dates : 14th August 2005
20th August 2005
BMW 1 Series is set to be given a major virility
injection, following its launch late last year with a
two-litre petrol engine and a diesel version.
And not only will this be the fastest 1 Series, but
the quickest car in the hatch back class.
Itís said that BMW engineers couldnít resist the
idea of shoe-horning the three-litre six-cylinder
engine into the small hatchback, and the result goes
on sale in Europe in September.
The BMW 130i uses the 190 kiloWatt engine from the
330i and the 530i. And allied to a small body, itís
said to serve up 0-100 in just 6,2 seconds, and a top
speed of 250 kilometres per hour.
The 1 Series lines remain unusual to some tastes but
they have been freshened for the 130i. Distinguishing
items include 130-specific 17-inch alloys, chrome
grille slats and dual tailpipes.
Inside it has all the top-level trim. Sports seats, a
sports steering wheel and a special instrument cluster
distinguish the car. There are also six airbags and an
options list that includes all manner of driver and
The 130i is due here towards the end of the year or
early in 2006. Rear-wheel drive and a snug passenger
compartment is about to make a lot more sense in what
promises to be a real driverís car.
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