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1 Series - E87 (2004 - ...)

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Market
With its front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, the new BMW 1 Series will appeal to customers looking for a driving experience never before offered in a compact hatchback. Early predictions are that at launch 70 per cent of purchasers will be newcomers to the BMW badge, mainly from the front-wheel drive hatchbacks offered by Audi, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo. BMW also expects owners of high-specification hatchbacks from the likes of Ford and Renault to trade up to the new 1 Series. Coupled with the fact that BMW sees a new premium executive sector developing around the 1 Series and expanding by over 80 per cent during the next 10 years, the future of the 1 Series looks very promising.
“We are very confident that with 1 Series we will offer discerning customers a unique proposition that will win them over to BMW,” explained Jim O’Donnell, managing director of BMW GB. “We haven’t developed this new model to entice MINI or 3 Series owners: we are attacking a new segment and we expect to attract a very high proportion of customers who are new to BMW. Conquesting is the name of the game and our target competitors are a broad church.”
Early indications are that the average owner will be aged between 20 to 40 years old, without children or with a very young family, who has historically not had his or her driving ambitions satisfied in this segment. The sales split between corporate and private buyers is predicted to be 45:55, with BMW expecting to tempt more women to the brand. BMW expects to sell c.5,000 cars in 2004 and c.17,000 in 2005.
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BMW 1 Series owners will be assured of a rewarding long-term relationship with the three-year unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion and six-year paint warranty. The 1 Series is also the latest BMW to be offered with a Service Inclusive package. For only £500.00, cost of ownership is significantly reduced with all major maintenance and repairs for five years or 60,000 miles covered by the package that is transferable to a new owner should the car be sold within that time frame.
Residual value predictions are also strong for the 1 Series. According to Glass’s Guide, when compared to their nominated competitors (Audi A3 2.0Tdi Sport, Mercedes Benz C200Cdi Sports Coupe, VW Golf 2.0 GT TDi), the BMW 120d Sport will retain 80 per cent of its value after one year or 20,000 miles (76 / 69 / 76 respectively), 62 per cent after two years or 40,000 miles (62 / 54 / 58 respectively) and 49 per cent of its original retail value after 3 years or 60,000 miles (45 / 32 / 45 respectively). Similarly high-value residuals are predicted by CAP Monitor with 1 Series SE models commanding a three year residual figure of 49 per cent.



Design
The BMW 1 Series might be an all-new model in the company’s line-up, but the heritage of the marque shines through. Unmistakable BMW features such as the double headlights, kidney grille and Hofmeister kink are all present. Sitting on a wheelbase of 2,660mm and with short overhangs, 737mm front and 830mm rear, the 1 Series has an air of the BMW Z4 and historic M Roadster about it. The striking lines cut a swathe through the air too with the aerodynamic body of the 1 Series helping to post a class-leading drag co-efficient of 0.29 (116i).
Visually its dimensions and styling are almost coupé-like, but internally the car is capacious with the height from the seat base to the roof lining measuring 963mm in the front and 967mm in the rear, providing ample headroom for tall passengers. Furthermore, the 1 Series offers occupants class-leading shoulder and elbow room for greater comfort. Another clear benefit of the front-engine, rear-drive layout is that the driver will also appreciate accelerator, brake and clutch pedals that are centrally located and not offset compared to its front-wheel drive competitors.
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Sharing technology with the larger models, the 1 Series can be specified with iDrive, including Professional or Business navigation systems, Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC), front and rear Park Distance Control with pictogram, Bluetooth telephone connectivity and Xenon headlamps.
A distinct reference to the car’s sporting aspirations sits on the dashboard, with its standard Z8-style starter button. Pressing the button after inserting the new-style key fires up the technologically advanced four-cylinder engines. The newly-designed key retains the advanced Key Memory feature common to all BMWs. Courtesy of a microchip located inside the key, the 1 Series recognises which of the two keys supplied with the car is being used and alters door mirrors, air conditioning, radio and electric seat settings accordingly.
Further personalisation is possible, with the owner able to specify the interior in either fabric upholstery or optional leather. Optional sports seats, derived from those in the M3, provide the 1 Series driver with the ability to adjust the side bolsters for the optimum lateral support. Again, further recognition of the 1 Series as a driver’s car. In the rear, boot capacity is 330-litres with the seats raised and with the rear seats spilt 60:40, the virtually flat load floor offers 1,150 litres of storage space.


