Not to be upstaged by the launch of
the stunning new BMW 1 Series M Coupé, the BMW 1 Series Coupé and
Convertible ranges have received a number significant modifications
and upgrades that make them even more desirable and efficient.
Both models differentiate themselves
from previous incarnations by way of a new front bumper with
redesigned fog lights and redesigned Halogen headlights with an
‘eyebrow’ element. When Xenon headlights are specified this ‘eyebrow
element features an LED illuminated light bar. At the rear the
headlights have also been changed with a more detailed appearance.
However, the greatest change to ES,
SE and Sport models is that they now come fitted with an Aero
Curtain – a feature that channels the airflow around the front of
the car to reduce aerodynamic drag, thereby increasing efficiency.
Wheel arches are one of the main areas of aerodynamic drag and the
Aero Curtain is BMW’s innovative solution to reduce this
inefficiency. Derived from race technology, air is routed into two
ducts in the front apron which then flows out of a narrow opening at
high speed in the wheelarch. This jet of air effectively covers the
side of the front wheels like a curtain and thus reduces turbulence.
As a result, CO2
emissions have been lowered throughout the range, with the 118d now
rated at only 118g/km, while all 2.0-litre petrol versions have CO2
emissions of 155g/km or below.
As with all BMWs, the 1 Series
Coupé and Convertible also come with a raft of other
EfficientDynamics measures: Auto Start-Stop is fitted to all petrol
and diesel models (excluding versions with automatic transmission),
while Diesel Particulate Filters, Brake Energy Regeneration,
Electric Power Steering (excluding 135i), Intelligent Alternator
Control and Optimum Shift Indicator for manual models are all
standard throughout the range.
All BMW 1 Series Coupé and
Convertible ES models come as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels,
Dynamic Stability Control, Halogen headlights, MP3 playback
capability and rear seat easy access system. Sport models have as
standard 17-inch star-spoke alloy wheels, Sport multi-function
leather steering wheel and front Sport seats – almost £1,200 worth
of equipment that is currently offered for no additional cost over
an ES model. SE models get rear Park Distance Control (PDC), front
fog lights and automatic air conditioning with two-zone control.
All M Sport models, in addition to
SE models, come with 17-inch light double-spoke style alloy wheels,
door sill finishers with M designation, chrome front exterior trim,
high-gloss Shadowline window surrounds, M aerodynamic bodystyling, M
Sport suspension, Run-flat tyres, Sport seats and M Sport
multi-function leather steering wheel.
BMW 135i M Sport versions add twin
black-chrome exhaust tailpipes, a unique M aerodynamic package, M
Sport suspension with 135i-specific calibration, hydraulic
power-assisted steering, rear spoiler and up-rated high-performance
The new BMW 1 Series Coupé and
Convertible go on sale March 2011, with prices starting from £21,960
OTR for the BMW 118d ES Coupé and £24,245 for the 118i ES
BMW 1 Series Coupé
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BMW 1 Series Convertible
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