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Old 01-11-2004, 12:12 AM   #1
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1 series (E81)

note: I don't think this is the final car, just a representation that someone photoshopped








The latest 1-Series codenamed E81 has been caught testing on UK roads, to help hone the chassis on UK roads. The new "Golf" rival hatchback is scheduled for it's premiere in autumn 2004. BMW hope to sell 30,000 a year in the UK with the starting price of 15,000. Prototypes will soon be descending on Welsh roads so that engineers can fine tune the chassis as BMW predicts the UK will be one of it's biggest markets. Four cylinder engines from the UK's Hams Hall plant in Birmingham will be mounted North-South channeling power to the rear wheels. It will share some components with the forthcoming 3-Series including the suspension with MacPherson struts up front & trapezoidal link rear axle. Extensive use of Aluminum will help it achieve it's target weight of 1150kg for the 3-door hatch version. It will measure 4150mm long & should have a wheelbase of 2650mm. Boot space is said to be 270 litres with split rear seats to enlarge it's capacity to 1000 litres. The 1-Series will have wraparound lights at front & rear, with convex & concave body surfaces & strong shoulder line along it's flanks. Traditional kidney grill & the famous "Hofmeister kink" in the C-pillar are certainties to ensure it stands out. Base engine is the 1.6 litre up to 2.0 litre M2 (2-door variant) with 220 Bhp high-reving engine to nearly 9000 Rpm which should cover 0-60 mph in 5.0 secs, all manual engines will have 6-Speed gearbox & even a diesel engine will feature. Other features are likely to be carried over from the new 5-Series, like it's "tonned-down" iDrive & Active steering will be a 800 option. Production is due to start next summer at the Regensburg plant in Germany, with BMW hoping to build 180,000 units a year.
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:19 AM   #2
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ummmmmmm......I don't know what to say, mixed thoughts
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:20 AM   #3
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its gonna be really small? Ladies caR?
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:21 AM   #4
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I'd buy the hatch
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:22 AM   #5
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I want the 220 bhp one! 220 bhp in 2500 lbs = bye bye $70 000 330ci! Hahaha
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:25 AM   #6
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look at this one, this looks SICK!!!!!
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:27 AM   #7
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I would do this one up the tailpipe.
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:29 AM   #8
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Me likes!

Hatch would make a great every day car!

Any word on those reaching N/A shores?
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:31 AM   #9
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For sure the top pics can't be production. Look how high the door-sil is. It would be hard to enter/exit. (especially the rear doors.)
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:36 AM   #10
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I would do this one up the tailpipe.
reaaaly.. I'll get the camera..
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:45 AM   #11
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looks pretty good
competion with the MINI when it comes out?
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:46 AM   #12
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is that a mazda??
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Old 01-11-2004, 01:09 AM   #13
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I'm sure this wil boost sales for bmw but exclusivity of the brand will be tarnished. Just think of how many more bimmers we will see.
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Old 01-11-2004, 01:26 AM   #14
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lights look gay
jus make the 1 series look like the m coupe id b happy
and throw 1.9liter dasc s/c motor
that thing would haul some serious ass

bye bye civics

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Old 01-11-2004, 01:32 AM   #15
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