BMW 1 Series E82
BMW is expanding its 1 Series range with a Coupé version, codenamed E82. The 1 Series E82 Coupé will try to reinvent the niche that the legendary BMW 2002 has created 40 years ago. The BMW 1 Series is a proper BMW range and the E82 Coupé makes no exception combining pure performance, sporty rear-wheel-drive dynamics, powerful engines and agile handling.
The E82 Coupé’s design blends perfectly with the other BMW cars in the range. The "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. On the 135i Coupé, an M Aerodynamic Kit is standard.
|2007 BMW 1 Series E82 CoupÉ Technical Specifications|
|Power||150kW | 204HP||160kW | 218HP|
|Top Speed||228km/h | 142mph||238km/h | 148mph||245km/h | 152mph|
|Fuel Consumption (l/100km | mpg)|
|City||6.1 | 45.3||6.5 | 43.5||11.4 | 20.6|
|Highway||4.1 | 68.9||4.4 | 64.2||5.9 | 39.8|
|Combined||4.8 | 58.9||5.2 | 54.3||7.9 | 29.7|
225kW | 306HP
250km/h | 155mph
|Fuel Consumption (l/100km | mpg)|
13 | 21.7
7 | 40.4
9.2 | 30.7
1423mm (1408mm for 135i)
Source for technical specifications: BMW 1 Series Coupé UK brochure
The 1 Series boasts aggressive rear end styling. The trunklid has an integrated spoiler chiseled into the rear end of the car to accentuate the short rear section. On the 135i, 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). This light design, as found on other BMW models, makes the BMW 1 Series Coupé stand out at night. Also, the Adaptive Brakelights operating in two stages in relation to brake application force are yet another feature typical of BMW, with the additional benefit of extra safety on the road.
The Adaptive Xenon headlights complete with integrated Cornering Lights make driving in the dark safer than ever.
Being a sedan the practical part was not left aside. A 60/40 split rear seat is standard so you can increase the loading capacity especially when you need to carry longer objects.
The BMW 1 Series E82 Coupé is available with a choice of two upholstery options—sporty and comfortable Leatherette or rich Boston Leather. Boston Leather upholstery adds further style to the high-quality impression of the interior. 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 finished in highly distinctive leatherette materials or Boston leather.
This latest version of iDrive is equipped with six Programmable Memory Keys that allow the driver to program functions that are used particularly often such as navigation destinations, radio stations or specific telephone numbers. Touch-sensative sensors on these buttons preview the function on the iDrive screen before the button is depressed. This allows the driver to choose the stored function safely and conveniently, keeping his or her eyes on the road in the process.
A wide choice of audio and communication are also available, never before seen in the compact performance market. These features include SIRIUS satellite radio, HD radio, Premium Sound system and Bluetooth interface. For simple and straightforward connection of an MP3 player, an Auxiliary input jack is standard, and a USB port for direct control of an Apple iPod or iPhone media player is available as an option.
In typical BMW style, the new BMW 1 Series E82 Coupé transmits the power of the engine to the rear wheels. This design concept and configuration - engine at the front, drive wheels at the rear - guarantees optimum traction, good weight distribution front-to-rear, excellent directional stability, and predictable handling.
The new 1 Series E82 Coupé has a sophisticated suspension system with an aluminium double-pivot front suspension and a five-link fully independent rear suspension in lightweight steel. BMW's Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) also includes a Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function that provides electronic intervention to prevent loss of vehicle control, but at a higher threshold before activation. This 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 DSC system on the 135i Coupé is designed specifically for performance-oriented driving. For instance, the accelerator pedal has a quicker response rate and electronic rear brake management is used to simulate a differential lock for stronger acceleration in turns.
Let’s talk a little bit about the engines. On sale in the spring of 2008, the 1 Series E 82 Coupé will be available in two versions for the U.S. market; the 128i and the 135i. Powered by a 3.0-liter, 230 horsepower inline 6-cyinder engine that generates 200 lb-ft of torque, the 128i Coupé will feature Valvetronic valvetrain management and aluminum/magnesium contruction—core elements of BMW's EfficientDynamics. The powerful 135i Coupé features BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and an incredible 300 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1,400 rpm. With its direct piezo gasoline injectors, twin low-mass turbochargers and air-to-air intercooling, optimum performance and economy is achieved with no loss in engine response. For the 135i Coupé, acceleration from 0-62 mph is accomplished in 5.3 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Both engines feature on-demand engine coolant pumps that improve fuel economy and reduce parasitic losses for increased output.
For the European market expect some diesel engines to be available, including the all-new 123d engine. We should also expect a 1 Series Convertible in the near future. Test mules were already seen in heavy testing at the Nurburgring. BMWDrives will keep you updated.
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