Chassis and suspension
The BMW 1 Series is unique in its class with its front engine - rear drive layout offering near perfect 50:50 weight distribution, resulting in dynamic on-road capability. Unlike its competitors who transmit power and steering input through the same two wheels, the 1 Series leaves the front wheels to guide the car while the power is transmitted to the rear. This ensures improved grip and better traction under acceleration as the weight of the car transfers to the rear.
Once on the move, the rear-wheel drive 1 Series comes into its own, with the steering remaining uncorrupted and the car delivering a sports car-type driving experience. It is no coincidence that all serious racing cars are rear-wheel drive.
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But sporty and dynamic handling can be compromised by weight. Thanks to the car’s svelte 1,205kgs overall weight (116i), delivered through the use of aluminium parts, the 1 Series delivers on its promises. Much of the front suspension and subframe are made of aluminium along with the axle, suspension struts and pivot bearings. At the rear, BMW’s pioneering five-link rear suspension is fitted for optimum ride quality. By replacing the traditional double wishbone arrangement with a version of the five-link set-up employed on the 5 and 6 Series, engineers have been able to subtly alter the toe-in, toe-out and camber angles for increased cornering ability.
For drivers wanting an even sportier ride, the new BMW 1 Series can be specified with sports suspension that lowers the car by a further 15mm. This not only gives the car a more aggressive stance but also adds to the performance characteristics by giving a more agile ride.
Transferring the chassis abilities and engine performance to the road is the responsibility of the car’s Run-flat tyres. The 1 Series comes as standard with 16-inch wheels and Run-flat tyres, banishing roadside tyre changes to history. For those wanting to personalise their car, a variety of optional 16 or 17-inch alloy wheel designs are available as factory-fit or dealer-fit accessories.

Engine and transmission
The new BMW 1 Series’ chassis and rear-wheel drive layout are mated to four advanced and flexible engines from launch. The entry-level car is the 115bhp petrol-powered BMW 116i with its double VANOS variable valve-timing unit. Displacing 1,596cc, this model produces 150Nm at 4,300rpm and accelerates from zero to 62mph in 10.8 seconds, achieving a top speed of 124mph. Fuel consumption is 37.7mpg.
The 150bhp BMW 120i is the larger petrol engine and features both double VANOS and VALVETRONIC variable valve control for increased engine efficiency and performance. A capacity of 1,995cc produces 200Nm of torque at 3,600rpm, a zero to 62mph time of 8.7 seconds and a top speed of 135mph. Even with these levels of performance, fuel consumption is a frugal 38.2mpg. When compared to its competitors, the 120i offers best-in-class acceleration, top speed, economy and emissions.
Two diesel engines are offered: the 122bhp 118d and the high performance 163bhp 120d. Both powerplants feature BMW’s second-generation common rail system running at pressures of 1,600bar. The 118d produces 280Nm at 2,000rpm, a zero to 62mph time of 10 seconds exactly and posts an impressive 50.4mpg. For those wanting even more performance, the 120d with its 1,995cc engine and 340Nm at a low 2,000rpm makes for smooth, low down acceleration. The 120d sprints to 62mph in 7.9 seconds before going on to a top speed of 137mph. All powerplants meet EU4 emissions standards.
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Whatever the choice of engine, a precise, short throw gearshift makes for quick and effortless changes. The BMW 116i comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the BMW 120i and both diesel models have six-speed manual gearboxes as standard. The BMW 120i and the 120d can also be specified with a six-speed automatic gearbox featuring Adaptive Gearbox System and Steptronic manual gear selection.


Safety
The new BMW 1 Series comes as standard with the highest levels of active and passive safety. Familiar systems from other BMW models such as ABS brakes, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Dynamic Brake Control and Cornering Brake Control are all fitted as standard. BMW’s Tyre Puncture Warning System is also fitted, alerting the driver to the possibility of a loss in pressure, while the standard Run-flat tyres ensure the car can be driven safely for up to 90 miles at up to 50mph, with all tyres punctured.
Another safety feature on the 1 Series is the recently introduced Brake Force Display ( BFD). Using a double segment of lights in the rear light cluster, BFD increases the brake light illumination area as soon as the ABS system is activated or the car detects a rapid deceleration. The extra illumination warns drivers behind that the car is braking sharply.
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Should the worst happen and an accident occurs, sensors in the Advanced Safety Electronics system cut the fuel pump and alternator, and the battery is deactivated to minimise the risk of fire. Six airbags are standard in the 1 Series with the two front airbags intelligent, dual-stage versions that inflate in speed and size depending on the severity of the accident and work in conjunction with the active seatbelt tensioners. Front side airbags are located in the side of the front seat and AHPS head airbag system protects both front and rear passengers. To protect the smaller passengers, two ISOFIX child seat restraints in the rear are available across the 1 Series range, and can include front seat fixings and passenger airbag deactivation.

Standard/Optional equipment
Standard - Six-speed gearbox (five-speed on 116i); six airbags; Brake Force Display; Run-flat tyres with Tyre Puncture Warning System; aluminium front suspension; five link rear suspension; on-board computer; ISOFIX child seat fixings; CD player.
SE specification - 7 x 16” alloy wheels; automatic climate control; front arm rest; front fog lamps; interior auto dimming mirror; three-spoke leather sports multifunction steering wheel; lights package; Park Distance Control – rear.
Sport Specification - 7 x 16” alloy wheels; automatic climate control; Black Gomera interior trim; colour coded exterior body parts; front fog lamps; sports seats (in Motion cloth / Sensatec); sports suspension; three-spoke leather sports steering wheel.
Optional highlights - Six-speed automatic gearbox (120i, 120d); leather upholstery; Business and Professional navigation (with TMC) and iDrive controller / folding screen; Park Distance Control – front and rear; sports seats; HiFi speaker system; Professional HiFi with Logic7


