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"BMW Concept 1 Series tii: Performance preview or appearance package?

By Kirill Ougarov

As soon as the 1 Series was announced, the question everyone began to ask was, "When is the M model coming?" But the 1 Series may never wear an M badge. Many a Bimmerphile would consider it sacrilege to name it M1 -- the legendary mid-engine homologation racer of the late '70s. So BMW went back a few more years into its history to help name the BMW Concept 1 Series tii.

Unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo motor show, Concept 1 Series tii bears the same designation as the performance variant of the now venerable BMW 2002, which roamed the streets in the early 1970s. The car is a glimpse into the future of what a production performance 1 Series model may be like -- at least on the surface.

The emphasis of the tii concept is on agility. Weight savings are numerous - the hood, mirror caps, airdam covers, trunklid spoiler, and rear bumper inlay are all of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. All four brake calipers are painted blue, as is one bolt on each of the four wheels and the tow hook. A racing stripe runs the length of the entire car, starting off white on the black carbon-fiber hood and then turning black on the white roof and trunklid. A tii decal is on both bumpers, with the front decal being mirror imaged. The anti-glare strip at the top of the windshield also sports a tii logo.

The interior boasts copious amounts of Alcantara, which covers the steering wheel, most of the upper dashboard, shift knob, and part of the door panels. The sport bucket seats are wrapped in leather with Alcantara upholstered insets. The sport-style rear seats are upholstered in a similar material mix. The stitching in the leather of the front seats is blue, as is the driver's seatbelt and the base of the shift knob.

A nifty touch is the mixed color gauge faces. The speedometer is primarily black and the tachometer white, which gives the tach the advantage of instantly grabbing the eye -- handy on the track where engine rpms are far more important than the indicated speed and fractions of a second.

Conspicuously absent, however, are changes to the business end of things, making the Concept tii little more than a club-racer trim package of sorts for the 135 rather than a true performance model. If the concept comes to production life, it's hoped BMW will spice up the production model with stiffer springs and maybe more boost to the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged unit, rather than with just a carbon-fiber body kit and an Alcantara dashboard.

Why not M1?

The M1 name is reserved for the original M-car, the Giugiaro-bodied result of a joint effort between BMW and Lamborghini to develop a production race car and build enough of them for homologation. The mid-engine car is powered by an advanced for its time, 277-horsepower, 3.5-liter twin-cam inline-six. Only 456 cars were made. Because of the car's special place in BMW's history, the M1 designation is not seen as a viable name for an ultimate 1 Series."



more pics-- http://www.autoblog.com/photos/bmw-concept-1-series-tii-1/453395/
 

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A modern day M1 would be sweet. Unfortunately, I am still unsold on the bangle style these days. It is almost too feminine for my tastes. Something about it hints at more of a nauticle design...kind of like a boat. Mainly it is the curves from the gaps at the front fender, through the rocker panels, and then back to the rear fenders. I'm still more of a fan of the last model (e36) era.

Not to say I wouldn't rock it for free now:tongue:
 

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Not something I'd reject outright either, but I'm not crazy about it and if it were given to me (unlikely, as I've got zero friends -- something about my personality they say) I'd disconnect the now very tired, very early 2000s, very kitsch angel eyes.

That way it'd not look like a Civic in people's rearview mirrors.
 

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Conspicuously absent, however, are changes to the business end of things, making the Concept tii little more than a club-racer trim package of sorts for the 135 rather than a true performance model. If the concept comes to production life, it's hoped BMW will spice up the production model with stiffer springs and maybe more boost to the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged unit, rather than with just a carbon-fiber body kit and an Alcantara dashboard.
That right there alone makes buying a normal 135i and modding it the better option.
If they want to make an 'M' version of the 1 series, then they need to shoehorn the new M3 V8 into it. Hehehe.
 

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whats not to like, no frils performance car.i'd like to see a tuned 135....dare i say the name on this fourm.....it starts with a V
that will be a beast.
 

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whats not to like, no frils performance car.i'd like to see a tuned 135....dare i say the name on this fourm.....it starts with a V
that will be a beast.
hehe...a bit of an insider joke. yeah..his rep isn't all that good around here. I still chuckle whenever I see their "shop" cars in a test in some tuner mag...and there were almost always issues with them, and the rags would just make excuses for it.

Personally, if it were me modding the new tt straight 6 in the 335 or 135 series, I would wait until someone else put together a kit. I really, really don't trust the "v".:cool:
 

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Take away the "track day" graphics and I actually kinda like it.
 
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