three-door hatch, coupe, cabriolet and possibly a longer Gran Turismo version.

The new sheetmetal has extensively revised styling with more prominent creases and a dramatic front-end that includes an even larger kidney grille and frowning headlights that push back into the wheel guards.

Inside, higher-grade materials are used and there’s apparently more attention to detail. A larger centre console houses fresh switchgear and there are new steering wheel designs. The latest version of BMW’s iDrive system is an optional extra. Continue reading “BMW reveals all-new 2012 1-Series range” »

BMW 1-Series M Coupe officially revealed (+video)

December 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

After numerous spy photos released online and much hype BMW has officially unveiled its new 1-Series M Coupe.

Designed to be the spiritual successor to the original M3, the 1-Series M Coupe features aggressively styled  bumpers, bi-xenon headlights, pumped up wheel arches, and 19-inch light-weight alloy wheels. It certainly looks the part and only three exterior colors will be available – Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic and “so hot right now” Valencia Orange Metallic.

In the cabin are some serious sports seats, Boston leather upholstery, and Alcantara trim. Other interior upgrades include a reworked instrument cluster and a orange-stitched sports steering wheel. The standard equipment list is impressive and includes goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control, comfort access, a Harman Kardon audio system, BMW ConnectedDrive (internet access), and GPS navigation with a large 8.8-inch display screen.

Laying under the bonnet is BMW’s stonking N54 twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine producing 250 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque. It is matched up exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission which allows the 1,495 kg coupe to perform the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 17.3 seconds, and will push on to an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. Through the use of an ‘overboost’ function, the 1 M will deliver an extra 50Nm of torque at full throttle. Fuel efficiency isn’t too bad either, at an average consumption of 9.6 L/100km. Continue reading “BMW 1-Series M Coupe officially revealed (+video)” »

BMW working on 1-Series convertible facelift

October 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Early details of the updated BMW 1 Series Convertible facelift have shown up on the web as the updated version has been spied in the open. Taking into account the areas on the facelifted vehicle that BMW engineers were keen to cover, there is a lot of speculation which areas have been restyled.

The 1 Series Convertible facelift will most likely have a freshly designed front bumper, with a more aggressive look, new air vents and a replacement lower front grille. The headlights and rear light clusters have also had a re-designed, with the rear lights now upgraded to LEDs. The interior of the car will also receive treatment, not least the addition of the Connected Drive system.

The world debut of the BMW 1 Series Convertible facelift is predicted for the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of next year.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe to be fully revealed in Detroit (+video)

October 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The much-anticipated BMW 1 Series M Coupe just can’t seem to arrive fast enough. BMW fans are expecting it to mark a return to the company’s driver-focused roots, and the lightweight 1 Series with increased power and a manual gearbox is aimed squarely at serious drivers. So when is the car finally arriving? According to the most recent reports, the newest M car will debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show in January.

As for mechanicals, the M Coupe is expected to use an upgraded version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged inline-six (N54), which will pump around 335 horsepower through a manual gearbox and down to the rear wheels via a torque-vectoring M differential.

After it’s big reveal, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe will begin sales in May of 2011 and according to previous reports only 2,700 examples will be produced with the largest allocation heading to North America.  If you do want to buy one, picking a color won’t take long since there are just three options; Alpine White, Jet Black and Valencia Orange Metallic.

Check out a teaser video for the 1 Series M Coupe below. Continue reading “BMW 1 Series M Coupe to be fully revealed in Detroit (+video)” »

BMW 1 Series M Coupe – Preview

August 11th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

BMW 1 Series M Coupe – Preview video

BMW builds one millionth 1-Series

April 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

According to BMW, selling the 1-Series is as easy as hot chips at a rugby match. While the tasty compact Bimmer hasn’t achieved great sales in big-boned America, sales of the 1 have still been good enough around the globe for the company to build over a million examples. Impressive, considering that the 1-Series has only been on the market since 2004, and is still in its first generation.

How did the 1-series achieve such success? It’s likely due in part to the wide variety of body styles and engine choices available. Buyers can choose from fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, both in gasoline and turbo-diesel forms, as well as practical hatchback versions of the 1.

The car is also likely to get more popular as time goes on with BMW hinting that its all-electric ActiveE system is headed to lease fleets sometime soon, and the 170 horsepower electric motor may prove a popular addition to the lineup.

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