Specifications for BMW e87

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 116i
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2004
-
2007
Topspd: 200km/h
0-100km/h: 10.8s
80-120km/h*: 10.7s
City: 10.5 l/100km
Hway: 5.9 l/100km
Avg: 7.5 l/100km
Code: N45 B16
1596cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
85kW / 116HP at 6000rpm
150Nm at 4300rpm
BMW 116i A LCI
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2008
-
now
Topspd: 202km/h
0-100km/h: 11.2s
City: 8.3 l/100km
Hway: 5.3 l/100km
Avg: 6.4 l/100km
Code: N43 B16 O0
1599cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
90kW / 122HP at 6000rpm
160Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 116i M LCI
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2008
-
now
Topspd: 204km/h
0-100km/h: 10.2s
80-120km/h*: 10s
City: 7.5 l/100km
Hway: 4.8 l/100km
Avg: 5.8 l/100km
Code: N43 B16 O0
1599cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
90kW / 122HP at 6000rpm
160Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 118d
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2004
-
2007
Topspd: 201km/h
0-100km/h: 10s
80-120km/h*: 8.8s
City: 7.7 l/100km
Hway: 4.5 l/100km
Avg: 5.6 l/100km
Code: M47TU2 D20
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
diesel
90kW / 122HP at 4000rpm
280Nm at 2000rpm
BMW 118d LCI
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2007Topspd: 210km/h
0-100km/h: 9s
80-120km/h*: 7.7s
City: 5.7 l/100km
Hway: 4.1 l/100km
Avg: 4.7 l/100km
Code: N47 D20 U0
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
diesel
105kW / 143HP at 4000rpm
300Nm at 2000rpm
BMW 118d LCI
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2008
-
now
Topspd: 210km/h
0-100km/h: 8.9s
80-120km/h*: 7.7s
City: 5.4 l/100km
Hway: 4 l/100km
Avg: 4.5 l/100km
Code: N47 D20 U0
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
diesel
105kW / 143HP at 4000rpm
300Nm at 2000rpm
BMW 118i
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2005
-
2007
Topspd: 208km/h
0-100km/h: 9.4s
80-120km/h*: 10s
City: 10.1 l/100km
Hway: 5.7 l/100km
Avg: 7.3 l/100km
Code: N46 B20
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
95kW / 129HP at 5750rpm
180Nm at 3250rpm
BMW 118i LCI
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2007
-
now
Topspd: 210km/h
0-100km/h: 8.8s
80-120km/h*: 9s
City: 7.9 l/100km
Hway: 4.7 l/100km
Avg: 5.9 l/100km
Code: N43 B20 U0
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
105kW / 143HP at 6000rpm
190Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 120d
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2004
-
2007
Topspd: 220km/h
0-100km/h: 7.9s
80-120km/h*: 6.6s
City: 7.7 l/100km
Hway: 4.6 l/100km
Avg: 5.7 l/100km
Code: M47TU2 D20
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
diesel
120kW / 163HP at 4000rpm
340Nm at 2000rpm
BMW 120d LCI
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2007
-
now
Topspd: 228km/h
0-100km/h: 7.6s
80-120km/h*: 6.4s
City: 6.2 l/100km
Hway: 4.1 l/100km
Avg: 4.9 l/100km
Code: N47 D20 O0
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
diesel
130kW / 177HP at 4000rpm
350Nm at 1750rpm
BMW 120i
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2004
-
2007
Topspd: 217km/h
0-100km/h: 8.7s
80-120km/h*: 8.4s
City: 10.7 l/100km
Hway: 5.6 l/100km
Avg: 7.4 l/100km
Code: N46 B20
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
110kW / 150HP at 6200rpm
200Nm at 3600rpm
BMW 120i LCI
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2007
-
now
Topspd: 224km/h
0-100km/h: 7.8s
80-120km/h*: 7.5s
City: 8.7 l/100km
Hway: 5.1 l/100km
Avg: 6.4 l/100km
Code: N43 B20 O0
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
125kW / 170HP at 6700rpm
210Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 123d LCI
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2007
-
now
Topspd: 238km/h
0-100km/h: 7s

Avg: 5.2 l/100km
Code: N47 D20 T0
1995cc - 4cyl / 16v
diesel
150kW / 204HP at 4400rpm
400Nm at 2000-2250rpm
BMW 130i
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2005
-
2007
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.1s
80-120km/h*: 5.8s
City: 13.7 l/100km
Hway: 6.6 l/100km
Avg: 9.2 l/100km
Code: N52 B30 O0
2996cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
190kW / 258HP at 6600rpm
300Nm at 2500rpm
BMW 130i LCI
1 Series (E87)
Sports Hatch 5dr
2007
-
now
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.1s
80-120km/h*: 5.7s
City: 12.2 l/100km
Hway: 6 l/100km
Avg: 8.3 l/100km
Code: N52 B30 O1
2996cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
195kW / 265HP at 6600rpm
315Nm at 2750rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
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