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Old 02-16-2007, 10:46 AM   #1
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BMW M Sport for all (3 Series & 1 Series)

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M Sport models for the BMW 3-series Coupe and Convertible

A new flagship has arrived for the 3-series two-door range - and it gives some pointers to how this summer's new M3 could shape up.

The Coupe and Convertible's beefy M Sport styling kit is available with any engine spec and comprises 18-inch M-design alloys (19s are an option), a new spoiler and aero pack, plus 15mm-lowered sports suspension.

This is no minority choice, either. More than three-quarters of BMW's six-cylinder coupes are ordered in M Sport trim. Buyers clearly love the M look, but without the expense of trading up to the real McCoy.

What do I get inside?
The M Sport trim bungs in a load of extra equipment, too. Figure-hugging sports seats are trimmed in cloth and Alcantara, the door sills gain M badging, as does the gearlever. Brushed aluminium dash trim and M steering wheel complete the interior upgrade.

Prices start at 28,330 for a 320i M Sport Coupe, while the new folding hard-top Convertible can be had in M trim from 32,255.

And what's this? A BMW 1-series M Sport?
We've already seen the M trim on the One, but BM has now rustled up an M Sport Limited Edition of the 130i: all come with carbon black metallic paint, 18-inch alloys styled on the WTCC wheel design and unique lemon leather interior. Only 160 will be sold in the UK, costing 30,270.

Meanwhile, the new three-door 1-series range has been priced from 17,785. And BMW has raised prices elsewhere in its range by an average of 1.4 percent (although some popular models like the twin-turbo 535d jump by more than 4 percent).


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Old 02-16-2007, 12:26 PM   #2
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LOVE the 1 series...

love it...

I will take one in FAST
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:48 PM   #3
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1 series coming to US ?
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:14 PM   #4
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1 series coming to US ?
If A3 made it here I think BMW must have a car in that class (low priced hatch) to compete with AUDI, I'm 90% sure that it is.

A4 competes with 3-series
A6 with 5-series
A8 with 7

BMW M's compete with Audi S lines.

A3 would compete with 1 series. It makes sense.
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:51 PM   #5
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There is a thread on 1 series in the US.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1194538

The A3 is not doing terribly well, so I don't think the fact that Audi sells the A3 guarantees that BMW will bring the 1 here. After years of hesitation, they seem to be moving towards offering coupe/vert variants, but not the hatch.
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:56 PM   #6
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The problem with the A3 is that it's a rebadged GTi. What they need is the S3 offered here. 32k for the watered down S line doesn't cut it.
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:57 PM   #7
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Oh yeah, I'll take the M Sport 1 series in black. thanks.
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:08 AM   #8
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Top Gear really trashed on the BMW 1 series anyway, saying the trim is subpar, the handling is twitchy and not confidence inspiring, and the interior space is a joke (too small) and you cant even fit adults with legs in the back seat.

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Old 02-17-2007, 12:32 AM   #9
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Years ago the BMW 318ti and 318i models failed horribly. Their build quality was crap and they were slow as *****. They were extremely problematic, and really were just a vehicle for the poor to buy to say... I have a BMW...

I was working with BMW then... and I remember every single one of them coming in with problems...

"Cheap" luxury cars, just do not survive in the US...
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Top Gear really trashed on the BMW 1 series anyway, saying the trim is subpar, the handling is twitchy and not confidence inspiring, and the interior space is a joke (too small) and you cant even fit adults with legs in the back seat.

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EVO magazine, on the other hand, was mostly favourable to the 1. I think the criticism against the interior quality and space is well deserved, but I don't remember much criticism against the handling.

Even Jeremy Clarkson, who have called BMWs "Nazi staff cars", said he hadn't had that much fun in a small car since the 80's. That was fo course right before he started trashing it.
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:37 AM   #11
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Years ago the BMW 318ti and 318i models failed horribly.
"Cheap" luxury cars, just do not survive in the US...
the real problem with the 318 was that it was such an obvious attemt at a cheap BMW. They literally chopped off the back of the car to make it cheaper, or at least that's what looking at the car told you. It screamed "I can't afford a whole BMW, so this is what they gave me."

the 1 looks designed to be small, so I think it'd work better in terms of sales. I think there are a good number of people who would like to zip around in a visual variation of the mini.
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