We have been saying this for a while and even showed you some rather odd renderings of what the next generation 2011 BMW 1 Series might look like. It was one of our most controversial articles in 2009 and not many of you believed in what we said: yes, the next 1 Series will look somewhat along these lines and it will be one of the most revolutionary BMW designs, a risky design as some may call it.
At the same time, I said that in the past, Huckfeldt, the famous rendering artist from AutoBild, has been right about many BMW models. Our source say that he has a close relationship with BMW and most of the time, he sees the car sketches before many other people.
Well, today, Carmagazine UK runs a story on the 2011 BMW 1 Series and other bimmer models. They go on by mentioned the BMW 135i Supersport, the new 1 Series Coupe that will be released in 2012, an M1 type of car but without the Motorsport badge on it. The car will still be built inside the “Motorsports labs”.
The 135i Supersport will have an extravagant, unique design, newly designed headlights with front-end elements imported from the Rolls-Royce models as well. The front-grille will go through a major redesign where the twin kidneys will be positioned upside down.
The SuperSport model will be a performance addition to the 1er family, resulting in the use of lightweight materials, such as a Carbon Fibre Roof and bootlid , loss of certain cabin comforts , upgraded suspension and brakes , lightweight glass.
It will be positioned between the regular 135i Coupe and the M3. Carmagazine talks about a high-revving twin-turbo four-cylinder, another controversial topic posted by us a year ago which received a lot of criticism from other media publications. As we said at that time, the engine is already in development and undergoing heavy testing in order to achieve the expected results, which in this case is the output of about 220-260 horsepower. The 4-Cylinder will be offered in 2 stages with and without twin-turbos.
A different body kit will differentiate the SuperSports from the regular BMW Performance Package, and that includes the brakes and additional performance upgrades.
Going back to the full 1 Series line-up, CAR confirms our initial statements: BMW is looking into developing at least five different variants of 1 Series vehicles:
- 5 door hatch – conventional 5dr hatch
- 3 door hatch – conventional 3dr hatch
- 2 door coupe – sedanish coupe with 2 doors
- 2 door convertible – sedanish cabrio with 2 doors and canvas roof
- small crossover CAS (1er GT / Y1) – 5dr mix of a hatch, wagon and sedan
Overwhelming? Yes, but remember, not all of these concepts will make it into production and many things can change during the next two years. I have no doubt that many of these new vehicles will be received with skepticism by BMW fans and not only, a crowd used to being able to name all the current BMW models very fast.
Could this be BMW’s ticket out of the devastating financial crisis everyone is going through?
[Photo source: Carmagazine UK ]