BMW 1 Series Coupé

Production Cars 2 Jul 2007
BMW 1 Series Coupé

BMW has unveiled the coupé version of its 1 Series. It will go on sale in Europe on November 2007 and in the North American Market during spring 2008. Among the available engines is a new twin-turbocharged 3.0 liters V6 unit that delivers 300hp.


Design

BMW 1 Series CoupéThe BMW 1 Series Coupé uses the same architecture of the three-and five-door models. It is 4,360mm long (+133 mm) and 1,934mm wide (+1mm).

The slight increase in body size means the boot space swells from 350-litres to 370-litres. A standard 60:40 rear seat split permits greater load flexibility allowing for items to be stored in place of one or both rear seat occupants.

New dynamic design elements are combined with a muscular body to provide a sporty look. The greenhouse with its characteristic “Hofmeister kink” is moved rearward and offers a particularly nimble look with its long hood.

The short overhangs, long wheelbase and large frameless doors sit on a body with "a striking shoulder line for a modern interpretation of BMW’s characteristic look."

BMW 1 Series Coupé BMW 1 Series Coupé The design of the rear end is characterized by the trunklid with an integrated spoiler chiselled that accentuates the short rear section.

On the 135i Coupe, an M Aerodynamic Kit is standard and an additional lip spoiler provides greater downforce on the rear end at high speeds.

The individual sections within the L-shaped rear taillights give the vehicle a lower, sportier look. Horizontal lights integrated in the rear light clusters offer a homogeneous lighting effect with the help of light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Oliver Parsons, 1 Series Product Manager, said: “We expect it to appeal to a younger audience, but an audience that is also design conscious and looking for something unique to park outside their homes.”

Interior

BMW 1 Series Coupé interiorThe control console for the entertainment and air conditioning functions is integrated smoothly into the dashboard through its soft radii and flowing surfaces.

The controller featured in the iDrive system with the optional Navigation system is integrated in the center console.

Galvanized pearl gloss surfaces trims are used for the interior door handles, the glove compartment handle, the radio’s rotary knobs, the knobs of the automatic air conditioning system, the iDrive Controller, and the ornamental trim strips featured on the sports steering wheel.

And as a practical feature, map pockets are integrated in the lower part of the doors. The optional Sport Package includes sports buckets seats with enhanced side support and are finished in highly distinctive leatherette materials or Boston leather.

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Technical features

The range of engines includes two diesel units (a 2.0 liters and a 2.3 liters, the world’s most powerful production four-cylinder diesel unit) and two gasoline V6 units: a 230-hp 2.8 (for the US market only) and a twin-turbocharged 3.0 liters that delivers 300 hp and a torque of 300 lb-ft.

The suspension system features an aluminium double-pivot front suspension and a five-link fully independent rear suspension in lightweight steel.

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) includes a Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function that provides electronic intervention to prevent loss of vehicle control, but at a higher threshold before activation.

Model

Power
Hp

Torque
[Nm]

0-62 mph [sec]

Top Speed
[Mph]

Combined
Mpg

BMW 120d Coupé

177

350

7.6

141

58.9

BMW 123d Coupé

204

400

7.0

148

54.3

BMW 135i Coupé

306

400

5.3

155*

30.7

BMW 1 Series Coupé - BlueprintThis allows the driver to experience more spirited driving on dry roads and offers more flexibility when driving in more challenging conditions such as in the snow. If the driver desires, both DSC and DTC can be disabled entirely.

Active Steering, a variable ratio steering system exclusive to BMW, is available as an option.

The new 3.0 V6 unit

The flagship of the range is the BMW 135i with its 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged gasoline unit powerplant.

Offering 306hp from its light alloy and magnesium straight-six engine, the 135i is capable of accelerating from zero to 62mph in 5.3 seconds before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

Peak torque of 400Nm from just 1,300rpm through to 5,000rpm ensures smooth progress and in-gear flexibility.

Market

The BMW 120d Coupé will be available in ES, SE and M Sport guises, while the 123d Coupé will be offered in SE and M Sport and the 135i Coupé just as an M Sport.

Prices for all three models will be announced closer to the on sale date.

(Sources: BMW)

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