Tuesday, 3 July 2007

New BMW 1-Series Coupe

By Dr Long

BMW has given a new lease of life to its beleaguered 1-series hatchback - by adding a rump to the rear - resulting in the new 1-Series Coupe.

To be available soon in Europe, the 1-Series Coupe will wear 3 different badges:
120d, turbodiesel 2.0L 4-cylinder, with 177hp and 350Nm.
123d, 2.0L twin-turbocharged diesel, offering 204hp and 400Nm.
135i, with 306hp and 400Nm, from BMW’s award winning twin-turbo 3.0L in-line 6.

Meanwhile, the for U.S. and Canadian market, the BMW 1-series Coupe will also be offered in 128i guise (apart from the 135i), powered by naturally aspirated but detuned 3.0L magnesium-alloy straight six, capable of 230hp and 270Nm of torque. There will be no turbodiesels for the North American market.

The 120d coupe will sprint from 0 -100km/h in 7.6secs while the 123d coupe will be a little quicker at 7 secs to the century. The top-of-the-line 135i coupe will launch from standstill to 100km/h in a mere 5.3 secs, and likely zippier in real life than the similar-engined 335i due to its lighter kerb weight.

How soon will we see this better looking 1-series in Asia or even Malaysia is anybody’s guess at this point in time.

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