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Rendering: BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo

Featured Posts, Rumors | April 15th, 2010 by 27
2012 BMW 1 GT Gran Turismo

Another new addition to the BMW family is the BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo. Built on the next generation 1 Series platform, the 1 GT …

Another new addition to the BMW family is the BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo. Built on the next generation 1 Series platform, the 1 GT is rumored to launch in 2012. While most of the details are sketchy at the moment, there are quite a few details that funneled through our inbox.

The BMW 1 Series GT uses a new modular platform available for all the upcoming 1 Series models. The backbone of these models was designed especially for this purpose so every model can have a variation backbone, simply be moving suspension points and firewalls to areas that will benefit each vehicle. Corroborated with more parts sharing, this new approach will allow BMW to reduce even more the production costs.

BMW 1 Series GT will be a 5-door vehicle, a mix between a hatch, wagon and sedan. 1 GT will be 2 inches (5cm) longer than the 3-door and 5-door models, but it will sport an unique front-end. To reflect the Gran Turismo design, the 1 GT will have an elevated driving position, as seen in the 5 Gran Turismo.

Rendering: BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo

Inside, the 1 Series GT should provide an alternative between two individual rear seats separated by a central console or the classic rear seats setup.The French magazine continues to speculate that the car will be powered by a four-cylinder turbo engine, developing anywhere from 204 to 240 horsepower. The first GT models are rumored to carry the 123i GT and 125i GT naming convention.

Hybrid variants are strongly considered and the second stage of BMW’s EfficientDynamics program will bring new options and technologies which will be implemented across the whole 1 Series portfolio, and not only.

Based on some of these preliminary information, the German folks over at AutoBild sketched out a rendering of what the BMW 1 Series GT might look like.

  • lennardt

    the grill should be upsidedown, that the upper part is wider than the lower part (you know, what i mean, i’m from germany ;-) )

  • atr_hugo

    “mit Frontantrieb”? – uh oh, you know where that’s headed. ; -)

  • atr_hugo

    The reason you have movable firewall locations is for drivetrain mounting variations – for example, move the firewall to the rear for longitudinal mounted engines and move it forward for transverse mounted engines. A FWD 1er with a transverse I4 will pick up considerable passenger space.

    If this report is correct there goes the notion that only the Project i cars will be getting FWD. Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth continue. ; -)

  • http://www.bimmerboost.com BimmerBoost

    I like it, not bad at all.

  • efoza

    I have heard that there is now also talk of a 7 GT and perhaps even a 6 series GT given the success of the 5 GT.

  • Laszlo

    the 5GT is a success ? Where ? I read nothing but bad about in the magazines. Drives soft and un-BMW-ish large on the outside but small on the inside, expensive, a rebadged MB R-class, ugliest since the bangled 7, etc.
    For that money I rather have a proper sedan and a used E39 525iT in case I need to haul something. horrible looking car for sure but I have not had a chance to drive it. I think I don’t even want to…

    • efoza

      You seem to live somewhere which none of live at. I have not seen one bad review of the GT in any magazine. Even the ones knocking the design or its looks are pleased with its greatness as a car.

    • Doug

      It’s too early to be considered a success or a failure. Anyone who claims either….

  • viper

    good bye bmw , you make such shit lately , incredible

    • Simba

      First impression, people honestly, this car is ugly and there is no way you can call this elegant and stylish. The lines on the bonnet is getting way too messy and losing a classy touch, where is that simple, curvy shape that gives a nice big reflection of the clouds and the blue sky? It’s not all a mess of lines running over! Why not try to make it a bulge to increase sportiness?

    • Billy

      I think you’re confusing renderings with actual bmw concepts. The 1 series gran turismo hasn’t even appeared in any spyshots yet, so this is probably the work of some wannabe designer. If you take out the dual headlamps and the grille it looks almost exactly like the audi a1.

      • Billy

        Also, no offence Horatiu, but you have a really bad awareness of the BMW design language. You keep posting renderings that are derived without indepth knowledge of the current bmw language. It really leaves a bad impression of the future of bmw design especially on people like viper.

        • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

          No offense, but what you said now makes no sense. First, we did not create the rendering and it is clearly stated. Second, we made it very clear that it’s a RENDERING. I know what the design language MIGHT be, but truth is, no one outside BMW really knows it. Some of the bits of information we get are from insiders, while others from BMW itself that chooses what to reveal.

          I hope this explains it since we can’t clearly make it more obvious that these are rendering. Just cause one person out of hundreds of thousands that read us can’t make the distinction, doesn’t mean we need to change anything in our publishing process. Our titles are not misleading.

  • chas

    Could be a nice car. I am more excited about a preimium compact than the overweight tanks BMW has been bringing to market lately.

    BMW’s thoughts about switching to FWD for their small cars has been pretty well documented lately. Heck, 80% of 1 series owners think it is FWD anyway (so BMW says).The way DSC works, 80% of the people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference anyway.

    • Simba

      the owners or purchaser may not be the actual drivers, think of the scenario where the husband purchases a 1 Series for the wife as the husband owns another upper class BMW already. If BMW asked these wives, they would have been gettng the incorrect data as the purchaser actually knows about RWD and bought the car becasue of it is RWD.

  • Alex

    i really think that this GT thing bmw is doing is going way too far… if people want a 1series gt, why not buy a 3 series touring or X1?

  • efoza

    The GT range will be BMW lead to the next generation of great cars. Just wait for the GT 5M which is due in 2012.

    • Doug

      all you talk about is the GT!!

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  • Arretjenoff

    The grille upside down is a very nice way to make a statement of antitrending,designing vehikules for the generation next car drivers who will be more enviromental conciousness, perhaps this will be the watershed between traditional petrolhead bmws and the new generation of lightweight varbon electrical cars cfrp design

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